Football: Evergreen Park runs wild against Argo
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media October 8, 2011 7:24PM
Updated: December 8, 2011 2:34AM
Throughout his first season, Evergreen Park coach Dan Hartman has tried to instill tradition within his program.
One tradition has the Mustangs in the postgame huddle counting down one-by-one each and every point the team scored in that game.
Playing in Summit on Argo’s Homecoming, Evergreen Park’s scoring countdown took a little longer than usual Saturday as the Mustangs rolled to a 55-6 South Suburban Red win.
“Every game our goal is to just keep scoring on the defense,” Evergreen Park’s Jared Jackson said with a smile. “First to 50. That’s all we’re trying to do, a race to 50 points.”
Jackson was a key cog in the three-headed monster Evergreen Park (5-2, 3-1) unleashed on Argo, racking up 250 rushing yards on eight carries with two long scores. Victor Baker (10 carries, 65 yards) added three rushing touchdowns, while quarterback Brandon White ran for a score and threw for another.
“We’re confident (as an offense),” Baker said. “With Jared, Brandon and our offensive line doing so well, we got a victory, and we’re confident we can get it done.”
Eight first-half possessions produced six touchdowns as Evergreen Park sprinted out to a 42-6 lead. Baker scored all three of his touchdowns in the first half (2, 11 and 25 yards). White ran for a 40-yard TD and found Kyle Venhulzen for a 29-yard score in the air.
Jackson broke free for an 83-yard touchdown run and added a 77-yard scamper in the third quarter.
“We’ve just got to find the hole and run hard,” Jackson said. “The coaches tell us to keep moving our feet, and that’s what we were doing today. Ground it out.”
The Mustangs defense forced four turnovers — three interceptions (two from Chris Cheatham) and a fumble recovery.
Argo (2-5, 1-3) was led by Richard Olsen (21 carries, 164 yards), who scored on a 57-yard run early in the first quarter.