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FOOTBALL: Stingy defense critical to Evanston's success

<p>Evanston Evanston's Michael Pope (34) carries the ball upfield during the home game against Waukegan on Friday, October 11, 2013. | Michael Jarecki/For Sun-Times Media</p>

Evanston Evanston's Michael Pope (34) carries the ball upfield during the home game against Waukegan on Friday, October 11, 2013. | Michael Jarecki/For Sun-Times Media

Check out Julian Zeng's story on Evanston football's defense for High School Cube News: 

Evanston is on the cusp of clinching a playoff berth and one key to the Wildkits’ success has been their improved defense.

The Wildkits (5-2 overall, 2-1 CSL South) shut down Waukegan in a 27-6 home victory on Friday, keeping the Bulldogs scoreless in the second half. It was a strong performance that has grown more common this season. Junior Melvin Bobo IV, a scrambling quarterback, was Waukegan’s biggest weapon, but Evanston’s swarming defense contained him.

“(We) make sure the other team is one-dimensional,” senior linebacker Zach Smith said. “If a team is good at passing, we take away their passing and make them run. If they’re good at passing and running, we just make them do one of those things. That’s been our basic game plan.”

Fellow senior and linebacker Erik Brannon likened Evanston’s defense to “a pack of wolves,” hounding the ballcarrier and cutting down options.

[Read the rest of the story on High School Cube News]

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