When you mention Simeon High School, Derrick Rose immediately comes to mind, or even the late, great Ben Wilson. The South Side hoops factory is making a name for itself on the football field.
Simeon can cap off a perfect regular season Thursday. As CBS 2’s Megan Mawicke reports, the Wolverines are shooting for even higher goals.
Simeon is known as a basketball powerhouse, but their football team is trying change that.
“A lot of people didn’t expect us to be disciplined, but we did,” senior tackle Christian Bryant says. “We stand together as a team and don’t let us anything come between us. We just stay focused on our goals and that’s what’s keeping us rolling right now.”
They started rolling and opening up eyes when they upset Mt. Carmel to start the season. They’ve bulldozed their opponents to a 7-0 record and boast two shutouts.
“We’re just working hard every day, we’re getting better every day,” says Running Back Horatio Banks. “We’re trying to win games. It isn’t really a secret to what we’re doing.”
Their offense is putting up gaudy numbers. They’re averaging nearly 52 points a game and are on pace to break a 10-year old state scoring record of 694 points.
“I strive for blowouts in the first quarter,” says junior quarterback Robert Gregory. “I honestly don’t think anyone can stop us.”
And Simeon is no longer content just being the city’s best. They want to be make history and become the first public league team to ever win a state football title.
“We’ve got a huge goal, and that’s never been done before, but we’re going to give a good crack at it,” head coach Dante Culbreath said.
Gregory is getting major interest from Big Ten and PAC-10 schools, and Simeon may have as many as seven Division I college prospects.