Football: Lincoln-Way Central topples Thornton 29-21
By Randy Whalen For Sun-Times Media October 12, 2013 12:10AM
Updated: November 14, 2013 6:28AM
Sean Studer scored two touchdowns, including the final one from 2 yards out with 4:05 to play in the game as the Knights rallied for the final 15 points to win on the road and keep their playoff hopes alive. Central improved to 3-4 and 2-3 in the SouthWest Suburban Red. Thornton fell to 3-4, 2-3. Both teams have to win out to have an opportunity for the playoffs.
Central senior Dale Robey, who scored on a 16-yard run earlier in the game, went down with a head injury with 4:06 to play in the third quarter. He was taken away by ambulance. The Knights rallied around their teammate as Joe Nealon ran in for an 8-yard touchdown on the next play and Central converted the 2-point conversion to take the lead for good at 22-21.
Studer led the Knights ground game, which amassed 375 yards, with 23 carries for 131 yards. He also scored on a 33-yard burst up the middle on a fourth-and-two play in the opening minute of the third quarter to tie the game at 7-7.
BY THE NUMBERS
Robey had five carries for 48 yards before being injured. Nealon had nine carries for 90 yards and quarterback Connor Campbell had 19 carries for 56 yards and completed both his passes for 23 yards for the Knights. Thornton quarterback Jo Wahn Brown was 18-of-37 with two interceptions for 213 yards and two TDs. Juan Wesley had eight receptions for 97 yards, including a 9-yard TD to open the scoring in the first quarter.
“When Dale [Robey] went out we were so fired up. The offensive line got a great push and we scored. We knew it was win this game or nothing.”— Studer.