MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) Harlem is no stranger to the postseason. The Huskies have made the playoffs in ten straight seasons. However, Harlem is looking to make a little extra noise in 2018.
"It's never a given, but it's certainly an expectation," said head coach Jim Morrow.
That expectation is to play at least ten games each year at Harlem. Morrow enters his 15th season as head coach of the huskies. After six straight first round exits, Morrow hopes this year is different.
"We've been fortunate enough to be in the playoffs," said Morrow. "But now it's time to make a run and get a little deeper than what we've been accustomed to and see if we can make some noise while we're at it."
Morrow preaches being the best team on the field that night. With a young nucleus returning, he wants to see another year of improvement.
"A lot of sophomores last year that did really well for us. But they're still sophomores playing against bearded 18-year-olds," said Morrow. "They're a step closer in that direction of having grown and developed in this offseason."
One team, one Harlem, that mantra is carried throughout the school and it shows on the football field as well.
"It's just so we come together as a community and as a school. In the weight room, we have it in there. It's just so it brings us all together, closer as one Harlem family."
Brandt Hixson, junior wide receiver and defensive back, was part of last year's playoff team. He says he is not ready to go home after that tenth game.
"Definitely get past the first round this year, that's the main goal," said Hixson. "Have a good conference and then get past the first round and then we'll see how it goes from there."