2016 IHSA 2nd Round Playoffs
2nd Round of the State playoffs…
November 5, 2016
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Vikings shocked by Glenbard West
Top ranked Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings were totally shocked in the loss against Glenbard West 28-21.
In short, it was the turnovers…. Vikings (10-1) trailed 7-0 before producing an eight-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in a 6-yard touchdown run by quarterback Bryant Wright on the first play of the second quarter. Brendan Hurley added the first of three point-after kicks to force a 7-7 tie. Wright completed 17 of 22 passes for 187 yards and also rushed for 69 yards on 18 carries.
The Vikings were in position to take the lead at the end of the second quarter, driving to the Glenbard West 12 but Jack Campanella stepped in front of a pass by Wright with 1:12 left before halftime. It was Bryant’s first interception. This turnover took some air out of the Vikings’ balloon. Then the Hilltoppers scored on the opening kickoff of the second half as Dionte Moorehead raced 82 yards for the TD. It gave the Hilltoppers a 14-7 lead just 14 seconds into the second half.
“There were two big plays that really changed the game,” H-F coach Craig Buzea said. “The turnover before the half and the kickoff to start the second half. We didn’t plan on kicking the ball in the middle of the field.”
Try as they might, the Vikings never recovered from this. Wright scored from short-yardage with 10:35 left in the fourth quarter pulled the Vikings within 21-14.
Glenbard West, however, extended its lead on its ensuing possession. Ryan Diver scooted in from 6 yards to make it 28-14. A 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior running back, Diver finished with 33 carries for 171 yards.
Wright hooked up with Dylan Duplessis on a 28-yard TD pass with 19.6 left in the game that trimmed the deficit to 28-21 and gave Vikings fans hope. The Hilltoppers, though, recovered H-F’s onside kick.
It was the first time all season the Vikings were held below 27 points.
After the game, H-F wide receiver and Northern Illinois recruit, Tyrice Richie, just shook his head in disbelief.
“We didn’t turn the ball over hardly at all this season,” said Richie, a Northern Illinois recruit. “I don’t know how to explain it.”
The defending 7A state champion Hilltoppers (9-2) advance to play the Edwardsville-Oswego winner in the 8A quarterfinals.
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LW Central loses…
The Knights usually plays a solid ground game and ball-control offense, but the Knights received a taste of their own medicine Friday night in the second round of the Class 7A playoffs against quarterback Asher O’Hara and Rolling Meadows. O’Hara kept the chains moving and ran for two touchdowns as Rolling Meadows wore down Lincoln-Way Central for a 23-13 victory in New Lenox.
Rolling Meadows (11-0) moves on to next weekend’s state quarterfinals and will face the winner of Saturday’s game between Normal (9-1) and Benet (8-2).
For the Knights (7-4), a few splashy plays gave them a 13-9 lead going into halftime, but their ground game never quite got into gear.
“Our calling card all year has been able to run the ball,” Central coach Jeremy Cordell said. “We had some moments, but (Rolling Meadows) did a nice job adjusting and made some plays, and the bottom line is you’ve got to finish to the whistle if you’re going to run the ball.”
The Knights led 6-3 after Zack Stoklosa hit Matt Pollack on a halfback pass for a 53-yard TD. Rolling Meadows responded with a 3-yard TD run from O’Hara, but the Knights retook the lead before halftime thanks to a 1-yard TD from quarterback Hunter Campbell.
Complete IHSA pairings for ALL classes (click class below)
|Class 8A||Class 4A|
|Class 7A||Class 3A|
|Class 6A||Class 2A|
|Class 5A||Class 1A|
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