The Pekin Community High School football team won another game against the Dunlap Eagles, 27-7.Head Coach Doug Nutter ran onto the field towards his players as they tackled him by celebrating a victory as the Dragons moved to 3-0 on the year.
The Friday night game on September 10th, the high school’s Easter Seals Blackout night, moved the Dragons to their first 3-0 start since Nutter, started coaching at Pekin. “It was a great feeling for our team to get the win and to do something that hasn’t been done here in a very long time. These seniors work hard for this season.” Nutter says, “The sky is the limit for this team as long as they keep working to get better in practice everyday. We have great senior leadership on this team.”
Pekin’s quarterback, Scotty Jordan, says, “The coaches and the players are like family… They are really like your brothers and sister.” And as for the coaches, “ they are people you can look up to, having your back at all times and they make sure you perform at your highest level.”
Pekin’s very first Varsity female football player, Mylee Hansen, says, “I don’t want to let the team down. Every point matters and the boys worked really hard to score and give me the opportunity to add another point.” Hansen is 12 of 13 in extra point attempts out of all three games. “When missing a kick, I’m upset. The team helps me overcome it. These boys really showed me how much of a family they are. They welcomed me into it and I can’t explain what it feels like to be on the sideline with them, listening to our family, friends, coaches, and the Firepit. The whole team puts their hearts out to play this game and I admire them for that.”
With the help from the community and our very own Pekin Dragons, the overall amount of donations to Easter Seals was $11,232.38. Easter Seals is an American nonprofit organization that provides disability services. The service helps children and adults with disabilities and also supports families as well.