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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 Kavanaugh, Matt Junior 5-5 155 LB
2 Pechous, Owen Senior 6-3 170 WR
3 Hendron, Gavin Junior 5-10 140 DB
4 Conroy, Nick Senior 5-10 180 RB
5 Carillo, Antonio Senior 5-8 160 LB
6 Malaga, Luke Junior 5-9 165 WR/DB
7 D'Amore, Devin Senior 5-8 150 DB
8 Mendoza, Robert Senior 5-11 140 WR
9 Cote, Patrick Junior 5-6 142 QB/DB
10 Assaad, Max Junior 5-10 170 QB
11 Meyers, Jon Senior 6-2 185 WR/TE
12 Berman, Aaron Junior 6-0 165 WR
13 Jones-Boone, Tarahijaun Senior 5-10 139 RB
14 Bojesen, Mike Junior 5-11 170 QB/DB
15 Santiago, Max Senior 6-0 170 WR
16 Lapiana, Anthony Senior 6-0 160 DB
17 Grandolfo, Marco Junior 5-9 170 LB
18 Grace, Jeff Junior 6-2 175 WR/DB
19 Procajilo, Tyler Junior 5-10 165 DB
20 Kastner, Patrick Junior 5-8 175 RB/LB
21 Morici, Billy Senior 6-0 179 TE
22 Ayash, Sami Junior 5-11 160 WR
23 Duda, Oscar Senior 6-0 170 DB
24 Kentra, Matt Senior 6-0 180 LB
25 Abbatecola, Anthony Senior 6-0 170 WR
26 Rozmus, Alec Senior 6-2 185 DB
27 Adeniji, Demi Senior 5-8 180 RB
28 Vaisnoras, Anthony Senior 5-11 160 DB
29 Lomeli, Jaylen Junior 5-10 170 QB/DB
31 Meyers, Justin Junior 5-10 155 DB
32 Castillo, Luis Senior 5-7 160 LB
33 Wright, Brennan Junior 5-7 145 DB
34 Scaro, Grant Senior 5-8 155 LB
36 Carillo, Dominick Junior 5-6 150 LB
37 Watts, Charlie Junior 5-7 160 LB/RB
38 Renier, Hayden Junior 5-8 162 DB
39 Bronson, Hawley Senior 6-2 165 DB
41 Datoli, AJ Senior 6-0 165 LB
44 Eckard, Chris Senior 5-11 175 DL
46 Maher, Sean Senior 5-11 170 LB
48 McGovern, Emmet Senior 5-9 190 LB
50 Enright, Liam Senior 6-0 195 DL
52 Hofflich, Toa Junior 6-0 180 DL/OL
54 Kelley, Brian Senior 6-0 185 OL
55 Skwiot, Luke Junior 6-0 220 OL/DL
56 Slowinski, Marcus Junior 5-10 180 OL/DL
57 Devereaux, Max Senior 6-2 195 OL/DL
58 Ortiz, Miguel Senior 6-1 240 OL/DL
60 Toole, Paddy Junior 6-3 155 OL/DL
61 Walker, Brandon Junior 5-11 170 OL/DL
65 Tully, Brendan Junior 6-1 270 OL
66 Mathiasen, Josh Senior 6-2 250 OL/DL
74 Gatlin, Neil Junior 6-3 200 OL
75 Vazquez, Cody Senior 5-10 275 DL
77 Glavin, Tim Senior 6-4 260 OL
78 Wall, Jack Senior 6-4 275 OL
79 Wagner, Dan Senior 6-4 255 OL
82 Bodach, Charlie Junior 6-3 190 TE
88 Levins, Fred Junior 6-1 190 LB/TE
90 Ferriola, Joe Senior 5-11 185 DL
99 Anderson, Nick Junior 6-0 250 TE