Bolingbrook flattens Romeoville 46-10
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media September 1, 2012 12:20AM
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Bolingbrook freshman linebacker Tuf Borland returned an interception 45 yards for a score late in the second quarter.
Updated: October 3, 2012 6:21AM
When the first quarter turned into the second, Bolingbrook turned up the heat and scorched Romeoville 46-10 Friday in Romeoville.
The Raiders (2-0) scored three touchdowns in less than four minutes to start the second quarter. The Spartans (0-2) never recovered in a battle of Valley View school district teams.
“It’s a big deal because we live down the street from each other,” said Bolingbrook senior running back Omar Stover, who carried the ball seven times for 141 yards and two scores. “I know half the people on their team. We were texting each other back and forth all week. It’s a fun rivalry.”
“This was great for both communities and both teams came out of it relatively healthy,” Bolingbrook coach John Ivlow said. “It was very important to get a lot of kids in the game.”
“We played a top notch football team and we felt we could play with them if we did everything right,” Romeoville coach Jeff Kuna said.
Stover’s 91-yard touchdown run staked the visiting Raiders to a 6-0 lead with 7:38 to play in the first quarter. Aaron Bailey’s fumble and Anthony Love’s recovery set Romeoville up at the Bolingbrook 25. However, the Spartans had to settle for a 20-yard field goal by Steve Derzinski with 2:29 left to play in the first quarter.
“Everybody comes out pumped because they are playing pumped and we come out on our high horse, sometimes,” Ivlow said. “This is a good lesson for us. As you get further in the season, more experienced teams are going to smack you in the mouth. It was a great game for our kids.”
“I thought in the first quarter, we did what we wanted to do,” Kuna said. “We were doing the little things we needed to do to compete. The second quarter, they got some big plays and we lost our composure a little bit.”
John Hall’s 1-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter gave the defending Class 8A state champions a 13-3 lead. John Howard caught an 8-yard pass from Bailey and Bailey ran 63 yards for a score, bumping the lead to 27-3 with 8:09 left in the half. He finished with eight carries for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Tuf Borland’s 45-yard interception return for a touchdown gave the Raiders a 34-3 lead at the half. Stover’s 11-yard touchdown run, off a Spartan fumble during the second-half kickoff, made it 40-3 with 10:31 left in the third quarter.
Romeoville quarterback Jake Bambule left the game late in the second quarter with a concussion. Bailey, Bolingbrook’s do-it-all quarterback, did not take a snap in the second half.
Another Romeoville turnover, its third of the game, set up Quincy Woods’ 1-yard score for a 46-3 Bolingbrook advantage. The rest of the game was played with a running clock, per the state’s mercy rule.
Miguel Ford ran 2 yards for a score with 5:02 to play in the game to account for the only touchdown for the hosts.