Football: Lake Forest KOs De La Salle 27-7
By Dan Ruane For Sun-Times Media November 8, 2013 10:00PM
De La Salle's Tom Duddleston looks for an open receiver against Lake Forest. | Stacia Timonere/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 11, 2013 6:37AM
Lake Forest had to go to Plan B.
De La Salle was intent on containing Lake Forest running back Hub Cirame, so it fell on the shoulders of quarterback Regis Durbin to pick up the slack for the Scouts. The senior filled the gap quite well.
The Scouts advanced to their second straight Class 6A quarterfinal behind stellar defense and Durbin to defeat an injury-depleted De La Salle team 27-7 on Friday night.
“Hub is a marked man, and somebody else had to shoulder the load,’’ Scouts coach Chuck Spagnoli said. “(Durbin) did a tremendous job tonight.’’
It wasn’t until the fourth offensive series of the game for Lake Forest when the adjustment was made to rely more on Durbin. He led the Scouts (9-2) on a 56-yard touchdown drive by throwing three times for 28 yards. Cirame finished the drive with a 1-yard plunge on the first play of the second quarter for a 7-0 Scouts lead.
“If a play is not happening, Regis always seems to turn it into something good,’’ Scouts offensive tackle Danny Sullivan said. “He takes it to the next level and he’ll go someplace else with it.’’
Durbin continued his momentum by leading another scoring drive that eventually stalled. Kicker Kyle Gattari made the first of two field goals from 21 yards out for a 10-0 lead.
Durbin’s 44-yard run on a read option put the Scouts ahead 17-0 with over two minutes remaining in the first half and firmly shifted all the momentum to Lake Forest. Durbin ran for 105 yards and threw for 133 yards. Cirame was held to 76 yards on 25 carries.
“I thought the zone read worked really well,’’ Durbin said. “I don’t pull the ball back that often, but the end was giving me the read so that I could.’’
The Meteors (6-5) already were missing Vanderbilt recruit Mikale Wilbon at tailback and quarterback Shelby Spence from previous injuries. In the days leading up to the game injuries to two more key starters — Syracuse-bound offensive tackle Aaron Roberts and linebacker Anthony Pierce, the latter the team’s leading tackler — hampered the Meteors.
Sophomore Tom Duddleston filled in at quarterback and Collin Farley replaced Wilbon at tailback. The Meteors were able to sustain three first-half drives but came up short on fourth-down plays on all three. Farley finished with 94 yards on 26 carries.
De La Salle eventually scored when Bryce Sutherland wrestled a ball away from a Scouts defender for an 8-yard touchdown reception midway through the fourth quarter.
The Lake Forest defense was led by linebacker Jack Traynor, who recorded a sack, three tackles for loss and 11 tackles overall.