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Dundee-Crown, Streamwood eye more success in Week 2

Dundee-Crown's TJ Moss sprints for touchdown against Elglast season. The Chargers host Maroons opening night Friday Carpentersville. |  Michael

Dundee-Crown's TJ Moss sprints for a touchdown against Elgin last season. The Chargers host the Maroons on opening night Friday in Carpentersville. | Michael R. Schmidt~For Sun-Times Media

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When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year: Dundee-Crown 40, Streamwood 17

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Streamwood

Updated: November 30, 2012 11:34AM

Not too long ago the annual nonconference contest between Dundee-Crown and Streamwood could be classified as the game of the weak. But those days might be gone.

The Chargers and Sabres square off in Week 2 for the sixth straight year, and for the first time both teams are coming off victories in their respective season openers. Given the importance Friday night’s showdown at Millennium Field holds for the playoff hopes of both sides, the clash is well deserving of Game of the Week status.

“This is a huge game if both of us plan on doing what we want to do,” Dundee-Crown coach Vito Andriola said. “I’m sure they think it’s a game they have to win, and we think the same thing.”

Dundee-Crown not only snapped a 26-game losing streak in its season opener, but it did so by posting a 54-12 victory against Elgin, which marked the highest scoring output for the Chargers since 1990.

Granted, the Maroons had only 17 players in uniform due to eligibility issues, but the undermanned opponent was no match for a vastly improved Dundee-Crown team that displayed speed on offense and discipline on defense.

Senior Cody Lane ran for 140 yards and five touchdowns in the first half as the Chargers bolted to a 54-0 lead late in the second quarter. While the celebration of the program’s first victory since 2009 was sweet, it was back to the grindstone come practice Monday.

“When you’re starting to turn a program around, every week is a challenge,” Andriola said. “We want to do our best every game, that’s the most important thing.”

Streamwood has had its share of dismal seasons during the past decade, but the Sabres flipped the script last year when they finished 6-4 and reached the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

The Sabres entered the 2012 campaign looking to raise the bar even higher with a big group of players returning to the fold, including senior receiver Blake Holder, who committed to Northern Illinois during the summer.

Streamwood got a scare in its opener when it fell behind 14-3 in the first half against Hoffman Estates, but senior quarterback Jordan McFeggan helped turn the tide as he led his squad to a 38-20 win.

McFeggan passed for 203 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 92 yards and another score in his varsity debut.

“After the way things started in the first quarter with our penalties and some lost opportunities, I thought the guys did a nice job pulling it together and executing the rest of the game,” Sabres coach Cal Cummins said.

Streamwood opens Upstate Eight play in Week 3 with a crossover game against Waubonsie Valley followed by a showdown with state-ranked Batavia in Week 4, but don’t expect the Sabres to be looking past the upstart Chargers.

“(Dundee-Crown) played aggressive football last week, so I think we’re going to have to come out and be a little more physical than we were last week and meet their aggression with our own,” Cummins said. “Whether it’s mental mistakes or the silly penalties we had last week, we have to do away with those sorts of things to have a chance to win.”

On the injury front, junior linebacker Jordan Linson is out indefinitely for Dundee-Crown after sustaining a leg injury last week.

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