Lisle stings Reed-Custer
By Scott Ehling For Sun-Times Media September 15, 2012 1:36AM
of the Game
Lisle’s Ryan VanVolkenburg came up with three interceptions to spark his team to a 38-9 win over Reed-Custer.
Updated: October 17, 2012 6:34AM
Ryan VanVolkenburg’s three first-half interceptions gave the Lisle offense a short field to work with as the Lions capitalized on the turnovers and stormed past host Reed-Custer 38-9 on Friday night in an Interstate 8 contest.
Quarterback Nick Saul (9-of-15, 170 yards, TD), running back Bailey Welch (8 carries, 40 yards, 2 TDs) and wide receiver Dawon Burrell (3 catches, 70 yards, TD) led Lisle (2-2, 1-1). Cam Newton ran for 85 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries for Reed-Custer (1-3, 0-2).
“Our defense has played solid all year,” Lisle coach Dan Sanko said. “Our defensive philosophy is we just want to get better. We don’t do anything fancy but two of those early picks were because we got pressure in the QB’s face.”
Lisle pressured Reed-Custer quarterback Mark Harper early and often during the Comets’ first two offensive possessions, both of which resulted in interceptions by VanVolkenburg. The second of which was returned to the Comets 1-yard line, from where Welch ran it in as Lisle moved to an 8-0 lead with 38 seconds left in the opening quarter.
“We watched tape of them and saw that they do a lot of comebacks and hitches-and-go, so we scouted that out and were just aggressive,” VanVolkenburg said.
On a strange play, VanVolkenburg’s third interception resulted in points for Reed-Custer. He caught the ball on the Lions 1-yard line but downed it in the end zone for a safety that trimmed the lead to 8-2 with 8:36 to go until halftime.
“It was a mental breakdown on my part on the safety,” VanVolkenburg said.
Cliff Krause’s 1-yard touchdown helped extend the Lisle’s lead to 16-2 at halftime.
Lisle found the end zone on each of its first three second-half possessions to put the game out of reach.
Reed-Custer had just 202 total yards of offense in the game to go with the three turnovers.
“We talked before the game about limiting the turnovers and protecting the football and we just went out and dug ourselves a hole to start and were chasing from there,” Reed-Custer coach Nick Klein said.