Football: St. Laurence clips Reavis in ‘Battle of Burbank’
By Pat Disabato firstname.lastname@example.org August 31, 2013 10:46PM
Bob Kelly, of St. Laurence, passes against Reavis at Reavis High School, Saturday, August 31st, 2013, in Burbank. | Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 2, 2013 6:36AM
Coming off a 1-8 season in 2012, St. Laurence wanted to come out and make a statement in Week 1.
And to make that statement — in front of an overflow crowd in the first-ever “Battle of Burbank’’ against Reavis — would make the accomplishment even sweeter.
As it turned out, the Battle of Burbank wasn’t much of a battle Saturday night between St. Laurence and host Reavis. Vikings quarterback Bob Kelly and running back Frank Miller made certain of that.
Kelly completed 17-of-21 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns and Miller rushed for two scores and caught a TD as St. Laurence clubbed Reavis 44-16, earning the Silver Football Trophy.
“We have talent and much better chemistry than last year,” said Kelly, a Worth resident. “This is a great way to start off the season.”
Kelly fired touchdown passes of 24 and 20 yards to Mike Fowler and a 23-yard score to Miller that gave the Vikings a 16-9 lead at the half.
It was a lead they would not relinquish.
“We worked hard all offseason,” said Miller, a resident of the Garfield Ridge community. “We were so motivated for (Saturday night). We wanted to come out and make a statement.”
Miller added 121 yards rushing on the night.
Reavis erased an 8-0 deficit and led 9-8 with four minutes to go in the half on a 13-yard field goal by Jose Estrada and 16-yard touchdown pass from Jose Romero to Tyler Wetzel. The duo hooked up on a 34-yard TD pass at 6:04 of the third quarter that trimmed the Rams’ deficit to 23-15. Reavis would not draw any closer.
Romero finished 11 of 21 for 124 yards and sophomore running back Travis Liszewski rushed for 77 yards on 20 carries.
“They came out ready to play and made the plays,” Reavis coach Tim Zasada said. “We didn’t. When you control the line of scrimmage and don’t turn the ball over, you’re going to win.”
Reavis coughed the ball up three times and having five players play both ways appeared to have an adverse affect in the second half.
St. Laurence’s offensive line of Jake Karlicek, Marcin Murzydlo, Josh Smith, Steven Schultz and Pat McQuinn opened holes and provided time for Kelly to do his thing. Julian Gonzales added a 2-yard TD run for St. Laurence. Tyler Snee and Justin Booker registered interceptions.
“It feels really good,” said St. Laurence coach Harold Blackmon of winning the “Battle of Burbank.”
“I’m happy to have the trophy. Kelly is motivated and did a great job. Miller was awesome. He doesn’t say too many words, but he’s a tough kid. It was a tough year last year. Our guys came back focused this year.”
The game had its moments of chippiness, with two players from each team getting ejected.