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Football: Borland’s picks key Bolingbrook’s 12-3 win over Lincoln-Way East

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Updated: November 21, 2013 6:56AM



At halftime Friday night, Bolingbrook had no points and no net yards either. But the Raiders had Tuf Borland and a bunch of other relentless defenders and that was all they needed.

Shut out through three quarters, Bolingbrook rallied for a 12-3 home victory over Lincoln-Way East that clinched a share of the SouthWest Suburban Blue title.

Borland had two of the Raiders’ three interceptions — they also recovered two fumbles by the Griffins — and returned one for the clinching touchdown with 6:54 left in the game.

“We just kept battling and battling and battling and finally got some points on the board in the second half,” said Borland, a sophomore linebacker who already is a two-year starter.

“He’ll be a four-year starter —at a place like Bolingbrook that just doesn’t happen,” Lincoln-Way East coach Rob Zvonar said. “He’s a special kid and when he graduates, it’s going to seem like he’s played here for 10 years. And I’m going to get him a graduation present.”

Cecil Nicholson also had an interception for Bolingbrook (8-0, 6-0), while Parrker Westphal and Bernard Flowers had fumble recoveries.

“They told us they owed us from last week [when] they gave up 24 points [against Homewood-Flossmoor].” Bolingbrook coach John Ivlow said of his defenders.

The only points they gave up Friday came on Anthony Sciarini’s 34-yard field goal on the final play of the first quarter, which gave Lincoln-Way East (6-2, 4-2) a 3-0 lead.

The score held through three quarters, thanks to a defensive stand by the Griffins late in the third when Bolingbrook couldn’t convert a fourth-and-one from the Lincoln-Way East 3-yard line.

But the Raiders finally broke through when Jaden Huff (19 carries, 101 yards) scored from seven yards out at 10:24 of the fourth. East threw interceptions on its next two possessions, with Borland returning the second for his touchdown.

Bolingbrook ran for 110 yards on 23 carries in the second half after being more or less stymied before that. Huff had 80 of those yards on 12 rushes.

“We just kept leaning on him and leaning on him,” Borland said. “We tired them out.”

“We’ve never had success against their defense running the football,” Ivlow said. “But we thought we had some different schemes in that we could do it. It took a little time.”

East played most of the game without senior running back Brian Casey, whom Zvonar said was injured. Alex Kraft stepped in and ran 24 times for 94 yards for the Griffins, who were 5-of-14 passing for 41 yards.

“We played good defense, they played great defense,” Zvonar said. “And they deserved to win tonight, they won the fourth quarter.

“I’m proud of our kids’ effort. But if you don’t finish the game when you have the lead going into the fourth quarter, that’s what happens.”

Email: mclark@suntimes.com

Twitter: @mikeclarkpreps



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