Here’s what happened in round one:
Class 5A: Kaneland 48 – Belvidere 0
The Belvidere Bucs met the Kaneland Knights in the first round of Class 5A for the second year in a row. It was an offensive battle in 2011, when Belvidere totaled over 550 yards, and the Knights walked away with a 51-45 won. This year, Kaneland continued their streak of putting up big numbers against their opponents. But they didn’t need them all against the Bucs this year. The Knights shut down the Belvidere offense, holding them to just 68 yards and without a scoring drive. Final score:Kaneland 48 – Belvidere 0. Kaneland moves on to face Lincoln-Way West in the second round.
Class 6A: Cary-Grove 41 – Auburn 7
It was the first time the Auburn Knights have seen the playoffs in 22 years. But undefeated Class 6A-favorites Cary-Grove was too much for the Knights in round one. Running backs Devone Manns and Quon Herron combined for 84 yards, Marc Trautmann (QB) was 12 for 16 for 133 yards. But Cary-Grove dominated all four quarters with 316 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. Final score: Cary-Grove 41 – Auburn 7. The Cary-Grove Trojans take on the St. Patrick Shamrocks of Chicago in round two.
Class 7A: Hononegah 39 – Willowbrook 16
Despite giving up four fumbles and an interception, the Hononegah Indians overcame Willowbrook last week in a final score of 39-16. Hononegah led 13-10 at halftime, but pulled away in the second half. The Indians were once again powered by running back Alex Martin, who ran for 176 yards and two touchdowns. Jake Wilson (RB) also had over 100 yards rushing, as well as 72 yards and one receiving touchdown. Final score: Hononegah 39 – Willowbrook 16. Hononegah faces Lake Zurich at home this Saturday at 2 p.m.
Boylan 28 – Algonquin Jacobs 10
Boylan may have gotten their biggest scare of the season against Algonquin Jacobs last week, but it didn’t last long. Jacobs struck first, leading the Titans 10-0 at the end of the first quarter. But the Titans’ defense turned things around in the second half, with the help of two interceptions by cornerback Matt Johnson, putting him at 13 interceptions in just ten games. Quarterback Brock Stull threw for 155 yards and one touchdown. Demarcus Vines (RB) was held to 71 yards and one rushing touchdown, but also scored on a 75-yard punt return in the third quarter. Final score: Boylan 28 – Algonquin Jacobs 10. Boylan will take on Fenwick at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Libertyville 48- Harlem 28
The final score of 48-28 may not look like a blowout, but for most of last Friday’s game between Libertyville and Harlem, it felt like one. Kevin Witcik (RB) ran for a solid 140 yards and three touchdowns. But most of Harlem’s offense came in the second half (they scored 20 points in the fourth quarter), and it was too little too late. Harlem outran Libertyville 313 yards to 178, but the Wildcats put up 226 yards and three of their touchdowns through the air. Final score: Libertyville 48 – Harlem 28. Libertyville meets Glenbard West this week.
by Liz Rudolph
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