Football: Bolingbrook pulls away for 41-7 win over Romeoville
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media September 7, 2013 12:40AM
Bolingbrook's Mike Valentine stiff-arms Romeoville Evan Stingily. | Larry Kane/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 7, 2013 4:42PM
With 16 returning starters and a season-opening win over Hinsdale South to boost its confidence, Romeoville was more prepared than normal to face Bolingbrook, a perennial power and the Spartans’ nearby rival.
Romeoville stayed close for most of the game Friday night, trailing 13-7 late in the third quarter when Bolingbrook unleased its scoring potential.
It started with Mike Valentine’s second touchdown, a 15-yard run on the final play of the third quarter that increased Bolingbrook’s lead to 20-7. Three fourth-quarter touchdowns, including two interception returns in the last few minutes, gave host Bolingbrook a 41-7 victory.
“Everybody blocked well and the coaches called good plays,’’ said Valentine, who had 133 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries. “All you can do is put me in the right spot.’’
Valentine’s final touchdown was a 46-yard run that put Bolingbrook ahead 27-7 with 4 minutes, 15 seconds to play.
Bolingbrook quarterback Quincy Woods had 12 carries for 90 yards, including six carries on the third-quarter drive that ended with Valentine’s TD run and a 13-point lead.
“We had to pick it up. We came out slow,’’ Woods said. “Our offensive line picked it up. We just drove downfield. We’ve got a lot of elusive backs.’’
“Our defense kept us in the game,’’ Woods added. “If it wasn’t for them, it would have been a close game.’’
Jacob Huff returned an interception 10 yards for a TD with 3:56 to play, and Londell Fowlkes had a 25-yard pick six to complete the scoring.
Bolingbrook held Romeoville running back Miguel Ford to 34 yards on 12 carries. Ford had 30 carries for 163 yards against Hinsdale South.
Bolingbrook put together a six-play, 93-yard scoring drive on its first possession. The biggest gain was a 42-yard run by Valentine to Romeoville’s 35. Valentine scored from 16 yards out to put Bolingbrook ahead 7-0.
Bolingbrook then took advantage of an incompletion after a bad snap on a punt attempt. Five plays after Bolingbrook got the ball at Romeoville’s 23-yard line, Adam Klein kicked a 27-yard field goal, his first of two, on the first play of the second quarter.
That lead didn’t last long. Romeoville wide receiver Charles Hunter raced 62 yards on a pass from quarterback Kelvin Jones to make it 10-7 with 10:12 left in the half.
Bolingbrook (2-0) opens its SouthWest Suburban Blue season on Friday at home against Joliet Central. The toughest part of the Raiders’ schedule is expected to be the final three weeks against H-F, Lincoln-Way East and Sandburg.
Romeoville (1-1) starts its Southwest Prairie Conference schedule with back-to-back home games — Friday against Plainfield Central and Sept. 20 against defending champion Oswego.
“For 36 minutes, it’s a 13-7 game,’’ Romeoville coach Jeff Kuna said. “I’m very proud of my guys. They fought their butts off all night.
“Like I just told the guys, we clean up that last 12 minutes, we can play with anybody in our conference.’’