MIDLOTHIAN – Though this week no doubt had a different vibe to it after Lemont was eliminated from playoff consideration, the Indians want to end 2013 on a strong note in their season finale tonight against Thornton Fractional South.
“For this week, we want to win for a lot of different reasons,” coach Eric Michaelsen said. “We want to build momentum for the offseason and we want the seniors to go out with a positive taste in their mouths.”
The Indians, who had reached double-digits in victories in each of the past six seasons, will miss the postseason for the first time in 10 years.
“It is what it is,” the coach said. “I told the kids, I wish I could have done something to get us to play better.”
Lemont reached this point with a 28-15 loss to South Suburban Blue conference leader Bremen last Friday, which dropped the team’s record to 3-5. The game was a microcosm of the entire campaign, with the Indians showing positive signs before ultimately being derailed by costly mistakes.
The visitors took an early 12-0 lead, later trailed 14-12 at halftime, and then turned the ball over five times during the final two quarters while having a touchdown called back.
“You look at it, we had 411 yards of offense,” said Michaelsen, who refused to use youth and injuries as an excuse for this season’s results. “The effort was there.”
The Indians passed for 217 yards and ran for 194 more. Wide receiver Jimmy Kepouros continued his outstanding season with 10 catches for 111 yards. Mike DiSanto added 11 catches for 72 yards and running back Julio Aleman scored the lone touchdown.
Marcin Orszulak added field goals of 45 and 32 yards.