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Run Stoppers: Lake Zurich cruises by Prospect

Run Stoppers: Lake Zurich cruises by Prospect

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2010
1:18 AM
By Dick Quagliano
YourSeason.com

Lake Zurich linebacker JJ Raffelson and the Bears defense kept Prospect in check in a 14-7 victory Saturday in the Class 7A playoffs in Mount Prospect.

We just kept reading our keys and going to the ball, Raffelson said. We knew we had to stop their quarterback and running back and we worked hard in practice to do that.

Lake Zurich (10-1) held Prospect to 73 yards rushing in the first half as the Bears built a 14-0 advantage.

Following a fumble recovery by Taylor Coleman at the Lake Zurich 48, the Bears marched 52 yards in nine plays. Zach Till hooked up with Mike Schnur on a 15-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0 with 5:28 left in the first quarter.

It became 14-0 midway through the second quarter when Jacob Brinlee (21 carries, 122 yards) capped a six-play, 72-yard drive with a 15-yard run.

The first half we were able to run the ball, Brinlee said. They made some adjustments in the second half and it was much tougher.

Prospect (9-2) got back into the game on the second play of the second half. Steve Dazzo connected with Peter Bonahoom on a 75-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-7.

But the Knights couldnt put another scoring drive together from there. Prospects final two possessions ended with interceptions by Danny Minogue and Grant Soucy.

It came down to big plays here and there, Lake Zurich coach Bryan Stortz said. But our defense was able to keep them in check.

It was the final game for Prospect coach Brent Pearlman, who decided to step down as head coach.

Lauri Markkanen has career-high 26 points in loss to Suns

Lauri Markkanen has career-high 26 points in loss to Suns

Lauri Markkanen continues to impress.

The 20-year-old rookie had a career-high 26 points in the Bulls' 113-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. He also picked up 13 rebounds.

After the game, in which the Bulls fell to 3-11 on the season, coach Fred Hoiberg had high praise for the Finnish.

"I thought Lauri was phenomenal," Hoiberg said. "But when he is open, we gotta get him the ball. When he's got it rolling like he did tonight, guys were switching and we had him a couple of times with the point guard buried in his back and we didn't get him the ball."

Watch what Hoiberg had to say about the Bulls' tight loss in the video above.

Road Ahead: Bulls prep for Lonzo Ball and the Lakers

Road Ahead: Bulls prep for Lonzo Ball and the Lakers

The Bulls have a busy week ahead of them.

It will kick off on Tuesday when Fred Hoiberg & Co. take on Lonzo Ball and the Lakers in Los Angeles.

After that, the Bulls will head to Utah and face the Jazz on Wednesday, followed by the defending champ Golden State Warriors on Friday. Both games — against the Jazz and Warriors — will be on NBC Sports Chicago, and streaming live on the NBC Sports app.

See what Mark Schanowski, Vincent Goodwill, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue had to say about the upcoming week in the latest Honda Road Ahead.