Pirate football off to strong start


Aakash Shah

Palatine High School ready to snap the ball on offence against Hoffman Estates High School. Palatine currently leads three and one.

Anokhi Patel, Reporter

Palatine had three games against MSL West teams this year and finished those games all with victories. Since the close loss to the defending state champions, Stevenson, Palatine has beaten Wheeling, Rolling Meadows, and just beat Prospect 35-14.

“We have the skill set to be a 3-0 team.” Senior defensive end Ethan Senner said.

The Pirates traveled to Mt Prospect on Saturday night and showed off those skills.

“We need to be playing our best football coming into games against the West.” Junior quarterback Zach Oles added.

The Palatine Pirates came out ready to play their rescedhuled game Saturday night at Mt Prospect, due to storm on Friday.

Palatine played a well balanced game offensively and defensively with help from the special teams unit. The Pirates scored first with a run by quarterback Zach Oles, and the Mt. Prospect Knights answered back with a run by QB Matt Drew after a long ten minute possesion to tie the game up at 7-7. Pirates ended the second quarter with two more touchdowns, both by sophomore WR Johnny O’shea.

Down 21-7 the Knights opened the third quarter with a long drive, resulting in a 3-yard touchdown run by Bobby Jaroscz. The experienced Palatine defense kept the Knights at 14 for the rest of the game, while the Pirates added two more TDs with the help of RB Josh Turner. Special Teams played well throughout the game and Myles Staples recovered the Knights kickoff fumble which set up one of Turner’s TDs.

“We have played tough but we cannot be satisfied with our performances. We need to continue to improve as the weeks go on.” Palatine kicker Mike Hilmer said.

The Pirates look to improve to 4-1 Friday, Sept. 25 against Hoffman Estates.