Antioch football remains undefeated in conference

The Sequoits took on Grayslake North and dominated.

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Sydney Parker

Senior Renio Hill runs the ball for a gain of multiple yards to help the Sequoits move closer to the end zone.

On Friday, Sept. 17, the Sequoits took on the Knights of Grayslake North. In a thrilling game, the Sequoits managed to come out on top to earn their second win of the year and maintain their undefeated record in the conference.

“I feel like the way we are coming out to play this year is good,” Junior Alex Bueno said. “Other teams know we are the defending champions and we come out not thinking about that and we try to make it happen again.”

In the first quarter, there was not any scoring due to strong defense from both sides. Antioch was looking good the entire night and early on, the Sequoits caused havoc, resulting in an interception.

In the second quarter, the Knights scored a touchdown, but Antioch did not let it get to their heads. Within a few minutes, senior captain Andy Bowles scored a touchdown with two minutes left in the half. The energy was kept high and sophomore Nick Day ran to the endzone for the two-point conversion to put the Sequoits in the lead going into halftime.

“My expectations are for us to play at our best and for us as a team and people individually to get better at what we do and show everyone why we are a champion team,” Bueno said.

In the third quarter, after an over 30-yard run by senior Reino Hill, the Sequoits were feeling good and had the momentum they needed. Shortly after, Bowles ran in his second touchdown of the game. Just like the first touchdown, Day ran in the two-point conversion to put the Sequoits up 16-10.

With nine minutes left in the game, Day ran into the endzone for the Sequoits’ third touchdown. Another two-point conversion was caught by junior Joey Neumann on a throw from junior Quade Moll.

Holding off the Knights, senior Leo Reband intercepted a pass with half of a quarter left to go. The Sequoits held off Grayslake for the remainder of the game and won 24-10.

“How I get ready for any game starts on the Saturday after our last game,” Senior Andy Tindell said. “A good week of practice equals a good game.”

Antioch’s next game is Friday, Sept. 27 against a tough opponent for the opposition’s homecoming, the currently undefeated Wauconda Bulldogs.