Bolingbrook turns over Joliet Central
By Dick Goss email@example.com September 8, 2012 5:50PM
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Bolingbrook senior wide receiver Chandler Piekarski caught three early passes for 63 yards and a TD.
Updated: October 10, 2012 6:29AM
When did you last see two football teams combine for 17 turnovers?
If you attended No. 1 Bolingbrook’s 54-6 SouthWest Suburban Blue victory at Joliet Central on Saturday afternoon, there’s your answer.
Central (0-3, 0-1) committed 11 turnovers and absorbed a 54-6 thumping. Despite building a 40-0 halftime lead to switch on the running clock for the entire second half, Bolingbrook (3-0, 1-0) lost six fumbles.
“We had two JV games canceled and haven’t played one yet, so that was the first real work for some of our twos and threes,” said Raiders coach John Ivlow, who was not overly concerned.
“Our turnovers weren’t for lack of effort and that’s why they’re disheartening,” said Central coach Brett Boyter, whose team lost eight fumbles, threw an interception and failed to cover two kickoffs not intended as onside kicks. “Our guys have to recognize there are times you should fight for that extra yard and times you need to secure the ball.”
Bolingbrook quarterback Aaron Bailey hit 4-of-6 passes for 82 yards, including three early strikes covering 63 yards to wide receiver Chandler Piekarski. Bailey also rushed for 53 yards. Omar Stover went for 73 and John Howard for 49.
“This year Aaron is really throwing well and we’re to the point where we’re starting to throw more,” Piekarski said. “I always like to get the ball more, but we’re a team and family, so what matters is what’s best for the team.”
Central was limited to 80 total yards but did spoil the shutout when Carlos Curry hit Romello Clark with a 48-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter.
The Bolingbrook defense scored twice. Emile Wisdom recovered a fumble caused by Julian Huff in the end zone and Nana Appah ran 36 yards with a fumble recovery.
Steelmen defensive end Sharod Wilson was disruptive to Bolingbrook’s offense before leaving in the second quarter with a leg injury. He should return next week.