No. 14 Prairie Ridge routs Dundee-Crown
Crystal Lake, Ill -- Without question, No. 14 Prairie Ridge looked as good as advertised on Friday night. The host Wolves wasted no time in dismantling visiting Dundee-Crown (0-4), claiming their second Fox Valley conference win in as many weeks, 55-0.
Prairie Ridge scored on six of its eight first half possessions while forcing the Chargers to punt on all seven of their own. Though Dundee-Crown forced a second quarter fumble, the Wolves held the visitors to a single first-half first down, and outgained the Chargers 350-3 in total first-half yardage. The Wolves led 41-0 at halftime, forcing the use of a running clock over the final 24 minutes of the game.
"We've been emphasizing since the season started to get better every game," Prairie Ridge head coach Chris Schremp said. "We analyze a lot of film - we're looking from play to play to get better and that was our goal tonight. We had the plays that we knew we wanted to run and get better at and I think we did that."
Prairie Ridge running back Jordan Getzelman scored on touchdown runs of 15, 4 and 55 yards and caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from QB Nick Nissen as the first-half expired. Nissen finished 6-of-11 through the air for 151 yards and a pair of touchdowns before joining the Wolves' first team on the sidelines for the final two quarters.
"We try and do that every week - we try and score as many points as we can," Getzelman said. "At the same time, we still have to get better. We got better from last week and we have to keep going."
Prairie Ridge has had plenty of success recently, reaching the Class 6A semifinals in both 2009 and 2010. Dundee-Crown, on the other hand, is trying to build its program under first-year head coach Vito Andriola. Even with optimism for the future, Friday's outcome failed to produce any positives for Andriola.</p
"We're not a good football team right now," he said in disappointment.
The loss extended Dundee-Crowns' losing streak to 21 games while Prairie-Ridge improved to 11-0 all time against the Chargers.
Senior running back Matt Reedy led Dundee-Crown with 39 yards on the ground.
Player of the game: Prairie Ridge Jr. RB, Jordan Getzelman posted 6 carries for 80 yards, 3 rushing TDs and 3 receptions for 45 yards with a TD.
Stat of the game: Prairie Ridge outgained Dundee-Crown 350-3 in first-half total yardage. The 14th-ranked Wolves also scored three of their six first-half touchdowns on drives lasting under 1:00.
It was over when: Prairie Ridge scored its first touchdown.
Quote of the night: "We never talk about running clocks or score or anything. We specifically talk about plays and execution - that's what we focus on." - Prairie Ridge head coach, Chris Schremp, on whether he challenged his first-team offense to build a 40-point lead by halftime.