WAUCONDA – Considering the 90-minute delay, it couldn’t have been a better start for the visitors from Woodstock North. Sure, Jake Schuelle’s opening kickoff return for a touchdown was called back for a penalty.
So instead, Grant Wade and Jeremy Haymond took turns carrying the ball on the scoring drive on the game’s first possession. The drive took less than two minutes and it served notice to home-standing Waucon- da that it might be an even longer night than expected.
North’s 13-7 lead held form until a difficult 16 ticks of the clock late in the third quarter. That’s when an errant snap of a punt led to a safety. One play later, and the Bulldogs had the lead. Wauconda held serve on its home field with a 16-13 victory.
The win wasn’t quite in the bag for the home team. Mostly because of some heroism from Jimmy Krenger. First, the senior picked off a Wauconda pass in the end zone. Next was a fake punt by Krenger.
That kept the final drive going. Another fourth-down play succeeded as Grant Wade (22 carries, 127 yards) broke loose. The march proceeded to the Wauconda 12-yard line before it ended.
North (0-1) got a big break to score its second touchdown of the first quarter. A North punt hit a Wauconda player, setting up the offense at the Wauconda 30. Haymond went outside for 17 yards on the drive’s first play. Grant Wade did the honors as he scored his second touchdown of the first quarter on a 13-yard gallop. The extra point was blocked.
North didn’t dent the scoreboard the rest of the way.
North had a promising drive to open the third quarter. Wauconda’s defense was hit by a steady diet of Grant Wade. The junior carried the ball five straight times, pushing the ball to the Wauconda 30. That’s where the North drive ended.
A strong storm postponed the sophomore game and put the varsity game on hold.
The scheduled start of 7:30 p.m. was pushed to 9 p.m.
NOTE: The original story included the names of two player who graduated last year.