ELGIN – The Genoa-Kingston football team was supposed to have its season opener Friday night at St. Edward. G-K took the bus to Elgin, dressed for the game and were ready to begin what it hopes is a playoff season.
However, the game never happened, as weather postponed it until 7 p.m. today.
“We prepared all day for the game, got real jacked up, and then having this is a bummer,” Cogs’ RB/DE Sal Lopez said outside the team’s locker room, after learning the contest had been postponed. “But then, we just get one more day to get ready to play hard.”
Last season, a 15-14 loss to St. Edward in Genoa in Week 1 was one of a number of close losses G-K had on the year.
Playing in the rugged Big Northern Conference’s East Division, it was a win the Cogs really needed. They’re hoping to erase those tough defeats this season and compete with the top teams in the league.
“There’s a lot of tough teams in the Big Northern, that’s always a tough conference just to be in,” Lopez said. “But I think we have a really good chance, we have really good skill players. We’ve been looking really good.”
With four teams that won at least five games a season ago, Frederick expects the conference to be just as good as last year. In 2012, North Boone, the second-smallest school in the league, lost only once all year on its way to a conference title.
“It’s going to be tough, always,” Frederick said. “Before the preseason, it’s hard to say. Kids graduate and kids get hurt and what not. I don’t know who’s got injuries and what not, but it’s going to be a tough conference. It always is.”
The Cogs’ biggest win last season came at Richmond-Burton in Week 3. It was the first time G-K had won in Richmond since 1992.
Lopez said that was a victory that let the team know it could play with the top teams in the BNC East.
“We gained a tremendous amount of confidence from that game,” Lopez said. “From there on out we lost really close ones, which is disappointing. But I think this year, it isn’t going to be the case.”