ADDISON – The Addison Trail football team finally put the pieces together and got over the hump.
The Blazers got in the win column last Friday with a 14-7 victory against visiting Morton. A dominating defensive effort helped AT bring its record to 1-5 and 1-3 in the West Suburban Gold.
“We got some momentum on offense,” said AT coach Paul Parpet Jr.
“We held them to 105 yards of total offense. That was the difference. We played with passion.”
The defensive effort, which also included an interception returned 48 yards for a touchdown by Anthony Metallo, was a product of standout games from defensive lineman Bobby Carson, linebackers Eric Gilliam and Alton Marshall and defensive back Matt Gontarek.
Getting the first win of the season has raised spirits within the team, but Parpet insisted the team never dropped its heads.
“The kids haven’t lost any emotion,” the coach said. “It’s been a trying year, but spirits are good.”
Next up is Proviso East, a winless team that has lost five of its six games by 20 or more points. The Pirates host AT Saturday in Maywood.
The Blazers won last year’s game 20-14 and have won three straight over the Pirates, which haven’t won since 2011, but Parpet won’t let his players overlook their next opponent.
“Proviso is always very athletic,” Parpet said. “They have some good skill kids. It’s always a tough place to play because of the atmosphere there.”
It’s a golden opportunity to pick up a second straight win and match last season’s win total.
While the seniors will be looking to make the best of the rest of their high school career, the junior-heavy team has the chance to build momentum heading into next year.
“Now we have to continue,” Parpet said. “We got three games left. We gotta give it all we have.”
Addison Trail 14, Morton 7
AT leaders Passing: Mike Rybarczyk 6-for-14, 56 yards Rushing: Jim Wislek 25-104, TD; Rybarczyk 13-69 Receiving: Jaavion Bradley 2-13
Week 7: Addison Trail at Proviso East
When: 1:30 p.m. SaturdayWhere: 807 S. 1st Ave., MaywoodRecords: Addison Trail 1-5 (1-3 WSG), Proviso East 0-6 (0-3 WSG)Outlook: Fresh off the first win of the season the Blazers have a good chance for a second in a row at winless Proviso East. The Pirates have lost 15 games in a row following an 0-9 2012. They have been able to score some points, scoring 20 or more points three times, but have allowed 27 or more points in every game.