Huskie football falls in season opener against Benet Academy

The Naperville North Huskies (0-1, 0-0) were defeated by the Benet Academy Redwings (1-0, 0-0) by a final score of 28-21.

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  • Linebacker Liam Breese (27) jogs off the field after a substitution.

    Photo by June Sun

  • Ethan Hilgert (98) gets set to face the Redwing offensive line.

    Photo by June Sun

  • Cole Loebig (2) and Camden Hirsch (57) tackle Benet’s ball carrier.

    Photo by June Sun

  • Nico Cegles (5) brings down Benet’s Jonathan Martin (18).

    Photo by June Sun

  • Damian Welch (10) looks down the line of scrimmage as he gets set.

    Photo by June Sun

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The Huskies found themselves down at halftime with a score of 28-0. A second-half comeback put the Huskies in striking position, scoring all 21 points in the last eight minutes. 

“We have some guys who can make some plays. We just got going too late,” Head Coach Sean Drendel said. “We got better in the second half. I’m proud of our kids.” 

The team rallied in the fourth quarter, highlighted with dominant performances by senior wide receiver Matt Maschmeier, senior safety Michael Miranda and junior defensive end Connor Corrigan. They brought back the energy they needed to close the gap Benet created in the first half. Maschmeier was pleased with the spirit the team showed. 

“I think in the fourth quarter we really showed the heart and dedication we have as a program, our brotherhood, becoming closer and just fighting until the end,” Maschmeier said. 

As the game progressed, the Huskies were able to adjust to the speed of the game. Their performance in the second half was encouraging for Drendel. 

“Don’t count us out,” Drendel said. 

The Huskies will continue their season at home against the Batavia Bulldogs next Friday. The game is currently scheduled to start at 7:30. 

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