BARRINGTON – Broncos football teams have been the talk of the town this season, and the BHS sophomore squad was no exception.
In his 15th year coaching BHS football, sophomore head coach Kevin Art led his team through an undefeated nine-game season. A win against Hoffman Estates High School concluded the season on Oct. 25.
Unlike varsity football, the sophomore team does not partake in playoff rounds.
Art said that this is the first time in his sophomore-level coaching career that one of his teams has achieved an undefeated season record, and Art attributed that success to the personalities of his players.
“There’s a real strong sense of community among these guys,” Art said. “Everyone got along well. They were motivated to win games ever since team leader meetings began in the spring.”
The Broncos sophomore football team does not award any one player a captain position, but rather rotates team leaders every week, depending on who had a good practice.
“I think this success is really a tribute to the team,” Art said. “They’re a humble group of guys – no show boats.”
Art said that more specifically, this year’s sophomore team was determined to beat Conant High School of Hoffman Estates because it was one of their only losses as a freshman team.
“That loss really left a bad taste in the players’ mouths,” Art said. “But I reminded them to take it one game at a time. I told them our record was always 1-0, never perfect.”
Now that the Broncos varsity team has advanced to state semifinals, the successful sophomore team has been supporting the upper-class, serving as a scout practice team.
“The teams really bonded eating dinner together at away games,” Art said.
Looking ahead to next year, Art predicts the next varsity team to be just as competitive as the successful sophomore team gains junior status.
“These guys have a certain quality that cannot be coached,” Art said. “They take a lot of pride in their success, and they’ve got that winning attitude.”