FRANKFORT, Ill. -- Gazing up at the scoreboard with just under five minutes left to play in the first half, it was indeed a tale of two sidelines.
“That might have been the best half of football this program has seen in a long time,” said Lincoln-Way East head coach Rob Zvonar.
Zvonar was referring to the 24-minute performance displayed by his Griffins, en route to a dominating 43-7 win over rival Bolingbrook.
“We had it going…offense, defense and special teams,” said Zvonar.
First up for the Griffins was their offense, as the unit promptly took the game’s first possession down the field and capped it with Tyler Starke’s 44-yard touchdown run. After the Raiders failed to convert on fourth-and-short, the Griffin offense was at it again, as Starke finished another touchdown drive, this time from eight yards out.
“We got some guys banged up in the backfield but you wouldn’t know that with the way we ran tonight,” said Zvonar.
A quick three-and-out by Bolingbrook set up yet another Griffin score, as junior quarterback Blake Winkler threw a 48-yard strike to Jason Robertson that put East inside the 1. Two plays later, fullback Max Bayer plowed in to make it 21-0.
Things only got worse for the visiting Raiders, as the team fumbled the ensuing kickoff, which was quickly scooped up by Lincoln Way East’s Jake Aleck. The Griffins scored two plays later, as the team went into halftime with a 36-0 lead.
“Certainly you don’t expect a running clock against a Bolingbrook team…but at the same time let’s give credit to our kids and the assistant coaches. They prepared all week and did a phenomenal job,” said Zvonar.
Players of the game: The Lincoln-Way East offensive line. The big boys up front helped set the tempo, beginning with the team’s opening drive. They paved the way for six rushing touchdowns from three different ballcarriers.
Stat of the game: The normally high-powered Raiders offense was held under 100 yards in the first half.
It was over when… The Griffins opened up the third quarter by putting together a 12-play, 70-yard touchdown drive.
Quote of the night: “We talked a lot this week about what kind of a legacy this senior class wanted to leave…they wanted to be in control of their own destiny and here they are.” -- Lincoln Way East Head Coach Rob Zvonar