Bears end drought against Elgin


DeMoNaye Rector, Reporter

They have been waiting four years for this game. The crowds scream at the top of their lungs as the football players hit the field. Bells ring and bullhorns sound off. Posters wave around supporting the players. Kickoff is about to start and the intensity grows more and more as the Elgin game begins.

“It was a big rivalry game we hadn’t won in four years,” linebacker Jaedon McGee said. “The pressure was on.”

The players approached their preparation for the Elgin game completely differently. To ensure the win, the players started practice earlier, ended later and lifted heavier in the days leading up to this game.

“We had to train harder to get our bodies ready for this game,” McGee said.

From the start of the season, they have been focusing mainly on this game.

Twenty seconds in the first quarter, Elgin ran the ball into the end zone for a touchdown, leading the Bears 7-0 for the start of the game.

“I felt like the guys did a good job of not getting frustrated when we fell behind,” Coach Todd Patmon said.

Patmon encouraged his team and made sure they worked hard to get where they needed to be by the end of the fourth quarter.

“They believed in each other and believed in our scheme and kept fighting away,” Patmon said.

At the end of the day the Bears came home with the big win and broke the four year losing streak against Egin.