Oh, brother: Oak Lawn rolls past Reavis
By Tony Baranek email@example.com September 14, 2012 11:52PM
Updated: October 17, 2012 6:27AM
Having just been released from the hospital after gall bladder surgery, Michael Kuzur didn’t get to watch in person his twin sons Kyle and Kurt Kuzur play for Oak Lawn in Friday night’s South Suburban Red battle at Reavis.
Oh, what a story they had to tell him when they got home after the Spartans’ 35-14 victory.
With the game tied 7-7 late in the second quarter, both were involved in the game-turning play as Kyle blocked a Reavis punt and Kurt snatched the bouncing ball in the end zone to give Oak Lawn the lead for good.
Running back Darius James rushed 31 times for 179 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Bob Olsen scored on a pair of 1-yard sneaks and threw a TD pass to Drew Everett as the Spartans improved to 1-3, 1-1.
Reavis (3-1, 1-1) tallied on a 6-yard run by Khari Boykins and a 23-yard pass from Jose Romero to Leo Hernandez.
“We played good competition (in the first three games) and we really challenged ourselves,” Kurt Kuzur said. “As a team we worked hard every day in practice, and we came out tonight and really showed them what Oak Lawn really is.”
The Rams, off to a great start under new coach Tim Zasada, were able to move the ball early in front of Romeo (11-of-28, 183 yards). But he didn’t enough targets.
The blocked punt and score, with 4:56 left in the first half, came after a three-and-out for Reavis that began at its own 12.
James, held to small gains early in the game by the Rams defense, broke a 77-yard TD run with 5:36 left in the third period to put Oak Lawn up by two scores. Reavis responded with an 80-yard drive, highlighted by a 59-yard pass from Romeo to Tyler Wetzel and Romeo’s TD pass to Hernandez, but the Rams wouldn’t come close to scoring thereafter.
James, meanwhile, chewed up yards and the clock as Oak Lawn pulled away.
“Honestly, honestly, I couldn’t have done it without my line,” James said. “You know, you’ve got your center, the people who actually work harder than the running back. So it wasn’t me, it was the line.”