Football Insider: Crystal Lake South's Austin Rogers our player of the week
Athlete of the Week
Crystal Lake South, Senior
The Gators quarterback turned in his most productive game as they defeated McHenry, 28-21.
Rogers completed 12 of 16 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns; he also ran 12 times for 78 yards and one touchdown as South kept from falling to 1-4 for the season.
Rogers’ touchdown passes went to Kyle Bartusch for 22 yards and Dylan Delgado for 13. His two-yard scoring run in the third quarter completed the scoring for the Gators, who notched their highest point total of the season.
Magical jersey: The player wearing No. 2 for Johnsburg now has an interception return for a touchdown in back-to-back games, although it was a different player each time.
Last week, Bailey Stefka returned a pick for a touchdown in a loss to Grayslake North. On Friday, Steve Dixon, wearing Stefka’s jersey, ran one back to score against Woodstock North. The Skyhawks won that game, 22-21, to end their 25-game losing streak.
Stefka has battled Kleine-Levin Syndrome, a neurological disorder that affects sleep patterns and behavior, since 2009. It had been under control, but Stefka experienced problems from it last week and will have to sit for an indefinite period.
Johnsburg coach Mike Maloney asked Dixon to wear Stefka’s jersey on Friday. Maloney also gave the game ball to Dan Stefka, Bailey’s father, following the game.
Speed kills: Cary-Grove has thrived over the past decade with speed over size on the defensive side and this year’s team is built precisely that way.
This may be one of the Trojans’ smaller defensive units, but also one of their faster ones. C-G now has back-to-back shutouts against Dundee-Crown (34-0) and Prairie Ridge (6-0) and has won three consecutive games.
Streak extended: South still has not lost to McHenry since Mike Noll was the Warriors head football coach. Friday’s victory was the Gators’ ninth in a row over McHenry. Noll left after the 2003 season to take the head coaching job at Glenbrook South, where he still coaches.
This Week’s Top Games
Grayslake North (5-0, 3-0) vs. Crystal Lake Central (4-1, 2-0)
7:15 p.m. Friday, Owen Metcalf Field
• This game may decide the FVC Fox Division champion, although there will be three remaining games after. Neither team wants to have to rely on someone else for help.
Grayslake Central (3-2) vs. Dundee-Crown (4-1)
7:15 p.m. Friday, D-C Bowl
• It doesn’t count toward the standings, but this FVC crossover is huge for both teams’ playoff hopes. D-C likely will need six wins to qualify, but the Chargers can move one step closer with a victory here.
Woodstock (0-5, 0-2) vs. Johnsburg (1-4, 1-2)
7:15 p.m. Friday, Johnsburg Athletic Field
• Johnsburg ended its 25-game losing streak on Friday and can start another kind of streak here. Woodstock has an opportunity to get its first victory of the season.