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updated: 9/29/2012 3:23 PM

Conant's firepower humbles Hoffman Estates

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By Michael Eaken
Daily Herald Correspondent

Conant's offense has plenty of weapons, and on Friday night the full arsenal was on full display.

Conant (5-1, 2-0) exploded for 41 first quarter points en route to a 48-20 Mid-Suburban West victory over visiting Hoffman Estates at Charles O. Feutz Field.

Conant dominated the first quarter with 309 total yards, with the Cougars scoring on the first play and four consecutive drives.

Junior reserve Brayson Brown rushed for 173 yards on 6 carries, scoring on runs of 61 yards and 82 yards.

"That's what we wanted to do," said Conant coach Bill Modelski of the Cougars' opening salvo. "We have some weapons, there's no question about that."

Conant won its third Mayor's Cup in as many weeks as it stretched its lead to 48-7 at halftime.

"The offensive line is creating holes and my job is to get through," said Brown of his eye-opening performance. "We didn't want to look past Hoffman; we just wanted to get better."

Senior Jacobi Sims (6 carries, 72 yards) opened the scoring with a 2-yard run with 10:03 remaining in the first quarter.

The Cougars then lit it up, scoring on their first play on the next four drives. Senior Tim Manczko started it with a 97-yard scoring run. Sims added a 47 yard scoring run, and junior quarterback Danny Modelski found Manczko for a 44 yard touchdown.

Brown added a 61-yard scoring run to put the Cougars up 34-0 with 3:50 remaining in the opening period.

Dante Marski also caught a 50-yard TD pass in the win.

"We have so many weapons," added Modelski who finished 4-for-5 passing for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns. "We can get a touchdown on any given play. The sky is the limit for this team."

"We came out and executed," said Manczko of the Cougars offense that gained 512 total yards in the first half. "That explains its all."

Hoffman Estates (0-6, 0-2) took a big hit in the opening quarter, but senior Harry Wright (9 carries, 51 yards) scored on a 14-yard run to give the Hawks a bit of a lift late in the second quarter.

And the Hawks continued to fight in the second half as senior quarterback Eric Brooks (9-for-18, 157 yards) found senior Mike Jackson for a 78-yard score in the third quarter, and Brooks added a 12-yard scoring run in the final quarter.

"The wheels fell off in the first half," said Hoffman coach Eric Ilich. "We were a little shell shocked, but we have some resilient kids and they continued to fight. But you have to give credit to Conant."

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