It's just one game, but Homewood-Flossmoor knew Friday night's meant something more. In a rematch of last year's 8A state title game at Stevenson, the Vikings jumped out to a 22-7 lead in the first half. The defending-champion Patriots responded to tie things up late in the first half but managed just one more score the rest of the night. That was a bad recipe against the most lethal offense in the state, which ran for 371 yards and received six touchdowns from the Harley-Hampton twins and moved to 2-0 on the early year.
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Here's how the rest of the Vikings' upcoming opponents fared in Week 2:
Week 1: @ Downers Grove South (W, 56-15)
Quarterback Bryce Gray opens the year with an ultra-efficient evening, completing 8 of 9 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns. The Vikings score five touchdowns on their first 11 plays from scrimmage and never look back. The Harley-Hampton twins record five touchdowns, Kendric Pryor catches four passes for 152 yards and two scores and defensive end Tyler Newkirk records a team-high 13 tackles.
Week 2: @ No. 5 Stevenson (W, 43-29)
Deante Harley-Hampton exacts his revenge on the Patriots from last year's state title game, rushing for 212 yards on 20 carries and four rushing touchdowns, including the final score with 1:15 to play. Devonte Harley-Hampton added 237 yards and two scores from scrimmage. Kendric Pryor, who committed to Wisconsin two days earlier, recorded an interception and caught four passes for 109 yards in the win.
Week 3: @ Stagg (1-1; Week 2: 42-16 win at Andrew)
Running back Herbert Hughes tallied three scores from 15, 71 and 83 yards out as the Chargers earn their first win of the year.
Week 4: vs. Joliet Central (0-2; Week 2: 46-20 loss vs. Rich South)
A Zach Wisneski touchdown pass to Jomarre McNair gave the Steelmen a 12-6 lead in the second quarter, but Rich South scored twice off turnovers to end the first half and ran away with the game in the second half. The Steelmen have now lost 47 straight games.
Week 5: @ Lockport (0-2; Week 2: 26-22 loss at Minooka)
Another crushing defeat for Lockport, which led 22-20 with 15 seconds remaining when Minooka's John Carnagio found Isaiah Hill for a 66-yard game-winning touchdown.
Week 6: @ Joliet West (2-0; Week 2: 21-6 win vs. Plainfield South)
The Tigers held South to 191 total yards, including five total in the second and third quarters, and received two TD passes from Alex Tibble in the victory.
Week 7: vs. No. 14 Lincoln-Way East (1-1; Week 2: 48-0 win vs. Lincoln Park)
Eager to rebound after last week's surprising loss, the Griffins received three rushing touchdowns from Liam Morrissey to pick up their first win of the year.
Week 8: @ Sandburg (1-1; Week 2: 27-14 loss vs. Lincoln-Way North)
The Eagles received a defensive score to take a 14-7 lead, but Lincoln-Way North reeled off 20 straight points in the fourth quarter.
Week 9: vs. Bolingbrook (1-1; Week 2: 55-6 win vs. Romeoville)
The Raiders earn their first win of the year by rushing for eight touchdowns, including three from Jeremiah Lebron.