GLEN ELLYN – A 3-6 football season usually doesn’t come with a lot of positives.
However, when coming off an 0-9 season, exceptions are made. York entered 2013 with playoff ambitions, but simply proving it is once again a competitive program in the West Suburban Silver this fall is a good first step.
The Dukes opened the season 2-0 and snapped an eight-game losing streak in the Silver by beating Proviso West in Week 6.
“I think we made progress as a program,” York coach Steve Nye said. “We won three ball games. Our lower levels went 7-2 and 6-1-1, so I think it’s a process building. It’s difficult at times.”
The sophomores went 7-2 and closed with a four-game winning streak, including a 13-7 win over Glenbard West. The freshman A team started the season 6-0 before tying Lyons Township and losing to the Hilltoppers.
Nye is excited about the future with those successful teams making their way up the ranks.
“Hopefully it will accumulate over a three- or four-year period,” Nye said. “The sophomores improved record-wise against the same competition.”
As for the varsity team, a team that was already an underdog in many games suffered injuries throughout the season and was playing shorthanded by year’s end. Nye said the Dukes were down to 38 or 39 players in the final couple games.
The offense wasn’t shy about playing in the trenches and using multiple running backs. Seniors Kyle Stearns, Ted Harrold and Dominic Ravenna were among the rushers. Harrold and Ravenna both missed time with injuries during the season. Juniors Kyle Coughlin, Joseph Biggins and Morgan Alexander also saw regular carries.
Quarterback Charlie Rose and receivers Jeff Ostling, Emmett McCoy and Kyle Preuss will need to be replaced after being the main pieces in the passing game. Defensively, senior captains Joe Helton and Zach Ray missed the end of the season with injuries.
The senior group anchored a program that hit its low last season and started what Duke fans will hope is a turnaround.
“They worked hard,” Nye said. “It’s a good group of kids and we’re going to miss them.
“We would have liked to make the playoffs this year, but a lot of positive things happened, too.”
Week 9 result: Glenbard West 35, York 7
Duke leaders Passing: Charlie Rose 18-for-26, 94 yards Rushing: Kyle Stearns 14-23; Kyle Coughlin 7-10 Receiving: Coughlin 5-40; Tyler Muckian 2-29