Football: South Elgin, St. Edward pile up points
By Erik Jacobsen email@example.com October 14, 2013 2:54PM
South Elgin quarterback Rob Cuda runs in a two-point conversion last month against East Aurora. Cuda passed four touchdowns and ran for two in last Friday's win at West Chicago . | John Konstantaras/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 16, 2013 6:11AM
South Elgin went into the seventh week of the season with only one win and no chance of reaching the playoffs, but first-year coach Pat Pistorio saw no reason to give up the fight.
“We had obviously hoped to find ourselves with an opportunity to get a playoff bid, but all along we’ve talked about peaking at the end of the season,” Pistorio said before Friday’s game at West Chicago. “That hasn’t changed.”
The Storm lived up to Pistorio’s expectations in a big way with a record-setting offensive performance in its 63-20 victory over the Wildcats. Led by senior quarterback Rob Cuda’s six touchdowns, the 63 points mark South Elgin’s highest scoring total in program history, topping the record of 52 set on three separate occasions.
No Elgin-area team faced an early schedule as difficult as the one endured by the Storm, which has losses to St. Charles East, Benet, Neuqua Valley and Waubonsie Valley on its ledger. The effort against winless West Chicago offered a chance for South Elgin to blow off some frustration, particularly after allowing a program-record 63 points the previous week in a loss to Waubonsie Valley.
The Storm has a chance to play spoiler against a pair of teams with outside playoff hopes when it hosts rival Bartlett in Week 8 and St. Charles North in Week 9.
The final two outings also will serve as a chance for South Elgin to continue the development of its young talent. Junior receiver Nick Menken (8 catches, 197 yards, 2 TDs), sophomore receiver Andrew Kamienski (6 catches, 75 yards, 2 TDs) and sophomore running back Shawn Griffin (11 carries, 125 yards, TD) all had big games against the Wildcats.
South Elgin wasn’t the only local team with a monster scoring output in Week 7.
St. Edward proved it can go from zero to 60 in less than three quarters as it overcame a scoreless first quarter to post a 60-21 victory over Wheaton Academy on Friday. The offensive display marked the highest scoring total for the Green Wave in at least 33 years.
Seniors Mikey Castoro and Davontae Elam and sophomore Dwayne Allen all had at least 145 rushing yards for St. Edward. Castoro led the way with 174 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries to go along with a team-high eight tackles on defense.
The Green Wave became playoff eligible with the lopsided win, which came on the heels of a 53-point scoring output in Week 6 against Chicago Christian. Given the way St. Edward’s offense is clicking right now, it looks like coach Mike Rolando’s team might be poised to make some noise in the Class 4A playoffs.
Now it’s on to the rest of my weekly football breakdown:
Most impressive win
Jacobs stole the show Friday with its heart-stopping 36-35 victory over Cary-Grove. The Golden Eagles trailed 35-28 when they gained possession with just over a minute left. Quarterback Bret Mooney engineered his second game-winning drive in as many weeks when he hit Nick Gierlak for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 2.2 seconds left and then went back to Gierlak on a pass for the game-winning two-point conversion. The triumph gave Jacobs sole possession of first place in the Fox Valley Valley.
Player of the week
In a week filled with big performances, South Elgin’s Cuda gets the nod after completing 20-of-30 passes for 344 yards and four touchdowns against West Chicago. He also had a pair of rushing touchdowns among his six carries.
Jacobsen’s Top 5
1. Jacobs (5-2): Mooney’s magic has Golden Eagles on track for first conference title since 1979, but a tough trip to Huntley looms Friday.
2. St. Charles East (5-2): Saints looked a little shaky in win over Streamwood and need to take it up a notch this week at Batavia.
3. St. Edward (5-2): Don’t count out the Wave to pull off a surprise or two in their next two games against Marian Central and St. Francis.
4. Dundee-Crown (5-2): Chargers were able to rebound from their first loss of the year. Can they do it again after ugly 42-0 defeat at Prairie Ridge on Friday?
5. Hampshire (5-2): Whip-Purs steadily picking up wins, confidence on their way to first playoff trip since 2008.