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Nearly three years of frustration came out Friday night.
The Dundee-Crown football team ended a 26-game losing streaking by routing an undermanned Elgin team, 54-12, in the season opener for both teams in Carpentersville.
"It's a relief, to say the least," said Chargers senior quarterback Garrett Ryan, who had to throw just three passes. "Been working nine months for this game. It's pretty awesome."
D-C had not won since a 19-18 victory over Elgin to open the 2009 season. Elgin, which only dressed 17 players, has now lost nine games in a row. The Maroons' last victory was a 34-19 season-opening victory last year.
"It just shows the hard work is going to pay off," second-year D-C coach Vito Andriola said. "It's nine months for nine games. You push so hard, you have to see results. I'm glad for them to see what hard work does."
The Chargers led 27-0 in the first quarter after running just six offensive plays. They scored all of their points in the first 21 minutes, finding the end zone on each of their first eight possessions.
After forcing the Maroons to punt on the game's first possession, Cody Lane scored on a 30-yard run on the Chargers' first offensive play. D-C blocked an Elgin punt attempt on the next possession. Two plays later JT Beasley's 7-yard run gave the Chargers a 13-0 lead with 8:17 remaining in the first quarter.
TJ Moss had a 49-yard touchdown run and Lane added a 7-yard touchdown run as D-C led 27-0 with 2:59 left in the first quarter.
Lane, who rushed for 140 yards on just seven carries, added touchdown runs of 7, 36 and 39 in the second quarter. Beasley scored on a 36-yard run with 3:25 left in the first half to give the Chargers a 54-0 lead.
"We worked as a team. I couldn't have done it without my line," Lane said.
D-C rushed for 295 yards and had 329 yards of total offense in the first half. The Chargers sat their starters for the second half. Moss had four rushes for 81 yards. Beasley finished with 76 yards on four attempts.
The Maroons had only 21 yards of offense in the first half. They did gain 119 yards in two second-half possessions. Jaylen Clemons finished with 104 yards rushing on 18 carries, scoring twice in the fourth quarter on 1-yard runs.
Elgin coach Dave Bierman said he expects as many as 10 players being eligible to play next week. The IHSA rules state players must have 12 days of practice before playing a game and several Elgin players did not meet that requirement.
"The kids played as hard as they could. They never came off the field," Bierman said. "We'll be 10 more strong next week."