For years, decades perhaps, Dundee-Crown football teams lost games at the line of scrimmage because the opposition was simply stronger.
Now in their third season under the direction of coach Vito Andriola, it's the Chargers who dominate the line.
Powered by 14 players who currently squat over 400 pounds, hungry D-C was better at the point of attack throughout Friday's 59-14 road victory at Millennium Field.
Senior halfback T.J. Moss rushed for touchdowns of 18 and 26 yards, juniors Caleb Parson and Brandon Brooks each ran for 2 scores and senior Cordero Parson burst for another TD as Dundee-Crown (2-0) gained 249 rushing yards in 40 attempts against Streamwood (0-2).
"We really imposed our will with the run," said Moss, who gained 65 yards on 6 carries. "The first thing we wanted to do was control the clock. The second thing was to limit our penalties. And we wanted to eliminate any negative plays. We pretty much did all of those."
The Sabres were unable to thwart D-C's three-pronged running attack of Moss, Cordero Parson (11 carries, 73 yards) and Caleb Parson (10 carries, 60 yards).
"They've got a number of good guys up front and they were able to move us off the line of scrimmage," said Streamwood coach Mark Orszula, a former offensive lineman at Northern Illinois. "We struggled trying to stop their run. They are a big line, a senior group that has spent time in the weight room and it showed."
D-C won the turnover battle 3-0, thanks in part to 2 interceptions by senior safety Sam Franckowiak. His first interception of Sabres quarterback Mason Polich (11 of 18, 122 yards) came in the first quarter with D-C already leading 8-0. Franckowiak picked off a pass at the Streamwood 45-yard line and returned it 12 yards. The Chargers scored 3 plays later on an 18-yard jet sweep by Moss to take a 15-0 lead with 3:16 left in the first quarter.
The Sabres countered with a 10-play, 54-yard march to pull within 15-7, keyed by a 33-yard pass from Mason Polich to 6-foot-3 junior Cole Segar and a 19-yard reception by Noah Polich. Segar capped the drive with an 8-yard touchdown reception after Mason Polich rolled left and threw across his body to the corner of the end zone.
Dundee-Crown junior Kiwaun Seals immediately flipped the momentum by returning the ensuing kickoff right up the middle for a 92-yard touchdown. The big play staked D-C to a 23-7 lead after Moss tacked on the extra point.
"My team made the wedge and it just parted," Seals said. "All I had to do was beat the kicker."
Another Streamwood mistake followed. A high snap forced punter Max Draper to retreat 27 yards into his own end zone, where he recovered and was tackled for a safety by D-C junior Malik Dunner. The subsequent free kick gave the Chargers the ball at the Streamwood 40-yard line. D-C ran the ball 8 times before Caleb Parson's 4-yard carry gave his team a 32-7 cushion with 1:54 left in the half.
Streamwood mounted another solid drive before halftime to cut the deficit to 32-14 on L.J. Brown's 7-yard reception -- moving 82-yards in 8 plays -- but the Chargers scored on each of their 4 second-half possessions, allowing D-C fans to look forward to next week's homecoming date against Crystal Lake South (1-1).
"It's our first conference game and it'll be one of our harder games, we think," Franckowiak said. "It'll be a lot of hard work to prepare."