Waukegan High School Varsity Football has had an up and down season going into the last three weeks of the regular season. The Bulldogs are 2-4 and are hoping to win the last three games to be eligible to make the playoffs. In high school football, a team needs to have at least a winning record to make the playoffs. A team that goes 6-3 is guaranteed, while a team who is 5-4 is eligible, and is determined by the strength of their schedule. The Bulldogs defense have came up big every game this season, giving up 5 touchdowns through the first six games. Offensively, the Bulldogs have had struggles all season. The Bulldogs are looking to respond from a disappointing first 2/3 of the season and finish the last three games off strong.
Week 1: The Bulldogs started off the season against North Chicago, a bitter rival. It was the beginning of the season, and both teams were fired up ready to go to work. The Warhawks came on strong, taking a 14-0 lead in the 8 minutes of the first quarter. The Bulldogs determined to fight back, went on a 26 score run to end the half. Coming out of the half, the Warhawks were ready to play. The Warhawks defense came and stopped the Bulldogs the whole half, surrendering 0 points in the half. The specials teams unit scored 9 points to seal the game. The Warhawks beat the Bulldogs 26-30
Week 2: The Waukegan High School Varsity Football Team beat Antioch Community High School 6-3 at Antioch, on August 31st. The Bulldogs came off a loss the previous week, and hoped to come on strong against a powerful Antioch team. Well walking out, the home side fans shouted and “bood” at the Bulldogs and according to Demetrius Frieson, the Bulldogs got “fired up, and was ready to play.” It was a complete game for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs offense had 162 yards on the night, with a one yard rushing touchdown to seal the game. Defensively, the Bulldogs shut out the Sequoits. The defense gave up one field goal the whole game. The Bulldogs won 6-3.
Week 3: The Waukegan Bulldogs came out to the home crowd in the sunny, breezy Saturday afternoon to face the Niles North Vikings. Niles North came out strong, scoring 14 straight points in the first 4 minutes of the game. Waukegan, not demoralized at all, came out strong the rest of the game. With offensive struggles through the first half, the offensive side of the ball started to get it together in the second half. The Bulldogs capped off two long, back to back drives with touchdowns. The Bulldogs tied the game at 14-14 with 5 minutes left in the game. Defensively, the Bulldogs gave up one touchdown on a blown coverage. The Bulldogs were making stops all game. Unfortunately, a lack on the special teams unit left the Bulldogs in bad field position the whole game. With just 1:01 left in the game, the Bulldogs punt only went 15 yards. Niles North was already set up for a field goal. The defense made big plays, but with so little time left, Niles North ran the clock out and kicked a game winning field goal with :04 seconds left in the clock. Niles North won 14-17.
Week 4: The Waukegan Bulldogs came ready to play Friday night against the Deerfield Warriors. The Bulldogs just came off a disappointing, last second loss to Niles North, and was ready to take this game away from Deerfield. The Bulldogs came off out strong on the Defensive side of the ball, giving up one touchdown in the game, and blocking the extra point. Offensively, the Bulldogs struggled to get in rhythm. The Offense found their game in the second quarter, scoring a touchdown making the game 7-6. The Bulldogs decided to go for two, and take the lead. Waukegan got the 2 point conversion, and went up 7-8. That was last time Deerfield would see their lead. The Defense stopped Deerfield every position from their, and the Bulldogs scored another touchdown; a one yard run from Melvin Bobo, to cap the lead. The Bulldogs won 14-7.
Week 5: The Waukegan Bulldogs coming off a win, were determined to play their hearts out against a tough Niles West Wolves, who were 4-0. The Bulldogs came out lacking on offense, and would not get anything going all game. The Bulldogs defense gave two field goals, and no touchdowns the whole game. The Wolves got an interception, and took it for a touchdown to take a 13-0 lead in the third quarter. The Bulldogs would not end up scoring the the whole game, and Wolves would go on to go 5-0 for the first time in school history. The Bulldogs lost 13-0.
Week 6: Homecoming week. The week all high school football players can’t wait for. Some say, the most important game of the year. The Waukegan Bulldogs went up against their rival, Evanston Wildkits. The Bulldogs coming off a loss the previous week wanted this game more than anything. Timmy Losch states “This is homecoming, this is our rival, this is our game to win, and show our town some love.” The Bulldogs went down 0-7 early in the first quarter, but countered with a 26 yard touchdown pass from Melvin Bobo, to Jaleel Duffey. After that, the game went downhill. The Bulldogs special team unit gave up a 97 yard kickoff return, and gave Evanston a 7-14 lead over the Bulldogs. Evanston would see that lead the rest of the game. The Bulldogs defense came out strong the rest of the game, giving up three fields. The Bulldogs offense lacked everything, not scoring again the rest of the game. The Bulldogs lost their homecoming game, 7-25.