High School: Week 5 recaps

Recap: Stevenson 41, Lake Forest 20

September, 25, 2010
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. -- The 2010 football season can no longer be described as "young." While some area teams continue searching for identities, Stevenson is rolling through the competition en route to the playoffs.

The Patriots are 5-0 (and playoff eligible) after defeating Lake Forest 41-20 in front of a capacity homecoming crowd tonight

The Stevenson defense continues to impress, forcing five Lake Forest turnovers on the evening.

"Our defense is the backbone of this team," coach Bill McNamara said. "There's no doubt about it. It's a bunch of quality kids and great players that play with a lot of intensity."

With the passing game struggling and Lake Forest's defense keying on Stephen Salata (one catch, 32 yards), Joe Cassata carried the bulk of the load, rushing for 113 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns. Junior Kevin Foley added a pair of first-half touchdowns and another junior, Nathan Kahn, capped the victory on a 5-yard draw with 45 seconds left in the contest.

"Taking away Salata is a tough thing to do. He's a good player but they did a nice job," McNamara added. "And that's what our running game is for."

Despite trailing 34-7 at halftime, Lake Forest reeled off 13 straight points to open the second half. Junior quarterback Jordan Beck completed his first five passes and ran for an 8-yard score and Owen Williams added a touchdown run late in the third quarter. After running for 274 yards last week against Libertyville, Williams was held to just 48 against the Patriots, but did total 95 receiving yards, including a 57-yard scoring strike from Paul Carollo.

The Patriots swept their regular-season home schedule for the second straight year, and will now finish with four conference road games (at Lake Zurich, Zion Benton, Libertyville and Antioch). Lake Forest (4-1), which came into the North Suburban Lake matchup averaging over 41 points-per-game, will look to get back on track next Friday at Warren.

Player of the game: Stevenson RB Joe Cassata; 21 carries, 113 yards, 2 TDs.

Stat of the game: The Stevenson defense forced five Lake Forest turnovers (3 INTs, fumble, blocked punt).

It was over when… Patriots' junior defensive back Troy Radtke picked off a Lake Forest pass in the endzone with 9:55 left in the game.

Quote of the night: Joe Cassata on winning homecoming: "It's the best feeling. I remember last year's seniors talking about how important this game is, and being a senior this year, I understand completely what they meant and how it feels to win."

Recap: WWS 41, Naperville N. 13

September, 25, 2010
WHEATON, Ill. -- In what was supposed to be the Tigers’ first true test of the season, Wheaton Warrenville South reminded all just how dominant they can be with a 41-13 win over Naperville North.

“The coaches and players all did a great job preparing for them and tonight it really showed,” Tigers senior quarterback Reilly O’Toole said.

Prepared they were, even when the Huskies took a quick 7-0 lead on the game’s second play, thanks to a 77-yard Matt Lacosse touchdown run.

The Tigers answered right back as O’Toole completed one of his three touchdown passes the very next play, this one 63 yards to Travis Kern. The following drive O’Toole was at it again, hooking up with 6-3 Titus Davis to extend the lead to 13-6. Davis finished the night with five catches for 100 yards.

“Reilly did a great job of spreading the ball around, especially in the first half,” Davis said.

Another Lacosse touchdown run tie the game, but the Tigers’ offense refused to slow down, scoring 14 answered points to end the first half.

Wheaton Warrenville South (5-0) opened the third quarter in similar fashion, putting together an 11-play, 80-yard drive that was capped off by Matthew Rogers’ 1-yard touchdown run. Rogers, who ran for over 140 yards, fueled a second-half rushing attack that wore down the visiting Huskies (4-1).

“We have a very balanced offense,” Rogers said. “Once Reilly and the receivers get going and start spreading the defense out, then it’s time to run the ball.”

The Tigers finished with more than 400 yards of total offense.

Player of the game: Reilly O’Toole, QB Wheaton Warrenville South. The senior signal caller was phenomenal all night, but especially in the first half, completing 9 of 12 passes for 192 yards and three scores.

Stat of the game: The normally stout Naperville North defense was torched by the Tigers’ offense, giving up over 250 yards in the first half alone.

It was over when… Wheaton went 80 yards in 11 plays to start the second half, extending its lead to 21.

Quote of the night: “Everyone is just doing a great job making big play after big play that it’s a special thing to be a part of.” --O’Toole