Big second half helps Antioch past LF
Through the last couple of seasons, Antioch knows how to win football games in the regular season. They have gone back-to-back without losing a single regular-season game.
It was more of the same for host Antioch as it bested Lake Forest 27-14 with 27 unanswered points for the nonconference victory.
The Sequoits started out with a bit of a scare -- with 3 turnovers that led to the Scouts jumping out to a 14-0 first-half lead. Antioch ended up with seven turnovers on the night.
"When you get good football teams together, they are close," Antioch coach Brian Glashagel said. "We've been in those over the years and played playoff caliber opponents and it's a tight game. We actually scored 40 tonight if you count the ones Lake Forest scored.
"With the 3 turnovers in the first half and about how poorly we played to come in (halftime) down by 1, we were lucky. Most times you don't come back from that. The kids were resilient and started making some plays."
Maybe there were some jitters in the first quarter with the turnovers. Lake Forest jumped on a bad snap over the quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis' head that was covered in the end zone by Will Wisniewski, and the Scouts led 7-0 with 6:54 left in the opening quarter.
The Scouts recovered another fumble at the Antioch 7 in the middle of the second quarter which Ethan Hunt recovered. Then Scouts quarterback James Swartout scampered into the end zone on a 1-yard run three plays later for a 14-0 lead.
But Antioch recovered quickly, Athan Kaliakmaunis scoring on a 1-yard run that completed a 73-yard drive with 4:;20 left in the second quarter that cut the lead to 14-7.
Nicolas Garcia added a pick-six 38-yard interception return with 1:19 left which made the score 14-13 before the break.
The second half was all in favor of the Sequoits. Athan Kaliakmanis had his longest run of 58 yards staring the third quarter and followed it up with a 9-yard rushing touchdown that put Antioch up 20-14 with 10:01 left.
Athan Kaliakmanis added another rushing touchdown with 7:51 left in the fourth quarter with a bootleg on a fourth-and-13 from the Lake Forest 20 for the 27-14 lead.
Athan Kaliakmanis rushed for 115 yards on 13 carries. He also was 16 of 26 passing for 203 yards with 3 interceptions.
"It was a great game and my teammates put a lot of effort into this game," Athan Kaliakmanis said. "Defense stopped (Lake Forest) and we had a great offense going giving us energy. They made big plays and we combined the energy off of them."