It really doesn't matter where the game is or who the opponent is from week to week for the St. Charles North football team. The goal always remains the same and that is to keep improving.
The North Stars continued to make strides toward the playoffs as they improved to 5-1 with a 51-0 rout over Elgin at Memorial Field on Friday night in Upstate Eight River Division action. It's the second straight victory against a winless opponent for the North Stars.
North Stars quarterback Zach Mettetal threw for 159 yards and 4 touchdowns on 5-of-7 passing. He also rushed for another touchdown. Griffin Hammer and Lucas Segobiano each caught a pair of touchdowns. Running back Eric Lins rushed for 127 yards on 8 carries, including a touchdown.
"The focus is always on the development of our own team no matter who we are playing," North coach Rob Pomazak said."We have certain benchmarks we are trying to reach on offense and defense and special teams. We know some weeks are going to be more difficult than others. but we keep it about what we need to do to -- keep getting better."
There was a lot for Pomazak to like in the lopsided victory.
"I like that we were able to pick up the tempo and play at a quicker pace," Pomazak said. "It was good to see Griffin back at full strength after missing a couple of games earlier (injured ribs). Zach is always doing good things with his feet and keeping his eyes down the field. Eric and Lucas both ran the ball well again. On the defensive side we were able to impose our will. Jack Wolf did another great job at middle linebacker and Trey Kellogg got a couple more sacks from his end position."
Kellogg now has 10 sacks on the season. The North Stars only allowed 103 yards.
The score was only 7-0 after the first quarter on a 69-yard touchdown run by Lins. However, the North Stars exploded for 5 touchdowns in the second quarter. Mettetal threw touchdown passes of 55 and 31 yards to Hammer. Segobiano had touchdown receptions of 26 and 25 yards from Mettetal, who also had a 5-yard touchdown run in the quarter.
"At this point in the season coach keeps telling us to have an us versus us mentality," Mettetal said. "We have to keep challenging ourselves to get better. We were able to do some good things on offense today. I got great protection form the line and the receivers got open. All I had to do was put in a spot for them to catch it."
Nick Hunnewinkel returned the opening half kickoff 72 yards for a touchdown for the North Stars' final score.
The Maroons fell to 0-6.
"I think maybe they underestimated us in the first quarter and we were able to hang with them pretty well," Elgin coach Anthony Mason said. "That was a real positive for us. But eventually they got the best of us. They are a really good team."