Comer Maintains Core Values in Noble Bowl II Victory

 

Comer players celebrate 32-18 win over Hansberry in Noble Bowl II

Chicago, IL - Ask Comer football players how they brought home the Noble Bowl II title and you’ll hear four words.  

Grit.  Commitment.  Courage.  Pride. 

Head Coach Gavin Lamb and staff test players frequently on each of their four core values, all of which played a key role in Comer’s journey to a 32-18 win over Hansberry in Noble Bowl II.  “We emphasize our four core values of Grit, Commitment, Courage and Pride.  Each value has an exact definition that our players memorize and that we refer back to throughout the summer and fall to keep everyone focused on the same goals.”

After narrowly losing last year’s Noble Gold Division in a heartbreaking week 8 loss to Bulls Prep, Comer used pride to rewrite the story in 2016.  Comer defeated unbeaten Bulls Prep, 18-15, in a week 8 classic on October 15th.  They would not be denied a birth to Noble Bowl II.  “Our #1 goal as a team is to ‘Be your best self.’  This is something we talk about frequently and stress its importance in all situations.  We stress that when every individual is at their best, then we can be at our best collectively as a team.” said Lamb.

For the 8-1 champions of the Noble Gold Division, Comer's grit was necessary to overcome Hansberry, their stingy Blue Division counterparts. The Bengals used their own dose of grit to win the Noble Blue Division by three-way tie-breaker over Speer and Rowe-Clark.  And despite two quick touchdowns by Comer in the 1st quarter of Noble Bowl II, Hansberry stayed within striking distance the remainder of the game. 

A late 45 yard run by Comer’s Calvon McClellan led to a score right before halftime, giving the Catamounts some breathing room.  Comer quarterback, Santrell Tamir, sealed the win with a late fourth quarter first down, subsequently allowing Comer to run out the clock on Hansberry.

 

For Comer, this win was especially sweet for the senior class.  “The opportunity to have a championship experience was nice and certainly meant a lot to them.  We had a great group of seniors who have been through a lot in their four years and been crucial to the growth and development of our program.  Two of them were four year starters, so for them to end their career in this way was well-deserved and it’s nice that they had that opportunity.”

The Noble Athletic Conference prides itself on the big community of sports in Chicago, and that community shines bright at Comer, Noble’s South Shore neighborhood campus.   Said Coach Lamb on his community support, “I have a lot of gratitude for the parent support we’ve developed over the last few seasons.  The parents have gotten on board with allowing their kids to put in this amount of time, and they do a great job turning out and making our games a lot of fun.  We define pride as a belief in the value and importance of who we are and what we do, and I think the support we’ve gotten from our parents has really helped to affirm that.  Winning definitely breeds interest, so hopefully our program will continue to grow and generate more and more support throughout the school community."

Catamounts prepare for Noble Bowl II kickoff