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L-W East escapes Joliet West 35-28

Paul Gossage (2) Lincoln-Way East angles away from Joliet West defender Navontae Battle (15) his way scoring touchdown. | JCunningham/For

Paul Gossage (2) of Lincoln-Way East angles away from Joliet West defender Navontae Battle (15) on his way to scoring a touchdown. | Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 7, 2013 6:59AM



THE SKINNY

Two entertaining football games were played Saturday afternoon, one before the 90-minute lightning delay with 7:25 left and one after the delay. The wait was worth it as visiting Lincoln-Way East (5-1, 3-1) escaped upset-minded SouthWest Suburban Blue foe Joliet West (2-4, 0-4).

TURNING POINT

East DB Deji Olaleye intercepted a pass at midfield and returned it to the West 27 on the final play before lightning was spotted. On the first play of the restart, RB Carter Malik raced the 27 yards to extend the Griffins’ lead to 35-21.

THE STAR

Carter, whose mother passed away Friday. Playing with a heavy heart, he finished with 100 yards in 20 carries against an inspired West defense.

BY THE NUMBERS

East QB Jordan Wirz completed 11-of-18 passes for 107 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 12 times for 60 yards and a score. Paul Gossage caught four for 46 yards and two TDs. West outgained East 323-269 as RB Jordan Brown rushed for 129 yards and QB Anthony DiNardo hit 22-of-31 for 239.

QUOTABLE

“We’re happy to be getting on the bus 5-1 rather than 4-2 because coach (Jason) Aubry’s group outplayed us. They deserved to win the game.” — East coach Rob Zvonar.

Dick Goss



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