A shortened week of preparation didn’t shortchange Stagg.
While the Chargers were glad to win their season-opener, regardless of when it finally took place, there was no denying that a weather-induced reshuffling of the schedule did them no favors. After beating Hillcrest on Labor Day, Stagg coaches had just three days to get their players ready for Oak Lawn’s visit on Friday.
As if that wasn’t a formidable enough task, it was further complicated by the fact that the Chargers’ home debut was also part of Stagg’s homecoming festivities. And the occasion would be heightened by the appearance of Amos Alonzo Stagg’s grandchildren, who were going to help celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary.
But Chargers head coach Mike Fahey never let his athletes forget there was a game to be played. Despite all the apparent obstacles it was forced to clear, Stagg did so nicely, as it collected a 36-14 triumph over the Spartans.
The Chargers opened a season with back-to-back wins for the first time since 2005, which, interestingly enough, was also the last time they qualified for the state tournament. Stagg hadn’t won consecutive games at any point of a campaign since 2009.
“Our kids were pumped and I’ve got to give them a lot of credit,” Fahey said. “To play two games in five days and execute a game plan as well as they did [on Friday] says a lot about them. Our seniors led the right way and everything just clicked.