Football: Argo holds off Oak Lawn 28-26
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media September 20, 2013 11:02PM
Trevor Wagner, of Oak Lawn, passes against Argo at Oak Lawn, Friday, September 20th, 2013, in Oak Lawn. | Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 23, 2013 6:25AM
After fumbling in the first and second quarters Friday night, Argo running back D’Ken Jones was told by coach Jim Innis he “needed to have a big second half.”
Jones heard the call.
The senior delivered two touchdowns 35 seconds apart and Argo hung on to a 28-26 victory over host Oak Lawn in a South Suburban Red showdown.
Jones ran for 182 yards on 25 carries, with 142 of those yards coming in the second half. The victory gives Argo (4-0, 2-0) twice as many wins as it had last season.
“We knew not to get down on ourselves after the first half,” Jones said. “I knew we could do better. I just tried to stay positive and keep my team up because I’m one of the leaders.”
Trailing 13-12 after Oak Lawn quarterback Trevor Wagner hit Kevin Zurek for 38- and 47-yard touchdowns, Jones gave Argo the lead on a 2-yard touchdown run after picking up 55 yards on a carry three plays earlier.
Thirty-five seconds later, Jones found the end zone again on a 47-yard jaunt after a fumble recovery by Jera Schaffer. Argo converted 2-point conversions after both scores, taking a 28-13 lead with 7:25 left in the third quarter.
“They took our outside away, double-teaming some of our wideouts,” Innis said. “So we knew that left the middle open. We took advantage of it in that second half. (Jones) ran nice after putting the ball on the ground.”
Oak Lawn (1-3, 0-2) never quit, however, battling back with touchdown runs from Ray Howard and Khalid Norvell to make it a 28-26 Argo lead with eight minutes remaining.
The teams traded three-and-outs, giving Oak Lawn one final chance to score with 63 seconds left and the ball at midfield. But Argo’s Danny Jiles came up with a sack on first down and another on fourth to ice the game.
“We had that little bit of a lull in the third quarter,” Oak Lawn coach Sean Lucas said of the 16-point swing, led by Jones. “We have to battle through those things. Argo is 4-0 for a reason. They’re a nice team.”
Argo quarterback Jason Noel threw for 167 yards and connected with Drake Walker on a 14-yard score in the first quarter. With the ground game going, Noel passed for just seven yards after the break.
Oak Lawn linebacker Joe Dodaro was a menace all night, recovering three fumbles and making a tackle for a loss on fourth down.