Football heads forward

Neutral record brings urgency to last games in hopes of post-season


Izy Scott, Assistant Pulse Editor

After defeating York 21-10, LT football’s effort is not yet relieved as they push through conference in hopes of continuing to playoffs.

LT football will face Proviso West Oct. 24, a game that will factor into the boys possible post-season. With a current 4-4 record including a defeat by rival Hinsdale Central, but a key victory over York, the team will need a win against Proviso if it hopes to continue its road to state.

Mentality being key this late in the season, head coach Kurt Weinberg has been especially impressed with the boys’ mindset so far.

“There’s a lot of leadership spread throughout the team, not just the captains,” Weinberg said. “Everyone takes on leadership roles to encourage each other and lift each other up. They really are invested in what’s best for the team.”

Along with Weinberg, captain Joe Dillon ‘15 has noticed the positive outcomes of team cohesion.

“So far, the team has greatly improved in understanding and executing the defense, which was the main focus of the offseason, so it’s nice to see it all mesh together,” Dillon said. “Offensively, from last year to this year, the line has dominated which has opened up the running attack.”

With few returning defensive players, organizing a completely new defensive strategy has been a process, Weinberg said. Nonetheless, he has seen improvement each game.

“We’re playing some really good defense right now,” Weinberg said. “We keep getting better and keep improving.”

Mentally prepared for loud crowds after four rowdy home games, the team has been prepping for various game situations. This includes practicing with footballs dunked in water to be ready for the unfavorable cold weather, Weinberg said.

“Every year we hope to be playing in the cold because that means success,” Dillon said. “So the cold weather is only encouraging.”

The forecast looking brisk, LTFB will travel to Proviso West tomorrow, and as playoffs inch closer, every yard LT can gain against Proviso will be imperative in order to claim a win and push closer to a post-season.