Saturday, Nov. 7, 2010
By Phil Brozynski
The Public League's dream of a state football title is still alive.
Six-foot-4 junior quarterback Robert Gregory completed 14 of 20 passes for 300 yards and five touchdowns and ran for two more to lead No. 2-ranked Simeon (11-0) to a wild 55-50 victory in a Class 7A second-round shootout at Schaumburg.
My guys predicted a high scoring game, but I didnt believe them, Gregory said. They (Schaumburg) were the best team we played. They did a good job stopping our running game, but our passing game was working. Nobody can stop our offense.
Simeon broke a 36-36 halftime tie by scoring on three consecutive second-half possessions. Gregory completed touchdown passes of 22 yards to Devanta Elzy and 26 yards to Cywettnie Brown, and scored on a 47-yard run to give the Wolverines a 55-43 lead.
Schaumburg (8-3) which stayed even in the first half as Shepard Little (21 carries, 92 yards) scored on runs of three, two and one yards and returned two kickoffs for 83 and 88 yards, got within 55-50 on a 16-yard touchdown run by Mark Ianotti (29 carries, 248 yards) with 7:56 remaining.
After taking over at its own 11 with 4:58 left following a Simeon punt, Schaumburg drove to the Wolverines 16-yard line with 26.6 seconds left. But a pass to the endzone by Ianotti on fourth down fell incomplete.
Numbers 3 (Gregory) and 37 (Horactio Banks) are pretty darn good football players, said Schaumburg coach Mark Stilling. They presented a real challenge. We got some stops in the first and fourth quarters, but we couldnt get any in the second or third.