Football tears up Niles North in victory


By Paul Evers, sports editor
The Knights on Friday night tore up the turf, defeating Niles North 44-13. Michael Shafis led all rushers with 170 yards, while Andrew Shafis and Brandon Onori had 134 and 129 yards respectively.
In his 18 years of coaching, head coach Mike Sebestyen has never seen three players rush for over 100 yards in a game. Along with his running backs, Sebestyen made a point about another key kog of the offensive attack.
“Our offensive line played unbelievable. You put in an eight man box you’re literally stacking everyone in there at the one yard, and we still moved [Niles North] off the ball,” Sebestyen said.
While the game didn’t seem close, Sebestyen still thought it was a good experience for his team.
“That’s a team that obviously plays very hard, so it’s a good win for us going forward,” Sebestyen said.
The Knights were coming off a tough loss against Barrington last Friday, so Michael felt that his teammates had last week’s game on their minds.
“We took the anger that we felt from our last game and tried to give everything that we had in this game,” Michael said.
The Knights improved to 2-1 on the season and stay undefeated at home. Sebestyen finds it key to win at home.
“I’ve made it a big deal that they need to protect this turf,” Sebestyen said. “We protect this turf five times, you’ve got five wins, you now reached enough [wins] to qualify [for the playoffs].”   
Going forward, the Knights now prepare to take on Glenbrook North next Friday on the road.
“I think what we have to do obviously is [to] learn from our mistakes, learn what we did well, learn from our successes, learn from our issues that we need to fix… [before] we have to go on the road and play Glenbrook North,” Sebestyen said.