Football: Lincoln-Way West shuts out Bloom 21-0
By Randy Whalen For Sun-Times Media September 7, 2013 7:24PM
Lincolnway West's Chase Starcevich crosses the goal line for West's 2nd touchdown despite heavy coverage by Bloom's Demarco Broughton at Bloom Trail High School on Saturday September 7, 2013. | Jim Karczewski\For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 10, 2013 6:25AM
After giving up 34 points in an opening-season loss to Sycamore, the Warriors defense pitched a shutout on the road to make sure coach Dave Ernst’s 48th birthday was a happy one. Both teams are 1-1.
With his team ahead 7-0, Ray Rodriquez forced a fumble that teammate Alex Gray recovered at his own 44. Seven plays later, Kurtis Flondor scored on a 12-yard run and the Warriors led 14-0 with 3:38 left in the opening quarter. It was the first of two TDs set up by turnovers.
The Lincoln-Way West defense. While the Blazing Trojans had a total yardage advantage of 219-207, the Warriors defense came up huge when needed, forcing three turnovers. Nick Trolian had a fumble recovery at the Bloom 14 to set up the final TD, a 5-yard plunge by Sean McDonald in the third quarter. Freshman linebacker Trey Tellez added a fumble recovery and an interception and seniors Keegan McShane and Nick Watson were huge all day for the Warriors.
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Lincoln-Way West quarterback Justin Keuch was 7-of-19 for 104 yards with an interception. He fired a 15-yard touchdown pass to Joe Shirley with 7:26 left in the first quarter to open the scoring. Playing in the second half in relief of Javier Montalvo, who left in the first quarter with a wrist injury, McDonald had 15 carries for 50 yards. Justus Brantley led Bloom with 68 yards on 17 carries and quarterback Kendall McGinnis was 9-of-24 for 72 yards with an interception and added 38 yards rushing.
“Coach Ernst told us the biggest adjustments are made between Weeks 1 and 2. On defense we came out and played better. We knew we had to take it to another level.” — McShane.