St. Charles North backup quarterback David Beach got an opportunity he has been waiting a long time for on Friday night and he took full advantage of it.
With starting quarterback Michael Hohensee feeling under the weather Beach got the call to make his first varsity start and the North Stars' offense didn't miss a beat. Beach completed 11 of 14 passes for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns to help lead North (2-1, 1-0) to a 45-6 Upstate Eight River Division win over Larkin at Memorial Field in Elgin.
"David stepped in and did a real nice job for us," North coach Rob Pomazak said. "He played with a lot of confidence. David has always kind of been in Mike's shadows, but he has worked really hard to be ready if we needed him. So, he really deserves this moment. He did a great job of executing the game plan."
Beach directed 6 touchdown drives in the first half of 77, 51, 94, 34, 75, and 16 yards. He had a 19-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Nelsen in the first quarter and a 5-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Spotts just before the half to put North up 42-0. Beach's 43-yard pass to Nelsen on the opening drive also helped to set up the North Stars' first score.
"It was a little bit surreal to be starting, but it felt awesome," Beach said. "Coach talks about the next man up always needs to be ready, so I always try to be prepared to play. I was nervous, but I had a lot of confidence in my teammates to help me out. They did a great job. The line gave me plenty of protection and my receivers made some great catches."
Nelsen was the North Stars' leading receiver with 4 receptions for 82 yards. Spotts also had 4 receptions for 42 yards.
Beach had a strong rushing game behind him with Lucas Segobiano leading the way with 141 yards on 15 carries and touchdown runs of 2 and 8 yards.
"We wanted to make sure we gave David all the support we could," Segobiano said. "So our goal was to establish the running game early to get him comfortable. He really stepped up and did a great job for us. You have to give him a lot of credit. He made some reads and some nice throws."
Sam DeMarco had 92 yards rushing on 13 carries and a touchdown for North. Ben Furtney added a 9-yard TD run.
For the third straight week Larkin (1-2, 0-1) was held scoreless in the first half.
Kindrell Morris had 86 yards rushing on 18 carries, including a 10-yard touchdown run late in the game for the Royals.
"That was a really good football team we faced tonight," Larkin coach Dragon Teonic said. "The one word that comes to mind when describing them is disciplined. Their guys are always in the right spots and they don't make many mistakes. It's a game we can learn from and use as a barometer to get better ourselves. I thought we improved in some areas tonight especially on our special teams and we'll keep working hard to get better."