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Second Round | November 11, 2013

BEYOND REACH

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3A PLAYOFFS | AURORA CHRISTIAN 49, OREGON 20

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AURORA – A dream start for the Oregon football team quickly turned into a nightmare against Aurora Christian. The Hawks opened with a touchdown on their opening possession, only to see the Eagles respond with 49 straight points on their way to a 49-20 victory on Saturday night in a Class 3A second-round playoff game. “They just have talent everywhere,” Oregon senior fullback/linebacker Sawyer Reynolds said. “We just got outplayed tonight. They’re just better football players, I guess.” The key to the game for Oregon (6-5) was to chew up yardage and time with a methodical rushing attack. The plan worked to a tee on the game’s opening possession, as the Hawks marched 73 yards in 18 plays, all but one of them on the ground. The lone pass was a 2-yarder from Tyler Blume to Pierce Dhaese for a touchdown on fourth down, and the Hawks used 9 minutes, 16 seconds of clock. “That was absolutely ideal,” Oregon coach John Bothe said. “That’s what we envisioned. It was just a great start.” Once Aurora Christian got its hands on the ball, however, it was a huge problem for the Hawks. The Eagles (8-3) scored on all five of their first-half possessions, and senior

Star of the game: Brandon Walgren, Aurora Christian, 6 receptions,179 yards, 2 TDs; TD pass Key performers: Austin Bray, Aurora Christian, 7-for-11, 244 yards, 2 TDs; Sawyer Reynolds, Oregon, 14 carries, 72 yards, TD

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Aurora Christian’s Brandon Walgren (left) catches a touchdown pass behind Oregon’s Adam Bettner as time expires in the first half of Saturday’s 3A playoff game in Aurora. The Hawks lost 49-20. wide receiver Brandon Walgren seemed to be in the middle of everything. He caught six first-half passes for 179 yards, including TD catches of 45 and 44 yards from junior quarterback Austin Bray. Walgren also threw a 30-yard TD pass to Zach Bosek, and his 44-yard punt return set up a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Legend Smith. “We knew coming into this week we were going to pass a lot, and I was excited for this game knowing that,” Walgren said. “Austin had a great game passing, and he put that ball on me when he

needed to.” “I always thought Brandon could be a great football player when he was a freshman,” AC coach Don Beebe said, “but I wasn’t sure if he had that moxie and that big-play attitude. He had big-play ability, but these last few games, he’s really taken things over.” Aurora Christian, which is seeking its third consecutive Class 3A state championship, quickly took care of business in the second half. Smith took a screen pass 56 yards for a score on the opening play of the third quarter to up the margin to 42-7. Reynolds fumbled on

the first play of Oregon’s next possession, the game’s only turnover, and the Eagles quickly cashed in. Five runs by Smith produced Aurora Christian’s seventh and final TD with 8:35 remaining in the third quarter to make the score 49-7 and set a running clock in motion the rest of the way. Allowing an early Oregon score didn’t even register on the adversity scale for the Eagles, who started 5-0, then suffered a rash of injuries that led to a three-game losing streak. Fifteen of 22 starters were sidelined at least part of the time in losses to

Aurora Marmion (35-14), IC Catholic (48-6) and Lombard Montini (49-0). Aurora Christian has gotten players back, however, and it’s showed. The Eagles beat IC Catholic 24-3 in the first round last week before handling Oregon. “It was ugly,” Beebe said of his team’s rough patch. “It was just awful football, and I felt bad for the kids. As their coach, I had to try to keep everything together and say, ‘Guys, we’ll get through this.’ We kept praying every day, and it really brought us together. Adversity does that. “It was a metaphor for

the beginning of this game. Oregon ran it down our throats, 3, 4 yards at a time, and we couldn’t do anything about it. But we stuck together, and we got it turned around.” Oregon made the score more respectable down the stretch with a pair of short TD runs by Adam Bettner and Reynolds. Much better than that, however, was qualifying for the playoffs in the first place, and gaining a memorable first-round victory over Wilmington. After a loss to Rock Falls to conclude a 2-7 2012 season, Bothe challenged his returning players in a postgame meeting. “I kind of read it to the juniors,” Bothe said. “I kind of let them have it. Our program was on the brink last year. We were down on the mat. We weren’t knocked out, but we were down on the mat. If we didn’t respond this year, who knows where we’d be? “These kids, especially this senior group, responded and brought us back to life. Where we go from here, I don’t know, but this group definitely bounced us back.”


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Beebe, Hawks go way back BY BRIAN WEIDMAN bweidman@saukvalley.com 800-798-4085, ext. 551

AURORA – When people think of Don Beebe the athlete, one play comes to mind. It was in Super Bowl XXVII, when his Buffalo Bills lost to the Dallas Cowboys 52-17. It could have been worse, if not for Beebe. Late in that game, Dallas defensive tackle Leon Lett recovered a fumble and rumbled toward the end zone. He prematurely raised the ball with his right hand before crossing the goal line, however, and Beebe, one the NFL’s fastest players, chased him down and knocked the ball away, saving a touchdown. Beebe played nine seasons in the NFL, caught 219 passes for 3,416 yards, and scored 25 touchdowns. He also played in six Super Bowls – four with Buffalo and two with Green Bay. My memory of Beebe, though, precedes his NFL days, and it involves the Oregon Hawks. Beebe was a three-sport (football, basketball and track) athlete at Kaneland High School

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Oregon’s Ashton Rutherford is tripped up by an Aurora Christian defender during Saturday’s game in Aurora. The Hawks lost to the Eagles, who are coached by former NFL player Don Beebe. (class of 1983, just like me), and a broad smile came over his face when I brought up a basketball game during his junior year that I happened to attend. It was a sectional game against

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Oregon, and Beebe helped the Knights pull out a narrow victory over the Hawks. “I made a steal with not much time left on the clock – I think it was under 10 seconds,” Beebe

said. “I made the steal, took a couple of dribbles, dished it to Bill Mangers, and he made the shot at the buzzer to beat Oregon. That was something else.” Beebe attended college at

tiny Chadron (Neb.) State, after transferring from Western Illinois, and was drafted in the second round by the Bills in 1989. He turned heads at the NFL Combine with a time of 4.21 in the 40-yard dash, and that blazing speed helped him stay in the league for nine seasons. In 1998, he founded a company called the House of Speed, to train athletes in the essentials of top performance, speed, and character. The business now has locations in 11 states. He’s coached football at Aurora Christian since 2004, and has built the program into a powerhouse. The Eagles have won the last two 3A state titles, and are 96-25 under his watch – including three wins against Oregon the past 4 years in the playoffs. It’s not just about the wins and losses, he stressed. “I just enjoy coaching kids, and helping them fulfill their dreams,” Beebe said. “I remember when I was a kid and had those dreams as a high school athlete, and that’s why I’m at the high school level. I’m having the time of my life.”

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3A PLAYOFFS | STILLMAN VALLEY 24, ERIE-PROPHETSTOWN 14

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ERIE – It fought valiantly, but Erie-Prophetstown could not overcome playing without its 3-year starting quarterback. With senior QB Ethan Howard sidelined with a knee injury suffered in the first round, the Panthers battled. But they came up short in a 24-14 loss to Stillman Valley in a Class 3A second-round matchup in ferocious wind at Wayne Hein Field at Erie Middle School. Sophomore Jordan Chandler, who appears bound for a brilliant high school career, tried to fill Howard’s shoes. But with its former halfback at quarterback, Erie-Prophetstown’s option attack was unable to run on all cylinders. “Me and [Chandler] only had a week to practice to try to get what me and Ethan had for 10 games,” said fullback Nick Williams, who had 24 carries for 135 yards to surpass 2,000 yards for the season. “Jordan stepped up. He’s a great quarterback and a great runner. I’m proud of how he performed.” “It hurt not having our starting quarterback out there,” said halfback Chris Bauer, who had 77 yards on nine carries. “He would have helped a lot, but our backup did great. We just made a few errors, and they made a couple big plays.” Bauer got the Panthers (8-3) off and running. EP began the opening possession at its own 20. Seven running plays later, five by Williams and two by Bauer, the Panthers had a fourth-and-7 from the Stillman Valley 47. They went for it. Bauer got it, and a lot more, busting loose for a touchdown. Williams added the two-point conversion, and

Star of the game: Tristan Elliott, Stillman Valley, 222 rushing yards, TD Key performers: Nick Williams, Erie-Prophetstown, 135 rushing yards; Chris Bauer, Erie-Prophetstown, 77 rushing yards, TD; Connor McNames, Stillman Valley, 52 rushing yards

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Erie-Prophetstown’s Chris Bauer runs up the sideline Saturday as he scores a touchdown against Stillman Valley. The Panthers lost 24-14 in the second-round game in Erie, ending their season with an 8-3 record. EP led 8-0 with 7:24 left in the first quarter. A botched Stillman Valley punt resulted in the Panthers tackling Cardinals punter Marcus Bower at the Stillman Valley 31. Erie-Prophetstown was unable to cash in, however, as Chandler fumbled the ball away three plays later at the Cardinals’ 20. Stillman Valley (9-2) rolled the dice to come up with its first touchdown. On fourthand-3 from their own 19, the Cardinals went for it. Tristan Elliott burst through EP’s short-yardage defense and

bolted 81 yards for a touchdown. Logan Alberts’ twopoint run made it 8-8 with 7:29 left in the first half. Late in the first half, mistakes cost EP dearly. The Panthers’ Dylan Binion returned the ensuing kickoff 27 yards to midfield. But three plays later, an errant Chandler pitch resulted in another fumble, and the Cardinals recovered at their 37. With just 1:05 until halftime, Stillman Valley started at its own 25. Elliott broke free again, bursting 43 yards to the Panthers’ 32. A late hit out of bounds tacked on 15 more

yards to the 17. The Cardinals reached the 12 before lining up for a field goal on fourth-and-5. But, the Panthers jumped offsides, giving Stillman first-and-goal at the 7. Two plays later, 6-foot-2, 230-pound fullback Zac Hare scored a 2-yard touchdown with just 6.7 seconds left. Elliott’s two-point run made it 16-8. Stillman Valley turned the ball over on downs at its own 29 on the first possession of the second half. Again, EP could not convert, losing 5 yards on three plays before punting. The Cardinals fumbled the ball away at the Panthers’

46 with 6:03 left in the third quarter. This time, EP made it count. A pair of 14-yard runs by Williams set up a 1-yard plunge by Chandler. But, the two-point run attempt by Williams was stuffed, and the Panthers trailed 16-14 with 1.1 seconds left in the third quarter. Stillman Valley answered, putting the game away with a 74-yard TD drive. A 36-yard run by Elliott highlighted the march, which was capped by a 1-yard TD by Hare. Alberts’ two-point run made it 24-14 with 7:07 to play. “It was kind of that find-away-to-win playoff performance,” Cardinals coach Mike Lalor said. “It wasn’t real pretty, but when we had to make plays, we made plays. We also had a couple big breaks go our way.” Williams wound up with 2,094 yards on the season. “I never in my life expected to run fullback and eclipse 2,000 yards in a season,” said Williams, who ran for 422 as a halfback last season. “It feels amazing. I can’t even explain it. It’s awesome.” Would it have been a different game with Howard? “Yes, but I don’t want to take anything away from Jordan,” EP coach Chuck Miem said. “I don’t put any blame there. But Ethan makes a difference. There’s no doubt.”


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New heights for EP BY LARRY BRENNAN lbrennan@saukvalley.com 800-798-4085, ext. 550

Chuck Milem remembers it vividly. “It� being a meeting he had with this year’s Erie-Prophetstown seniors at Wayne Hein Field when they were eighthgraders. The schools’ junior high teams do not co-op. “They were playing against each other,� Milem said shortly after his team’s 24-14 Class 3A second-round playoff loss to Stillman Valley on Saturday. “I came out and brought them all together. I told them that we had a lot of talent, and when we put it together, it was going to be a lot of fun. I can remember that conversation like it was yesterday.� In his sixth season, Milem’s first four saw little success. EP went 1-8 in 2008, 3-6 in both 2009 and 2010, and 1-8 again in 2011. Then, a breakthrough. The Panthers had a 5-4 regular season in 2012, earning the program’s first playoff berth in a decade. This year was even better. An eight-win season, their best since becoming a co-op in 2001, and the program’s first playoff win since Prophetstown’s last in 1988. “We’ve made history as a

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Erie-Prophetstown senior Owen McConnell embraces a Stillman Valley player after the Panthers’ loss Saturday in Erie. The co-op went from a 1-8 record two seasons ago to back-to-back playoff appearances and the first postseason victory as a co-op. program. It feels great knowing that we’ve gone this far,� said senior fullback Nick Williams, who rushed for 135 yards Saturday to finish the season with a whopping 2,094. “I don’t think anybody expected us to make

it this far. We just showed what we were capable of.� “My class was always good at football, and the class above me was good,� senior halfback Chris Bauer said. “I thought we had the potential to do this. We just had

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together even faster. “This is my sixth year,� he said. “In my fifth year, we got in the playoffs, and here we are today. It might look fast now, but it was long for me those first few years.�

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2A PLAYOFFS | NEWMAN 35, EASTLAND-PEARL CITY 12

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STERLING – Perfection has been displayed in many ways throughout the course of human history. A writer might contend that Shakespeare achieved perfection with “Hamlet.” An artist might point to the “Mona Lisa.” Every car commercial will say the latest model is perfect. Jake Snow and Mike Papoccia will point to play No. 1 of Saturday’s 35-12 win over EastlandPearl Ciy in the second round of the 2A playoffs at Sterling Chevrolet Field at Roscoe Eades Stadium. Snow took the handoff from quarterback A.J. Sharp to the left side, found a gap that one of those perfect cars could have driven through, and burst into the open field. A mere 79 yards later, he crossed the goal line. A Brandon Ahlgrim kick put Newman up 7-0 with 13 seconds off the clock. “That play was perfect,” Snow said. “The line blocked it perfectly, and all I had to do was hit the hole and take it from there. We haven’t been a fast-starting team, so it was important to us to come out like that right away.” “That play was perfectly executed,” said Papoccia, a 34-year veteran of the Newman sideline. “The line opened it up, and it was up to Jake after that. He’s been making that happen all year. It was huge, because I think it took some of the wind out of their sails and made them think a little bit.” The Wildcatz (10-1) looked poised to punch back after Shawn Larak powered forward for 16 yards on the first play of the ensuing drive. Eastland-Pearl City picked up another first down to advance to midfield. After a 3-yard run by

Star of the game: Jake Snow, Newman, 199 rushing yards, 2 TDs Key performers: Michael Ely, Newman, 11 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass break-up; Eric Schaney, EPC, 91 rushing yards, 1 TD Up next: 2A quarterfinals – Newman at Momence, TBD

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Newman’s Mac Olson reaches out to score the Comets’ second touchdown in a 35-12 win over Eastland-Pearl City in the second round of the 2A playoffs at Roscoe Eades Stadium. Donny Groezinger, quarterback Deven Heeren was sacked by Nate Terveer for a 6-yard loss. After a punt by Skylar Paulson, Newman (10-1) took over at its own 35. Mac Olson rumbled for 11 yards on first down to the 46. Three more yards by Dillan Heffelfinger put the ball at the 49, setting up Snow for more magic. Snow, who was seen vomiting on the sideline before the game because of nerves, took the ball to the left side. He appeared to be stalled for a loss, before reversing his direction and taking the ball 27 yards down the field to the EPC 22. Two plays later, Olson – who had 74 yards on the day – carried two Wildcatz defenders into the end zone to put Newman up 13-0. “We call him the Mac truck, because that’s the way he runs,” Papoccia said. “He’s so tough, and he fights for every inch.” Olson also had 10 tackles from his linebacker position on

defense. That was second only to fellow linebacker Michael Ely, who had 12 tackles. The Comets held 6-foot, 195pound junior fullback Eric Schaney to 91 yards on 19 carries. “You had to stay low on him,” Ely said. “If he got going fullsteam ahead, it was pretty tough to bring him down. He was a load.” Schaney drew the Wildcatz within a touchdown in the second quarter on an 18-yard run. “The line opened that one up, and I didn’t get touched the whole way,” Schaney said. “They’ve being doing that the entire season. I got 1,000 yards all because of them. “It felt like the momentum was shifting there, but we just didn’t play as well as we usually do. Too many mistakes, and we couldn’t have that against a team like Newman.” The Wildcatz missed a chance the drive before the touchdown, after Newman fumbled a punt return to set up EPC at the

Comets’ 32. The Wildcatz rumbled down to the 17, but a halfback pass by Groezinger was intercepted by Trevor Bolin in the end zone. “We didn’t take advantage of the one mistake they made,” Eastland-Pearl City coach Randy Asche said. “We didn’t handle the pressure as well as they did, and they took advantage. They’d get into that 4 yards, and 4 more yards, and 4 more yards. It grinds you down.” After the Schaney score, Newman went on a 6-minute drive that was extended at one point by a late-hit penalty on EPC. The Comets wrapped up the drive with 7-yard TD pass from Sharp to Shayne Allen with 34.7 seconds left. The 2-point conversion run failed, but Newman was up 19-7. Neither team moved the ball much in the third quarter, and the Wildcatz started pressing late in the quarter. On fourthand-long, Heeren hit Paulson on a 13-yard pass for a first down.

EPC tried its hand again on fourth down on the first play of the fourth quarter at the Newman 33. Heeren tried to hit Schaney in the flat, but Ely charged up and knocked the ball to the ground. “I just happened to see Schaney running out alone in the open, and I knew I had to get to him,” Ely said. “We moved Michael to linebacker from nose tackle a few weeks ago because of injuries,” Papoccia said. “He’s such a smart player, and hasn’t missed a beat since making that move.” Newman went on another 6-minute drive that ended with a 1-yard TD run by Heffelfinger. EPC went into hurry-up mode down 27-6, and moved the ball quickly down the field via the passing game. The Wildcatz scored on a 16-yard pass from Heeren to Groezinger with 4:25 left. The onside kick attempt was recovered by Newman, and moments later, Snow put the game away with a 29-yard touchdown run. Snow finished with 199 rushing yards. He also caught two passes for 29 yards. “It was a physical game,” Snow said. “That’s what we like to do, and that’s what they like to do. I love playing in games like that. We just lined up and pounded on each other.”


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2A BONUS COVERAGE

Sun sets quickly on EPC BY DAN WOESSNER dwoessner@saukvalley.com 800-798-4085, ext. 555

STERLING – Dusk hit Roscoe Eades Stadium on Saturday after the conclusion of Saturday’s 2A second-round playoff game between Newman and Eastland-Pearl City almost as fast as Jake Snow had reached the end zone 13 seconds into the game nearly 3 hours earlier. By that point, a sparse congregation of players, parents and fans remained, as EastlandPearl City coach Randy Asche descended the steps of the stadium after a radio interview in the press box. Once on the field, Asche was greeted by one of the few remaining players in senior Boden Brandt. The two embraced and, for a few final moments, they were player and coach after the Wildcatz’s season came to an end in a 35-12 loss to the Comets. A week earlier, Brandt had been one of the players that said playing Newman in the playoffs had been the Wildcatz’s dream all season. Saturday didn’t turn out to be such a dream. But, unlike previous games against Three Rivers North teams in the playoffs, it had less to do with a talent gap between the Wildcatz

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Eastland-Pearl City’s Boden Brandt leads his team through the postgame handshake line after the Wildcatz’s 35-12 loss to Newman on Saturday in the second round of the 2A playoffs. It’s the seventh time that an EPC team has been knocked out of the playoffs by a Three Rivers North team since 2000. and the Comets. No, on Saturday, the loss came down to two things, Asche said. “It came down to discipline and poise,” he said. “They just had more of both. They have a lot of experience in games at

this level. You can look at the first play, and that was huge. “But, we had too many penalties. The one right before half was big, because it let them continue a drive. They scored there, and that was huge.

We just haven’t been in those positions before.” After two Newman possessions, the Wildcatz trailed 13-0. While the first two EPC drives showed promise, they didn’t equate to points.

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“We didn’t play today like we should have,” EastlandPearl City junior fullback Eric Schaney said. “We learned what it takes. We worked hard to get to this point. Now, we have to work harder in the offseason to get back here next year.” A long playoff run is the only thing missing from the Wildcatz’s proud football program. They’ve won the last two NUIC Northwest conference titles. They’ve gone undefeated during the regular season the last 2 years. They have been a perennial playoff team the last decade, but have only one quarterfinal appearance to show for it. Seven times since 2000, the Wildcatz’s season has come to an end against a current Three Rivers North team. “We had a great year,” said Asche, fighting back a tear. “You have to hand it to Newman. They put a lot of pressure on us to make plays on both sides of the ball. We did some things, but we have to do it every play. Newman is a great team, and the better team today. I hope that they go on and win it all.” One of these years, Asche and his players hope it will be their turn to walk off the field happy, while the sun sets on some other team’s dream.

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4A PLAYOFFS | ROCKFORD LUTHERAN 27, ROCHELLE 22

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ROCHELLE – In a 27-22 upset win over Rochelle in the 4A playoffs, Rockford Lutheran laid to rest any claims that they were incapable of playing with a physically-imposing team from the Northern Illinois Big 12 East. “They were supposed to be bigger, faster, and from a tougher conference,” Lutheran coach Bruce Bazsali. “People don’t understand how tough our kids are.” With the way the game started, it appeared the Hubs would prove the prognosticators correct. The Hubs forced a Lutheran fumble at midfield, and drove to the 5-yard line for a first-and-goal. In the first of many surprises to Rochelle, the Crusaders stiffened and kept the Hubs from scoring. Lutheran had a third-and-10 from the 9-yard line, and again it looked like Rochelle would get the ball back with good field position and restart its high-powered ground game. Instead, quarterback Kendall Lawson found James Robinson in the flat, and the 195-pound

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Rockford Lutheran running back James Robinson spins away from Rochelle’s Jordan Bernardin during Saturday’s 4A playoff game at Rochelle. The Hubs lost 27-22. sophomore broke free for a critical first down. Lawson then got the Crusaders out of a second-and-22 situation with consecutive completions, the second a 61-yard touchdown to a wide-open Austin Sikora, after defensive back Griffin Gabriel fell down. “After fumbling, it didn’t

bother us,” Lawson said. “We knew we could play with them. Nobody was giving us credit.” Evan White, who led all rushers with 230 yards, fumbled on the Hubs’ next possession, and Robinson scored on a 32-yard run on the first play of the second quarter to make it 13-0. “Their running back is the

real deal,” Rochelle defensive coordinator Chris Lewis said. “Lutheran did a good job of matching our physical play.” White got Rochelle back in the game with 58-yard touchdown, in which he cut right, cut left, then outran the Lutheran defense. The Hubs forced a punt, but another mistake proved costly. Miscommunication between quarterback Angel Burciaga and receiver Marquez Felix resulted in a Crusader interception by Joey Caravello. On the next play, it was the speedy Robinson getting outside and racing 22 yards for a touchdown and a 19-8 lead, silencing the Hubs’ large home crowd. “We kind of dug ourselves in a hole in the first half, and that killed us,” White said. White, who carried the Hubs on his back, gave his team some life with a 29-yard touchdown run, cutting the margin to 19-16 early in the third quarter. His counterpart, Robinson, then added 29 of his 201 rushing yards on his third touchdown of game to make it 27-16, as the Hubs struggled to slow down the Crusaders’ offense.

Rochelle used two fourthdown conversions and a 32-yard pass from Burciaga to Keegan Akers to get within 27-22 on the last play of the third quarter. Rochelle finally got the muchneeded stop of Lutheran with consecutive sacks of Lawson. Following a punt, Rochelle had the ball at its own 27-yard line with 8 minutes left. “It felt like we finally had momentum on our side,” Lewis said. Reminiscent of a 20-14 playoff loss to Kaneland 2 years ago, the Hubs began what could have been a fourth-quarter winning drive. On a fourth-and-5, White was hit in the backfield, but broke free for a first down. Then, under pressure, Burciaga managed to get a 17-yard pass off to a diving White. With the Rochelle crowd loudly cheering, a 10-yard White run set up a first down at the 20-yard line with 2 minutes left. Unfortunately for the Hubs, the drive died at the 16-yard line, close to the same spot of the field as it did against Kaneland in 2011. “Not getting that first touchdown of the game, and mistakes, really hurt us,” Lewis said.


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SECOND ROUND | THROUGH THE LENS

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Eastland-Pearl City’s Donny Groezinger hauls in a pass in front of Newman’s Brandon Ahlgrim to score a touchdown late in Saturday’s game at Roscoe Eades Stadium. Newman won 35-12.

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Oregon’s Garrett Rude fights for yardage during Saturday’s 49-20 loss to Aurora Christian in the 3A playoffs.

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Erie-Prophetstown’s defense gangs up to bring down Stillman Valley’s Tristan Elliott during Saturday’s Class 3A playoff game at Wayne Hein Field. The Panthers lost 24-14.

Rochelle running back Marquez Felix drives through the Rockford Lutheran line during Saturday’s 4A playoff game. The Hubs lost 27-22.


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Oregon’s Pierce Dhaese catches a touchdown pass during the Hawks’ 49-20 loss to Aurora Christian in the Class 3A playoffs. Aurora Christian will play at Seneca in the quarterfinals.

SECOND-ROUND RESULTS Playoff Pairings Second round CLASS 1A

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CLASS 3A

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CLASS 4A

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CLASS 5A

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CLASS 6A

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CLASS 7A

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CLASS 8A

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Rockford Lutheran’s Kendall Lawson passes over Rochelle lineman Lane Isley during Saturday’s game in the Class 4A playoffs. Lutheran won 27-22.


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Numbers game: Saturday’s boxscores CLASS 2A at Roscoe Eades Field

NEWMAN 35, EASTLAND-PEARL CITY 12 EPC N First downs 11 21 Total yards 255 410 Rushes-yards 32-112 57-350 Passing yards 143 60 Passing (C-A-I) 7-15-2 5-6-1 Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-1 Penalties-yards 5-55 3-11.5 Punts-average 2-32 4-48.8 Eastland-Pearl City 0 6 0 6 — 12 Newman 13 6 0 16 — 35 First quarter N – Jake Snow 79 run (Brandon Ahlgrim kick), 11:43 N – Mac Olson 10 run (kick failed), 6:16 Second quarter EPC – Eric Schaney 18 run (run failed), 6:46 N – A.J. Sharp 7 pass to Shayne Allen (run failed), 34.7 Fourth quarter N – Dillan Heffelfinger 1 run (Snow run), 5:53 EPC – Deven Heeren 16 pass to Donny Groezinger (run failed), 4:25 N – Snow 29 run (Heffelfinger run), 2:45 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING – EPC: Schaney 19-91, Shawn Larak 2-18, Ramsay Truckenmiller 2-5, Groezinger 2-0, Heeren 5-(minus-2); Newman: Snow 20-199, Olson 13-74, Heffelfinger 16-60, J.P. Neisewander 5-15, Eliott Jensen 2-7, Sharp 1-(minus 5). PASSING – EPC: Heeren 7-14-1, 143 yards, Groezinger 0-1-1; Newman: Sharp 5-6-1 60 yards RECEIVING – EPC: Skylar Paulson 3-61, Groezinger 3-57, Cody Kluck 1-25; Newman: Snow 2-29, Heffelfinger 1-14, Bryce Ivey 1-10, Shayne Allen 1-7. TACKLES – Newman: Mike Ely 12, Mac Olson 10, Brady Rude 7, J.P. Neisewander 6, Nate Terveer 5, Brandon Ahlgrim 4, Trevor Bolin 4, Jacob Barnes 4, Nyle Nestor 3, Nolan McGinn 3, Regan Todhunter 2, Bryce Ivey 1, Logan Whitman 1. EPC: Austin Fischer 13, Walter Ollie 12, Cody Klcuk 11, Chase Giedd 10, Ramsay Truckenmiller 9, Tyler Mellnick 9, Mike Harrington 9, Mike Fahey 5, Boden Brandt 5, Skylar Paulson 3, Donny Groezinger 2, Tristan Schubert 2, Corbin Grossenbacher 1 INTERCEPTIONS – Newman: Bolin, Neisewander. EPC: Kluck PASS BREAK-UPS – Newman: Ahlrgim, Bolin, Ely, Terveer. FORCED FUMBLE – Newman: Ely. FUMBLE RECOVERY – Newman: Jensen. Records: Eastland-Pearl City 10-1, Newman 10-1 Class 3A Wayne Hein Field, Erie Middle School

STILLMAN VALLEY 24, ERIE-PROPHETSTOWN 14 First downs Total yards Rushes-yards Passing yards Passing (C-A-I) Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards Punts-average Stillman Valley Erie-Prophetstown

SV 15 339 50-339 0 0-4-0 1-1 6-36 3-32

EP 14 212 45-212 0 0-1-0 4-2 6-47 1-28

0 16 0 8 0 6

8 — 24 0 — 14

First quarter EP – Chris Bauer 47 run (Nick Williams run), 7:24 Second quarter SV – Elliott 81 run (Alberts run), 7:29 SV – Hare 2 run (Elliott run), :06.7 Third quarter EP – Jordan Chandler 1 run (run failed), :01.1 Fourth quarter SV – Hare 1 run (Alberts run), 7:07 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING – SV: Elliott 18-222, McNames 9-52, Alberts 8-26, Hare 10-24, Hoey 3-13, Castranovo 2-2. EP: Williams 24-135, Bauer 9-77, Sean Maloney 1-7, Chandler 9-(-2), Dylan Binion 2-(-5).

PASSING – SV: McNames 0-4-0, 0 yards; EP: Phillip Coers 0-1-0, 0 RECEIVING – None Records: Stillman Valley 9-2, ErieProphetstown 8-3 CLASS 3A at Aurora

AURORA CHRISTIAN 49, OREGON 20 O AC First downs 14 17 Total yards 230 378 Rushes-yards 46-205 23-104 Passing yards 25 274 Passing stats (C-A-I) 3-6-0 9-13-0 Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0 Penalties-yards 1-5 3-15 Punts-ave. 2-18.5 0-0 Oregon 7 0 7 6 — 20 Aurora Christian 7 28 14 0 — 49 First quarter O – Pierce Dhaese 2 pass from Tyler Blume (Sawyer Reynolds kick) 2:44 AC – Austin Bray 3 run (Trevor Hills kick) :39.7 Second quarter AC – Brandon Walgren 45 pass from Bray (Hills kick) 10:24 AC – Zach Bosek 30 pass from Walgren (Hills kick) 6:45 AC – Legend Smith 1 run (Hills kick) 3:27 AC – Walgren 44 pass from Bray (Hills kick) :00 Third quarter AC – Smith 56 pass from Bray (Hills kick) 11:38 AC – Smith 1 run (Hills kick) 8:35 O – Adam Bettner 3 run (Reynolds kick) 3:31 Fourth quarter O – Reynolds 1 run (kick failed) 7:59 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING – Oregon: Reynolds 14-72, Nick Newman 11-63, Ashton Rutherford 11-51, Garrett Rude 8-14, Adam Bettner 1-3, Tyler Blume 1-2. Aurora Christian: Smith 11-64, Jeremiah Wiggins 10-46, Bray 1-3, Ben Weerts 1-(-9) PASSING – Oregon: Blume 3-6-0, 25 yards. Aurora Christian: Bray 7-11-0, 244 yards; Walgren 1-1-0, 30 yards; Weerts 0-1-0, 0 yards. RECEIVING – Oregon: Jacob Diehl 1-17, Reynolds 1-6, Dhaese 1-2. Aurora Christian: Walgren 6-179, Smith 1-56, Bosek 1-30, Noah Hagerty 1-9. Records: Oregon 6-5, Aurora Christian 8-3 CLASS 1A at Galena

STOCKTON 34, GALENA 28 S G First downs 15 9 Total yards 331 193 Rushes-yards 57-321 36-167 Passing yards 10 26 Passing stats (C-A-I) 2-4-0 3-6-0 Penalties-yards 2-20 7-45 Punts-ave. 2-12.5 3-46 Stockton 8 6 8 12 — 34 Newman 8 14 6 0 — 28 First quarter S – Jordan Fox 4 run (Samd Eden run) 7:38 G – Bruce Scharpf 2 run (Chris White run), 4:01 Second quarter S – Aric Jordan 1 run (run failed), 10:34 G – Scharpf 8 run (Scharpf run), 3:37 G – Scharpf run (run failed), 0:14 Third quarter G – Scharpf 45 run (run failed), 7:28 S – Jordan 19 run (Fox run), 5:00 Fourth quarter S – Colton Broshous 2 run (run failed) , 9:01 S – Broshous 2 run (run failed), 1:31 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING – Stockton: Broshous 27-154, Jordan 15-98, Fox 6-36, Eden 8-30, Staver 2-4; Galena: Scharpf 20-147, Long 11-15, Sasek 3-5; White 1-5, Willard 1-(minus 5). PASSING – Stockton: Fox 2-4-0 10 yards; Galena: Long 3-6-0, 26 yards RECEIVING – Stockton: VenHuizen 2-10; Galena: Peebles 2-20, Karberg 1-6 Records: Stockton 11-0, Galena 8-3

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Newman’s Trevor Bolin intercepts a pass intended for Eastland-Pearl City’s Tristan Schubert in the end zone during the first quarter of Saturday’s 2A playoff game at Roscoe Eades Stadium. The Comets won 35-12.


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