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Football: Booker’s four touchdowns lead Sandburg past Andrew

Lemonte Booker Sandburg breaks away for 27 yard touchdown run against Andrew Andrew Friday August 24th 2012 Tinley Park IL.

Lemonte Booker, of Sandburg, breaks away for a 27 yard touchdown run against Andrew at Andrew, Friday, August 24th, 2012 in Tinley Park, IL. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 27, 2012 11:20AM



Sandburg’s coaching staff was hoping Lemonte Booker could develop into the Eagles’ go-to guy in the backfield.

Booker turned that hope into certainty Friday against Andrew.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior rushed for 247 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries to lead Sandburg to a 30-23 victory in front of 4,000 fans in Tinley Park.

Booker rushed for scores of 23, 83, 60 and 7 yards. The latter touchdown came with just 2:42 left in the game and broke a 23-all tie.

Jarvion Franklin’s 7-yard run with 4:59 left in the third quarter had tied the game at 23. Franklin rushed for 88 yards on 13 carries, but coughed the ball up twice.

“We thought Booker was capable of the big play. We thought he had that in him,” Sandburg coach Dave Wierzal said. “He was big tonight.”

Andrew led 16-10 at the half. Quarterback Jacob Platt (7-of-10, 77 yards) tossed two touchdown passes, a 35-yarder to Dennis Vilimek and 4-yarder to Daniel Ball. Mike Elhers added 28-yard field goal for the T-bolts.

But Booker had an 83-yard score on the first play from scrimmage in the second half and added a 60-yard TD — set up by an Andrew fumble — on the Eagles’ next possession.

A roughing the kicker penalty on Andrew allowed Sandburg to keep what turned out to be the game-winning drive alive late in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles also executed a gutsy fake punt later in that drive that saw C.J. Brucki pick up seven yards.

“Our concern was that we had only two returning starters back,” Wierzal said. “A lot of guys were going to get battle-tested right off the bat. I’m proud of how they performed tonight.”

The Eagles’ offensive line of Nick McMillan, Mark Manning, Yanni Demogerontas, Jack McPartlin and Mike Lenkiewicz allowed the ground game to pile up 328 yards.

The win improved Sandburg to 8-1 in head-to-head match-ups against Andrew.



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