Segobiano, St. Charles North roll past Highland Park
Lucas Segobiano has a perfect excuse for wanting to rest a bit the remainder of the weekend.
Segobiano, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound dynamo, displayed his versatility on both sides of the ball during St. Charles North's 31-13 Class 7A first-round playoff victory over Highland Park Saturday afternoon.
In addition to his 3 first-quarter rushing touchdowns, Segobiano carried the ball 34 times for 174 yards, caught 5 passes for 68 yards, made an interception on defense, recorded a special teams tackle and even took a few snaps at quarterback from the Wildcat formation before his afternoon was complete.
"I usually like to hang out with the guys afterward but after a game like this, I'm probably just going to go home, get some food, take an ice bath and watch some college football," said Segobiano. "I'm not going to be doing too much."
With the win, the 6th-seeded North Stars (9-1) earn another home game next weekend against second-round opponent St. Rita (8-2).
"My body is torn apart but it's worth it," said Segobiano, who scored from 1, 3 and 3 yards out on the team's first 3 offensive possessions as the North Stars built a 21-0 first-quarter lead. "If I get the ball zero times or 40 times doesn't matter. Whatever I can do to help the team win, I'm all for it."
After winning the coin toss and electing to defer, the North Stars forced consecutive 3-and-out series before sophomore Ryan Thiesse's interception helped set up Segobiano's third TD of the opening quarter.
"We said to come out fast," said North Stars coach Rob Pomazak. "We wanted to start fast and finish strong. I don't think we finished strong so that's something we've got to work on."
The Giants got on the board in the final minutes of the first half when quarterback John Sakos tossed a 24-yard TD pass to Noah Spitz (5 catches, 40 yards) to make it 21-7.
St. Charles North extended its lead to 31-7 midway through the fourth quarter on Brandon Eickert's 20-yard field goal and Michael Hohensee's 17-yard TD pass to Tyler Nubin.
Highland Park capped the scoring on 1-yard TD run by Ryan Brinks (23 carries, 125 yards) with 3:31 remaining.
Segobiano sealed the decision with 4 additional carries for 21 yards in the last 2 minutes as the North Stars won a playoff opener for the second straight year.
"It was fun game to be a part of," said Pomazak. "I'm happy for our kids to have another week to be together.
"Lucas is the best player in the conference and he showed it today. There's nobody who does as much as Lucas does on offense, defense and special teams."
Hohensee completed 17 of 30 passes for 202 yards while Nubin had 4 receptions for 39 yards and added an interception.
Highland Park finished its season at 5-5.
"Our season started off 0-3 but we rallied back and won our conference and gave a great team a good fight," said Giants coach Joe Horeni. "I love these seniors. They won a lot of football games for us."