Football: Dundee-Crown crushes Elgin to snap 26-game skid
By Erik Jacobsen firstname.lastname@example.org August 24, 2012 11:18PM
Dundee-Crown's Cody Lane speeds past Elgin's Joe DeBrocke for a touchdown on his team's first play from scrimmage Friday night in Carpentersville. | Michael R. Schmidt~For Sun-Times Media
DUNDEE-CROWN 54, ELGIN 12
E . 00 . 00 . 00 . 12 -- 12
D . 27 . 27 . 00 . 00 -- 54
D-C – Lane 21 run (kick failed), 10:17
D-C – Beasley 7 run (Moss kick), 8:17
D-C – Moss 49 run (Moss kick), 4:34
D-C – Lane 7 run (Moss kick), 2:59
D-C – Lane 7 run (Moss kick), 11:01
D-C – Lane 36 run (Moss kick), 9:00
D-C – Lane 39 run (kick failed), 7:57
D-C – Beasley 36 run (Moss kick), 3:25
Elgin – Clemons 1 run (pass failed), 11:57
Elgin – Clemons 1 run (run failed), 2:03
D-C – Lane 7-140, Moss 4-81, Beasley 4-76, Flynn 5-37, Huerta 5-9, Ryan 1-(-2), Meeks 3-(-4).
Elgin — Clemons 18-106, DeBrocke 2(-4), Narayan 5-(-7), Sitter 6-(-27).
D-C — Ryan 2-3-0 34.
Elgin — Sitter 7-17-0 69.
D-C — Lodi 2-34
Elgin — Clemons 4-36, DeBrocke 3-33.
First downs – D-C: 16; Elgin: 11
Passing yards — D-C: 34; Elgin: 69
Rushing att.-yards — D-C: 29-337; Elgin: 31-68
Total yards — D-C: 371; Elgin: 137
Fumbles-lost — D-C: 3-1; Elgin: 2-1
Penalties-yards — D-C: 8-70; Elgin: 4-30
Updated: November 30, 2012 11:32AM
Dundee-Crown won for the first time in three years Friday night, and it wasn’t even close.
The Chargers took out several seasons worth of frustration by opening the 2012 campaign with a 54-12 dismantling of an undermanned Elgin team in Carpentersville. The victory ended a 26-game losing streak that dated to the first week of the 2009 season and a win that also came against the Maroons.
Cody Lane went almost untouched for a 21-yard touchdown run on Dundee-Crown’s first play from scrimmage in what became a familiar scene. The senior finished with 140 rushing yards and five touchdowns on only seven carries before sitting out the entire second half with the rest of his team’s first string.
“It was the greatest feeling ever turning around and seeing my teammates running at me,” Lane said of his first touchdown. “The offensive line, I couldn’t have done it without those guys.”
The Chargers scored at will during the first half against an Elgin squad that had only 17 players in uniform due to eligibility issues. Dundee-Crown reached the end zone on four of its first six plays from scrimmage and led 54-0 at halftime. To put the offensive outburst in perspective, the Chargers scored only 51 points in their final eight games last year.
TJ Moss ran for 81 yards and a touchdown on four carries and JT Beasley added 76 yards and two touchdowns on four carries for Dundee-Crown.
On the other side for the ball, a swarming defense helped the Chargers bottle up Elgin for much of the night. The Maroons managed only 17 yards of offense in the first half as they were held to negative-14 rushing yards on 24 carries through the first two quarters.
“This feels really good,” Dundee-Crown defensive lineman Ray Griggle said. “Nine months of hard work finally paid off.”
With a running clock in effect, Elgin’s Jaylen Clemons found a little room to run in the second half against Dundee-Crown’s second-string defense. He finished the night with 106 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.
The Maroons were without injured senior Mitch Poltersdorf, and at least seven other players were on the sidelines in street clothes, many because they had not met the IHSA’s requirement of 12 days of practice prior to playing in a game. It all added up to a frustrating night as Elgin’s losing streak extended to nine.
“People registered late or they’ve got things going on and they don’t come to practice,” Elgin coach Dave Bierman said. “I’m proud of the effort of the kids that were out there. They battled, stayed together and worked hard.”