Football: South Elgin swamped by Waubonsie
By Erik Jacobsen firstname.lastname@example.org October 5, 2013 6:16PM
South Elgin receiver Tyler Christensen reaches for a pass Saturday against Waubonsie Valley. | Jon Langham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 7, 2013 11:56AM
South Elgin became the latest victim of Waubonsie Valley’s triple-option attack Saturday.
In a game that featured more than 900 yards of total offense, the Warriors looked downright unstoppable while cruising to a 63-29 Upstate Eight Valley victory. The 63 points marked the most ever given up by the Storm in its eight-year program history as Waubonsie Valley scored at least 40 points for the fifth game in a row.
Jon Fizer ran for 156 yards and three touchdowns and Christian Gibbs caught four passes for 111 yards and three touchdowns from quarterback Jack Eddy to lead the way for Waubonsie Valley (5-1, 3-0). Next up for the Warriors is a showdown with rival Neuqua Valley, which owns an identical record and is coming off a big scoring output of its own after hanging 65 points on Metea Valley on Friday night.
“A few of us went and saw how Neuqua played against Metea,” Fizer said. “That lit a fire under us to come out and do the same thing because we knew if we didn’t perform, next week wouldn’t mean anything. So we came out and gave it everything we had.”
Waubonsie Valley scored touchdowns on its first six possessions and was poised to add another on its seventh drive until Fizer lost a fumble at South Elgin’s 16-yard line late in the second quarter. The turnover marked a rare misstep for the Warriors’ offense, which averaged a whopping 11.9 yards over its 30 plays in the first half while building a 42-14 lead going into the break.
In the first quarter alone, Waubonsie showed off three different ways it can burn a defense. Fizer started the scoring with a pair of touchdown runs up the middle, Gibbs then hauled in a nifty 32-yard TD reception while tip-toeing along the left sideline, and Tony Durns busted a run to the outside for a 48-yard score to make it 28-8 less than 10 minutes into the game.
“Most teams have trouble deciding how to stop the triple option,” Waubonsie Valley coach Paul Murphy said. “Some teams do it with eight guys in the box, but then you go vertical on them, which is what we did with Gibbs a couple times. We’ve got to see what the defense is doing and then we’ll figure out what to call. The option gives us a built in game plan, so that’s nice.”
South Elgin (1-5, 1-3) got a big day from senior quarterback Rob Cuda, who completed 23-of-41 passes for 369 yards and a touchdown and also ran for a pair of scores. Cuda had 251 passing yards in the first half, but his momentum was slowed in the second half when he threw three of his four interceptions.
One of the picks was returned 45 yards for a touchdown by Kenny Woodruff to give Waubonsie Valley a 56-14 lead and put the running clock in effect with 8:10 left in the third quarter. Keaton Casey added two interceptions for the Warriors, who improved to 7-0 in the all-time series against the Storm.
Nick Menken had three receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown to lead receivers for South Elgin, which was without injured running backs Shawn Griffin and Kyle Ware. While the lack of a running game didn’t help, the Storm’s inability to slow the Warriors on defense proved its biggest downfall.
“With that whole scheme, if you don’t stop the dive you’re going to have a long day,” South Elgin coach Pat Pistorio said. “Unfortunately we had a lot of missed tackles, and physically they were doing a nice job of moving the line of scrimmage on us.”