EUREKA – Equally as important as a victory will be for Eureka (1-1) to stay as injury free as possible when Chicago Quest travels to McCollum Field for a 2 p.m. game Saturday at McCollum Field.
“For sure, we have the heavy part of our schedule coming up,” Hornets’ coach Jason Bachman said. “You want to come out of it healthy and get ready for homecoming next week.”
Quest, who plays in the Intra City I Division of the Chicago Public League (CPL), replaces Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland, who has switched to eight-man football. The Warriors have been on the field just once, which was an 8-6 loss to DuSable on Aug. 31.
Bachman admitted being in the dark about this weekend’s foe.
“I know nothing,” he said. “I know the coach’s name. I’ve talked to him a couple times. I’ve reached out to a couple coaches they’ve played. I have not gotten anything back about them. We have to go under the assumption they have a talented team.”
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When asked how long he plans on playing the first string, Bachman was noncommittal due to the unfamiliarity.
“I think it’ll kind of depend on what we see,” he said. “We may have to play them in the fourth quarter. We have a lot of kids who deserve reps for the time they’ve put in. We wanted to have this game and not have a bye week. We feel fortunate to be able to play,”
Alonzo Harris is in his third season as Quest’s head coach with a 3-9 record. In 2018, the Warriors posted a mark to 2-3. This will be the first and only meeting between the programs.
Notes: Quest, which is a charter school, is located on the southwest side of the city. Their week two foe, Hammond (Ind.) Bishop Noll, did not have a varsity team in ’18 or this season because of a lack of upperclass players. Eureka’s lone matchup with the CPL was a 54-6 rout of guest Urban Prep/Englewood in the first round of the ’18 three A playoffs.