Created:Friday, August 30, 2013 11:47 p.m.CDT
Updated:Saturday, August 31, 2013 8:07 a.m.CDT

Wauconda tops Woodstock North

Kyle Grillot - Woodstock North senior Grant Wade (center) runs the ball against the Wauconda Defense during the second quarter of the high school football game at Wauconda High School Friday, August 30, 2013. (Kyle Grillot)

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-standingWaucon- 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 inthe third quarter. That’s when an errant snap of a punt led to a safety. Oneplay later, and the Bulldogs had the lead. Wauconda held serve on its homefield 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 aWauconda pass in the end zone. Next was a fake punt by Krenger.

That kept the final drive going. Another fourth-down play succeeded as GrantWade (22 carries, 127 yards) broke loose. The march proceeded to the Wauconda12-yard line before it ended.

North (0-1) got a big break to score its second touchdown of the firstquarter. A North punt hit a Wauconda player, setting up the offense atthe Wauconda 30. Haymond went outside for 17 yards on thedrive’s first play. Grant Wade did the honors as he scored his secondtouchdown of the first quarter on a 13-yard gallop. The extra point wasblocked.

North didn’t dent thescoreboard the rest of the way.

North had a promising drive to open the third quarter. Wauconda’s defensewas hit by a steady diet of Grant Wade. The junior carried the ball fivestraight times, pushing the ball to the Wauconda 30. That’s wherethe 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.