FOOTBALL: Griffins Blast Bolingbrook 42-19
Lincoln-Way East's offense is keyed by quarterback Tom Fuessel and his four total touchdowns, while the Bolingbrook Raiders were derailed by injuries, including one to stud quarterback Aaron Bailey.
Breaking It Down: The second play of the game saw Illinois recruit Aaron Bailey make a beautiful late pitch on an option play that went 84 yards for a touchdown. Unfortunately for the Raiders, the play would be Bailey's last of the game, as he injured his knee on the play and never returned to the game.
With Bailey's injury derailing the battle of the quarterbacks, the Griffins' Tom Fuessel put on a show to power his team to the win. Fuessel had four total touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 throwing) and sparked Lincoln-Way to a impressive 42-19 victory.
Patch’s MVP: Tom Fuessel, quarterback, Lincoln-Way East. Touchdown runs of 30, 17 and 11 yards, along with a touchdown pass of 34 yards keyed the Griffins' offense. Fuessel finished the game with 64 yards on 12 carries on the ground.
Lincoln-Way East Stat Pack: Nick Colangelo rushed for 102 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown scamper and had a 34-yard touchdown reception. Defensive Back Jarret Lecas returned an interception 54-yards for a score. Kyle Langenderfer recorded a tackle for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery.
Bolingbrook Stat Pack: Sophomore quarterback Quincy Woods recorded two 50-plus-yard runs after Bailey went down. Parrker Westphal had an 84-yard touchdown run. Jaden Huff had a 1-yard touchdown rush.
Quotable I: “Huge holes from the offensive linemen. All the credit goes to the blocking and that's what it is, they're making huge holes. I got the best blocking down field. I just had to make one step and walk into the endzone.” - Tom Fuessel, quarterback, Lincoln-Way East.
Quotable II: “Had a couple guys go down and we just didn't function like we needed to function. That's the bottom line really.” - John Ivlow, Bolingbrook head coach.
Team Records: Lincoln-Way East remains unbeaten, improving to 6-0, 4-0 in the Southwest Suburban Blue Conference. The loss drops Bolingbrook to 5-1, 3-1 in the Southwest Suburban Blue Conference.
What’s Next: Lincoln-Way East plays Lincoln-Way Central at East, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Bolingbrook hosts Sandburg, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Scores of Interest: Lincoln-Way Central 25, Joliet West 8; Homewood-Flossmoor 49, Lockport 7. For more scores, check out the IHSA Score Zone.