Football: Homewood-Flossmoor rumbles past Sandburg 48-10
By Pat Disabato firstname.lastname@example.org October 4, 2013 11:10PM
Homewood-Flossmoor's Deante Harley-Hampton breaks loose for a touchdown vs. Sandburg. | John Booz/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 7, 2013 6:29AM
Homewood-Flossmoor may have arrived to Sandburg by bus, but once on the field, the Vikings resembled a runaway locomotive.
And Sandburg had no chance of stopping them.
H-F scored on seven of its first nine possessions and cruised to a 48-10 win over Sandburg in a SouthWest Suburban Blue mismatch.
The win keeps the Vikings (6-0, 4-0) tied atop the standings with Bolingbrook, which visits Flossmoor on Friday.
H-F led 20-0 after one quarter and 41-10 at halftime before calling off the dogs after scoring on its first possession of the second half.
“It was very important to not let those guys (Sandburg) get up early,” H-F coach Craig Buzea said. “We got off to a good start, but we still haven’t played our best game yet.”
The Vikings amassed 359 yards off offense in the first half. Devonte Harley-Hampton (9 carries, 43 yards) scored on runs of 1 and 19 yards and twin brother Deante Harley-Hampton (8 carries, 113 yards) added a 50-yard burst to stake H-F to a 20-0 lead.
With its ground attack running at full throttle, the Vikings turned to their passing game. Quarterback Isaac Cutrara (5-of-7, 187 yards) hooked up with Aaron Gooch on a 22-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 27-0 at 8:02 of the second quarter.
After Jonathan Milazzo converted a field goal from 50 yards out to put Sandburg on the board, Cutrara hit James Sheehan for an 80-yard TD pass on the first play of the ensuing possession. That made it 34-3 with 3:10 to go before half.
Cutrara wasn’t done. He found Nicholas Atoyebi on a 74-yard bomb just before half to make it 41-3. Vashon Nutt (6 carries, 41 yards) added an 8-yard score in the third quarter.
“We ran the single-wing and it opened our passing game,” Cutrara said. “It was great. For us to jump out to a lead like we did, we wanted to make a statement.”
The Vikings offensive line of Randall Allen, Darrion Sole, Mylan Reeves, Desmond Bland and Tyler Griffith provided excellent pass and run blocking.
The defense, led by Patrick Johnson (2 sacks), Reginald Howell (interception) and Devante Heard (sack, fumble recovery), held the Eagles to 201 yards of total offense and forced three turnovers.
Brian Langowski had the majority of the Eagles offense, gaining 142 yards on 19 carries, including a 14-yard TD run.
Johnson, however, wasn’t completely satisfied with the defense’s performance.
“Having them score 10 points is kind of a letdown,” he said. “We expect shutouts. We did the job in the second half by not allowing them to score. We still haven’t played our best game.”
The loss wasn’t only costly in the standings for Sandburg (4-2, 3-1). Quarterback Sean Leland left the game with a shoulder injury and likely will be out a minimum of two weeks.