Fresh off a 10-2 season (best since 2001) and quarterfinals appearance in the Class 6A state playoffs, The Riverside-Brookfield High School football program appears stronger than ever.
Capitalizing on the momentum and buzz around the program, the Bulldogs hosted a RBHS Football Showcase Night on Friday, Jan. 29 for seventh- and eighth-grade boys and their parents.
“It was a casual meet and greet for the parents and players to come out,” RBHS football coach Brendan Curtin said. “It gave them an opportunity to learn a little more about our program and get to know our coaches and put a face with the name.”
In addition to finding about the program from Curtin, the youth football players were afforded the opportunity to interact with several RBHS football players, notably quarterback/linebacker Ryan Swift and linebacker/running back David Pribyl Pierdinock and. Although Swift and Pribyl Pierdinock will graduate this year, they have played vital roles as team captains and all-conference performers during the Bulldogs’ impressive resurgence the past few seasons.
“Aside from being tremendous football players and leaders, David and Ryan both get it done in the classroom. They are academic all-state recipients,” Curtin said. “David hadn’t played football before he came to RB and Ryan did, so it was good for the younger kids to get those different perspectives at the showcase night.
“They are two players we specifically wanted to share their experience because they are very positive influences. I think that resonates with the grade school kids when they hear it from people who have experienced it.”
The RBHS football program will also be starting a youth football program this summer. Youth football players from surrounding communities will play games at the Kennelly Athletic Complex, the Bulldogs’ new football field which debuted on Oct. 2, 2015.
“We’ve always wanted to explore the idea because every successful football program in Illinois typically has a feeder program behind it,” Curtin said. “We knew we had to right the ship with our own program before we could develop the idea. Given the past couple of seasons that we’ve had, the time was upon us to explore this.
“It’s been a process with a number of meetings to get it off the ground, but we want to give younger student-athletes and their parents an opportunity to be more connected with Bulldog football.”
The football program will also be hosting several youth camps and clinics during the spring, including an RB Father-Son Football Clinic on March 18 at 6 p.m. and the Bulldog Youth QB/WR Academy on Sundays from April 3 through May 8.
For more information about the any of the upcoming youth leagues, clinics or camps, contact Curtin at (708) 442-7500 ext. 2311 or firstname.lastname@example.org