CALUMET CITY | A.J. Price and his teammates have seen and heard about it all season.
The Meteors cannot finish a game. When Lemont scored with 13.5 seconds left to close within 41-40 and decided to go for two points on the PAT, Price challenged himself and his teammates. Another loss would end any chance of postseason play.
"I told them we have to stop them no matter what," he said. "Go after the quarterback if it's a pass or the guy with the ball if it was a run. We had to come up with a big play and win that game."
The pass was incomplete and the Meteors (3-4) held on for the win to snap a three-game losing streak.
"This was the biggest confidence builder for us that I've ever seen," Price said. "We didn't score on them for four years and to come out and put up 21 points in the first seven minutes, that was huge."
It may have given the team that extra boost when it needed it.
We didn't have a lot of confidence because the way were losing games," Price said. "We led in every game this year that we lost. We came ut and beat a good program."
The Meteors must win their last two games -- against District 215 rival T.F. South tonight in the battle for the Mushroom-Wooden Shoe Trophy and Oak Forest in Week 9.
"We have a chance to make the playoffs, but we have to play hard and want it," Price said. "Both teams are very good and South is always a big rivalry."
North coach Artie Rogers said the two-way lineman has played various positions and has even been a long snapper. Price has 18 solos, 17 assists and eight tackles for loss.
"He never comes off the field," Rogers said. "A.J. is not your 'rah, rah' guy. He goes out and leads by example. By that, I mean he makes the plays, comes to practice early, but he does talk when he sees it is necessary."
Price said the team has battled injuries and several players had to move around to different positions.
"Me, I just do what the coaches tell me," he said. "It is for the good of the team. As a senior, I think the younger guys see that and that makes them want to play harder.
"My job is to be one of those leaders and the one way to do it is to do your job and do what is asked."