Orland Hills Wolves close season strong
December 12, 2013 1:50PM
The Orland Hills Wolves eighth-grade cheerleaders and eighth-grade varsity football players gather for a pregame ceremony before the final regular season home game of the year. The Wolves defeated Joliet 24-12. | Supplied photo
Updated: January 16, 2014 6:12AM
Despite a number of rain delays, the Orland Hills Wolves football team closed its 2013 regular-season home games with an intense sweep of the Joliet Raiders.
The Wolves Superlights won its last regular-season home game, defeating Joliet 26-6.
The Wolves Lights Team won 7-0 and the junior-varsity team won 27-0.
The Wolves varsity team marked its final home game with a victory of 24-12.
“Having all four teams win their last regular-season home games was a great way to close our season at Kelly (Park),” said Jim Poynton, football athletic director and head coach of the Wolves junior varsity team.
“It was rainy and muddy but all of our guys got the job done.”
The parents of varsity eighth-grade cheerleaders and players were called to the sideline to see their graduating Wolves gather in the end zone.
“We wanted to do something special for the kids who are moving on to high school at the end of this year,” said Rick Iannantone, Wolves board president and head coach of the Wolves varsity football team.
“And we wanted to recognize the parents for their years of bringing kids to practices and games, volunteering and being a part of the Wolves family.”
The crowd grew silent as the public address announcer invited the eighth-graders to gather in the end zone.
“Whether you’ve been a Wolf for one year or eight years, you will always be a Wolf,” the announcer said.
The 15 varsity Wolves cheerleaders locked arms as they walked to the 50-yard line with the row of arms-locked 18 eighth-grade football players following close behind.
All of the eighth-graders gathered midfield for the pregame coin toss.
“After the coin toss, each of the graduating eighth-graders was introduced and ran a rose to his or her parents,” Iannantone said.
“It was a nice way to start their last game at Kelly Park. something they will always remember from their years with the Wolves.”