For the first time in the school’s history, the Kenwood Broncos football team was crowned city champions after earning a 25-7 victory over the Simeon Wolverines on Saturday, November 20, at Lane Tech Stadium.
The Broncos were led by Head Coach Sinque Turner, who said he was very proud of how his team played on Saturday.
“It was a big deal for myself and the kids,” said Turner. “We put ourselves in position to change the narrative of the city. I like that our guys were able to build everything brick by brick. It was the first time in school history.”
Thanks to the win on Saturday, Coach Turner and the Broncos finished 10-2 on the season and needed huge help from wide receiver Jalil Martin and defender Kahlil Tate to pull off the victory.
Martin, an All-State wide receiver and defensive back who will attend the University of Nebraska next season, opened the game catching a 55-yard bomb play from QB Lou Henson, making the score 6-0 at halftime after missing the extra point.
The Broncos led 6-0 at half time.
After earning an interception in the first quarter, defender Kahlil Tate finished with three interceptions for the game. Tate’s interceptions came in the first, third, and the fourth quarter. Tate’s big plays helped end several drives for the Wolverines. His last interception sealed the game in the fourth quarter.
In the last game before the playoffs, the Wolverines stopped the Broncos from having an undefeated season. And despite handing the Broncos their first loss of the season, the team bounced back with a win in the championship game.
Final Score: Kenwood 25, Simeon 7.
In addition to the team’s win on Saturday, Broncos starter BJ Mayes scored two touchdowns in the city championship game. Also, the Broncos defense surrendered only one TD in the game.
With the victory, the Broncos will play in the 2021 Prep Bowl on Friday, November 26, at Gately Stadium. Game time is 11 a.m.
Congrats to Coach Sinque Turner and the Kenwood Broncos on winning the school’s first ever city championship.
Joseph Phillips is the Sports Editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is a Chicago native, who has been a sports writer for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected].
Joseph Phillips is the Sports Editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is a Chicago native, who has been a sports writer for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago.