The Tigers are Hungry for Revenge against Conference Rival

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photo by Caspar Dowdy

Senior Johnnie Robinson walks back to his cornerback position in a 31-28 victory against Highland

Kody Moore, Staff writer

The Tigers seek revenge against conference rival O’fallon Panthers after the nail-biting loss.

The first matchup was almost a for-sure win for the Tigers until the Panthers stole the game in the last minute of play. O’fallon Quarterback connect with wide receiver Christian Joiner for a 62-yard reception for a touchdown with less than two minutes left on the clock.

Even though the Tigers have been on a two-game losing streak, the football team is coming with a new attitude for this playoff game compared to the other. The practices have been shorter and more competitive since the beginning of the week.

“They have been shortened because it is the playoffs,” sophomore Iose Epenesa said, “and it is becoming more intense because it is ‘win or go home.” 

“Everyone’s been a lot more focused and physical throughout practice.” senior Ali Haroun said. 

This game will also be an important one for senior cornerback Johnnie Robinson. Robinson gave up the game-winning touchdown against the O’fallon on September 16. Robinson is determined that history will not repeat itself.

“All I can tell you is my worst game is going to be my best game,” Robinson said. 

Seniors are determined that this will not be their last game as a Tiger. 

“I am not worried for real because we are going to go out and win on Saturday,” Robinson said.

“Emotions will come after but, we are just focused on getting the win and advancing to the next round,” Haroun said. 

If the Tigers win the game versus the Panthers they will face either 8-1 Loyola Academy or 6-3 Plainfield South next weekend.

The Tigers are not preparing to lose this weekend and will give everything to survive to see another week of playoffs.