Jayden Lambert hopes history repeats for the Downers Grove South football program.
The Mustangs opened the season with one win in their first three games.
That’s not normally a telling statistic for a program, except for the Mustangs.
Before this season, the Mustangs had lost their first two games — at least — in each of the past four seasons.
The last time the Mustangs posted a 1-2 mark came in 2014, when they last made a trip to the playoffs.
An even further look into Mustangs history shows the program not having a winning record through three games all the way back to 2011. That’s when Downers Grove South won its first eight games.
So what does all this mean for Lambert, a senior wide receiver/defensive back, and his teammates?
Basically, they need to win two of their final three games to punch a ticket to the playoffs.
“Getting a good start by winning one of the first two games, which is the first time I’ve ever did that in all of my years, shows that the team is coming together,” Lambert said. “These last few games are very important for us to make the playoffs.”
The Mustangs defeated Addison Trail 42-0 last week to improve to 3-3 and 2-2 in the West Suburban Gold. On paper, the Mustangs have a good chance to win their next two games against Morton (0-6) and Leyden (3-3) before setting up a potential colossal battle with Downers Grove North (3-3) in Week 9.
Lambert said becoming a leader for the younger players, such as sophomore wide receiver Eli Reed, was important to him.
“My goal for the rest of the season is to make it to Week 10,” Lambert said.
The 6-foot-1 Lambert, who has a lone offer from Eastern Illinois, is a dynamic player for the Mustangs. He has played quarterback, tailback and wide receiver during his career, and become a key contributor on offense, defense and special teams this season.
Lambert had a 75-yard touchdown run against Addison Trail.
“Jayden is playing really well for us,” Downers Grove South coach Mark Molinari said. “He’s a very versatile player and is playing well.”
Benet hits difficult stretch of schedule
Benet stayed unbeaten with a stunning 21-17 comeback victory over St.Laurence in CCL/ESCC Orange Division action. By defeating the Vikings, the Redwings head into their final three games with momentum on their side.
With games against Loyola, St. Rita and Nazareth, the Redwings will need to limit their turnovers and avoid allowing big plays to remain undefeated.
Luca Hall caught a 15-yard pass late in the fourth quarter for the decisive score.
“It was a very tough game, but we’re glad we were able to win it,” Hall said. “We have some tough games coming up, so we have to be prepared to play our best.”
Downers Grove North on playoff track?
Like their rival neighbors, Downers Grove North is vying to add a few more wins to become playoff eligible. The Trojans (3-3) have lost three of their last four games, including a 55-7 shellacking to unbeaten Glenbard West last week.
But the Trojans’ next three opponents — Oak Park-River Forest, Lyons and Downers Grove South — all have 3-3 records.