Football: Reavis has upper hand in late show with St. Laurence
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media August 30, 2014 12:16AM
Updated: August 31, 2014 2:13AM
Reavis quarterback Isiah Alpuche had a big case of déjà vu Friday night.
When the season-opening game was delayed almost 90 minutes because of weather, the junior couldn’t help but think of last year’s Week 1 experience.
Severe weather pushed that game back a day and Reavis fell to neighborhood rival St. Laurence 44-16.
Friday’s delay was the only thing in common for Reavis this time around, the visiting Rams putting together a dominant second half on the way to a convincing 36-18 win over St. Laurence in the Battle of Burbank.
“It was bad. It was embarrassing (last year),” Alpuche said. “I thought we were ready, and I was upset. We had that delay last year so we were used to that, and we were ready to go tonight.”
Repeated lightning streaks starting in the second quarter delayed the game almost 90 minutes. The game ended around 11:30 p.m.
Alpuche was the offensive star for Reavis (1-0), accounting for four touchdowns, three on the ground and one in the air. He had 56 rushing yards on 18 carries and 144 passing yards on 10-of-20 passing.
Two of Alpuche’s rushing scores, 10 and 14 yards, came in the first half, helping Reavis go up 15-11.
The junior saved his best for last, though, in the second half. Alpuche hit Marc McClinton on a screen pass, McClinton going eight yards for the score that gave Reavis a 22-18 lead, an advantage the Rams did not surrender.
Alpuche iced the game with a two-yard keeper late in the third.
“It was all about my offensive line,” Alpuche said. “They blocked really well, and when I trust them, I can run as efficiently as I did today.”
Quarterback Alex Martinez led St. Laurence (0-1), rushing for 96 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown. He also hit Jake Kolniak for a 40-yard strike in the air in the first half.
In his varsity debut, sophomore running back Fayezon Smart was impressive, gaining 93 rushing yards on 19 carries for St. Laurence.