Grenadiers Go Viral with a Hail Mary at Homecoming

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In a little town called Elk Grove Village located in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, there is a football team called the Grenadiers (what’s a Grenadier – yea I know, click the link) which has stirred up some social media buzz with a seriously ridiculous Hail Mary at this past weekend’s homecoming game against Rolling Meadows. It happens to be even more awesome because this is my hometown and the high school football team I hold dear to my heart.

Elk Grove was down 33-26 at their own 48 yard line when Quarterback Adam O’Malley scrambled and sent one last prayer down the field. Unfortunately, the ball fell rather short of the end zone, but the football fairies were on the Grens side because the ball hit a Rolling Meadows defender, bounced off an Elk Grove player on the ground, and was then snatched up by Mike Bischoff at the 16. Bischoff went incredible hulk and basically dragged two defenders two yards for the touchdown. Now watch the madness:

Here’s another view for you, end zone angle:

To make this game even more epic, EG was still down a point and had their field goal attempt blocked. Again, luck was on their side because Rolling Meadows received a penalty for having a player leave the field via the end zone instead of the sideline, and on the second attempt the Grens ran a sweep for the two-point conversion and the big HC win.

It made ESPN’s “must see” video list, it got a full spread on DeadSpin and it’s honestly just an awesome sequence of football. Congrats my little Grenadiers!

EGHS Football Makes CSN’s Top 20 List

Coach Larry Calhoun and his varsity team – courtesy SunTimes Media

Attention all Elk Grovians: Grenadier football is looking fierce in 2012! Comcast Sportsnet Chicago announced their Top 20 High School football rankings and EGHS came in at #13. As an alumna of Elk Grove High School I instantly felt a sense of pride – I like to consider myself an older wiser *Grenadier at heart.

The Grenadiers got off to quite the start last Friday under the varsity lights when quarterback Adam O’Malley threw five touchdowns and the Elk Grove football team trounced over Highland Park 40-6.  O’Malley finished the game 12-for-16 for 248 yards and one interception – not perfect, but pretty damn good.

QB Adam O’Malley throwing a bomb during the first half of the home opener – courtesy SunTimes Media

“It was kind of a magical night,” O’Malley told the Daily Herald. “The offensive line gave me a lot of time and my receivers kept getting open. They made me look good.”

The win was the first for Elk Grove coach Larry Calhoun, who’s Texas charm seems to be  fitting well with the varsity boys. Calhoun, previously a high school coach in Texas, took over in mid-June after previous head coach Brian Doll departed to promote football in Europe. Luckily, the “getting to know yous” were accelerated when Elk Grove won the Wheaton Warrenville South 7-on-7 tournament qualifying the team for a national tournament in Alabama in late July – ROAD TRIP. The tourney gave Calhoun, his coaches, and the team to get better acquainted in a short amount of time.  It didn’t take long for the student body to welcome coach Calhoun as they embraced him immediately by waving a Texas state flag and chanting his name on Friday night.

EGHS Celebrating the win – courtesy SunTimes Media

After last Friday’s home opener it looks like the Grenadiers might have made a name for themselves in the IHSA. If you find yourself in the village on a Friday night, it might be time to pay a visit to your high school alma mater :-).

Here are your 2012 Grenadiers at a glance:

Coach: Larry Calhoun (first year)
Last year: 10-2, 5-0 (East champs, 7A quarterfinalist)

OFFENSE

Pos. Name Ht/Wt Yr.

QB Adam O’Malley 6-1/180 Jr.

RB Travon Royal 5-8/165 Jr.

T Jake Radtke 6-3/235 Sr.

G Brandon Soriano 5-11/260 Jr.

C Anthony DeBell 6-0/210 Sr.

G Josh Palframan 5-9/235 Sr.

T Dan Egan 6-3/250 Sr.

WR John Eul 5-11/160 Sr.

WR Kishan Patel 5-11/165 Sr.

WR Mike Bishoff 6-2/190 Jr.

WR John Pass 6-3/185 Jr.

DEFENSE

Pos. Name Ht/Wt Yr.

DL Dan Egan 6-3/250 Sr.

NT Johnny Assimakopoulos 5-11/210 Jr.

DL Jake Radtke 6-3/235 Sr.

LB Mikey Maize 6-0/215 Sr.

LB Alfonso Lavin 5-10/200 Sr.

LB Mike Bishoff 6-2/190 Jr.

LB Luke Dybicz 6-0/160 Sr.

CB Kishan Patel 5-11/165 Sr.

CB Luc Dimaso 5-6/155 Sr.

S Matt McKenna 5-10/150 Sr.

S Travon Royal 5-8/165 Jr.

*For all you non-eghs followers a Grenadier was a specialized soldier in the mid-to-late 17th century used for the throwing of grenades, these soldiers were chosen from the strongest and largest men. As time progressed the grenadiers were considered the most physically powerful soldiers and would lead assaults onto the battle field.