Football: Bremen puts lessons to use
By Pat Disabato email@example.com September 24, 2013 9:10PM
Updated: October 26, 2013 6:16AM
When Bremen dropped a 54-23 decision to Andrew in Week 1, its season could have gone one of two ways: The Braves could have learned from their mistakes and made the necessary adjustments to improve, or allowed a disappointing loss dictate their season.
Fortunately for Bremen fans, their team followed the former.
Bremen enters Friday’s South Suburban Blue tussle vs. T.F. South on a three-game winning streak.
“Our philosophy scheduling a school like Andrew is that they exposed our weaknesses moving into Week 2,” Bremen coach Dan Stell said. “We realized our conditioning had to improve and some players needed to know where they were supposed to be on certain plays. We also found out that a few players needed to step up.”
Scoring points hasn’t been a problem. Running backs Darius Tolbert and Drequan Brown have thrived sharing the spotlight. The loss of senior tackle Mark Barr could have had an adverse affect on the offense, Instead, junior Dough Bulow has stepped in, and along with junior C.J. Misner, has held his own. The Braves will get an added lift when Barr returns either in Week 6 against Oak Forest or Week 7 vs. Hillcrest.
The defense steadily has improved since Week 1 and is coming off its best showing during Friday’s 28-14 win over T.F. North. Lineman Deantee Newell, linebacker Kyle Ramos and safety Dijon Holmes have led the defense’s improvement.
Sandburg thriving in crunch time
Sandburg (3-1) has found itself in close contests in three of its four games and has found ways to win three of them.
“If there is a positive it’s that we’ve played four quarters and we’ve come up with the key drives when we’ve needed them,” Sandburg coach Dave Wierzal said. “They’ve handled the pressure situations well.”
The Eagles lost two captains, linebacker Bobby Krop and offensive linemen Yanni Demogerontas, to injuries during a Week 2 win over Andrew.
Others have filled the void. Cornerback Adam Nash had nine tackles and two interceptions in Saturday’s 36-28 win over Joliet West. Running back Brian Langowski has rushed for 334 yards the past two weeks and defensive lineman Mike Howard has been a force.
Player of the Week
Nick Ciufia, of Oak Forest, is this week’s SouthtownStar Player of the Week.
The senior quarterback carried the ball 30 times for 225 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bengals to a 23-21 win over Lemont.