Wauconda rolls by Lakes for 10th win

By Rusty Silber
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 10/29/2021 10:18 PM

Wauconda has made more history in its football season with its 10th victory. The second-seeded Bulldogs ran past visiting No. 15 Lakes 41-7 in the opening round of the Class 6A playoffs on Friday night.

Wauconda (10-0) will host No. 7 Prairie Ridge (8-2) next weekend in the second round. The Wolves shut out Vernon Hills 49-0 in Crystal Lake on Friday night.


"These kids have been making history all year," Wauconda coach Dave Mills said. "To be honest, this team is very, very good. They love to play the game of football. They play with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder. We felt like we should've won a conference a year ago and we didn't. So we're out to prove everything this year."

The Bulldogs had a balanced running attack Friday with three players going over 100 yards each.

Connor Vanselow (18 carries, 123 yards) scored on a 40-yard touchdown run and added another from 15 yards.

"Our linemen were making the big holes," Vanselow said. "We kept on pushing the pile and the holes just kept opening up. I think our energy keeps us going and we keep pushing throughout the entire game. It just pulls us through."

Colin Husko (17 carries, 113 yards) had a 15-yard rushing touchdown and one from a yard out.

Quarterback Vince Bennett (11 carries, 124 yards) had a 57-yard score and sneaked one in on a 1-yard run.

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Lakes (5-5) had its only score on a 62-yard Mark Hunter touchdown catch from quarterback Matt Bausch.

The Eagles started the game with a recovered onside kickoff, but couldn't get anything going their way after that.

"We just couldn't get anything going, we made a lot of mistakes on both sides of the ball," Lakes coach Jordan Eder said. "We didn't play very well and hats off to Wauconda for taking it to us. It was a tough stretch over the last three games with playoff teams. We didn't play our best football."

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