Palatine cruises to 50-7 win over Buffalo Grove

  • Buffalo Grove's Matthew Maradkel (10) gets a few running yards before being tripped up by Palatine's JD Wardle (22) during Friday's football game in Buffalo Grove.

      Buffalo Grove's Matthew Maradkel (10) gets a few running yards before being tripped up by Palatine's JD Wardle (22) during Friday's football game in Buffalo Grove. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Palatine's Dominick Ball (7) looks for running room under pressure from Buffalo Grove's Gavin Lee (9) during Friday's football game in Buffalo Grove.

      Palatine's Dominick Ball (7) looks for running room under pressure from Buffalo Grove's Gavin Lee (9) during Friday's football game in Buffalo Grove. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • The Buffalo Grove defense celebrate a Palatine fumble recovery by teammate Vukasin Dejkovic (33) during Friday's football game in Buffalo Grove. The play helped set up Buffalo Grove for a touchdown.

      The Buffalo Grove defense celebrate a Palatine fumble recovery by teammate Vukasin Dejkovic (33) during Friday's football game in Buffalo Grove. The play helped set up Buffalo Grove for a touchdown. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Palatine quarterback Grant Dersnah (8) looks to throw during Friday's football game against Buffalo Grove in Buffalo Grove.

      Palatine quarterback Grant Dersnah (8) looks to throw during Friday's football game against Buffalo Grove in Buffalo Grove. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Buffalo Grove's Connor Risner, center, pulls in an interception from a pass intended for Palatine's Ryan Donnelly during Friday's football game in Buffalo Grove.

      Buffalo Grove's Connor Risner, center, pulls in an interception from a pass intended for Palatine's Ryan Donnelly during Friday's football game in Buffalo Grove. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Palatine's Dominick Ball (7) celebrates his first-half touchdown with teammate Nate Branch during Friday's football game against Buffalo Grove in Buffalo Grove.

      Palatine's Dominick Ball (7) celebrates his first-half touchdown with teammate Nate Branch during Friday's football game against Buffalo Grove in Buffalo Grove. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Buffalo Grove's Hamza Alam (30) forces a fumble on Palatine's Grant Dersnah during Friday's football game in Buffalo Grove.

      Buffalo Grove's Hamza Alam (30) forces a fumble on Palatine's Grant Dersnah during Friday's football game in Buffalo Grove. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Palatine's Thomas Coroneos (5) pulls in a pass but Buffalo Grove's Michael Carvantes (8) knocks the ball loose forcing an incomplete pass during Friday's football game in Buffalo Grove.

      Palatine's Thomas Coroneos (5) pulls in a pass but Buffalo Grove's Michael Carvantes (8) knocks the ball loose forcing an incomplete pass during Friday's football game in Buffalo Grove. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Buffalo Grove quarterback Payton Diaz (3) gets good protection from the offensive line as he looks to pass against Palatine during Friday's football game in Buffalo Grove.

      Buffalo Grove quarterback Payton Diaz (3) gets good protection from the offensive line as he looks to pass against Palatine during Friday's football game in Buffalo Grove. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
By John Bumbales
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 9/2/2022 10:21 PM

Falling behind host Buffalo Grove 7-0 just 4:30 into this Mid-Suburban League crossover game was an early wake-up call for the Palatine football team.

The Pirates answered the bell as they scored 24 unanswered points the remainder of the first half to take a 24-7 lead into halftime over the Bison.

 

From there, Palatine (2-0) never looked back as it wound up scoring 50 unanswered points overall to cruise to a lopsided 50-7 victory over Buffalo Grove (0-2).

Buffalo Grove's Vukasin Dejkovic recovered a fumble and the Bison took over at the Palatine 7-yard-line on the Pirates' first possession.

Then Buffalo Grove's Michael Cervantes swept left for a 7-yard TD run before Jake Rubino's extra point put the Bison ahead 7-0 early on.

Palatine cut the lead to 7-3 on a 23-yard field goal by Connor May before Pirates' quarterback Grant Dersnah scored on an 8-yard TD run for a 10-7 lead.

While Buffalo Grove's offense kept stalling, Palatine struck again when Dersnah (71 yards on 10 carries) hit Dominick Ball with a screen pass for a 16-yard touchdown play and a 17-7 lead.

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A huge breakdown in the Bison defense led to a 60-yard TD pass from Dersnah (10-for-14, 173 yards passing) to Thomas Coroneos, who was wide open on the left sideline on a first-and-10 play to take a 24-7 lead 1:20 before the intermission.

Palatine's Nate Branch scored on an 8-yard run up the middle for a 31-7 lead before teammate T.J. Lucket (99 yards on 9 rushes) bolted 84 yards down the right sideline for a commanding 38-7 lead.

"We handled adversity early when we went down 7-0 on a turnover, and from there we stepped up, played well on both sides of the ball and never looked back," said Palatine coach Corey Olson. "He (Dersnah) ran the ball well, he threw it well, and that's what we would expect from a three-year starter. We're starting to really see him develop as a complete player so it's awesome."

Branch scored his second TD on a 1-yard run for a 44-7 lead before teammate Tommy Elter added a 1-yard TD run with 3:46 to play to account for the final score.

Ball wound up with 51 yards on 8 attempts while Cervantes had 48 yards on 11 carries. Buffalo Grove quarterback Payton Diaz was 11-for-23 passing for 52 yards. The inexperienced Bison lost 37 seniors to graduation last year.

"The defense kept getting stops and we just kept getting back on offense and scoring again," said Dersnah. "Starting 2-0 is huge especially in the tough conference we're in, and it's big going into the next couple of games."

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