Hampshire bounces back from opening loss

By Dave Hess
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 9/3/2021 11:17 PM

If Hampshire coach Jake Brosman was worried about how his team would perform Friday night after a heartbreaking 28-25 loss to Burlington Central last week, he didn't need to worry.

The Whip-Purs, aided by 2 fumble recoveries, scored 27 unanswered points in the first quarter and steamrolled to a 48-21 win over Dundee-Crown in Fox Valley Conference action in Carpentersville Friday night.


"We made some critical errors and mistakes last week," said Brosman. "We had a great week of practice and we wanted to play error free tonight. The defense did a great job of getting us good field position and the offense did a great job of executing."

Junior Tyler Fikis, a starter as a sophomore for the Whip Purs (1-1, 1-1), threw 2 perfect touchdown strikes of 29 and 27 yards to Gage Homola in the first quarter.

"Tyler is really developing as a quarterback," said Brosman. "He really knows the playbook and finds the gaps in the defense. Gage is a big target for Tyler and he does a good job of getting open."

Fikis ran the ball 9 times for 164 yards and completed 5-of-9 passes for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns.

"The mindset this week in practice was to sharpen our skills and really come ready to play tonight," said Fikis. "The defense got us great field position and we got off to a great start. We want to make a statement and bring the hammer."

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Homola proved to be a valuable receiver for Fikis.

"Tyler does a great job of putting the ball where I can catch it," said Homola. "We had some underlying anger from last week. We were ready to play."

Hampshire, who ran for 285 yards, had 5 rushing touchdowns in the game. Tristan Villareal and Dave Kenny each rushed for 2 scores and Logan Massie ran for a 6-yard TD.

D-C (0-2, 0-2) scored 21 points in the second half. Sophomore signal caller Zach Randall tossed a 11-yard TD to Hunter Guyon and ran for a 10-yard score. Keegan Otte, who ran 18 times for 119 yards, scored on a 10-yard TD run. Randl completed 10-of-18 passes for 111 yards, a touchdown and an interception to Hampshire's Zach Vodraska.

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