St. Charles North High School DuKane Conference
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Olsen’s clutch kick lifts WW South over St. Charles North
Updated Oct 19, 2018 11:10 PM
The battle for second place in the DuKane Conference came down to Jack Olsen’s right leg, which was just fine with Wheaton Warrenville South coach Ron Muhitch.The junior’s 41-yard field goal split the uprights with 21.4 seconds remaining, giving the Tigers a thrilling 13-11 win at St. Charles North.Olsen knew the kick was good the moment it left his foot, turning to celebrate with his teammates. “Every kick is the same kick. You don’t think of it as any other kick and do what you normally do,” said Olsen, who made a 31-yarder earlier in the game after missing from 26 yards in the first quarter.“When you miss a kick you have to forget about it, move on. I did that and it worked out great. Perfect snap, perfect hold.”St. Charles North (6-3, 5-2) moved the ball to its 43-yard line on an 18-yard pass from Kyler Brown to Alec Kritta with 5 seconds left. Brown threw a Hail Mary into the end zone that Christian Shields intercepted as time expired.It was the second straight week the North Stars led in the waning seconds but couldn’t get the stop they needed after losing at DuKane champion Batavia in similar fashion last week.“Lack of execution,” St. Charles North coach Rob Pomazak said. “We don’t execute, we don’t win.”Wheaton Warrenville South (8-1, 6-1) trailed 3-0 at halftime with the only points coming on Luke Barresi’s 39-yard field goal.The Tigers capitalized on a high snap that went through the North Stars’ punter’s hands early in the second half, giving WW South first down at St. Charles North’s 12-yard line. Quarterback Noah Henkel scored on a 3-yard keeper for a 7-3 lead with 7:37 left in the third quarter.Special teams play also helped WW South extend its lead to 10-3 with 4:33 remaining after a long punt return led to another short drive and Olsen’s 31-yard field goal.The North Stars moved the ball all night but didn’t have anything to show for it until late in the fourth quarter. Starting at their own 20, Brown completed passes of 19, 15, 14 and 13 yards to Gilbert Braglia, Kritta and Matthew Groskopf to get to the Tigers’ 16.Brown then found Tyler Nubin cutting across the middle of the field for a 16-yard touchdown with 2:10 left, pulling within 10-9. Pomazak went for 2, and Nubin took the direct snap and ran to his right, easily getting into the end zone for an 11-10 lead.“We went all out on the 2-point play, we knew exactly what they were going to do,” Muhitch said. “He’s (Nubin) a great player, he does so many things for them. They lit it up in the air tonight. The kid (Brown) did a nice job for a junior quarterback, a really nice job.”The Tigers quickly found themselves in trouble on their last drive. A sack by Ben Furtney led to a 4th-and-15 from their own 24-yard line with a minute left and no timeouts remaining.Henkel came through with a 32-yard completion to a wide-open Jason Haw on a wheel route, then hit Matt Brennan for 19 yards over the middle on the next play to put WW South in position for Olsen’s winning kick.“That was an excellent drive because our offense was struggling,” Muhitch said. “We’re excited we have a really good kicker. That (4th down pass) was an outstanding call by our offensive coordinator (Sean Norris). We got that back wheel from the opposite side which that ought to be driving them (St. Charles North) nuts after watching what happened to them last week. It was a similar type of throw back play. Haw was wide open. You know it’s a well-designed play when you get that much open. It was a big play.”Joe Ives also made a key play for the Tigers, intercepting a pass in the end zone in the third quarter after Cedric Rowzee deflected the ball on a fade intended for Nubin, enabling the Tigers to keep their 7-3 lead.
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St. Charles North’s Tyler Nubin runs in a first-quarter touchdown against Schaumburg.
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St. Charles North eases past Schaumburg
Updated Aug 24, 2018 11:38 PM
St. Charles North’s football team kicked off its 2018 season on a positive note with Friday night’s 23-16 nonconference victory over Schaumburg in St. Charles.Senior quarterback Peyton Brown completed 9 of 18 passes for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns for the North Stars (1-0), including a pair of scoring strikes to senior wide receiver Alec Kritta (4 catches, 69 yards).However, the news wasn’t all encouraging for the North Stars, who lost their starting quarterback to an apparent left knee injury late in the third quarter.“It’s unfortunate but that’s how it goes,” said North Stars coach Rob Pomazak. “Hopefully, everything is OK with him.”Brown, who earned the starting quarterback job after recovering from shoulder (labrum) surgery a year ago, completed his first 4 passes, highlighted by a 51-yard touchdown toss to senior Tyler Nubin (5 catches, 67 yards) that gave the North Stars a 7-0 lead just 56 seconds into the contest.Schaumburg (0-1) retaliated quickly, as versatile senior Heze Trotter capped an 8-play, 59-yard drive with a 3-yard TD run. But a low snap resulted in a failed conversion attempt as the Saxons trailed 7-6 with 7:22 left in the opening quarter.Midway through the second quarter, another poor snap sailed over the head of punter Trotter and through the back of the end zone — resulting in a safety and a 9-6 North Stars’ lead.After a strip-sack fumble recovery by Johnny Ambrogio, the North Stars upped their lead to 16-6 on Brown’s 22-yard TD pass to Kritta.The Brown-to-Kritta combination struck again late in the third quarter, as the latter reeled in a 13-yard TD pass to increase the North Stars’ lead to 23-6.“Alec had a great game,” said Pomazak. “He’s always going to make some plays for us. He’s just a tremendous athlete.”As for Brown’s injury, Pomazak is taking a wait-and-see approach.“He’s pretty broken up about it but we’ll see,” said the coach. “Hopefully it’s not too serious.”Schaumburg staged a late rally, as quarterback Marcus Ross connected with Shamaree Brown (6 catches, 90 yards) for a 12-yard touchdown pass to make it 23-13 with 5:01 remaining.Jonathan Mueller’s 32-yard field goal cut the deficit to 23-16 with 2 seconds left before the North Stars’ Sam DeMarco pounded on the ensuing onside kick to end the game.“It wasn’t our best opening day,” said Pomazak.“I thought our kids showed an incredible amount of guts but I just thought we had too many execution errors,” said Saxons coach Mark Stilling.“I thought our kids fought their tails off but we didn’t execute when we needed to.”
No. Name Class Height Weight Position
1 DeMarco, Sam Senior 6'0" 200 RB/DB
2 Filippelli, Lorenzo Senior 5'9" 165
3 Dehut, Caleb Senior 6'3" 175 OLB/DE
4 Daley, Daniel Senior 5'11" 185 H/ILB
5 DeDobbelaere, Sammy Sophomore 5-10 175 QB
6 Cunningham, Jack Junior 5'11" 170 QB
7 Barresi, Luke Senior 5'11" 185 RB/S
8 Furtney, Ben Junior 6'1" 210 H/OLB/ILB
9 Brown, Peyton Senior 6'3" 180 QB
10 Druck, Kevin Senior 6'0" 160 WR
11 Hein, Egon Senior 6'0" 170 S
12 Brown, Kyler Junior 6'2" 170 QB
13 Braglia, Gilbert Senior 6'0" 167 WR
14 Groskopf, Matthew Senior 5'11" 170 S
15 Molnar, Hunter Senior 6'1" 168 WR
16 Frano, Ethan Junior 5'9" 170 RB/LB/DB
18 Kritta, Alec Senior 6'0" 185 WR/S
19 Durocher, Billy Senior 6'3" 195 WR/OLB
21 Romero, Ethan Senior 5'6" 165 S/CB
22 Ridle, Dylan Senior 5'10" 165 RB/CB
23 Chalker, Donovan Junior 6'4" 225 TE/DL
24 Rothlisberger, Scott Junior 5'7" 130 WR/DB
25 Koefelda, Lucas Junior 6'0" 175 LB
26 Connelly, Dylan Junior 6'0" 145 WR
27 Nubin, Tyler Senior 6'3" 191 WR/CB
30 Tucker Lincheck, Ethan Junior 5'5" 110 WR/DB
31 Kroncke, Evan Junior 5'9" 190 OL/DL
32 Layne, Alec Junior 5'9" 135 WR/DB
34 Wohlwend, Blake Junior 6'0" 190 RB/LB
35 DeMarco, Nicholas Sophomore 5'11" 180 RB/LB/DB
36 Williams, II, John Senior 6'2" 195 C/ILB/OLB
37 Thiesse, Ryan Junior 5'11" 185 S/S
38 Swanson, Jeffrey Junior 5'11" 175 H/LB
41 Ludwig, Justin Junior 6'0" 190 H/LB
44 Oshin, DJ (Ayodeji) Junior 6'0" 230 OL/DL
45 Maranville, Robert Junior 6'0" 174 OL/LB/DL
48 Chantos, Ryan Senior 5'8" 165 H/RB
50 Wolak, Justin Junior 5'10" 185 OL/DL
51 Fell, Matthew Junior 6'0" 190 C/DL
52 Duhownik, Joseph Senior 6'3" 220 OL/DL
53 Oshin, Dami (Damilola) Senior 6'3" 220 DE
54 Clark, Riley Senior 6'3" 265 OL
55 Tarpey, Sean Senior 5'8" 175 OL/LS
56 Ambrogio, Johnny Senior 6'2" 225 OL/DL/NT
60 Bastone, Carmine Sophomore 6'0" 212 OL/DL
61 Vendl, Nicholas Senior 5'10" 185 C/LS/H
62 Paulson, Jacob Junior 6'0" 220 OL/DL
63 Kellen, Thomas Junior 6'5" 230 OL/DE
64 Smith, Nicholas Senior 6'2" 220 OL
67 Guido, Bryan Senior 5'8" 172 OL/DL
70 Horvath, Dillon Junior 6'2" 245 OL/DT
72 Westendorf, Alex Senior 6'4" 285 OT/DT
73 Medina, Geovany Senior 5'4" 215 OL
77 Swartwood, Sullivan Junior 5'8" 240 OL/DL
80 Kuligowski, Payton Junior 5'6" 140 WR/DB
83 Naltsas, Matthew Junior 5'10" 150 WR/DB
85 Brandt, William Junior 6'1" 160 WR/CB
90 Ruffin, Lawrence Senior 5'8" 210 H/NT
95 Wild, Adrian Junior 5'7" 150 RB/CB
99 Idrizi, Adam Senior 6'0" 230 OL/DL