Wildkits clip Conant Cougars, remain undefeated
The Evanston defense was as hungry as it was dominant in the still-unbeaten Wildkits 20-7 win over Conant.
Just one week after the celebrated Conant offense rolled up over 400 yards rushing in a Week 2-win over Elk Grove, the Wildkits held them to just 158 yards on the ground and seven first downs, forcing three turnovers along the way.
“Our front seven played tough tonight … I really think it should have been a shutout, but we got caught shifting to a different front,” defensive end Danny White told Evanston Now of the lone score the Wildkits’ defense allowed.
White led the charge for Evanston (3-0), getting a sack and several tackles for loss, while nose guard Collin Olla-Chatman and linebacker Luke Jensen both recovered fumbles, and Trenton Bertrand added a key interception.
“We knew it would be a battle for four quarters tonight, and I’m really proud of our effort,” Wildkits coach Mike Burzawa told Evanston Now. “Our defensive coordinator, Coach (Eddie) Conley, really had his guys prepared tonight. A lot of guys made big plays on defense. We kept grinding and working, and we finished it off.”
Quadre Nicholson provided all the offense the Wildkits needed, rushing for scores of one, three and 24 yards.
Sophomore Malik Frederick’s 60-yard jaunt early in the second half accounted for Conant’s only score.