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One week after suffering a heartbreaking loss on a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the game, the Rolling Meadows' football team made sure Friday's outcome was never in doubt against Prospect.
The Mustangs cruised to a 30-0 lead at halftime and then put away a 37-6 triumph in the Mid-Suburban East game in Mt. Prospect.
"Oh my, that was a devastating loss (34-33 at Elk Grove) but these kids are resilient and they rise up to every challenge," said Meadows coach Matt Mishler. "I had no doubt they would tonight."
Quarterback Bobby Suchecki threw for 252 yards and 2 touchdown passes and he ran for one TD to ignite the Mustangs' offense.
"After the tough loss last week (34-33 to Elk Grove), we really came together as a unit and responded to adversity from the last game," Suchecki said.
Matt Campbell caught touchdown passes of 4 and 19 yards in the first half in addition to Suchecki's 11-yard scoring run and a 1-yard TD run by Kevin Montero.
"We knew our passing game would be good because of the coverage they run," said Campbell, who made 5 catches for 66 yards.
Alex Niecikowski also booted a 28-yard field goal for the Mustangs, who improved 4-3 and 2-1 in the East; Prospect is 1-6 and 1-2.
Giving Suchecki an ample amount of time in the pocket were linemen Billy Golaris. Francisco Trejo, Matt Long, Jason Scheele and Greg Off.
"We just worked at it," Golaris said. "We knew our assignments and we executed the way we were supposed to.
"Not many seniors classes from our school can say they defeated Prospect in back-to-back years. It's been a long time."
Meadows receiver Romello Boykin had two of the longest receptions of the game.
Suchecki hooked up with Boykin on a beautiful crossing pattern for 56 yards in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Boykin ran a sideline route and caught a 39-yard pass from Suchecki at the 1-yard line, setting up Montero's 1-yard run.
"He (Boykin) had a big night," Mishler said. "That was a phenomenal catch (just shy of the end zone with a defender draped all over him)."
Meadows led 37-0 when freshman Nick Delporte raced 28 yards for a touchdown with 10:58 left in the game.
The Knights got on the board with 8:52 left. Sophomore Bobby Jarosz raced 37 yards for the TD. It capped a 78-yard drive that included a 33-yard pass from Luis Leguer to Brian Maigler.
Leguer was playing in place of starting quarterback Matt Drew, who had to leave the game in the second quarter with a broken wrist.
Knights coach Mike Sebestyen said the sophomore QB is "realistically" out for the season.
"Matt played real well this season," Sebestyen said. "At this point, we'll go to the next guy in line and Greg (Suarez, who has been out with an injury) is back in the mix.
"I thought Luis did a real nice job stepping in. We had prepared him as an emergency back-up and we reached that emergency back-up tonight."
Knights senior Eric Garmoe rushed for 74 yards followed by Leguer (68) and Jarosz (53).
"Our offense became a little limited," Sebestyen added. "But I thought our kids did a nice job continuing to battle in the second half. We'll see where we go from here. We'll find out how we respond next week."
"They (Meadows) played very well. They took it to us."