2-Minute Drill: Putting on a show
Just two weeks left in the season and I can’t decide if I’m happy or sad about it.
Happy because that means playoffs are around the corner and I get roadtrip to see different football venues around the state.
Sad because playoffs also mean that the end of the season is near.
While I try to make up my mind over that, here’s this week’s “Two-Minute Drill’:
Here are the scores from week seven’s area slate:
Bishop McNamara 38, Aurora Christian 13
Kankakee 44, Bloom 37
Coal City 24, Manteno 0
Herscher 31, Peotone 27
Milford-Cissna Park 78, Alden-Hebron 34
Central 34, PBL 13
Dwight 51, Iroquois West 6
Wilmington 38, Reed-Custer 13
Watseka 22, Seneca 16
Georgetown-Ridge Farm 49, Momence 7
Homewood-Flossmoor 48, Bradley-Bourbonnais 14
Grinder of the Week
So many players could be named here, but Carter Hendrix earned it this week and performed when his team needed him the most.
Understanding what was on the line, Hendrix put up nearly 400 yards of total offense by himself, including his most clutch moment to date.
Trailing 27-24 with only a few minutes left, he drove the Tigers down into the red zone and tossed a clutch 12-yard pass to Elliot Engelman with less than a minute left to inch the Tigers closer to a playoff spot with just two games left.
Hopefully he didn’t completely empty his bag of tricks because Herscher will need it against Plano on Friday.
Stars on the rise
Hendrix wasn’t the only player in the area to compile more than 300 yards of total offense by himself.
Milford-Cissna Park’s Angel Salinas has an absolute field day against Alden-Hebron racking up 356 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
Oh, he’s only a freshman as well. Bearcats have a building block for the next three years.
Central’s Jay Lemenager has a certain swagger about him.
Ever since that 0-2, the young sophomore has been flinging that football and craving up secondaries like it’s his day job.
He torched PBL’s defense and set a new school record with 394 passing yards in the process. Oh, he’s only a sophomore.
Sadly, two more area teams have bitten the playoff dust.
While Reed-Custer has certainly taken major steps forward to becoming a quality program, it endured the first steps in the process.
The Comets battled through some tough games and created some classic moments even through their share of losses.
Scoring 28 points in the fourth quarter against Herscher and taking undefeated Lisle to overtime in the hardest game of the Lions’ season to date.
Those hard lessons build the foundation of programs on the rise and the Comets showed they need to be taken seriously in the future.
Bradley-Bourbonnais was also eliminated after a tough back-to-back losses to Metea Valley and Homewood-Flossmoor.
The Boilers started out 2-0, relying mostly on their defense. But the offense never quite pieces it all together, scoring just 12.9 points per game since then.
While the loaded schedule they play, 12.9 was going to cut it unless the defense turned into the 1985 Chicago Bears, 2000 Baltimore Ravens or 2013 Seattle Seahawks.
However, with two very winnable games (1-6 Thornridge & 0-7 Lockport) they can end on a high note and build momentum for 2019.
Can’t miss games
Coal City at Reed-Custer, PBL at Watseka, Kankakee at Crete-Monee, Plano at Herscher