Back on December 1st, the Conant Cougars dropped a 45-31 decision to the Palatine Pirates in their first MSL West conference game of the season to sit at 2-3.
Since then, the squad has reeled off four consecutive wins with the latest one coming Friday night as the Cougars earned a tough road win over the Fremd Vikings, 48-41.
"I wasn't here last year, but I know these guys took some tough losses (to Fremd) and I know the guys who were back, were on a mission to win this game tonight," said Conant first-year head coach James Maley. "This is the best game we've played all season."
Seniors Ryan Davis (22 points) and Ben Schols (16 points) led the way for the visitors as the Cougars shot 56 percent as a team to improve to 6-3 and make the Palatine loss a distant memory.
"Against Palatine in the first conference game, I felt we had a lot of young guys coming in," said Davis. "But I felt especially at practice following...
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...