Libertyville-Mundelein suspended in second quarter

By Rusty Silber
Daily Herald Correspondent

Homecoming was to have a special fireworks show and other events at halftime but Mother Nature stepped in before halftime and created her own show postponing the Libertyville vs. Mundelein game until Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in Mundelein.

At the point of the lightning delay, Libertyville held a 21-7 advantage over Mundelein late in the second quarter in the North Suburban Conference matchup on Friday night.

Because of the anticipation of the rain and thunderstorms, the start of the varsity game was moved up by 20 minutes to try to beat the stormy weather.

When the lightning delay happened, there was about a 45-minute waiting period before it was decided to reschedule the conclusion of the game to Saturday morning.

Mundelein started its own fireworks in the opening quarter when Eli Daugs returned a punt 34 yards to the Wildcats' 18-yard line. Libertyville was also assessed a 10-yard penalty. That gave the Mustangs a first-and-goal from the 9-yard line. Three plays later, Daugs caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Isaac Wellman for a 7-0 lead with 6:44 left.

Libertyville answered back in 18 seconds, when Jack Turco caught a 70-yard touchdown pass off a slant pass from Thomas Monken tying the game at 7-7.

The Wildcats added two more scores extending the lead out to 21-7 before the weather delay. Monken rushed for a TD from 2 yards with 59.8 seconds left in the opening quarter. Then, Niko Christensen added the other one, also on the ground from 1 yard out for the 4-point lead with 1:28 left before halftime.

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