The Hail Mary catch at the end of the first half wasn't a new experience for Buffalo Grove's Jimmy Trieb, but returning a blocked punt for a touchdown was.
And his 5 total TDs, that was also something unprecedented for the senior and led the Bison to a 42-12 victory at Mid-Suburban East opponent Elk Grove on Friday night.
"I didn't think this was possible, having 5 touchdowns. It just seems so unreal," Trieb said.
Trieb started his stellar performance with the blocked punt, returning it 14 yards. Following a Cameron Adams interception, he caught a 32-yard pass to give Buffalo Grove a 14-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.
Trieb capped a 15-play drive in the second quarter with a 1-yard run, and then came the Hail Mary catch on a 40-yard pass.
"Actually, I've (caught a Hail Mary) a couple times. I knew we were going to throw it deep, and I had to make a play," Trieb said. "I was surprised because my teammate was pushing me (into the end zone). I thought, 'If I didn't score right here, I'm going to be real mad.' "
Trieb capped off his night with a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter. He also finished with 6 catches for 108 yards.
"Jimmy is a special player. There's no doubt about that," coach Jeff Vlk said. "He's been one of the hardest workers on the team, and he's really had his coming-out party this year. It's been fun to watch. He's a special player that you wish you could keep around for a long time."
Thomas Kelly scored the only other TD for the Bison (3-5, 2-2) on a 40-yard pass early in the second half, and Connor Adams went 16 of 20 passing for 210 yards and the three scores. Tyler Abdishi ran for a team-best 80 yards on 12 carries.
Elk Grove's Connor Cloherty led all rushers with 111 yards on 19 attempts. His 1-yard score early in the second quarter finished off a 13-play drive and got the Grenadiers within 8 points.
Elk Grove (0-8, 0-4) would get no closer, and Zack Sheasby's interception ended another promising drive in the same period. Genio Hyppolite scored the Grenadiers' only other touchdown on a 1-yard run in the third quarter to finish a 14-play drive.
Elk Grove finished with 226 yards on the ground and 20 first downs, but the early deficit proved insurmountable.
"The last couple of weeks, that's been the story for us offensively. We're driving the ball between the (20-yard lines), but we're not executing at the right time," Grenadiers coach John Sigmund said. "As a coach, I've got to put the guys in better situations, and our guys have to execute."
Elk Grove's final attempt to earn a victory will come next week at home against Prospect. Buffalo Grove will also play at home in its season finale and attempt to end Rolling Meadows' unbeaten campaign.