By Matt Nestor
Prep Sports Reporter
Despite playing possibly their worst half of football under Head Coach Tim Sughroue, the Rockton Hononegah Indians still found themselves leading at halftime of their game against Willowbrook 13-10 Saturday, Oct. 27.
That lead was in spite of five Hononegah turnovers and a laundry list of penalties that were completely uncharacteristic of a Hononegah team.
In the second half, they stayed out of their own way, getting two touchdowns from Alex Martin and two more from Jake Wilson on their way to a 39-16 win in their IHSA Class 7A opener.
“It was one of those games with turnovers and penalties,” Sughroue said. “We’re glad to get out of here with a win. The kids responded well in the second half and played hard.”
Martin finished the game with 176 rushing yards for Hononegah. Wilson ran for 104 yards and added 72 receiving yards.
With the win, Hononegah will move on to host Lake Zurich, who won 49-0 over Crystal Lake South.
In other area action:
• Libertyville scored early and often, getting two touchdowns from Brian Swift and two more from Jake Salata as they dominated the Machesney Park Harlem Huskies for a 48-28 victory in Class 7A. Kevin Witcik scored three times and ran for 140 yards in his final game for Harlem.
• Cary Grove made sure Rockford Auburn’s second trip to the playoffs in school history was a short one. Kyle Norberg ran for 203 yards on 14 carries, scoring four touchdowns, to lead the Class 6A title favorite Trojans to a 41-7 win over the Knights. Qyoan Herron ran for 47 yards, had 41 receiving yards, and threw a 27-yard touchdown to Devone Manns to lead the way for Auburn.
• Last season in their Class 5A opener, Belvidere played top-seeded Kaneland down to the wire before losing. There was no such scare this year for the Kaneland Knights, as they held the Belvidere Bucs to 68 total yards of offense and caused five turnovers in a 48-0 win.
• The Rockford Lutheran Crusaders boasted one of the top offenses entering the Class 2A playoffs. They did not disappoint. Freshman James Robinson ran for 244 yards and scored seven touchdowns to help Lutheran defeat Rockridge 62-40. They will travel to face Aledo (Mercer County).
• Jacoby Posley scored three touchdowns to help Winnebago cruise to a 56-13 in their Class 3A game against Farmington. They will host top-seeded Elmwood in the next round.
• Britton Vernon totaled 161 yards of offense and scored three touchdowns to help pace the Stillman Valley Cardinals to a 49-28 win over Plano in 4A. They will travel to Rock Island (Alleman) in the next round.
• The Byron Tigers got 81 receiving yards and a touchdown from Base Byers, but struggled otherwise on offense in a 31-14 loss to Wilmington in 3A.
• Austin Baden threw for 349 yards and ran for another 76 yards to help keep North Boone in a shootout against Elmhurst Immaculate Conception. But it was not enough, as the Vikings fell 58-34 in Class 3A.
From the Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2012, issue