Football Notes: Sandwich coach asks fans to keep focus on game
BY RICK ARMSTRONG firstname.lastname@example.org September 11, 2013 3:36PM
Waubonsie receiver Christian Gibbs, shown making a catch in Week 1 against Naperville Central, is Player of the Week after a key touchdown and later an interception in a win over Oswego. | Terence Guider-Shaw/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 15, 2013 6:44AM
Keep it classy.
That, in essence, was the message from Sandwich football coach Dusty Behringer to his team’s fans earlier this week as he took the unusual step of issuing a statement to the press concerning Friday’s annual rivalry game with neighboring Plano.
It comes in the wake of recent news of alleged hazing incidents involving former students at Plano that led to charges of criminal sexual assault, aggravated battery and unlawful restraint against five offenders under the age of 17 at the time.
“With this week’s ‘War on 34’ football game approaching … I want to remind the fans and families of Sandwich High School to keep our focus and attention on the game and not on the recent news events/happenings at Plano High School,” Behringer’s statement said.
“Please be mindful that these events involve victims that are minors. Any off-colored humor about these events will only further hurt the victims and their families affected by the events. I know no one would want to add to the suffering of these minors and families.”
Behringer, who also coaches girls track at the high school, teaches at Sandwich Middle School. He’s the parent of young children himself and sensitive to what they might hear at the game.
“Like a lot of parents, I know I try to shelter my kids from a lot of stuff,” he said. “I hear people talking about what happened, trying to joke and I don’t know how people can think that’s funny. It’s an unfortunate situation that did happen to kids. Let’s be mindful of that.”
Player of the Week
Waubonsie Valley senior WR/DB Christian Gibbs caught seven passes from QB Jack Eddy for 109 yards, including a 65-yard TD. He also had a key interception in a 40-21 win over Oswego.
East Aurora senior RB Jamaria Littleton left Friday’s game late in the third quarter with a concussion and senior WR/DB Desmond Gant missed the game with a concussion suffered in the season opener.
“We’ll go through the (state-mandated) protocols before they’re allowed to play,” said Coach Kurt Becker.
Waubonsie Valley RB/LB Demario Webb suffered a concussion vs. Oswego, coach Paul Murphy confirmed. The senior returned to school on Monday but will be re-evaluated later in the week.