Resurgence continues as Dundee-Crown tops Streamwood
By Scott Miller For Sun-Times Media September 1, 2012 12:57AM
Updated: September 1, 2012 4:00AM
After snapping a 26-game losing streak last week, Dundee-Crown has started a new streak.
However, this time it is a winning streak, the program’s first since 2008.
The Chargers won their second straight game with a 27-7 victory over Streamwood at Millennium Field on Friday night. Cody Lane rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown to lead the offense while Sam Franckowiak picked off a pair of passes to spearhead the defense.
“It’s a great win for our program,” said D-C coach Vito Andriola. “This legitimizes the hard work everyone has put in to get this program turned around. I’m proud of the effort my players and coaching staff have put in.”
After combining for 92 points in a pair of wins last week, the two teams struggled to a 0-0 deadlock at halftime.
D-C (2-0) finally broke through with the big play it needed on the first play from scrimmage in the second half when Lane broke free for a 60-yard run down to the Sabres 11-yard line. Two plays later Lane rambled into the end zone on an 11-yard touchdown run for the first score of the game.
“Even though we didn’t score in the first half it felt like we were wearing them down and building momentum with every run,” said Lane. “We felt it was only a matter of time before we broke through and we finally did in the second half. The line deserves all the credit. They did a great job of opening some holes. This is the greatest feeling to finally start winning some games.”
Moments later Franckowiak’s second interception of the game gave the Chargers the ball right back at the Streamwood 42-yard line. Quarterback Garrett Ryan cashed in on the opportunity three plays later as he hooked up with TJ Moss on a 40-yard touchdown pass to give the Chargers a 13-0 lead.
After a Streamwood touchdown trimmed the lead to 13-7 late in the third quarter, D-C running back JT Beasley answered back with a pair of insurance touchdown runs of 5 and 37 yards in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Chargers.
“We didn’t really do any thing different in the second half,” said Andriola.”We just kept playing hard. We probably aren’t the most talented team, but we always talk about character beating talent, and this team is showing a lot of character.”
Streamwood was plagued by four turnovers in the game, including a fumble inside the Chargers 5-yard line in the first quarter.
“We lost our chance to take control of this game early on,” said Streamwood coach Cal Cummins. “We had opportunities and we didn’t make the plays. D-C is a much improved team from a year ago and they just kept building more and more confidence as the game went on.”
The lone Sabres score came on a 76-yard touchdown pass from Mason Polich to younger brother Noah Polich in the third quarter. Noah Polich finished with four receptions for 147 yards.