Bolingbrook again has St. Charles North's number
There aren't many consolation prizes in week 2 of the IHSA football season, but St. Charles North maybe able to take away something positive from Friday night's loss that benefits them the rest of the season.
The North Stars were outdueled by Bolingbrook 21-6, but the North Stars defense matched them toe-to-toe for most of the game.
Coach Rob Pomazak would have liked to have been on the other side of the score, but he told his team after the game to keep their heads up and learn from the experience.
"Adversity makes stronger teams," Pomazak said. "Failure is part of life. We're going to fail. We don't want to live in this grandiose world thinking that we're never going to fail. They (Bolingbrook) have a lot of great athletes; great coaching. Kudos to them. We're going to be fine."
The Red Raiders (2-0) scored on their first possession, an 8-play, 67-yard drive that concluded when quarterback Devyn Suggs ran the ball in from 19 yards out.
The score remained 7-0 until midway through the third quarter when Suggs took the ball in from 13 yards out to give Bolingbrook a 14-0 lead.
On their ensuing possession, the North Stars (1-1) went three and out and punted from their own 27-yard line. Red Raiders speedster Antonio King caught the punt on his 40, darted to his left and spun back around to his right and darted to the end zone for a 60-yard punt return to put Bolingbrook up 21-0.
St. Charles North entered the fourth quarter still trailing 21-0, starting from their 41-yard line to begin the quarter. Quarterback Kyler Brown opened with two strikes to Ryan Doherty to move the ball inside Red Raider territory. After a 6-yard scramble, Brown found Ryan Thiesse for another six yards and a first down to the 29-yard line. Facing 3rd-and-9, Brown hit Nick DeMarco down the left sideline for 24 yards, and Brown completed the scoring on a 3-yard pass to Steven Hein.
Brown echoed his coach and took the loss as a lesson of adversity to grow from as the season progresses.
"Adversity is healthy," Brown said. "The same thing happened last year. We just have to keep battling back. We got beat by a quality opponent. I'm going to work on our connections with our receivers and just try to execute better (next week)."
Brown credited his defensive teammates with keeping the game within striking distance late in the game.
"A lot of credit goes to our D-line," Brown said. "They've been working their tails off. I couldn't be more proud of our guys. They did a really great job today."
Pomazak indicated that he's been through this situation before.
"We just need to tackle a little bit better, but we'll be fine," Pomazak said. "We have a pretty good defense. We did this last year and darn near ran the table, so we're going to be fine."