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“It’s been tough,” said Scott (pictured above). “We’ve had a lot of injuries on both sides of the ball. We’re scratching and clawing, every win is huge for us. We grind it out every day and see what we can do.”
After another grind last Friday, a 14-7 victory over Niles Notre Dame, the Hurricanes have good reason to be more optimistic for Friday’s 7:30 p.m. game at George Harding Field against St. Patrick. One more win and Marian, with 38 playoff points in the IHSA system, will reach the playoffs.
“We were out there competing,” senior A.J. Golembiewski said. “It’s brought a new energy to this team.”
Marian (4-4 overall, 2-4 East Suburban Catholic Conference) needed wins in its last three games to make the playoffs. The Hurricanes beat Carmel, 16-15, then beat Notre Dame, which was 6-1 going into that game. A win against St. Patrick (2-6, 2-4) and the Hurricanes will get into the northern bracket of the Class 5A playoffs.
Hurricanes coach Mike Maloney said he has never dealt with more injuries of significance in his career.
“To put ourselves in a position to still be a potent and winning football team is a testament to the character, resolve and gutsiness of the impact players on our team,” Maloney said.