Football: Lincoln-Way East cruises past Carmel
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media August 25, 2012 12:12AM
Updated: September 27, 2012 11:21AM
The offense scored two touchdowns while the defense and special teams added one each and Lincoln-Way Central whipped Carmel 31-6 in a season opener Friday night in Frankfort.
East’s Tom Fuessel had to patiently wait his turn last year while star quarterback Blake Winkler finished a career that earned him Gatorade Illinois Football Player of the Year honors.
Fuessel’s debut was worth the wait. The senior quarterback, who attempted just four passes in 2011, was 3-of-4 for 71 yards and added nine carries for 74 yards before leaving with 8:41 left in the third with what appeared to be a cramp.
Fuessel avoided several tackles and fired a 61-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Duffin, then added a 54-yard TD run to highlight a 24-point second quarter. Kyle Langenderfer grabbed a blocked punt in the Corsairs end zone for another score and Anthony Sciarini booted a 32-yard field goal to help bust the game open at 24-6 before the halftime break.
The Griffins defense was whistled for four 15-yard penalties in the third quarter but lineman Cody Hoffman stripped Carmel running back Tom Serio of the ball and rumbled 49 yards for a score in that period.
Griffins backup quarterback Jordan Wirtz left the game with 10:21 remaining with a hand injury and third-string QB Brett Fuessel took over the rest of the way.