Huntley coach Matt Zimolzak has utilized the running back by committee philosophy for most of the 2016 season.
He may have to scrap that way of thinking.
The first-year Huntley coach might have found his running back in senior Carter Beaudette.
Beaudette, who lost a fumble on the Red Raiders' first possession of the game redeemed himself with a 185-yard, 4-touchdown effort to lead the Red Raiders to a 42-23 win over Crystal Lake South in Fox Valley Conference action at Red Raider Stadium Friday night.
With the win, The Red Raiders (5-3, 5-2) become playoff eligible.
Zimolzak stated Beaudette earned his playing time with a great week of practice.
"We have a herd of very good running backs and we have a good rotation at that position," said Zimolzak. "Carter was our best back in practice this week and earned playing time. He was outstanding tonight. He ran hard and did a great job of following his line. He was our MVP tonight."
Beaudette, who carried the ball 23 times, got the Red Raiders on the scoreboard with a 6-yard run with 7:05 remaining in the first quarter.
"I really worked hard in practice this week and wanted to get a chance to play," said Beaudette. "The O-line was great and Eric (Mooney) made some great reads. This is a great win for our team."
Beaudette's other 3 scores came on runs of 55, 11 and 17 yards.
Huntley quarterback Eric Mooney added 112 yards on the ground with 13 carries which included a 3-yard touchdown run.
Mooney completed 10-of-17 passes for 134 yards which included a 29-yard TD pass to Matthew Gelander.
Huntley, which led 28-7 at halftime, got 3 catches from Gelander for 45 yards and a TD. Ryan Antonsen snared 3 passes for 40 yards.
The visiting Gators (2-6, 2-6) who were eliminated from the playoffs last week by Cary-Grove, enjoyed some solid individual efforts.
Junior running back Kyle Leva ran the ball 15 times for 109 yards which included a 39-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Senior quarterback Luke Nolan completed 15-of-19 passes for 109 yards and 2 TD passes. Nolan tossed a 4-yard scoring pass to Matt Meyers, who grabbed 6 passes for 43 yards. Nolan's second TD pass of the game was a 2-yarder to tight end Noah Tyrell.
"Huntley is an exceptional team with a huge offensive line which is very talented," said Crystal Lake South coach Chuck Ahsmann. "You can't erase the what has happened this season. The kids played hard and never quit."