ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Lake Shore football team has turned a complete 180 since the start of the season.
At press time, the Shorians were riding a three-game winning streak after starting the season 0-3. Lake Shore sat at 3-3, 1-2 MAC Gold at press time.
During that win streak, the Shorians have averaged 34.3 points per game. Lake Shore tallied only 11.0 points per game in starting the 2013 season 0-3.
Shorians coach Tom Iwanicki said getting a key piece back in week four has ignited his team, and the win streak has helped Lake Shore surpass last year’s win total.
“We got our quarterback back,” said Iwanicki, speaking of junior signal caller Will Bobek, who went down with an injury in week one against St. Clair Shores South Lake and had to sit out two games.
“(Bobek) came back (Sept. 20 vs. Center Line) and our offense has taken off. Our defense has played relatively well all year, but we went from a team averaging (11.0) points per game to a team averaging more than 30 (points per game).”
Bobek said he’s felt great since getting back out on the field. He said it was tough to watch his team struggle from the sidelines.
Iwanicki said Bobek sustained his injury at the wrong time, but the junior quarterback had been raring to go after serving as a backup in 2012. The Lake Shore coach said the injury just made Bobek more anxious to get out on the field.
“I wanted to be out there helping the team. Since I’ve been back, we’re getting along really well, and there’s a lot of chemistry.”
Bobek said there’s a lot of enthusiasm in the Lake Shore locker room these days, which has been brought on by the team’s recent success. He said Shorians players are having a lot of fun during games and practice, but they’re still taking things seriously.
“I think we just need to stay focused to keep this going,” Bobek said. “I haven’t been sacked in three games, so our offensive line needs to keep it up. My receivers have been doing a great job of catching the ball, too. We just need to keep doing what we’re doing.”
Lake Shore next hits the field for a rivalry matchup against St. Clair Shores Lakeview (1-5, 0-3 MAC Gold), set for 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Lake Shore.
“(Lakeview coach Rob Wozniak) does a great job over there, and he’s a friend of mine,” Iwanicki said, “but for one week, we’re not friends. That’s our senior day, so it’s going to be a big day for us.”