Boilers Kill Falcons’ Playoff Hopes

The BBCHS Boilermakers manage to pull off a win for their final home game against the Thornridge Falcons.

Ryan Fravel, Sports Editor

On the eerie evening of Friday the 13th, the Thornridge Falcons (3-5) were actors in their own horror film as the Boilermakers’ defense slaughtered the Falcons’ offense; allowing only one touchdown in the first half. The Falcons’ offense never saw the end zone again as the Boilers’ defense had their best performance yet, spoiling the Falcons’ playoff hopes and earning their second win of the season (23-6) in a very emotional last home game for the Seniors.

The Boilermakers’ offense added a new twist to their scheme as a healthy Morion Burtis returned but, not as the Quarterback. The former Starting Quarterback played his first snaps as a Running Back, which turned out to be a good move as he had 14 carries for 132 yards before missing most of the second half due to an ankle injury.

However, with Burtis down, the team still played at a high competitive level. When asked what impact it has on the team when Burtis goes down, Coach Mike Kohl said, “Morion is the team’s emotional leader and when he goes down the team gets frazzled but, I’m proud of them for battling through it”.

Looking forward to their last game of the season at Lockport (1-7), Burtis is doubtful to play. We will see how the team reacts to yet again not having the star athlete on the field. Lockport is coming off of a tough loss at home against Wheaton-Warrenville South (2-6) 31-17. The team however, looks to end their season on a high note with a win for senior night.

The Boilermakers will have a chance to finish their season a good note as well as they attempt to win two games in-a-row. We’ll see if the team can send the Senior Boilers out with a win.