It wasn’t pretty, but like Benet football coach Pat New told his kids afterward, it’s all about survival.
Hoffman Estates, making its first foray into the state playoffs in 22 years, rallied from a 23-0 halftime deficit to tie the game early in the fourth quarter, but Benet scored on a 30-yard run by Marty Dosen with 3:24 remaining and the Redwings held on for a 29-23 victory in a first-round Class 7A playoff game Friday at Benedictine University.
“It was an ugly second half,” New said. “But credit Hoffman Estates. They showed great heart. It sounds like an excuse, but that wind was unbelievable. We kind of buried them in the first quarter with the wind and got momentum, and they kind of buried us in the third quarter and got momentum.”