Football: Lincoln-Way East capitalizes vs. Sandburg
By Mike Fitzgerald For Sun-Times Media September 24, 2011 12:12AM
Updated: November 24, 2011 12:28AM
Lincoln-Way East took advantage of Sandburg’s early miscues and won convincingly 31-7 in the SouthWest Suburban Blue on Friday night in Frankfort.
The top-ranked Griffins (5-0, 3-0) moved 69 yards in five plays to take a 7-0 lead on their first possession, scoring on a 25-yard pass from quarterback Blake Winkler to wide receiver J.J. Robertson. Tyler Starke had a 28-yard run on that drive.
“It was good to get the short field early,” Griffins coach Rob Zvonar said. “I thought our defense played extremely well. We have a long way to go to be the best we can be. On a night like tonight we were happy to get out of here with a win.”
No. 9 Sandburg (4-1, 2-1) was forced to punt on its first possession but its punter could not handle the wet football, and East’s Kevin Bayer recovered it at the Eagles 12-yard line. Two plays later, Winkler found Justin Corbett in the end zone for a 10-yard strike to make it 14-0 with 7:30 to play in the first quarter.
East’s Matt Solner recovered a Sandburg fumble at the Griffins 41 in the second quarter. Winkler hit Robertson with a 30-yard pass and then Starke ran it 20 yards to the 5. Winkler found Corbett in the end zone from three yards out to make it 21-0. East led 24-0 at halftime.
“There’s no doubt that they (East) are a very good football team,” Sandburg coach Dave Wierzal said. “We knew coming into this game we were not going to be able to make mistakes and get away with them.”