Titans advance to quarterfinals

The Boylan Titans are one of only eight teams remaining in Illinois vying for the class 7A state football championship.

The Titans will move on to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs this Saturday, Nov. 11, when Boylan travels to Lake Zurich to meet the Bears.

Both teams come into the game with 10-1 records. The Bears defeated Deerfield 41-0 last Friday night to advance to the quarterfinal game.

Boylan earned their trip to the next round by defeating the Mundelein Carmel Corsairs 41-14 in front of their home fans at Titan Stadium last Saturday, Nov. 4. The Corsairs opened the scoring midway through the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. This was the first time in the 2006 season the Titans were behind in a game.

Fewer than 6 minutes later, Boylan tied the game on a 9-yard pass from Jake Smolinski to Patrick Appino. Boylan would score two more times during the first half. Robert Wood had a 32-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. The only scoring in the second quarter came with 14 seconds left on the clock before halftime. Smolinski was able to improvise a 16-yard quarterback draw for a touchdown to lead the Titans into the locker room 21-7.

The Titans received the second-half kickoff and marched the ball all the way down to the 1-yard line when J.P. Toldo ran it in to stretch the lead to 28-7. Alex Murphy had a 15-yard run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to make it 35-7. Wood closed out Boylan’s rout with a 51-yard run for his second score of the game.

After the game, head coach Dan Appino said: “I’m very pleased with the effort of this team. This is one of the biggest wins we’ve had since I’ve been here.”

This Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on two local radio stations. Fans can listen to WNTA 1330-AM or WROK 1440-AM to hear all of the action from Lake Zurich. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.

From the Nov.8-14, 2006, issue

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