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Football: Back on Track

With the close of the football season, we look to both Varsity Captain, Rodolfo Flores, and Defensive Captain, Ethan Simmons-Patterson, for their opinion on this season and a prediction for the year to come:

“This season did not end as we expected,” said senior Rodolfo Flores. “We worked all spring and summer long and we felt like we could compete with anyone. It’s true that we had one of the hardest schedules in the state, having to face seven playoff teams out of the nine total…We won three games and came two short of making [it to] the IHSA state playoffs, with losses coming against Glenbrook North (12-13) and Highland Park (0-6).”

Flores continued, “I think that for having to deal with a new coach and system, learn it within a matter of two weeks and then go out and play, we did okay. We opened the door for the juniors to come up next year and show that Waukegan football is back on the map, and that we have a legitimate chance to be a good high school football program.”

Speaking nothing but good words about his team, Ethan Simmons-Patterson had this to say about the Bulldogs of 2012: “If they stick it out in the weight room, there is no doubt that the juniors can take what we showed them and roll with it into the next season and make next year one to remember. There will be high standards for next year’s seniors. If Coach Browder keeps doing what he is doing, the team will become much like the Maine South and New Trier [football programs].”

Speaking like a true Bulldog, Ethan Simmons-Patterson, offered these words of encouragement: “I think if the players work harder than they did last year, and stay focused, they will have a great season…They were great teammates and brothers.”

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