Huntley hammers Crystal Lake Central for 4th straight win

By Dave Hess
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 10/4/2019 11:29 PM

Fox Valley Conference coaches beware -- Huntley junior quarterback Bruno Bosman is progressing and getting better every game.

Bosman, in his first season as the Red Raiders signal caller, ran for 144 yards and a touchdown and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Alex Denniston as Huntley cruised past Crystal Lake Central 38-7 in Fox Valley Conference action in Crystal Lake Friday night.


After a loss to Jacobs in Week 2, the Red Raiders (5-1, 5-1} have reeled off 4 straight wins.

"The loss to Jacobs was a wake-up call for us," said Bosman. "We have played well since then with wins against PR (Prairie Ridge) and Cary (Cary-Grove). We have more focus and the offense is running smoothly. Offensively we take what the defense gives us. The offensive line is doing a great job of blocking and opening up huge holes."

Huntley coach Matt Zimolzak likes the progress his junior quarterback is making.

"Bruno is getting very comfortable in the offense," said the Huntley coach. "His reads get better and better every game. The passing game is evolving and getting better."

With Bosman leading the charge, the Red Raiders compiled 339 yards on the ground. Junior running back Ryder Havens rushed for 81 yards which included a 42-yard TD run.

Backup quarterback Pasquale Ricciardi ran 8 times for 67 yards and a 14-yard score.

Bosman completed 7-of-13 passes for 67 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

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The Huntley defense was also impressive pitching a shutout until Jake Coss scored for the Tigers (3-3) with 3:45 remaining in the contest. The Raiders limited the Tigers offense to 8 first downs and 153 yards of total offense (57 rushing, 96 passing).

Huntley picked off 3 passes, 2 by sophomore defensive back Christopher Medina and 1 by Alexander Janke.

"Chris (Medina) does a great job for a sophomore and made some great plays tonight," said Zimolzak. "He really reads the pass well and runs to the ball. He is still learning but he is getting better every game."

Zimolzak also likes the extra offense senior kicker Brian Vavra gives the Raiders.

Vavra put Huntley on the scoreboard with a 46-yard field goal.

"I go to Brian can you make the kick and he said yes," said Zimolzak. "The defensive coaches weren't exactly excited about kicking a field goal from that distance. Brian is a soccer kid and he gives us an extra dimension. If we have a close game late in the season or in the playoffs It is nice to have a weapon like that."

Crystal Lake Central quarterback Aidan Ellinger, who was under siege by the Huntley defense all evening, completed 8 of 25 passes for 96 yards and 2 interceptions.

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