St. Charles East takes down rival St. Charles North
By Scott Miller For Sun-Times Media September 7, 2012 10:10PM
St. Charles East's Joe Hoscheit celebrates with teammates after beating rival St. Charles North earlier this season. The Saints take on Wheaton North in the first round of the Class 7A playoffs Friday. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 8, 2012 4:50PM
St. Charles North giveth on Friday night and St. Charles East taketh away.
The Saints took advantage of four fumbles and two botched punts by the host North Stars to win the crosstown showdown 23-13. East won the turnover battle 4-0 in the Upstate Eight River opener for both teams.
Senior running back Joe Hoscheit led the way for East (2-1, 1-0), scoring all three of the Saints touchdowns while rushing for 33 yards and catching four passes for 80 more yards. Hoscheit also spearheaded a strong defense for the Saints.
“I can’t ask for more from our senior captain,” said East coach Mike Fields. “We always say we go as Joe goes and tonight he played a big part in leading us to the win. It was a great team effort. We weren’t perfect by any means, but we got it done when we needed to get it done.”
The mistakes started early for the North Stars as they fumbled the ball away at their own 25-yard line on the first play from scrimmage. Hoscheit played a huge role as East took advantage of the opportunity.
Hoscheit ran for six yards on a fourth-and-five play to keep the drive alive. He then caught a pass down to the 1-yard line and scored the game’s first touchdown the next play on a 1-yard plunge into the end zone.
After the North Stars had tied the game 7-7 late in the second quarter, East kicker Pat Frio gave the Saints a 10-7 lead on the final play of the first half with a 37-yard field goal.
In the third quarter East took advantage of a shanked punt by the North Stars that went for negative-five yards and gave the Saints the ball at the North Stars 16-yard line. Four plays later Hoscheit rumbled into the end zone from five yards to stretch the East lead to 16-7 with 6:06 remaining in the third quarter.
North (0-3, 0-1) pulled to within 16-14 with 3:43 to play on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fischbach to Benjamin Kaplan. However, East put the game on ice when Hoscheit broke several tackles to turn a short pass from quarterback Jimmy Mitchell (10-of-16, 177 yards) into a 56-yard scoring play with 1:19 remaining on the clock.
“It was a great team win,” said Hoscheit. “I was just fortunate to be in the position to score the touchdowns. But the line really does the work. They gave a great push on the two runs and they gave plenty of time for us to pass the ball all night. We have been working hard and this win just shows how much we continue to progress.”
The North Stars had two other crucial fumbles in the game that cost dearly, giving up the ball twice inside the Saints 20-yard line.
“It’s hard to win when you give up the ball that many times,” said North coach Mark Gould. “The mistakes really hurt us. But still we were right there at the end, but just couldn’t get it done.”
George Edlund led North with 70 yards rushing, including a 1-yard touchdown run in the first half.