Crystal Lake South 32, Jacobs 29
Gators kicker Casey Oliver made a 42-yard field goal with 0.8 seconds left to give Crystal Lake South (5-3, 4-2) the win over Jacobs (4-4, 2-3). Bret Mooney threw for 323 yards for Jacobs.
Alden-Hebron 16, Rockford Christian Life 14
The game began with three touchdowns in the first quarter but what looked like a slugfest early turned into a battle of field position featuring two stout defenses. No more scoring plays happened until the fourth quarter with less than six minutes to go.
Prairie Ridge 41, McHenry 7
The Wolves (3-5, 1-4) scored 27 points in the third quarter as they dominated McHenry (3-5, 1-4). Matt Perhats had a big interception in the end zone at the end of the first half for Prairie Ridge.
Marian Central 52, St. Edward 6
Ephraim Lee ran for 127 yards on 13 carries with three rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdowns as the top-ranked Hurricanes (8-0, 6-0) beat the Green Wave (2-6, 1-5).
Harvard 36, Genoa-Kingston 7
Harvard forced four turnovers against Genoa-Kingston in the second half after being up 7-0 at halftime, and scored 29 unanswered points to the BNC East game 36-7. The Hornets have won three of their last four games.
Adam Freimund came down with one of Harvard’s three interceptions, taking it 21 yards into the end zone. The 6-4, 310-pound nose tackle read the Cogs’ screen pass, put his hands in the air, and got the football, broken wrist and all.
“It was probably the hardest 21 yards I’ve ever ran before,” Freimund said. “I was more worried about dropping it than anything. I didn’t want to get rid of it.”
The Hornets (4-4, 3-2) struggled to move the ball in the first half, totaling only 77 yards in the first half,
but Harvard’s defense kept the Cogs (2-6, 2-3) at bay.
Rockford Christian 23, Marengo 6
Turnovers plagued the Indians Friday night as the Rockford Christian Lions (1-7, 1-5) cruised their way to their first win of the season. Though their offense was spotty, the Lions' defensive line was able to disturb Marengo (1-7, 0-5) quarterback John Lesiak enough for him to throw three interceptions with one going for a touchdown.
Richmond-Burton 35, North Boone 14
The Rockets scored on their first four possessions and held North Boone and quarterback Austin Baden to no first downs in the first two quarters. That nearly flawless half propelled R-B to a 35-14 victory and into a three-way tie for first place in the Big Northern Conference East Division with one remaining game.
“We were really psyched, and came out knowing we were going to win it,” Rockets defensive end Josh Williams said. “We put them right where we thought we were going to put them.”
R-B (6-2 overall, 4-1 BNC East) won its fifth consecutive game and put itself in position for its fourth division title in a row. North Boone (7-1, 4-1) plays Burlington Central (6-2, 4-1) next week, while R-B hosts Harvard (4-4, 3-2). If R-B wins, it shares the BNC East title with the North Boone-Burlington winner.
Crystal Lake Central 28, Johnsburg 0
Playoff-bound Crystal Lake Central (6-2, 4-1) led 7-0 heading to the fourth quarter when the Tigers opened up the scoring. Johnsburg's (0-8, 0-5) defense played well until then. Then the Tigers scores three touchdowns in a four and a half minute span of the final quarter. Plenty of credit also goes to the CLC defense which limited the Johnsburg offense for most of this game.
Huntley 49, Woodstock 21
Huntley (5-3) become playoff eligible with a 49-21 victory over Woodstock (3-5) in a Fox Valley Conference crossover game.
Five of the seven first half drives for Huntley started in Woodstock territory and the scoring started with a Jake Scalise 4-yard touchdown run.
From there, Scalise hit his favorite wideout partner Bryce Beschorner with an 8-yard touchdown pass and later on a 13-yard TD pass. Those throws were sandwiched around a touchdown pass to John Walker and a Ethan Connor 4-yard run to build a 35-0 cushion for Huntley.
Beschorner has now caught 10 touchdown passes on the season and the Sallee-Beschorner connection continues to chug along for Huntley.
Cary-Grove 46, Dundee-Crown 13
Kyle Norberg kept running and Jason Gregoire stepped up in place of injured senior Quinn Baker en route to a 46-13 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division victory over Dundee-Crown.
Gregoire ran for a touchdown and had 39 rushing yards to go with three completions to senior Ryan Mahoney for 62 total yards in the air.
The area's leading rusher, D-C junior running back Cody Lane, found 121 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, and sophomore Caleb Parson added 59 yards on 12 carries for the Chargers (3-5 overall, 1-4 FVC Valley).
Woodstock North 46, Hampshire 14
Woodstock North won its fourth straight game - and more importantly moved one step closer to earning a share of the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division title - by handing Hampshire a 46-14 thrashing on Friday night.
On its home field, the Thunder (6-2, 4-1) started off strong scoring on four of its first five possessions in the opening half. QB Brian Loftin set the tone for the evening scoring untouched on a 47-yard run on the Thunder's opening drive.