By Joseph Phillips
After hearing the news earlier in the week that they were mathematically eliminated from the Chicago Public League Football playoffs, the Kenwood Broncos would take out their frustrations on TEAM-Englewood in a 52-to-8 drubbing on “Senior Day” at Eckersall Stadium.
“We heard the news earlier this week,” said Kenwood coach Darnell Jones.
“Chicago Public League [Football] has a point system which unfortunately put our fate in another’s team hands,” Jones said.
Jones explained that the Broncos would have advanced if the Windy City conference champs-runner-up Englewood-Urban Prep would have upset Hyde Park Academy earlier in the week, but “it didn’t happen,” Jones explained.
Although Jones wasn’t pleased with the results, he still approached Friday’s game with a playoff mindset, as his team arrived to the stadium two hours before game-time and prepared as if this was one of the biggest games of his coaching career.
“This is our last game of the season,” Jones said.
“This is ‘Senior Day’ and I want our seniors to go out with a bang.”
Wearing their crimson-red jerseys (chosen by the senior captains), the Broncos defense would trample the Eagles in the first quarter, causing two forced fumbles courtesy of 6 feet 6 inches, 270 pound lineman No. 76 Yaki Hillery as the offense would capitalize and eventually build momentum which carried them to a 38-0 lead at the half.
“I am very proud of my son,” said Yaki Hillery Sr. “I’ve always told him that he can do anything he puts his mind to.”
In the second half, returning from his amazing five-touchdown performance last week, senior running-back Derrick Young would close out his high school career matching his career-high five touchdowns while breaking another Broncos running back record for most touchdowns scored by an individual player in two games with 10.
Final Score: Kenwood 52, TEAM-Englewood 8
Although they fell short of reaching the playoffs, the Broncos ended their season on a positive note with a three game winning streak, finishing third in the Wind City conference at 5-2 and 5-4 overall. They could not have accomplished any of this without the ranks of the strong senior leadership of quarterback No. 2 Rhomel Fields, runningback No. 20 Derrick Young, wide receiver No. 85 Saintario Mitchell, wide receiver No. 81 Malik Hester, wide receiver No. 17 Myrill Owens, offensive guard/defensive tackle No. 76 Yaki Hillery, linebacker No. 54 Wesley Ruthsey, linemen No. 69 Justin Harwell, linebacker No. 52 Devon Williams and linebacker No. 55 Jake McInnis III.