Chargers’ football team lays foundation for future success


Alphonso Adams, Staff writer

A strong senior class was only able to give first-year head coach Adam Polak one victory this year, but the Chargers’ football team had strong moments and built a solid foundation for the future.

Despite only going 1-8, the Chargers competed in many of their games and easily could have had three, if not four, victories during the 2018 campaign.

Their one victory was a 34-12 win over DePaul in Week 6.

The Chargers opened the season with a 19-12 loss to Elmwood Park, a game in which they held a second-half lead. Following three blowout losses, the Chargers gave Leo a game, falling 30-18, but holding leads of 12-8 and 18-16 during the game.

In Week 7, the Chargers played their most entertaining game of the year, albeit needing two days in which to do so. After the game got postponed Friday night due to lightning at the end of the first quarter, the Chargers went down to the wire against Chicago Christian, going back-and-forth and holding a late fourth quarter lead before falling 41-40.

After two losses to end the regular season, the Chargers then fell 42-16 to DeLaSalle in the Prep Bowl playoffs’ first round.

Leading the way this year were senior quarterback Caleb Hayden and running back Aamir Burgie, both of whom kept the offense churning all year long. Senior wide receiver Michael Green, playing football for the first time this year, had two touchdown receptions on the year, as well.

Senior Antonio Hardaway Jr led the defense with 78 tackles to go along with an interception, three fumble recoveries and a punt blocked. Seniors Anthony Brown and Zuriel Mason also had solid seasons on both sides of the line.