LAKE ZURICH, Ill. --"Strictly Business." Not only was it the theme of the Lake Zurich student section tonight at Mel Eide Field, but it proved to be the Bears' winning mentality, as Lake Zurich scored all of its points in the final seven minutes to defeat the visiting Fremd Vikings 20-10.
After trailing 3-0 at halftime, and 10-0 with only 7:46 remaining, Senior quarterback, Zach Till, led the Lake Zurich comeback on the ground, as well as through the air. After Fremd increased its lead on a Justin Wallace 3-yard touchdown run, Till began the ensuing drive by connecting on a 34-yard strike to tight-end, Mitch Dudek. Less than thirty-seconds later, Junior Mike Shield put the Bears on the board, bursting through the line on a third and goal effort from the Vikings'three-yard line. Fremd responded with a four and a half minute, 10-play drive that reached the Bears' 27-yard line, but Quarterback Rich Concialdi's fourth down pass fell short, giving the Bears the ball with more than enough time to work.
Lake Zurich then needed just 8 plays over 85 seconds to take the lead, as Till found pay-dirt on a 4-yard option keeper with a minute showing on the clock. The Bears missed the extra point, but any hope of a Fremd tie or win was squashed when linebacker Tim Sayre picked off Concialdi and ran the interception back 24-yards for the final touchdown. As the Dark Side cleared the visiting bleachers, the Strictly Business-clad students of Lake Zurich celebrated their series-tying win over the Vikings, and a successful start to the 2010 campaign. Next week both teams are on the road as Fremd travels to Prospect and Lake Zurich plays at Cary-Grove.
Player of the game: Lake Zurich Sr. Quarterback Zach Till, whose 4-yard touchdown run with 1:00 to go put the Bears on top.
Stat of the game:Till only carried the ball four times for 23 yards; Lake Zurich running back Jacob Brinlee totaled 135-yards on the ground. For Fremd, Concialdi completed 19 of 30 passes for 263-yards and an interception. Justin Wallace ran for 116-yards and a touchdown.
It was over when:Tim Sayre picked off a Concialdi pass for a 24-yard pick-six with 43-seconds left on the clock.
Quote of the night: "Our kids, as frustrating as it was, just never gave up, so they kept fighting and kept fighting, and all it was, was one or two big plays to get us the confidence I think that we needed to get things rolling and have momentum swing our way." - Lake Zurich Head Coach Bryan Stortz.