Huskie football secures win against Benet Academy in season kickoff


Photo by Maggie Berry

The Naperville North High School varsity football team dominated in their first game of the season against Benet Academy. 

The Huskies (1-0) defeated the Redwings (0-1) by a final score of 35-13. 

North took an early lead in the game, with sophomore Luke Williams scoring a touchdown within the first four minutes. Williams believes his touchdown changed the attitude of the team and the crowd. 

“[The touchdown] was a great tone setter. The crowd instantly changed and everyone was hyped and ready to watch the game,” Williams said. 

Despite conceding two touchdowns, the Huskies never cracked under Redwing pressure. From the start, the Huskies knew to put up a strong front, blocking any attempted advances from Benet’s front  line. Senior Julian Sampson feels the team’s positive mindset and preparation pushed them to victory. 

“We were confident in our abilities coming in to stop [the Redhawks] and we knew that would be our key to winning,” Sampson said. 

Although the Huskies came out on top, there is always room for improvement in future games. Head Coach Sean Drendel voiced his excitement about watching his players continue to develop in the upcoming weeks. 

“The best part of coaching football is the progress you make with your team and the growth you see in week one vs. week two,” Drendel said. 

The Huskies will play their next game on Friday, September 3rd at home against Glenbard North High School. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.