Indians weather storms, win big

By Matt Nestor

Sports Columnist

Last week, it was Harlem that slowed the Hononegah rushing attack. After the first quarter against the Guilford Vikings, rain was doing just as good a job against the Indians.

Turnovers helped Hononegah (5-1) to two second-quarter scores, and big plays led to two more scores, helping them dispose of Guilford (3-3) by a score of 34-7.

The Indians had trouble of their own early, with quarterback Chase Robinson throwing an interception as well as the Vikings recovering a fumble. But the Hononegah defense, which held Guilford to only 125 yards, held stout.

“The first couple of drives weren’t very good,” Hononegah coach Tim Sughroue said. “We made a couple of mistakes offensively. But after that, we settled down.”

Following a Guilford turnover, Robinson scored his first touchdown on a 3-yard run. Tyler Tucek added a 4-yard touchdown late in the second half to give the Indians a 14-0 lead.

The defense broke the game open in the second half when Kyle Freeman picked off Vikings quarterback Cody Bell and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown.

“We played a lot better defensively,” Sughroue said. “We flowed to the ball well, and we’re getting better.”

While the defense did its job, Robinson put the game on ice. Late in the third quarter, Robinson, who rushed for a team-high 124 yards, took a quarterback draw and rushed 68 yards down the field for a touchdown.

“My five linemen, that was all them,” Robinson said. “That run was nothing about me. Anyone can run through that hole.”

Guilford sophomore Gerry Ford added a late touchdown to break the shutout. Ford and fellow sophomore Dontrel Chance led the Vikings with 45 yards.

In other NIC-10 action:

υ Turnovers put the Boylan Titans’ (6-0) conference-record winning streak in great jeopardy against Belvidere North. Two Boylan fumbles led to two touchdowns for the Blue Thunder (2-4).

After the second turnover for the Titans, Belvidere North’s Austin Smaha ran 56 yards for a touchdown. A successful two-point conversion gave them a 14-13 lead with just more than four minutes left in the game.

But Boylan, behind senior leader Michael Morman, was quick to respond. Morman, who rushed for a team-high 89 yards and threw for 57 yards, found Chris Miller on a 26-yard touchdown. The defense withstood a late drive, and the Titans were able to hang on for a 19-14 win.

υ The Harlem Huskies (5-1) nearly broke a state record with 38 points in the first quarter in their game against the Jefferson J-Hawks (1-5). But after pulling the starters early, the offense went stagnant, and Jefferson racked up 22 straight points. A late touchdown by Demetris Fambro put any comeback talk to rest, and Harlem won 46-22.

Quarterback Keenan Kellett threw for 82 yards, including two touchdowns to Casey Beck. And Brian Phomboutdy led four Huskies with more 40 yards rushing with 47 yards of his own.

υ The Belvidere Bucs (4-2) continued a late-season push, topping East (2-4) by a final of 42-24. Zach Mutton did everything he could to help the E-Rabs, running for 208 yards and three touchdowns. But Kyle Harris ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns, one of three Bucs to rush for more than 60 yards, to lead Belvidere.

υ Auburn (0-6) could not get their first one of the season against Freeport (2-4), falling 30-14. Logan Farrar led the Pretzels with 128 rushing yards on 20 carries.

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From the October 7-13, 2009 issue

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