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Loss tough on Hammond, Schreibers

Updated: December 3, 2013 6:12AM



HAMMOND — Hammond coach Eric Schreiber is no different than any other coach at any other level of football. For four seasons he had a close relationship with his quarterback.

The relationship though had to have been a much closer one than most coaches because for the past three seasons, Schreiber’s quarterback has been his son. The two have combined for two winning seasons before this one, which wasn’t so much fun.

Eric Schreiber Jr., who suffered a concussion midway through the season, suffered another type of headache Friday night with a Class 3A sectional 43-0 loss to John Glenn.

“This ending is hard for him and it’s hard for me, too,” said the elder Schreiber. “I’ll be coaching with him or against him one day. This is just a phase of it. But I know we made the most of it. We had some good times.”

John Glenn (6-5) made sure those good times would not include Friday night by scoring on offense, defense and special teams.

Michael Schmeltz scored three times for John Glenn, on runs of 10 and 4 yards, and also a 47-yard interception return.

The special teams TD came on a dropped punt in the end zone by Hammond that was recovered by Justin Gierlowski.

“I knew this would be a huge challenge but is sucks when you can’t run the football whe your’re slipping and sliding,” Schreiber said. “But those are the cards we were dealt. On a drier field it would have been nicer for us.”

The loss ended the Wildcats’ three-game winning streak.

John Glenn’s next opponent will be Andrean, a 52-12 winner over Calumet.



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