ALGONQUIN, Ill. --Recent history clearly shows that football has become an institution at Crystal Lake South. Nine straight winning seasons, nine straight post season appearances and a 2005 class 6A semifinal berth are among the program's accomplishments. Lost in that impressive list of achievements, however, is a Fox Valley Conference championships.
After marching into Algonquin on Friday night and ruining homecoming with a 28-14 win over Jacobs, the Gators (6-0) remain far from satisfied.
"We came out the last two weeks and our goal was to start fast. And we started fast, but the thing is, these guys didn’t lay down after we started fast, they kept fighting, which is a tribute to their coaching staff and their kids," said CLS head coach Chuck Ashmann. "We got the lead, we layed back a bit but if we learn from that then it's a positive. its' nice to get a win and still be able to learn something."
South wasted no time in lighting up the scoreboard as seniors Drew Ormseth and Kenny King connected on their first of two touchdowns, a 21-yard strike just 2:20 into the contest. Ormseth would find King again in the second quarter, allowing the 6-foot-1 receiver to showcase his speed on an impressive 69-yard pass and catch that capped off a 7-play, 99-yard drive. Jacobs (3-3), however, would not go away, thanks in large part to junior Caz Zykes, who finished the game with 122 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns (57 yards and 3 yards respectively). Zykes also picked off an Ormseth pass on defense. Crystal Lake South finally exhaled when junior, Brad Walovitch, picked off a Jason Judson (2 INT's) pass with :37 left in the game and ran it back for a 33-yard touchdown.
Although the ninth-ranked Gators need to go on the road and beat Huntley next week, many are looking past the Week 7 matchup, opting to focus solely on the looming battle against rival Cary-Grove on October 15th. Since 2001, CLS has only mustered two wins against Cary-Grove. It now becomes an added job of senior quarterback, and player of the year candidate, Drew Ormseth to keep his team grounded with all of the speculation the rivalry casts.
"We've got to focus on Huntley right now and take one game each week," Ormseth said. "1-0 each week, that's our motto and that's why we've got to focus on, next week.
But even in a perfect CLS world, a win over Cary-Grove and a conference championship still wouldn't allow first-year head coach, Chuck Ashmann's team to rest easy -- not when powerhouse programs such as Wheaton Warrenville South, St. Rita, Glenbard West, Carmel and Lake Zurich will all be vying for the same class 7A state title with the Gators. When asked about the upcoming rivalry and the top-heavy Class 7A, Ashmann made himself very clear, stating simply, "We don't talk about it."
Players of the game: CLS Sr. QB Drew Ormseth -- 8/14 106 yards, 2 TD, INT; CLS Jr. DB Brad Walovitch -- 33 yard INT TD
Stat of the game: Jacobs Jr. RB/DB Caz Zykes: 122 yards on 24 car, 2 TD, 2 rec 12 yards, INT
It was over when: Walovitch took the Judson INT back 33-yards for the game's final touchdown with :37 left.
Quote of the night: "We talk about being special. Being special not only out here, but in the classroom, in the hallway and around the community... that's our focus. We want people to remember us by the type of people we are, not necessarily our record." Crystal Lake South HC Chuck Ashmann.