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Football: Fuessel, L-W East Pass Test in Win Over Homewood-Flossmoor

Lincoln-Way East 35, Homewood-Flossmoor 20: Senior quarterback Tom Fuessel showed he can get the job done with his arm as well as his legs in the Griffins' big victory Friday night in Frankfort.

Breaking It Down: Senior quarterback Tom Fuessel played on sore legs and ankles in the second half of Lincoln-Way East’s 35-20 football victory over Homewood-Flossmoor in a Southwest Suburban Blue showdown on Friday night in Frankfort. His arm was fine.

Fuessel threw a 38-yard pass to Justin Corbett to highlight a six-play, 64-yard knockout scoring drive. The Griffins (4-0, 2-0) punched the ball in on a 1-yard run by Brian Casey and extended their lead to 28-14. The Fuessel-to-Corbett connection came on a third-and-12 play from the East 34.

H-F (3-1, 1-1) closed to within 28-20 on 4-yard TD pass from Ronald Johnson to Taje Smith. But the Vikings’ point-after kick was blocked. And East closed the scoring on a 10-yard TD run by Casey with 35.5 seconds left.

Patch’s MVP: Tom Fuessel, senior, quarterback, Lincoln-Way East. He rushed for 121 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns. He also completed 5-of-8 passes for 91 yards.

Homewood-Flossmoor Stat Pack: Ronald Johnson (15-of-24 passing, 104 yards, 2 TDs; 49 yards rushing on 15 carries), Taje Smith (116 yards rushing, 16 carries, 1 TD; 2 catches, 11 yards, 1 TD), Pat Sheehan (4 catches, 36 yards), Vashon Nutt (4 catches, 29 yards, 1 TD).

Lincoln-Way East Stat Pack: Tom Fuessel (5-of-8 passing, 91 yards; 121 yards rushing, 16 carries, 2 TDs), Brian Casey (50 yards rushing, 5 carries, 2 TDs), Justin Corbett (3 catches, 52 yards), Chris Pierie (1 catch, 34 yards), Nick Colangelo (29 yards rushing, 11 carries), Moe Almasri (1 interception).

Quotable I: “Coming into this season, yeah, I was known more as a run-style quarterback,” Lincoln-Way East’s Tom Fuessel said. “Now, we’re starting to pick it up in the passing game, and it’s a great time to pick it up, especially against a great team like H-F.”

Quotable II: “They’re everything we thought they were,” Lincoln-Way East coach Rob Zvonar said. “They had us on our heels on defense on a lot of the drives. I know we hung in there and got the ball back a few times. But I thought they were tremendous offensively. I was really proud of our offense. Thirty-five hard-earned points, big key plays when we needed them. And I think you saw something out of Tommy Fuessel. He can hurt you with his arm, not just his legs.”

Quotable III: “I was real disappointed in the last touchdown,” Homewood-Flossmoor coach Craig Buzea said after he confronted Zvonar. “We sat there and held them. They took a knee. I don’t know if our kids thought they were going to take another knee or whatever and they walked in. Yeah, our kids are going to fight. We’ve got a lot of young kids who just have never been in a situation like this. For the most part, to have a chance to win the game with 3-4 minutes left, I’m proud of them. But our program is not about moral victories. We need to knock off some of these guys before we feel like we can be a top-tier team.”

Team Records: Lincoln-Way East is 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Southwest Suburban Blue. Homewood-Flossmoor is 3-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

What’s Next: Homewood-Flossmoor plays at Bolingbrook. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. Lincoln-Way East is at Sandburg on Friday, Sept. 21. Kickoff is at 7:15 p.m.

Scores of Interest: Sandburg 7, Lincoln-Way Central 3; Andrew 17, Lincoln-Way West 0; Notre Dame 22, Marian Catholic 9. For more scores, go to IHSA ScoreZone.com

Suzette Babich September 18, 2012 at 04:41 PM
They will choke like always. Not as great as everyone thinks they are! Play teams that are mediocre!
fred September 18, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Suzette - you do realize you are talking about high school kids not professionals... And Lea - it was the HF coaches who pulled the kids from shaking hands... Guess they were mad about the last score.
kayborst September 18, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Sorry Suzette LW was stopped shaking hands!
Juvenal September 18, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Not shaking hands is completely unacceptable (but I still can't figure out who was at fault for that) and should be AUTOMATIC. If the HF Coach needs to have a meeting during the national anthem that is also UNACCEPTABLE. Where is the sportsmanship????
I filmed it. September 27, 2012 at 09:19 PM
The HF coach, Buzea, threw an elbow into the chest of LWE coach, Zvonar, as they shook hands. Zvonar then pulled his team off the field. Buzea was not pleased that LWE ran a play after taking a knee. HF called a timeout after LWE took a knee on 1st down. This signals that HF is playing to the end with intent to win. If you watch the film the HF team blitzes everbody on that scoring play. A classless move by Buzea... his players deserve a better role model than that. Accept defeat graciously and stop making excuses, possibly you can develop the program you desire with solid leadership.

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