Athlete of the Week
Mahoney, a fullback, ran 10 times for 81 yards and the only score of the game, an 8-yard touchdown, as No. 1-seeded Cary-Grove (12-0) defeated No. 4 Crystal Lake Central (9-3), 7-0, Saturday in their Class 6A football playoff quarterfinal game.
When the Trojans faced third-and-long, they often looked to Mahoney running wide. C-G finally scored with 21.5 seconds remaining in the first half when Mahoney, running around left end, was able to stay in bounds and dive into the end zone from the 3-yard line.
Mahoney suffered a sprained left ankle in Week 3 against Crystal Lake South and missed most of four games. He is healthy now and the Trojans are grateful for what he brings to the option offense along with quarterback Quinn Baker and fullback Kyle Norberg.
Waytula injured: Marian Central wide receiver Tommy Waytula, a 6-foot-5 senior, suffered an ugly injury late in the Hurricanes’ 42-27 loss to Montini on Saturday night in their Class 5A playoff quarterfinal.
Waytula caught a pass over the middle and ran for the right sideline. As he was tackled, he fell awkwardly on his left arm and the elbow dislocated. Dr. John Daniels of Crystal Lake Orthopaedics was on Marian’s sideline and put Waytula’s arm back into place. Waytula stood on the sideline for the rest of the game with his arm in a sling.
Waytula played football for the first time this season and offered quarterback Chris Streveler a nice tall target. Waytula is one of Marian’s best returning basketball players but will now miss time for that sport.
This week’s playoff game
No. 1 Cary-Grove (12-0) at No. 10 Lake Forest (9-3),
The Trojans will be trying to advance to the state championship for the third time since 2004; they are 2-1 in semifinal games since then. Coach Brad Seaburg has asked for a 1 p.m. Saturday game, but said the time will not be determined until today.
– Joe Stevenson