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Wildcats defeat Bartlett for first time in history

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Photo by Emily Ziajor
RB/DB Robert Lee moves against the grain in the Sept. 1 game against Bartlett.

The West Chicago Wildcats beat the Bartlett Hawks 21-14 in a game that went into overtime on Sept. 1 at Memorial Stadium.

The boys’ football home opening game started off slowly, but featured some strong plays. The strategy, according to Coach Adam Chavez, was simply to “run the ball.” Still, by the end of the first quarter, neither team had scored. Bartlett took an early touchdown, moving into half-time with 7 points.

The Wildcats rebounded in the third half, with senior Louis Zeitler scoring a touchdown just five minutes into the third quarter. The Hawks continued in close pursuit, taking another 7 points with just a minute to spare in the third.

RB/LB David Weber hustles on the field as the Wildcats battle the Bartlett Hawks on Sept. 1 at Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Emily Ziajor)

Wildcat football regained hope with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter when senior Vincent Muci earned the team’s second touchdown of the game. The clock wound down, and the teams remained tied at 14-14.

Muci and the Wildcats defense produced a strong showing in overtime. Not only did Muci score the winning touchdown that allowed the Wildcats to defeat the Hawks for the first time in the program’s history, but he also went in for a tackle that ultimately prevented Bartlett from scoring.

“Vincent [Muci]’s defensive play – along with the rest of the defense – sealed the game for the Wildcats in overtime,” game announcer Paul Lichy said.

Fans rushed the field upon the game’s conclusion, cheering and screaming in support of the team’s victory, while the team’s coaches expressed their pride in the team upon this first major win of the season.

“So proud of the kids, they worked so hard all week for the win.  Good to see the student section filled and cheering us on,” Chavez said.

Next Friday, Sept. 8, the Wildcats play Glenbard East, a team that presents a challenge, as Chavez explains they well-coached and play a tough physical game.

“We will have to be at our best to beat them,” Chavez said.

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Sasha Baumgartner, Editor-in-Chief
Sasha is a senior, and this is her third year being a part of the Wildcat Chronicle. She found a swift passion for journalism during her sophomore year, learning how to write for fun and in many different ways. She has continued with the paper since 2021. Outside of journalism, Sasha is a member of the WEGO Dance team, a ROAR mentor and a member of National Honors Society and WEGO Global at the high school. Sasha’s main hobbies outside of school include working at a retirement community serving guests in the dining room, spending time with friends and family, and finishing up work for the Wildcat Chronicle. In the future, Sasha plans to attend college for psychology to be able to help people on a daily basis. 
Emily Ziajor, Multimedia Manager
Emily Ziajor is a WEGO senior in her second year of journalism. She attended the National High School Journalism Convention last November, and thoroughly loved the experience. She is a Polish-American (she finished her final year of Polish School in the spring of 2023) with a creative soul and high aspirations. When it comes to writing, she has a sharp imagination, and one of her true passions is photography. Emily is a multi-year member of the AV Club at West Chicago Community High School.
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  • David G ExnerSep 4, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    So happy for you Emily! Best wishes, David Exner