It's been the Schaumburg Saxons' calling card all season long, and they exemplified that to a T Friday night on the road at Fremd.
Needing a victory to become playoff eligible, the Saxons slipped past the Vikings, 24-20, moving to 5-4 overall and 4-0 on the road.
"We see what we are capable of in a do-or-die moment with our backs against the wall," said Jordan Salgado. "Our practices were perfect this week and we talked on Thursday about having each other's backs, being gritty and being a family."
Salgado (23 carries, 137 yards, TD) set the tone early on the Saxons first possession of the contest. He carried the ball 7 times for 34 yards that set up quarterback Marcus Ross' 6-yard TD toss to quarterback-turned-receiver Deontae Arnold for a 7-0 lead at 6:56 of the first.
Schaumburg added to its lead with 46 seconds remaining in the period when Ross hooked up with Hezekiah Trotter from 17 yards out. The play put the visitors up 14-0, and it looked as if they...
Fremd has THE toughest non-conference schedule of any team in Illinois. With its first two matchups against the likes of Lake Zurich and Rolling Meadows, and a road test at Maine South - the defending 8A state champions - Coach Lou Sponsel’s physical bunch faces a daunting task to begin the year.
But that suits the Vikings just fine, as Sponsel welcomes the early challenge to “See what we’re made of right off the bat.”
The Vikes open up the season at home under the lights at Edwin and Lorraine Gill Memorial Stadium on Friday, Aug.25th, at 7:30p.m. against the Bears of Lake Zurich. Coach Sponsel's team will be hungry to avenge last season's heartbreaking, season-opening loss - a Hail Mary pass on the final play of regulation.
Points should be at a premium in this matchup of defensive heavyweights from a year ago. The Vikings allowed a mere 16.3 points per contest in 2016 while the Bears were even stingier, giving up only11.4 points per gam...