Lake Forest plows past Antioch
When teams make it to the playoffs, they must be prepared for anything.
For Friday's night's first round Class 6A playoff matchup between the No. 11-seeded Antioch Sequoits and No. 6 Lake Forest Scouts, they had to battle through something that can't be replicated in a week's worth of practice: Mother Nature.
From start to finish, rain and wind engulfed Lake Forest High School Field. The team that could battle the elements the best would move on to the second round of the postseason.
By the end of four quarters, it was Lake Forest that came out victorious, with a 27-6 win over the Sequoits.
In games when it's tough to pass the ball, a team needs a running back they can count on. For the Scouts, they have senior Jahari Scott. With field conditions that make the best pair of cleats seem like ice skates, Scott still planted, maneuvered and ran like he had done throughout the regular season.
Scott finished the game with 99 yards on 22 carries. While Scott had the majority of the yards and kept the offense ahead of the chains, senior quarterback Leo Scheidler finished drives.
Scheidler had 3 rushing touchdowns on the night, and each one came after a Scott run on the previous play and were all within the 5-yard line.
The other touchdown for Lake Forest came from its defense. With the Sequoits down 14-6 with just five minutes left in the fourth quarter, quarterback Quade Moll's pass went behind his intended receiver, which allowed sophomore linebacker Tommie Aberle to pick up the ball and score.
Two possessions later, Sheidler finished the game with his 1-yard touchdown run to give the Scouts a 27-6 lead, with just under two minutes left in the quarter.
The game did start with Antioch scoring first. Led by running backs Nick Day and Andy Bowles, the Sequoits marched down the field for a 17-play, 80-yard drive that ended with Day's 1-yard touchdown run.
And two plays later, the Sequoits did get the ball back after Scott fumbled on his second carry of the day. But that was as close as the game got for Antioch.
Next up for Lake Forest, the Scouts will play the winner of Saturday's Crystal Lake South-Harlem game.