Neuqua Valley stymies Waubonsie Valley
Trey Borske had his eyes on the prize Saturday night in Aurora.
"Waubonsie's quarterback dropped back," the Neuqua Valley junior linebacker said. "I saw the opportunity."
Borske had the ultimate play for a defensive player -- an interception return for a touchdown covering 74 yards -- to circumvent any hope Waubonsie Valley had in its DuPage Valley Conference football game against the Wildcats.
The Borske pick-6 was the final scoring in the Wildcats' 35-14 victory at Waubonsie Valley.
"I read it right and just came down with the ball and happened to score on it," Borske said.
Neuqua Valley (4-1, 2-0) took command of the game against its sister school with three scores in a four-possession sequence to conclude the second quarter.
Armani Moreno, the Wildcats' feature back, broke a scoreless tie two-plus minutes into the second quarter with a 4-yard touchdown run.
But the Warriors (2-3, 0-2) struck right back when Antonio Torres caught a pass in the right flat and motored 51 yards for the tying touchdown, not to mention the longest play from scrimmage in the game.
"I saw an opening, made a juke and it took it to the house," said Torres, who had the Warriors' other score on a 21-yard rush.
Torres' second touchdown brought the Warriors within 28-14, but the Borske interception completely changed the complexion of the game.
It was a rivalry game fraught with an unseemly number of personal fouls and unsportsmanlike penalties, many of which ended up being offsetting fouls.
The Wildcats trumped Torres' initial score to break the only tie of the game.
Neuqua Valley had a two-score cushion, 21-7, at the break thanks to quarterback Mark Gronowski rumbling 14 yards on a keeper for the Wildcats' second lead of the game.
The Wildcats' senior signalcaller then found Sean Larkin from 2 yards out with less than 20 seconds to play in the second quarter to double the Neuqua Valley spread.
"I was lined up as a tight end," Larkin said. "I guess (the Waubonsie defense) didn't notice me."
Neuqua Valley was leading comfortably after taking the second-half kickoff 80 yards in a dozen plays.
Larkin had his second scoring connection from Gronowski from 17 yards away for the Wildcats' fourth touchdown.