Kubow, Stevenson handle Waukegan

By Bill Pemstein
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 10/14/2016 11:35 PM

It was really a tale of two backup quarterbacks.

For Stevenson came a former lineman (when younger), junior Grayson Kubow.


For Waukegan came the speedy backup, Jalen Bay-Mckie.

Ok, this lopsided game was clearly in control by halftime, as once-beaten Stevenson led by 26 points over Waukegan. But both quarterbacks had to feel good about their play on the field.

Kubow had thrown the first two touchdown passes of his career and even scored one before the break. Bay-Mckie, completed a 39-yard toss on his first pass. And he followed a Stevenson kickoff to the 3 and took it to the house for a 97-yard touchdown return.

Stevenson, despite not playing with starter Aidan O'Connell at quarterback, held serve on senior night with a 36-7 romp over the Bulldogs.

And when did Kubow find out he was running the Stevenson offense on Friday night?

"It's when Aidan came to school with a sling on his shoulder,'' Kubow replied. "I was excited to play. But it wasn't that hard because of our great offensive line."

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Actually there were a fumbles in the early going. Kubow's first complete pass went to Tyler Porzycki, and the QB completed the 10-play drive with a 13-yard toss to Michael Marchese.

And then it was the other backup's chance to shine.

"I saw green out there,'' Bay-Mckie noted. "It was my first kickoff for a TD."

Bay-Mckie noted he filled in for an injured quarterback for Waukegan -- and that's not all.

"I play quarterback, slot, corner back and kickoff returner,'' he said. "I kind of volunteered for the quarterback job."

Underdog Waukegan had tied up Stevenson for one quarter. The Pats dominated the second quarter. A Kubow pass play to running back Matt Korinek set up Anthony Sibo's short run for the go-ahead score. Less than two minutes later, the Pats (7-1) were in the end zone for another score. Kubow found Henry Machese open and the senior snaked his way into the end zone from 62 yards out.


Before the end of the first half, the Pats took a fumble from Waukegan and Kubow translated that into another score. The first half scoring still wasn't completed.

Kubow hit back to back passes to Porzycki and that set up his 23-yard strike to Sibo. Jack Worwa's 34-yard field goal highlighted the second-half scoring.

From a lineman as a third-grader to the starting quarterback for Stevenson, it's been a nice ride for Kubow (15-24, 228).

"When I got to high school, I decided to try out for quarterback,'' Kubow said. "I was more athletic. We had a chance to get a lot of kids on the field tonight on senior night so that was good."

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