Libertyville sets school record for points; Stevenson grabs 1st win

  • Under the direction of head coach Mike Jones, Libertyville is off to a 4-0 start to the season. The Wildcats scored a school record 76 points Friday night against Waukegan.

    Under the direction of head coach Mike Jones, Libertyville is off to a 4-0 start to the season. The Wildcats scored a school record 76 points Friday night against Waukegan. Daily Herald file photo

 
By Mike Miazga
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 9/18/2021 6:30 PM

The Libertyville football team scored enough points in its North Suburban Conference win against Waukegan Friday to last most teams multiple weeks.

The Wildcats were 76-6 winners over the visiting Bulldogs -- the 76 points establishing a new program record for most points scored in a game, besting the previous mark of 70 set in a 1923 (yes, 1923) contest against New Trier.

 

The win also moved Libertyville to 4-0 and 2-0 in North Suburban Conference play with a road game at Mundelein on tap next Friday.

"We started fast, which is what I wanted to see," Libertyville coach Mike Jones said.

Charlie True led the way for the Wildcats on both sides of the ball. He ran for 2 touchdowns and returned an interception for an additional score.

Defensive back Austin Gomez intercepted another pass for a touchdown, and Jones noted he was instrumental in the team's point-after attempts, "Muddle Huddle," as Jones put it.

Backup quarterback Rocco LaVista also had a productive night, rushing for 3 touchdowns. Starting quarterback Connor Dickson threw for 99 yards and 2 scores and ran twice for 31 yards and a touchdown. Tommy Latka the team's leading rusher, ran twice for 16 yards. Libertyville has rushed for 870 yards in its first three on-field games (Week 1 was a forfeit win) and is averaging 9.3 yards per carry.

Waukegan fell to 1-3 and 0-2 in NSC play.

Stevenson 27, Mundelein 0:

The Patriots picked up their first win of the season at home over a Mundelein team that came into the game with a 2-1 mark.

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"Our defense pitched a shutout and played well to slow a Mundelein offense that had put up 33 points and 48 points the previous two weeks," Stevenson coach Brent Becker said.

Jordan Skolmar ran the ball 8 times for 84 yards and 1 touchdown to lead the Patriots' offense. He also caught 3 passes for 23 yards and 1 touchdown. Quarterback Matt Projansky completed 11 passes for 166 yards and the touchdown to Skolmar. His long completion was 43 yards. Projansky completed passes to eight different receivers.

Aidan Larsen also scored a touchdown for Stevenson.

"Penalties hurt us in a couple critical spots," Becker said. "That will be an emphasis for us this week."

Mundelein dropped to 2-2 and 1-1 in North Suburban action.

"We did not execute in critical moments of the game," Mustangs coach Vince DeFrancesco said. "We had several opportunities, but weren't able to capitalize. We look forward to getting back to work this week and improving in all areas of the game."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Omari Rhinehart had a strong game on defense for Mundelein. He was the team's leading tackler and had 3 pass breakups. He was equally effective on offense, leading the team in rushing and receptions.

"Omari is a playmaker in all areas of the game," DeFrancesco said. "He is the type of player who demands attention from the opponent wherever he lines up. He is an impact player on offense, defense and all special teams."

Zach Frenzel added 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and forced a fumble for Mundelein, while Julien Rivas had 2 tackles for loss. "Julien played great defensively," DeFrancesco said.

Antioch 24, Grayslake North 10:

The Sequoits' mastery of the Northern Lake County Conference continued with this victory in Grayslake.

Antioch, which has won the conference every year since it was formed, moved to 2-0 in NLCC action.

The Sequoits head to unbeaten Wauconda (4-0, 2-0) Friday for a key NLCC contest. Grayslake North dropped to 0-4 and 0-2 in NLCC play. The Knights host Lakes in Week 5.

Lakes, 46, North Chicago 6:

Lakes is now one of three remaining NLCC unbeatens after this decisive win against North Chicago.

Lakes joins Wauconda and defending conference champion Antioch as the only remaining Northern Lake County teams sitting at 2-0 in league play. Lakes has won three in a row and has held each of its last three opponents to 6 points while scoring a combined 102 points.

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