Football: Joliet West comes up big in 35-6 win over King
By Dick Goss email@example.com September 7, 2013 7:26PM
Joliet West wide receiver Ronald Banner hauls in a pass in the end zone from quarterback Anthony DiNardo for the Tigers' first touchdown against King. | Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
No other way to put it, some football games are weird.
Joliet West’s 35-6 victory over King on Saturday afternoon at Klootwyk Field is Exhibit A.
King (1-1) ran seven plays from the West 1-yard line and failed to score on the first six.
The first four came after Seyi Tabiti’s early blocked punt set up a first-and-goal at the 1. The other two misfires were on the last two plays of the first half and ended a 19-play, 91-yard drive that consumed the final 7:05 of the second quarter.
West (2-0) ran only 39 offensive plays to King’s 68, and the Jaguars had an 18-11 edge in first downs. But the Tigers hit big plays.
Quarterback Anthony DiNardo, who completed his last seven passes, finished 8-of-12 for 174 yards and three touchdowns. Ronald Banner caught six for 95 yards and TDs of 20 and 37 yards. Niko Messino caught a 73-yard scoring strike from DiNardo two plays after King had driven 80 yards in 16 plays and taken 8:24 more off the clock to open the third quarter and get to within 14-6.
“We like to drive the ball 10, 10, 5 yards at crack,” DiNardo said. “Today they were controlling the ball, but we want to be the team that drives down the field.”
Banner enjoys his role in what the Tigers try to accomplish.
“The whole summer Niko and I worked out together,” he said. “Our whole thing is be disciplined and it will work out. I think we do a good job working together.”
West coach Jason Aubry said his offense had difficulty getting on the field in part because of King quarterback Nate Powell, who has committed to Northern Illinois.
“They moved the ball the whole time,” Aubry said. “Their quarterback is athletic. He made plays. I believe they were 6-of-9 on third downs in the first half.”
The West defensive front of tackles Billy Myers and Marshall Williams and ends Dominic Galvan and Nolan Morrow made several plays in the Jaguars’ backfield, helping create third-down stiuations.
“Our defensive line stepped up,” Aubry said. “Myers had a real good game. He was knifing in there a lot.”
“My upper body isn’t that strong, but my lower body, with my quickness, I can get pressure on the quarterback and that helps the rest of our defense.” Myers said.
“I think we broke down some, though. We might have thought we had it in the bag after we stopped them (at the 1) early in the game.”
On the other side of the ball, Jordan Brown complemented West’s passing game, rushing 17 times for 139 yards, including 21- and 31-yard touchdowns. That helped the Tigers to a 348-278 edge in total yards.
It means West averaged almost nine yards per offensive play. Imagine the damage the Tigers could have done if they had the ball a little more often.