Etienne, Stevenson pick up steam vs. Palatine
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Yes, that JM Etienne is a handful. He breaks tackles, and he makes defenders miss him most every play.
"I was 4 years old, playing against my 8-years-old brother," he said. "It was tackle football so I had to make some moves."
Etienne, a junior, had a few fine runs called back. So he settled for 19 carries for 143 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Opening day was not close in Lincolnshire on Friday, as Stevenson led all the way and handled Palatine 35-7 in nonconference play.
There were other heroes for the winning Pats. Like their big back, who doubles as a defensive tackle. Jon Kull bulled his way to a pair of scores inside the 3.
The big blow that blew this game open came on defense. And Michael D'Angelo has seen this play before -- a pick-6 His interception return was good for 55 yards.
"I had 2 pick-sixes as a sophomore,'' D'Angelo said. "We had a good pressure and I had a line of players in front of me."
Throwing this pick 6 was Palatine QB, Zac Garnmeister. But perhaps he deserved a better fate. He routinely found the open receiver but two of his sure receptions were turned into fumbles.
Garnmeister was good for 17 for 27 for 172 yards. And a touchdown pass to Ralph Llanos in the fourth quarter.
Etienne showed off his skills in the opening quarter. He galloped 36 yards for the opening score.
Rolling Meadows 43, Glenbrook South 7: In a span of less than six minutes, Jace O'Hara put together more must-see highlight film than many players in might in a career.
The Rolling Meadows senior scored back-to-back touchdowns with dazzling 86 and 91-yards jaunts to give his team a 14-0 lead with 11:05 left in the second quarter and four minutes later, his interception set up another Mustangs' touchdown in a 43-7 triumph over visiting Glenbrook South on Friday night.
"I missed that interception," said Meadows coach Matt Mishler following the opening game of the season. "I was over talking to the offense. All I know is that we got the ball back. I heard it was a heck of a play. I'll see it on film."
The film will also show that O'Hara used his offensive line to perfection en route to racking up 196 yards in just three carries.
"It was just great, great, great blocks my lineman," said O'Hara referring to senior Andrew Baroota, senior John Carlstrom, senior Josh De Luca, senior Joe Boyer and junior Tommy Schell.