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Burlington Central High School Kishwaukee River Valley
Burlington Central's Robert Doubek throws a pass against Dixon.
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Sept. 4, 2015 Burlington Central's Robert Doubek throws a pass against Dixon. Laura Stoecker caption -
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Johnsburg dominates short-handed Burlington Central
Updated Sep 22, 2017 11:07 PM
Coming to Rocket Hill Friday night at 4-0 and ranked No. 4 in the state after last year’s runner-up state finish in Class 4A, Johnsburg certainly didn’t need any extra help.But Burlington Central gave the Skyhawks plenty. The Rockets fumbled on their first kickoff return, fumbled on their first punt attempt, and then snapped another ball over the punter’s head for a safety on their next punt — only to see Johnsburg return the ensuing kickoff after the safety 55 yards for a touchdown.And that was all in the first eight minutes.By midway through the second quarter the Skyhawks were going to their bench, and they went to victory formation with a minute to go — in the first half. Johnsburg ended with a 65-0 victory, sending the Rockets (2-3, 0-2) to their second straight Kishwaukee River Conference loss.“We’ve been turning the ball over all year,” Rockets coach Brian Melvin said. “It’s getting very tiresome. I’ve never been on a team that’s had more turnovers.”Burlington Central had a chance to stop Johnsburg (5-0, 2-0) on the first drive of the game. But on fourth-and-13, Adam Jayko hit Nick LoDolce for a 29-yard touchdown.Jayko only threw the ball 8 times, completing 6 for 115 yards.“We got those guys going early which opened up the run,” Johnsburg coach Dan DeBoeuf said.After the Rockets fumbled the kickoff, Jayko’s 1-yard run made it 14-0. Rockets sophomore quarterback Jake Lenschow, making his second start, ran 14 yards to convert a first down. But that drive quickly stalled, and after the muffed snap on the punt, Casey Meland capitalized on the short field with a 1-yard touchdown dive and 21-0 lead.By the end of the first quarter it was 30-0 and at halftime it was 51-0 as the backups Johnsburg brought in were nearly as unstoppable as the starters.“They are amazing,” Melvin said. “I don’t see how they don’t win state this year. Dan does a great job over there.”Augie Rowe returned an interception for a 21-yard touchdown in the second half for Johnsburg while the Rockets almost got on the board but were stopped three times at the Skyhawks’ 1-yard line.The Skyhawks outgained the Rockets 340 yards to 44 in the first half.“We’ve been talking a lot about starting fast and maintaining that tempo,” DeBouef said. “Throughout the season we’ve had spurts where we look really, really good, and spurts where we don’t look so tough. Tonight I thought it was kind of a constant. It was good to see.”Nathan Figurski ran for 20 yards on 13 carries for the Rockets. Lenschow completed 5 of 16 passes for 74 yards, and Colton Wallace booted a 51-yard punt.“Jake is learning,” Melvin said. “He’s a really good football player. He just has to understand the varsity game. He’ll get here.”Missing four starters including Johnny DiCostanzo, Ryan Doubek and Nick Termini, the Rockets will try to get back on track next week at Woodstock.“If you look at what’s happened the last two weeks, we’re still a 2-3 football team with a chance to make the playoffs,” Melvin said. “And that’s our goal. We’re fine.”
No. Name Class Height Weight Position
1 Solomon, Andrew Sophomore 5'6" 140 K
2 Ganziano, Matthew Junior 5'9" 178 LB/RB
3 Beamon, Dejsani Senior 5'9" 160 DB/WR
4 DiCostanzo, Johnny Junior 5'11" 190 QB
5 Kalusa, Michael Senior 6'1" 160 WR
7 Lenschow, Jake Sophomore 6'2" 175 QB/WR
8 Hodgson, Hunter Sophomore 6'1" 165 QB
9 Odalski, Damian Senior 5'8" 170 WR/DB
11 Moring, Kyle Junior 6'0" 180 WR/LB
12 Johnson, Javyon Senior 6'3" 185 WR/DE
13 Reynolds, Layn Junior 6'0" 180 DB/WR
14 Niechajewicz, Kevin Junior 5'10" 170 LB
15 El-Helo, Ibrahim Junior 5'8" 180 DL/RB
16 Ganziano, Mark Freshman 5'11" 157 QB
19 Rohl, Carter Senior 5'10" 136 DB
20 Termini, Nicholas Junior 5'8" 150 RB/DB
21 Hupe, Justin Junior 5'9" 150 DB/RB
22 Figurski, Nathan Senior 5'10" 195 LB/RB
23 Ferro, Alan Junior 5'7" 140 DB/WR
24 Gonzalez, Efren Senior 5'6" 176 RB/LB
25 Smith, Shon Senior 6'0" 150 WR/DB
26 Perry, Sawyer Junior 5'11" 170 LB/WR
28 VanAcker, Jarret Senior 6'2" 200 WR
32 Wallace, Colton Junior 5'8" 175 DL/WR/K
33 Doubek, Ryan Senior 6'0" 205 LB/RB
35 Kraabel, Austin Junior 5'6" 140 DB/WR
49 Heffernan, Benny Senior 5'6" 175 WR/DB
50 Brennan, Reilly Senior 6'4" 200 OL/DL
51 Kang, Sam Junior 5'11" 170 OL/DL
52 O'Neal, Vincent Senior 6'0" 280 DL/OL
53 Capaci, Julian Senior 5'9" 190 OL/DL
54 Esterly, Samuel Senior 5'9" 195 OL/DL
55 LePenske, Jackson Senior 6'3" 220 OL/DL
57 Carrizales, Treyton Senior 6'1" 230 OL/DL
58.44 Dossey, Samuel Senior 6'2" 183 OL/DL/WR
59 Schambach, Travis Junior 6'2" 195 OL/DL
61 Schmitt, Jake Sophomore 6'1" 220 OL
65 Collins, Zachary Junior 6'1" 185 OL/DL
67 Ledebuhr, Ryan Senior 5'11" 195 OL/DL
70 Paluch, Matthew Senior 6'2" 234 OL/DL
71 Holmes, Keandre Junior 5'8" 299 DL/OL
72 Pearson, Michael Senior 6'4" 275 OL/DL
77 Mustard, Payton Junior 6'1" 267 OL/DL
78 Cesaroni, Joe Senior 6'1" 280 OL/DL
81 Gasparaitis, Matthew Senior 6'1" 169 DB/WR/QB
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Johnsburg dominates short-handed Burlington Central
Updated Sep 22, 2017 11:07 PM
Coming to Rocket Hill Friday night at 4-0 and ranked No. 4 in the state after last year’s runner-up state finish in Class 4A, Johnsburg certainly didn’t need any extra help.But Burlington Central gave the Skyhawks plenty. The Rockets fumbled on their first kickoff return, fumbled on their first punt attempt, and then snapped another ball over the punter’s head for a safety on their next punt — only to see Johnsburg return the ensuing kickoff after the safety 55 yards for a touchdown.And that was all in the first eight minutes.By midway through the second quarter the Skyhawks were going to their bench, and they went to victory formation with a minute to go — in the first half. Johnsburg ended with a 65-0 victory, sending the Rockets (2-3, 0-2) to their second straight Kishwaukee River Conference loss.“We’ve been turning the ball over all year,” Rockets coach Brian Melvin said. “It’s getting very tiresome. I’ve never been on a team that’s had more turnovers.”Burlington Central had a chance to stop Johnsburg (5-0, 2-0) on the first drive of the game. But on fourth-and-13, Adam Jayko hit Nick LoDolce for a 29-yard touchdown.Jayko only threw the ball 8 times, completing 6 for 115 yards.“We got those guys going early which opened up the run,” Johnsburg coach Dan DeBoeuf said.After the Rockets fumbled the kickoff, Jayko’s 1-yard run made it 14-0. Rockets sophomore quarterback Jake Lenschow, making his second start, ran 14 yards to convert a first down. But that drive quickly stalled, and after the muffed snap on the punt, Casey Meland capitalized on the short field with a 1-yard touchdown dive and 21-0 lead.By the end of the first quarter it was 30-0 and at halftime it was 51-0 as the backups Johnsburg brought in were nearly as unstoppable as the starters.“They are amazing,” Melvin said. “I don’t see how they don’t win state this year. Dan does a great job over there.”Augie Rowe returned an interception for a 21-yard touchdown in the second half for Johnsburg while the Rockets almost got on the board but were stopped three times at the Skyhawks’ 1-yard line.The Skyhawks outgained the Rockets 340 yards to 44 in the first half.“We’ve been talking a lot about starting fast and maintaining that tempo,” DeBouef said. “Throughout the season we’ve had spurts where we look really, really good, and spurts where we don’t look so tough. Tonight I thought it was kind of a constant. It was good to see.”Nathan Figurski ran for 20 yards on 13 carries for the Rockets. Lenschow completed 5 of 16 passes for 74 yards, and Colton Wallace booted a 51-yard punt.“Jake is learning,” Melvin said. “He’s a really good football player. He just has to understand the varsity game. He’ll get here.”Missing four starters including Johnny DiCostanzo, Ryan Doubek and Nick Termini, the Rockets will try to get back on track next week at Woodstock.“If you look at what’s happened the last two weeks, we’re still a 2-3 football team with a chance to make the playoffs,” Melvin said. “And that’s our goal. We’re fine.”
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