Lincoln-Way North puts it together, beats Andrew
By Tim Young For Sun-Times Media October 13, 2012 12:10AM
Updated: November 15, 2012 6:33AM
Lincoln-Way North used a physical running game and strong special-teams play in a 37-20 road victory over Andrew in the SouthWest Suburban Red on Friday night.
The Phoenix (5-3, 4-2), led by running backs Julian Hilton (155 yards rushing, 3 touchdowns) and Tre Lewis (46 yards), rushed for 256 yards on 44 carries.
North started the game with a 12-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in a Hilton 4-yard touchdown run.
“(Andrew) has an explosive offense,” North coach George Czart said. “We needed to control the clock and create turnovers or make plays on special teams.”
The Phoenix not only controlled the clock, it made big plays on special teams by blocking two punts and returning a kickoff for a touchdown.
After Troy Holder’s blocked punt went through the end zone for a safety in the second quarter, Lewis and Hilton had some confusion on the free kick but it ultimately led to Lewis scooping up the loose ball at his 36-yard line and returning it for a touchdown.
Holder’s blocked punt was the second of the night for Lincoln-Way North. Zach Hoekstra blocked a punt on Andrew’s first possession.
“We practice our punt block every day,” Holder said. “(Blocked punts) have been rare this season, but coach believed we would get one.”
Andrew (5-3, 4-2) had some success moving the ball when it went to the hurry-up offense and was able to get a couple of scores late in the game.
Andrew running back Jarvion Franklin finished the night with 40 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. Quarterback Jacob Platt completed 16-of-23 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown.
The Thunderbolts were hurt by the breakdowns in special teams and 55 yards in penalties.
“You do so many little things wrong and they all add up,” Andrew coach Jim Malec said. “But we’re going to play until that final tick.”