Chicago

Chicago

Friday, Sept. 9, 2011
Posted: 11:22 p.m.
By Dick Quagliano
YourSeason.com

Crystal Lake Souths Brad Walovitch made it a birthday to remember Friday in Cary.Walovitch, who turned 18 on Friday, blasted a51-yard field goal with 6.1 seconds left to help the Gators edge No. 10Cary-Grove 10-7.It was the best birthday present ever, saidWalovitch, who had shanked a 52-yard field goal just minutes earlierand had not made a field goal this year, missing three last week.I didnt feel any pressure. I knew if we missed,there was still overtime. I really didnt think I hit it good. But itwas straight and just went over.Crystal Lake South coach Chuck Ahsmann never gaveit a second thought about going for a field goal. Even after the Gatorswere penalized for illegal motion just prior to the kick moving it froma 46-yarder to 51-yards.I have a lot of faith in him, Ahsmann said. Thereal issue was that we have a new long snapper and holder. But they dida good job on the one we missed and this one was perfect.Walovitchs play was set up by a fake punt and a 16-yard run for first down Reese Dziedzic with just over a minute to play. We knew the game would come down to turnovers and special teams, Ahsmann said. And we won the battle of special teams.Cary-Grove (2-1, 0-1 Fox Valley Valley) took advantage of a second quarter fumble to take a 7-0 halftime lead.Andrew Sobeski outmuscled two Crystal Lake Southplayers to recover the ball at the Gators 16. On the next play, RyanMahoney scampered around the left end and dove into the end zone to putthe Trojans up 7-0 with 8:18 left in the first half.Crystal Lake South (3-0, 1-0), which struggled offensively in the firsr half, found their stride late in the third quarter.Austin Fowler threw a 9-yard touchdown pass toDziedzic with 11:09 to play to cap a 5-play, 45-yard drive whichincluded a 32-yard pass to Walovitch.Fowler, who was once a fourth-string quarterbackon the freshman team three years ago, got the start on Friday. Ahsmannmoved former starter Brendan Chrystal to help shore uip the defense.It was great to get to start, Fowler said. And even better to get a win.Crystal Lake Souths defense held the Trojans incheck. Led by Brandon Madoni, Brandon Mitchell, Steve Forner, BostonMatthews, Eric Johnson, Joe Coriaci and Chrystal the Gators allowedjust 94 yards of offense.I was really proud of the way we played defensively, Ahsman said. Its tough to stop an option offense like theirs.