Line paves way for Raiders
WOODSTOCK – Huntley quarterback Kam Sallee heaped a lot of praise on the offensive line for a stretch of five straight drives in the first and second quarters.
The Red Raiders scored five touchdowns in that span, three through the air and two on the ground, and it was the unsung heroes on the offensive line that Sallee singled out.
“Our line did a great job today and we capitalized on everything,” Sallee said. “We just kept playing like how we know how to.”
That know-how helped Huntley (5-3) become playoff eligible with a 49-21 victory over Woodstock (3-5) in a Fox Valley Conference crossover game.
“I feel like we got a great push off the ball and we knew what was going to happen,” senior offensive lineman Jason Wright said. “We were just confident up front with our plays. It’s all just starting to click for us now.”
Five of the seven first-half drives for Huntley started in Woodstock territory and the scoring started with a Jake Scalise 4-yard touchdown run.
From there, Scalise hit his favorite wideout, Bryce Beschorner, with an 8-yard touchdown pass and later on a 13-yard TD pass. Those throws were sandwiched around a touchdown pass to John Walker and a Ethan Connor 4-yard run to build a 35-0 cushion for Huntley.
Beschorner has caught 10 touchdown passes on the season and the Sallee-Beschorner connection continues to chug along for Huntley.
“I do like to throw him the ball,” Sallee said. “I like to throw to all of my receivers too. I’m glad to have them all in the mix.”
The Huntley defense held the Blue Streaks to three three-and-outs in the first half.
“Those first five possessions were special for us and our defense stepped up,” head coach John Hart said. “If we clean up things we’re a really good football team.”
That clean up might be necessary down the road as Woodstock answered with a Jordan Sumner 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
The Blue Streaks also scored on Nick Rogers 3-yard run with :24 seconds left in the half to make it 35-14, but that is as close as Woodstock would get.
“They’re going to probably finish second in the Valley so they’re a really good team,” Woodstock coach Steve Beard said. “I am very proud of our efforts tonight. I thought we played well, but they’re just a good team, a better team.”