ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. -- The 20th-ranked Prospect Knights entered their game against the 13th-ranked Elk Grove Grenadiers with the reputation of being an offensive powerhouse but it took a while for the juggernaut to get rolling on Friday night. Once it did, however, the Knights were virtually unstoppable.
After gaining just three yards in the first quarter and failing to score on their first three possessions, Prospect (7-1, 4-0 Mid-Suburban East) ripped off seven straight touchdown drives en route to a 42-41 overtime win over the Grenadiers (6-2, 4-1). Senior quarterback Steve Dazzo led the way with 321 total yards and three touchdowns.
“At the beginning we were wondering what was going on,” Dazzo said after the game. “We changed that sequence and everything just rolled from then on.”
A big moment swing occurred right before halftime. With just seven seconds remaining in the first half, Dazzo heaved a 36-yard pass in the direction streaking wide receiver Sam Frasco, and Frasco made a spectacular catch for the touchdown to bring his squad within a point at the intermission.
“I thought I overshot him but Sammy made an awesome catch. It was unbelievable,” said Dazzo.
The game appeared to over after running back Grant DePalma scored his second touchdown of the night with four minutes to go as the Knights took a 35-21 lead. But Elk Grove quarterback Nick Meyer, who finished the game with over 350 total yards and six touchdowns, led a furious Grenadiers comeback, scoring the game-tying touchdown as time expired.
The Knights scored first in overtime and the Grenadiers matched with their first possession. It looked like the game may never end until Elk Grove coach Brian Doll decided to go for the two-point conversion. Meyer’s pass on the attempt fell incomplete and the Knights rushed the field.
With the win Prospect earns at least a share of the Mid-Suburban East conference title.
Players of the game: Dazzo & Meyer
Stat of the game: 21. The number of points that were scored in the final five minutes of regulation.
It was over when: Meyer’s pass fell incomplete in overtime
Quote of the night: “The conference title is awesome but we are hoping for bigger and better things” -- Dazzo on his team’s surprising 7-1 start and conference title share.