Timeout Football: Game of the Week
By LaMond Pope firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-2691 October 10, 2013 11:28PM
Lowell High's # George Fields breaks a long run around end during a close game with Morton on 8/31/13. Morton took a lead of 14 to 7 with 5 minutes left in the game. | John Booz/ for the Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 12, 2013 6:39AM
Lowell lost its first two games this season.
And hasn’t lost since.
The Red Devils take their five-game winning streak and 4-0 Northwest Crossroads Conference record into Friday’s contest at Munster.
“A lot of our games come down to one or two or three plays and you have to have that confidence to make those plays. Each week, we’ve gotten more confident,” Lowell coach Keith Kilmer said. “Hopefully that will continue over the next couple of weeks.”
Lowell (5-2) is tied for first in the conference with Andrean. Munster has a 3-1 conference mark (5-2), with the team’s only league loss coming to the 59ers.
“The kids are staying on task and just playing hard,” Munster coach Leroy Marsh said. “We’ve had a ton of injuries this season and our kids have not let it get us down. We’ve kept going and kept going with some new kids and younger kids and we’ve played pretty well.”
Munster has won three straight and four out of five. The Mustangs have two shutouts during that stretch.
“We’ve got a lot of good senior leaders,” Marsh said. “Our quarterback, Joey Jumonville, has been very good. Some of our senior linemen, Niko Ingoglia is a veteran for us. We have a lot of leaders on our team that have kept our young kids going. We’re pretty young with our skill positions with some senior linemen.”
Defense has been a big factor for Lowell. The Red Devils are allowing 12 points per game. Linebackers Tyler Hopkins, Paul Mauer and Daniel Garza lead the way.
“Our defense has been able to keep us in a lot of games,” Kilmer said. “And our offense has been able to move the chains, eat up some clock and keep games close.
“Our kids have gotten better. We’re more athletic and we’re able to make some of those plays we haven’t been able to the last couple of years.”
Running has been a key component for both teams.
“That’s our bread and butter. That’s what we want to do, run the ball,” Kilmer said. “It’s been nice. George Fields has had a real good year, but we’ve also been able to find other guys, like Tyler Hopkins. And (Isaac) James from the wing position can get us some yards. Our quarterback, Seth Anderson, has done a good job in managing the game.”
Today’s game could come down to which team has more success slowing down the run.
“The big key is that you’ve got to stop their offense,” Marsh said. “Their offense is a lot like ours. … Trying to stop their running back, Fields, is a real challenge for us.”
“You have to stop the three-headed monster of the Munster running game,” Kilmer said. “… It’s a different style, but it’s the same philosophy. We are facing ourselves. Both teams want to run the ball, control the clock. It’s going to come down to who makes the mistakes and who doesn’t.”