A year ago, Marian Central football dropped to 3-4 after a Week 7 loss and needed to win back-to-back games to reach the state playoffs. The Hurricanes did so, then won two playoff games to reach the Class 5A quarterfinals.
Flash forward to this season: Marian was in an even deeper hole – 2-4 after six weeks, needing to win its final three regular-season games.
Again, the Hurricanes completed the job, then won two playoff games to reach the quarterfinals.
The run again ended in the quarterfinals, with a 22-10 loss to Sterling on Saturday in Woodstock.
“It’s unbelievable. Coach (Mike Maloney) has been preaching it all year: Do your job,” junior defensive back Charlie Kramer said. “We just came out and played our game every week.”
The five consecutive wins included victories over Carmel, Niles Notre Dame and Chicago St. Patrick in the regular season. Then a first-round win over previously unbeaten Antioch, followed by a second-round win over Glenbard South.
Marian won in thrilling fashion with touchdowns in the final minutes against Carmel and Notre Dame.