Dundee-Crown scores 55 but comes up short
It was a good news bad news night for the Dundee-Crown Chargers.
Senior standout quarterback Josh Raby threw for 552 yards and 7 touchdowns, 5 to Jordan Hairston. The bad news was Prairie Ridge senior running back Jackson Willis upstaged Raby and Hairston's incredible evening with 396 yards rushing on 32 carries with 6 touchdowns as the Wolves outlasted the Chargers 70-55 in a Fox Valley Conference shootout in Carpentersville Friday night.
PR and D-C combined for 1,342 yards, 46 first downs and 18 touchdowns.
"Josh proved why he is one of the best quarterback in the state of Illinois," said Dundee-Crown Coach Mike Steinhaus. "He was incredible tonight and Jordan made some huge plays. We had a good physical week of practice and we showed what we are capable offensively. Defensively, we got to the spot a little late. PR has a great program and they really run the option to perfection. We need to look at the film and fix our defense for next week because Cary-Grove runs the same offense."
Running for 592 yards, the Wolves (2-1, 2-1) along with Willis' stellar effort received 151 yards and 2 touchdowns from Blake Brown.
"Blake and I feed off each other," said Willis. "We had a great week of practice after the loss to Huntley. The loss to Huntley last week was a wakeup call for our team. The hogs in the offensive was opening huge holes."
PR coach Chris Schremp was happy with the way his team bounced back after last week's loss to Huntley.
"We had a really good week of practice," said Schremp. "Jackson was outstanding and our offensive line was very good. DC's quarterback is very good and they have some good receivers. We need to shore up the defense. We gave up way too many points."
Raby, who completed 23 of 31 passes, along with the 5 TD passes to Hairston tossed a 12-yard TD pass to Justin Prusko and a 40-yarder to Alex Lopez. Hairston, who had TD receptions of 71, 85, 13, 11 and 49 yards, caught 9 passes for 351 yards. Jack Michalski caught 5 passes for 63 yards and Kareem Dunner snared 3 passes for 69 yards.
"Our receiving corps really stepped up," said Steinhaus. "They did a great job of getting open."
D-C, which compiled 698 yards of total offense, rushed for 146 yards including 58 from Shanquan Watson and a TD and 57 from Ricky Ibarra.
The Chargers (2-1, 1-1), which never led in the game, were within a score of the Wolves at 42-35 after a 49-yard TD pass from Raby to Hairston with 2:24 left in the third quarter.
"The kids never quit," said Steinhaus. "The kids gave themselves a chance to win. That is all you can ask for."