Antioch finishes off perfect season with rout of Lakes
Moments and memories were more than a handful for the Antioch Sequoits as they poured out their emotions after the game at midfield, with each senior expressing his best feelings to his teammates.
Antioch went the distance this season, going undefeated after bearing District 117 rival Lakes 49-0 in the final game of the Northern Lake County Conference spring football season in Antioch.
"It's sad and always sad when it's over," Antioch coach Brian Glashagel said. "Win or lose it's always sad, we told them. Luckily I've been in a championship locker room when it's over. It's still sad.
"What we've all been through, and to be able to get these football games in and the way these guys played this season, is magical. I'll never forget it."
The Sequoits (6-0) were a special team, Glashagel said.
"This group was such a special group," Glashagel said. "The things we asked them to do ... I've never been more proud with a group of guys. You throw in 6 a.m. outside practices in snow and they did it without a hiccup. It was amazing. I really love this group."
Antioch never lost a beat against rival Lakes (0-6) on Friday. The Sequoits led 22-0 after the first quarter and 42-0 by halftime.
Minnesota recruit Dino Kaliakmanis (9 carries, 119 yards) scored touchdowns from 3 and 21 yards.
"I have no words. There were a lot of obstacles throughout this whole year," he said. "These six games were very memorable and I wouldn't do anything else in the world. These six games will help you get through life. It really touched me after this game, these four years really flew by."
His brother Athan threw for 3 touchdowns and ran for another. He will be going to Minnesota next year at quarterback. He had a good run of four years that started at Carmel Catholic his freshman year.
"You never think it's going to end," Athan Kaliakmanis said. "It's so surreal. There was COVID and this was the closest thing to a normal Friday night since COVID. Freshman year was like yesterday and there's really no words for it. It's really crazy."
Antioch's Jayden Marquis caught 2 touchdowns, Andy Bowles also caught one and Khalil Anderson had a rushing TD.
Lakes has been in close games with Antioch in past years.
"Antioch was really good, well-coached, and a ton of seniors," Lakes coach Jordan Eder said. "They were the real deal. We just couldn't get anything going. We had a ton of injuries and it was a rough year for us. Still, proud of our kids."