ROMEOVILLE – Romeoville dropped a 27-0 decision to Southwest Prairie Conference foe Oswego East on Friday night.
For the Spartans (1-8, 1-6), the loss was the last go-around for 10 seniors who were honored before the game. Meanwhile, the Wolves (6-3, 4-3) clinched a playoff berth.
“My guys showed character,” Romeoville coach Oliver Gibson said. “First, credit Oswego East. They came out here, fought for a playoff spot, and they got it. They did a good job coaching, a good job game-planning. But it’s really about my seniors and my guys. It was a very winnable game. We actually improved, and it’s hard to see improvement in defeat. I’m proud of them, but it’s a lesson in if we don’t do the little things, then we fall through the cracks and it’s 27-0.”
The Spartans fell behind, 7-0, after the first 1:52, their first drive culminated in a turnover in the end zone. That was the first of the Spartans’ five turnovers, including four interceptions. The second interception came on their second possession and it resulted in another Oswego East touchdown to make it 14-0 with 7:03 left in the first half. The Wolves added a 34-yard field goal in the final seconds of the half to take a 17-0 lead.
“The first quarter was manageable, and in the second half, we were still in it, but we needed to finish it,” Gibson said. “It’s the little things.”
From there, the game was well in hand for the Wolves.
“As a coach, there aren’t too many positives, but for the players, there are a lot of things,” Gibson said. “Senior Anthony Kitchens, who played quarterback, is a heck of an athlete. We have two special running backs with Tyree Allen and Jordan Nettles. Those kids are going to be special.
“It feels bad when you lose. I feel bad for our seniors because we had a good group. They were small but they’re mighty.”