By Matt Nestor
For the second straight week, the visiting opponent struck first against Boylan. This time, the Titans stuck back quick and fast.
After falling behind 6-0, Boylan (11-0) rattled off 34 straight points on their way to a 34-12 win over Oak Lawn Richards in the IHSA Class 6A second-round playoff game.
Oak Lawn struck quick, stunning the Titans’ defense with a 68-yard touchdown run by Northwestern University recruit Jarrell Williams.
On the ensuing kickoff, Boylan sophomore DeMarcus Vines, who was called up to the varsity team for the playoff run, came right back with an 86-yard return for a touchdown.
From there, it was all Frank Cimino to finish the game.
First, Cimino ran the ball in from a yard out to give the Titans the lead. Then, he threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Einhorn, followed up by a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Miller.
Cimino ran for 37 yards and threw for another 191 yards. Einhorn caught 91 of those yards, while stellar running back Tyreis Thomas chipped in to the passing game, receiving 82 yards to go with his 42 rushing yards.
As if things had not been tough enough for the Titans, things will get interesting starting next week in the quarterfinals.
The Titans will be on the road for the first time in the playoffs, traveling to face the defending Class 6A champions, the 11th-seeded Cary Grove Trojans.
The Trojans racked up 477 rushing yards in a 35-0 win over Chicago Robeson while holding Robeson to only 158 total yards.
In other NIC-10 playoff action, the Hononegah Indians saw their season end, suffering a 42-6 loss to Mundelein Carmel.
The Corsairs scored on three straight plays in the first half, gaining 126 yards on three runs, two touchdowns by Jordan Kos and another by Brian Serio.
The score was 42-0 before Hononegah (9-2) scored its only touchdown from 1 yard out on a Dale McGirk run.
Mundelein Carmel will move on to face St. Rita, who defeated Harlem 38-21.
From the Nov. 10-16, 2010 issue