Niles West Falls to New Trier in Football Home Opener


By Emma Schieffer, Staff Writer

Niles West football hosted the New Trier Trevians on Friday, March 26. An opening drive touchdown for the Trevians seemed to stain the Wolves’ outlook for the rest of the game.

The offense started slow, with a few miscommunications between coaches and players. The Trevians electric offense gave no sympathy, and the Wolves gave up six touchdowns in the first half, ending 42-0. But West fans, now back in the stands, remained hopeful.

“I think that we performed pretty well, the other team just outplayed us a little bit. We can’t seem to get the ball down the field, but I think we need to run more passing plays and we’ll be right back in it,” senior Sean Carey said.

Although the game began on the wrong foot, the Wolves rallied in the second half and held the Trevians to one touchdown for the rest of the game. In the third and fourth quarters, the Wolves pulled together. Phil Shemroske’s runs gave a needed boost to both the offense and defense.

The game ended with a score of 49-0, and although the Wolves didn’t put any points on the scoreboard, head coach Matt Hohs was able to take away a good lesson from this game.

“I honestly believe this is a good life lesson for us. Getting punched in the gut like this isn’t fun, but how we reacted to it in the second half was a great response from us. I’m proud of our guys,” Hohs said. “We worked hard on just getting better. [Giving] 110 percent effort on every snap in the second half. We had some good movement up and down the field in the second half on offense, and we did some pretty good stops on defense.”

Fifty students were able to come and watch the night’s event while social distancing, though the turnout and energy lagged.

“It’s not as hype as it usually is, but this is still better than not having this. I feel like it’s good for us to get back and end our senior year right,” senior Jessica Mathew said.

Carey added, “I just wish there were a lot more people here so we could hype up the team, a little bit of team spirit.”

The Wolves will play Glenbrook South on April 3rd at 7 pm.