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Max Ihry (42) leads Waubonsie Valley onto the field to play Glenbard North.
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Sept. 4, 2015 Max Ihry (42) leads Waubonsie Valley onto the field to play Glenbard North. Paul Michna caption -
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Mark Black/ Naperville North varsity football player Grant Ericksen.
Ericksen picks off win for Naperville North
Updated Oct 15, 2016 12:28 AM
Right place, right time. Time and time again. Naperville North senior defensive back Grant Ericksen has a knack for being in the right place at the right time, and he came up with the game-saving interception at the 5-yard line in the waning seconds of Friday night’s 17-14 defeat of Waubonsie Valley.The game-sealing pick was Ericksen’s second of the night and it gave him three games this season with multiple interceptions.“It looked like it was little overthrown and I just wanted to get my hands on it and get down,” he said of his second interception that stopped the Warriors’ chances of setting up for at least a game-tying field-goal attempt. “I think it’s big for our defense to make plays like that and to know that we can stop them. That’s a great football team. They’ll make the playoffs.”The Warriors led 14-7 in the second quarter before the Huskies defense managed to blank them over the final two and a half quarters. At 4-4 now they’ll need to knock off Wheaton North next week to make the playoffs.“I’m proud of our kids. It’s a shame anybody lost,” said Warriors coach Paul Murphy, whose team put up a goal-line stand to keep the score tied at 14-14 in the third quarter. “We can’t hang our head. We’re 4-4 and we know if we win next we’ll still be in the playoffs because we’re going to have plenty of points. It’s a playoff game next week. Two 4-4 teams playing to get into the playoffs. The good news is we’re playing it here.”Friday’s game started as if it might become a shootout when the Huskies’ Cam Hardy returned the opening kickoff 75 yards to set the stage for a 25-yard touchdown run by Eric Wright for a quick 7-0 lead. Waubonsie Valley responded quickly when Nate Ashford broke off a 35-yard run and then scored on a 19-yard dash. The Warriors took a 14-7 lead in the second quarter on an 18-yard pass from Tanner Westwood to Charles Robinson. But the Huskies defense forced a punt with three minutes left in the half and the visitors tied the game just before halftime.The tying score came on a 7-yard Luke Cegles pass to Nick Calcagno, who fought his way into the end with 12.9 seconds left in the half.“It was great. There were a couple seconds left and we knew we had to punch it in at least one more time,” the Naperville North wideout said. “We had to tie the game before half. It was a huge series for us. We practice the two-minute drill every day in practice.“It was screen to me and I had all my linemen getting out to block for me plus Ryan Laurenzo got a great block on the corner. Chuck Robinson met me at the goal line and I was able to reach over. He’s a great player. I was lucky to get it over.”With the score tied at the half, the game was decided in the second half by special teams. The Huskies’ Matt Malan nailed a 38-yard field goal in the third goal, while the Warriors’ Cross Holmes had his 25-yard field goal attempt blocked in the fourth quarter by Julian Collins.“Our defense played a great game, especially in the second half,” said Calcagno after his team improved to 7-1. “Julian Collins, blocking that field goal, was by far the play of the game. I’m very happy our defense could do that for us. And with one more win hopefully it will get us a home game for the first round of the playoffs.”
No. Name Class Height Weight Position
2 Gill, Quaid Lamar Senior 5-9 170 DB
3 Harris, Tim Senior 5-10 160 DB
4 Levi, Jeremiah Senior 5-9 175 DL
5 Westwood, Tanner Junior 5-10 155 QB
6 Lowe, Tae Senior 5-9 190 RB
7 Blanzy, Blake Junior 6-2 190 QB
8 Yukna, Connor Senior 6-0 180 DB
9 Dominiak, Josh Junior 6-1 195 LB
10 Lamoso, Nick Junior 5-8 155 CB
11 Ellig, Brian Junior 6-1 190 LB
12 Isdell, Will Senior 6-0 170 WR/P
13 Varys, Drew Junior 5-8 165 WR
14 Lee, John Senior 5-9 155 DB
15 Esch, Eric Junior 5-11 170 WR
17 Jenkins, Harold Senior 6-3 185 LB
18 France, Eric Junior 5-10 160 DB
19 Kochergin, Nick Junior 5-10 160 WR
20 Stanek, Justin Junior 5-8 150 DB
21 Holmes, Cross Sophomore 5-9 175 PK
22 Adams, Tae'Veion Junior 5-9 160 RB
23 LeMoine, Josh Senior 5-10 175 RB
24 Masiak, Sam Junior 5-9 155 DB
25 Ashford, Nate Junior 5-8 170 RB
26 Penn, Jourdan Junior 5-8 150 CB
28 Lee, Derric Junior 6-0 150 DB
30 Singh, Eshan Junior 5-9 150 WR
33 Bolger, John Junior 5-9 150 WR
34 Waites, Kyle Junior 5-8 210 DL
35 Schroeder, Kyle Junior 6-0 170 LB
36 Oliver, Matt Senior 5-9 155 CB
37 Julian, Jake Senior 5-8 170 DL
38 Safer, Zach Senior 5-9 150 DB
39 Winfrey, Tyler Senior 6-0 180 LB
40 Petty, Tre'von Junior 5-9 160 CB
41 Lyons, Zach Junior 6-1 180 DL
43 Ringenbach, Calvin Senior 6-0 205 DL
44 Al-Qady, Zac Senior 5-8 185 FB
47 Privolos, Elijiah Junior 6-1 190 DL
49 Hoglund, Scott Senior 6-2 180 TE
50 Gorgol, Brett Senior 6-2 205 OL
51 Colon, T.J. Senior 5-10 200 OL
53 Dominiak, Dan Senior 6-2 290 OL
54 Oseroff, Ryan Senior 5-9 170 LB
55 Francique, Marcus Senior 6-2 225 DL
57 McKnight, Corey Senior 5-11 240 OL
58 Williams, Jaylin Senior 6-1 190 OL
59 Drews, Gavin Senior 5-9 170 LB
60 Varvarezos, Loukas Junior 5-10 210 DL
61 Pandiscas, Yannis Junior 5-10 200 OL
62 Riley, John Senior 6-2 280 OL
64 Forrest, Connor Junior 6-2 245 OL
66 Reeder, Matt Junior 5-11 225 OL
67 Glenn, Alonzo Senior 5-11 250 DL
68 Williamson, Matt Junior 5-10 240 OL
70 Lemmons, Alex Sophomore 5-11 210 OL
71 Latham, Matt Junior 5-10 215 OL
73 Stone, Alex Senior 6-1 250 OL
75 Reddic, Kavion Junior 6-3 250 DL
76 Lachat, Matt Senior 6-1 280 OL
77 Abbott, Jaren Senior 5-10 230 OL
79 Youssef, Migad Senior 6-2 210 DL
80 Williams, Chris Senior 5-11 165 WR
81 Smith, Tavarus Senior 6-4 210 WR
82 Vincent, Ryan Junior 6-2 180 TE
87 Puls, Richie Senior 6-2 200 TE
88 Robinson, Charles Junior 6-4 210 TE
90 Scheuerlein, Hayden Junior 5-10 180 LB
92 Fox, Zach Senior 5-10 185 DL
93 Quaye, Eliase Senior 5-11 190 DL
95 Hickey, Zach Senior 6-0 190 DL
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