Lincoln-Way East holds off Montini
By Tim Young For Sun-Times Media September 1, 2012 1:16AM
Updated: October 3, 2012 6:27AM
Lincoln-Way East jumped out to an early 14-0 lead on the road against Montini and was able to limit the Broncos offense in a 20-14 victory Friday night.
Senior quarterback Tom Fuessel and senior running back Nick Colangelo combined for 174 yards rushing. Fuessel also completed 8-of-13 passes for 81 yards and ran for a score.
“It’s a privilege that I get the opportunities to run the ball,” Colangelo said. “But we rely on each other. The linemen clear the holes and the receivers block and get open to keep the passing game going.”
“We have confidence in our offense,” Fuessel said.
Griffins coach Rob Zvonar knew it wasn’t going to be easy holding off the Broncos.
“That 14-0 lead felt like 3-0,” he said. “But our offense set the tone. We’ve made big improvement between Weeks 1 and 2.”
Ahead 20-7 and having forced the Broncos into turning the ball over on downs in their own territory with 6:16 left in the game, Lincoln-Way East failed to capitalize on the play of its defense, which held the Montini passing game to 130 yards and had two interceptions. The offense went three-and-out on its next two possessions and had a punt blocked on its own 28-yard line that set up a Montini touchdown with 45 seconds left.
“We need to learn to put the game away,” Zvonar said. “We talk a lot about needing to finish, but we’re going to enjoy this one.”