Lincoln-Way East shreds Joliet West
By Mike Fitzgerald For Sun-Times Media October 20, 2012 12:06AM
Lincoln-Way East's Sean Doherty looks for some running room up field vs Joliet West held at Frankfort, Illinois on Friday, October 19, 2012. | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 22, 2012 6:38AM
Lincoln-Way East capped a 9-0 regular season and won the SouthWest Suburban Blue with a 42-6 home win Friday over Joliet West.
The top-ranked Griffins (9-0, 7-0) now turn their attention to the playoffs, which have held disappointment for East in the recent past.
“We’re pleased with where we are at,” coach Rob Zvonar said. “What I really like about this group is they have the attitude of a champion, and the attitude of a champion is that they are never satisfied. As great as it is to be conference champs, especially in our conference, there’s more out there and this group is taking it one week at a time.”
Though the Griffins led 28-0 at halftime, the Tigers (3-6, 2-5) engaged them in a physical game.
East quarterback Tom Fuessel scored on a 3-yard run. Fuessel then hit receiver Justin Corbett with a 44-yard scoring pass for the Griffins’ second touchdown, which with the extra point made it 14-0. East led 21-0 after a 16-yard run by running back Nick Colangelo.
The final touchdown of the half came courtesy of the Griffins defense, which intercepted West quarterback Ashton McCullough five times. Brendan Sleeman recovered a McCullough fumble in the end zone.
Corbett, who rushed for 90 yards and had 90 yards receiving, scored on a 28-yard run to help make it 35-0. A Brian Casey 31-yard run in the third marked East’s final touchdown.
“We knew we had to come out and play hard,” Corbett said. “You don’t want to go into the playoffs with a bad game, so we hit practice really hard, did the little things right and came out and played our type of ball.”
McCullough hit Korey Rogers with a 1-yard TD pass for West’s score in the fourth quarter.