Hampshire stays hot, wins 3rd straight

 
By Dave Hess
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 4/9/2021 11:17 PM

Hampshire sophomore quarterback Tyler Fikis has a bright future.

The Whip Purs signal caller ran for 3 touchdowns and threw for 2 more as Hampshire outscored Crystal Lake South 27-6 in the second half to post a 41-20 Fox Valley Conference win in Hampshire Friday night.

 

Fikis, who missed his entire freshman campaign with a broken arm, completed 6-of-7 passes for 220 yards including touchdown passes of 67 and 86 yards to Alexander Corbett.

Fikis ran for touchdowns of 50, 18 and 12 yards.

Fikis, who rushed for 118 yards on 10 carries, ran for a 65-yard touchdown in the first half but it was nullified because of a penalty.

"We huddled at halftime and went over our weaknesses," said Fikis. "We executed in the second half and overcame adversity from the first half."

Hampshire coach Jake Brosman praised his sophomore QB.

"He missed his entire freshman year and has handled the job with a lot of poise for a young player," Brosman said. "We preached overcoming adversity at halftime and we did in the second half."

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Hampshire (3-0) ran for 305 yards in the game led by Fikis. Corbett ran for 63 yards on 9 rushes while Robert Negron carried 10 times for 53 yards. Raymond Hill had 10 carries for 51 yards and a 60-yard TD.

Crystal Lake South (0-3) rallied from a 14-0 first half deficit to tie the score at intermission.

Senior quarterback Justin Kowalik tossed a 6-yard TD pass to Nate Freese and threw a 23-yard scoring strike to Marcus Smith to tie the score after 24 minutes.

Kowalik completed 18-of-37 passes for 216 yards and 3 touchdowns. Smith, who also caught a TD pass of 23 yards, grabbed 6 passes for 61 yards. Nate Freese caught 5 passes for 40 yards including a 6-yard TD. Brock Jewson caught 6 passes for 90 yards, including one of 55 yards.

Bryan Garcia and Devin Yeats had interceptions for the winners.

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