Athlete of the Week
The Trojans’ fullback carried 13 times for 273 yards, an area-best this season, as C-G defeated Jacobs, 45-7, in their Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game. That's 21.0 yards a carry.
Norberg scored on runs of 63 yards and 74 yards in the first quarter and the Trojans rolled from there. C-G was ranked No. 6 in The Associated Press Class 7A poll last week.
Norberg (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) played linebacker in previous seasons, but now is playing on both sides. He is being recruited by NCAA Division I schools as a linebacker.
Big-play threats: Dundee-Crown running back J.T. Beasley and Woodstock wide receiver Keeondae Benjamin are two of the area’s fastest and most dangerous players.
Each one returned a kickoff for a touchdown in their teams’ losses Friday night. Beasley also caught three passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.
Beasley returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, then caught a 33-yard pass from Garrett Ryan for a third-quarter touchdown in D-C’s 31-28 loss at Huntley.
“How good is No. 10?” Huntley coach John Hart said. “My God, he scared me.”
The Red Raiders stopped Beasley carrying the ball, but he displayed great hands as a receiver.
Benjamin’s 90-yard kickoff return in the second quarter came right after Woodstock North had taken a 21-7 lead in an FVC Fox game. The return got the Blue Streaks right back into the game.
“[Benjamin] is one of the faster guys on our team,” Woodstock coach Steve Beard said. “We have a lot of man-to-man blocking on our returns. Everybody has to hold their blocks and a lot of it is timing and the return man having good vision.”
Benjamin also returned a kickoff for a touchdown in Week 2 against Chicago Bulls College Prep.
Spotless: Marian Central quarterback Chris Streveler has completed 64.5 percent of his passes this season for an area-best 1,027 yards and 11 touchdowns. Better yet, he has zero interceptions.
Huntley quarterback Kameron Sallee has the most touchdown passes in the area (13) and Huntley receiver Bryce Beschorner leads the area with 25 receptions and eight touchdowns.
Note: For area standings and statistical leaders, see The Fine Print on Page B8.
This Week’s Top Games
Crystal Lake South (2-3, 1-2) vs. Prairie Ridge (2-3, 0-2)
7:15 p.m. Friday, Prairie Ridge Athletic Stadium
• The FVC Valley foes shared the division title last season and both are fighting to return to the playoffs this season.
Dundee-Crown (3-2) vs. Woodstock North (3-2)
7:15 p.m. Friday, at Woodstock North
• This FVC crossover game is an intriguing matchup between D-C, which is trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 1994, and North, a 4-year-old program that made it last year.
Huntley (3-2, 3-0) vs. Jacobs (3-2, 1-1)
• Huntley leads the FVC Valley by one-half game over C-G after winning three in a row. Jacobs is trying to make the playoffs for a third consecutive season.