Mus­tangs re­cover, claim ti­tle

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY DICK QUAGLIANO Daily Her­ald

Rolling Mead­ows, which hadn’t trailed this sea­son be­fore Fri­day night, ral­lied to knock off Hersey 38-35 in a bat­tle of un­beaten teams in Rolling Mead­ows.

The vic­tory clinched the Mid-Sub­ur­ban East ti­tle for Rolling Mead­ows. It was the Mus­tangs’ sixth con­fer­ence ti­tle in the last seven years, with Hersey cap­tur­ing the con­fer­ence crown last year.

“It was un­be­liev­able,” Mus­tangs coach Matt Mish­ler said. “The game was ev­ery­thing I thought it was. For our kids to come back, it was huge for us.”

Rolling Mead­ows (8-0, 4-0) me­thod­i­cally moved the ball down the field in the first half, rack­ing up 18 first downs and scor­ing on each of its four pos­ses­sions to lead 24-13.

Jace O’Hara scored first for the Mus­tangs, blast­ing off on a 43yard run on a dive play through the mid­dle of the Hersey de­fense. Hersey (7-1. 3-1) re­sponded with the first of two one-yard touch­down runs by Jor­dan Hansen.

Rolling Mead­ows quar­ter­back Arek Kle­niuk capped an eight­play, 73-yard drive with a two-yard touch­down run. The Mus­tangs also scored on a jet sweep op­tion pass from Char­lie Svo­boda to Justin Kretz.

Hersey be­gan to turn the ta­bles when Nick Ste­ger re­turned a fum­ble 73 yards, set­ting up Hansen’s third touch­down to make it 24-21. Af­ter a de­fen­sive stop and a key third-down screen pass to Hansen, the Huskies took the lead at 28-24 early in the fourth quar­ter on a two­yard touch­down pass from Ryan Jus­tice to Kacper Rutkiewicz.

Svo­boda came up with five re­cep­tions on Rolling Mead­ows’ next pos­ses­sion, in­clud­ing a 27-yard touch­down catch as the Mus­tangs re­gained the lead. Tim Szy­lak added a 21-yard scor­ing run for the Mus­tangs, mak­ing it 38-28 with just over two min­utes re­main­ing.

Hansen then scored his fourth touch­down with less than a minute to play. Rolling Mead­ows’ TJ Wil­liams re­cov­ered the on­side kick to pre­serve the win.

MARK WELSH/DAILY HER­ALD

Hersey’s Vince Carso (left) breaks up a pass in­tended for Rolling Mead­ows’ Jor­dan Wiles at the start of the sec­ond quar­ter Fri­day night in Rolling Mead­ows.

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