Football routs Addison Trail to open season

Tina Hristova | Conant Crier

The Cougar football team lining up for the National Anthem before their game at Addison Trail.

Led by new sophomore quarterback Joey Dugo, junior fullback Malik Frederick, and a powerful defense, the Cougars opened their season with a 54-7 win against the Addison Trail Blazers.

Just four minutes into the game, Dugo scored the first touchdown and later added another to his first varsity start. “He did very well, made some mistakes but nothing that was going to hurt us,” Head Coach Bryan Stortz said. “I think he did a great job putting us into position, and made very good decisions tonight.”

Dugo also completed a 37 yard pass–the only Conant pass of the night–to Keegan O’Connor, ‘20.

Malik Frederick, ‘21, rushed for 228 yards and had two touchdowns, one of them in the third-quarter, a 66-yard run. Jack Hominac, ‘21, added a 21-yard touchdown run, and backup quarterback Matthew Botello, ‘20, added rushing scores of 2 and 53 yards. 

Defensively, Keegan O’ Connor, ‘20, had an interception, and Mason Reiger, ‘20, recovered a fumble. The Cougars allowed the Blazers to put up only 7 points. “From the beginning of practice this week we came in with a ton of energy, O’ Connor said. “We had a bit of a shaky start in the beginning of the game, but we did what we were told and came out on top.”

The Cougars will play their first home game of the season against Elk Grove for the Mayor’s Cup this Friday. Kickoff is at 7:30.

Tina Hristova

Tina is a Senior at Conant, and this is her first year as a sports writer for the Conant Crier. She has played volleyball & lacrosse, and is also a member of the Cougar Crazies. Outside of school Tina loves to watch and read about sports. She also loves traveling with her family and friends.

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