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Lake Zurich knocks off the last of the NIC-10 teams

Nov 13, 2012 -- 5:55pm

The Lake Zurich Bears sent the Hononegah home in the second round of the playoffs, defeating the Indians 17-6.

Then they took out the two-time defending state champion and playoff rivals, Boylan Titans.

Looking at the box scores of the Bears’ season, it starts to look like someone forgot to load the stats for the other team.  In the first seven games of the season, there were four shutout wins, two losses (including a 3-0 loss to Libertyville) and one forfeit win. 

Lake Zurich has held their opponents to an average of just over five points per game this season.  The playoffs have been no different, as Hononegah and Boylan both failed to put up more than six points against them.  The fewest points the Titans had scored in a regular season game this year was 32.

How did the matchup against Boylan turn into a rivalry game for the Bears?  Lake Zurich lost to Boylan in the semifinals16-10 last year.   Lake Zurich also won the Class 7A state title in 2007 after beating Boylan 28-17 in the semifinals, and finished second in 2006 and 2010. 

Lake Zurich, who returned only two starters on and five on defense this year, has been winning games two ways; an outstanding defense and their running game.  They have eight times as many rushing yards as passing.  The Bears rushed for 282 yards and ran for just 77 against the Titans on Saturday.  But they were able to hold the highest-scoring offense in the playoffs to just two field goals the entire game.

Lake Zurich moves on to face Glenbard West in the quarter finals at home this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

by Liz Rudolph
ESPN 1380 Prep Reporter
Twitter: @LizESPN1380

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