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York breathes sigh of relief after win vs. Downers Grove North
Updated Sep 14, 2019 12:43 AM
Senior Josh Mathiesen and his 2018 York football teammates enjoyed an emotional Week 9 victory over Downers Grove North that eliminated the Trojans from playoff contention.The Dukes’ 28-26 victory at Downers North on Friday proved to be even more satisfying. That goes double for Mathiesen, a starting offensive guard now also playing on the defensive line for the first time this season.“I have to give kudos to them. They did really good. Honestly, at the end of the day it was who wanted it more and we’ve been working,” Mathieson said. “We call it fourth-quarter Fridays where we’re pushing our butts off all Friday. At the end of the day, it was who wanted it more. In the trenches, that’s how it is. It’s been really close, tight games (for us). Not a lot of teams are used to that.” The Dukes (2-1) certainly had to earn this West Suburban Silver opener for both teams.With 45.3 seconds left they blocked a 32-yard field goal attempt that would have given the Trojans (2-1) the lead. Before that Mathiesen, Antonio Carillo and Liam Enright converged to stop Downers North standout quarterback Drew Cassens a yard short of the game-tying 2-point conversion with 7:26 left after an electrifying 42-yard TD run by Josh Lumpkin.York’s first three games have been decided by a combined 11 points. Like the season-opening 16-13 overtime victory over Schaumburg, the Dukes overcame an early deficit Friday with a 21-point second quarter after the Trojans posted their seventh straight scoreless quarter.“That’s the great thing about the season. You learn as you go along. I think our kids have been in that situation in games and that really helped us out,” York coach Mike Fitzgerald said.“This league, it’s tough. You enjoy it, but you’ve got to get right back to work. Our kids just learning how to win some tough games helps us as a program.”Downers North also showed grit, including back-to-back third-and-1 defensive stops in the fourth quarter to force punts.“Our kids, they showed a lot of character,” Downers North coach Joe Horeni said. “(York) probably should be 3-0. Their offensive line did a really nice job. This game doesn’t define us, just as if we had made the field goal it wouldn’t have defined us either.”The Dukes ended the first half with a flurry in the final minute, tying the game 14-14 on a 3-yard run by Patrick Kastner followed by Hawely Bronson recovering an untouched ensuing kickoff at the 18. On the next play, quarterback Max Assaad hit Owen Pechous in stride in the end zone for a 21-14 halftime lead.The Dukes then took the second half kickoff and went 60 yards in 12 plays — including 11 of Nick Conroy’s 34 carries for 168 yards — with help from a fourth-and-3 offsides penalty for a first down at the 14. Backup quarterback Patrick Cote scored from the 1.“We always talk about the most important minutes is the eight minutes at the end of the first half and right there in the second half,” Fitzgerald said. “That was just a huge momentum swing. It was just a battle from there. That’s a good football team.”Even on the blocked field goal, Horeni contended that the Trojans recovered the ball behind the original line of scrimmage and advanced it for a first down to retain possession. The officials ruled that the ball was recovered beyond the line and was thus a dead ball.“Maybe we’re wrong. It’s just a bang-bang play. We certainly had a lot of other opportunities to take advantage of,” Horeni said.Cassens rushed for 177 yards and Lumpkin 111. Conroy was kept extra busy as Kastner left the game with an ankle injury.
No. Name Class Height Weight Position
1 Barbato, Sam Senior 5-11 179 WR
2 Bozeman, Kevin Junior 6-6 187 WR
3 Criter, Adam Sophomore 6-1 165 WR
4 Boris, Nathan Senior 6-0 170 CB
6 Gates, Henry Senior 6-1 165 CB
7 Cassens, Drew Senior 6-2 200 QB
8 Schulz, Luke Senior 6-3 185 WR
9 Bossard, Cal Senior 6-0 175 WR
10 Dennison, Mark Senior 6-0 180 S
11 Bancoro, Daniel Junior 5-11 160 S
12 Ferris, Charlie Junior 5-10 145 DB
13 Isacson, Reese Junior 5-11 150 CB
15 Eubeler, Danny Senior 5-11 180 WR
16 Cesario, David Senior 6-3 170 TE
17 Hernandez, Azriel Junior 5-8 140 WR
19 James-Weaver, Omari Senior 5-6 170 RB
20 Lumpkin, Joshua Senior 5-7 161 RB
21 Welacha, John Senior 5-10 190 LB
22 McCarry, William Junior 5-8 130 DB
23 Schindler, Ryan Senior 6-2 200 LB
24 Coppotelli, Joseph Senior 5-5 135 DL
25 Scott, Antwaun Senior 5-8 175 WR
26 Maratea, Gavin Junior 5-10 150 DB
27 Boor, Liam Junior 6-2 160 CB
28 Young, Javion Senior 5-3 134 WR
30 Guerin, Ryan Junior 6-1 160 DB
31 Worth, Kyle Senior 6-2 185 LB
33 Hinkle, Nick Junior 6-0 185 LB
34 Carbon, Kevin Senior 5-10 160 S
35 Ibarra, Pedro Junior 5-6 155 LB
36 Gramm, Owen Senior 5-11 170 LB
37 Wilson, Luke Junior 5-8 155 S
38 Jelinek, Daniel Junior 6-0 155 WR
39 Morris, Christian Junior 5-8 155 RB
40 Maher, Harrison Junior 5-9 135 WR
41 Baker, Samuel Junior 5-10 132 CB
41 Marquez, Eduardo Junior 5-8 148 WR
42 Petrousek, Eric Junior 6-0 190 LB
43 Ferrone, Mason Junior 5-10 160 LB
44 Leone, Dominick Junior 6-1 200 DL
45 Hernandez, Cesar Junior 5-9 152 TE
46 Ahern, Nathan Junior 5-10 170 DL
47 Werthman, Jon Senior 5-9 180 LB
48 Bielawski, Drew Junior 5-10 215 LB
49 Payne, Edward Junior 6-1 205 TE
50 Mertes, Jacob Senior 5-10 155 LB
51 Halloran, Sean Junior 5-7 145 DL
52 Pantuso, Zachary Junior 5-11 152 DL
53 Calvanese, Kevin Junior 6-1 180 LB
55 Hanson, David Junior 6-0 180 OL
56 Peterson, Seth Senior 6-2 215 OL
58 Kladis, Andreas Junior 5-10 190 OL
63 Moore, Braden Senior 6-0 220 OL
65 Marinakos, Pano Junior 5-11 225 OL
67 Dvorak, Max Junior 6-2 260 DL
70 Salman, Jacob Senior 6-2 237 OL
71 Clark, Jackson Senior 6-0 235 OL
73 Chavez-Jimenez, Brandon Senior 5-10 255 OL
74 Campbell, Hunter Senior 6-3 245 OL
77 Goergen, Eric Senior 5-11 205 OL
80 Schellbach, Matt Junior 6-6 200 WR
86 Paul, Jack Junior 6-1 150 DB
95 Truett, Brendan Junior 6-3 220 DL
97 Reams, Joshua Senior 6-3 270 DL
99 Tyler, Davon Senior 5-11 255 DL