McHENRY – After Friday’s game, McHenry running back John Konstantelos did not sound like someone who had just led his team to a commanding victory.
Because the Warriors lost their previous three games, the senior was all business, even after scoring four rushing touchdowns in a 28-0 victory over Johnsburg in Fox Valley Conference crossover action.
“Obviously, we’re in do-or-die playoff mode right now,” Konstantelos said. “We’re looking to keep rolling, but we should have done a lot better than we did.”
McHenry (3-4) was determined to get its running game going and compiled 236 yards on 51 carries. Konstantelos finished with 131 yards on the ground.
All of McHenry’s scoring came in the first half. Konstantelos scored on a 35-yard run on the Warrior’s third play of the game and on an 11-yard run as time expired in the first quarter.
He scored on a 7-yard run and a 1-yard run in the second quarter to complete the scoring for McHenry on homecoming.
“It always starts with the offensive line and we’ve been banged up,” McHenry coach Dave D’Angelo said. “Two of our offensive lineman are out. Our kids ran pretty hard with the football.”
D’Angelo also was impressed by McHenry’s defense, which held Johnsburg (0-7) to 65 total yards.
The sophomore game was canceled because of a lack of players for Johnsburg, which called up some of its younger players to compete Friday. Coach Michael Maloney was happy to get those players some playing time.
“Those guys will be varsity players next year, so I want them to have the comfort level of knowing that they’ve already been on a varsity field,” Maloney said. “That will knock some of the nerves out of our guys.”
It was by no means a clean game for both sides, as there were six total penalties and Maloney was sure that his stalled offense was do to plenty of missed blocking assignments.
No points were scored in the second half, as both teams alternated turning the ball over on downs.
Even though McHenry quarterback Kyle Snedeker went 10 of 14 through the air for 159 yards, D’Angelo will be looking for more from his passing game next week when the Warriors host Prairie Ridge.
“We had people open and we didn’t hit them,” D’Angelo said. “That was the story last week against Cary-Grove. That’s the part I’m disappointed in and needs to get better.”