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Lake Zurich - Lake Zurich front defensive line from left Colton Moskal, Dominic Mcneil and Rocky Triggiano.The Stevenson High School Patriots travel to Lake Zurich to battle the Bears of Lake Zurich High School. | Joe Cyganowski~For Sun-Times Media
A week after getting shut out, Lake Zurich knew it had to get 21 to win.
That’s just what it got, holding No. 21 Stevenson’s offense scoreless in the second half in defeating the Patriots 21-14 Friday night.
“Going in we thought if we can get 21 we had a good shot to win it,” Lake Zurich coach Dave Profitt said.
This was a game won in the trenches, and the Bears two interior defensive lineman, Dominic McNeil and Rocky Triggiano, consistently won the battle up front.
With Lake Zurich (6-2 overall, 4-1 North Suburban Lake) holding onto a 21-14 lead late in the fourth quarter, Stevenson quarterback Willie Bourbon (13 of 29, 185 yards, one touchdown) was sacked four times on the Patriots’ last two possessions.
Three times Stevenson (6-2, 4-1) drove the ball into Lake Zurich’s red zone, three times it came away with no points.
The game turned with 1:23 left in the third quarter and the score tied at 14. Lake Zurich running back Connor Schrader (nine carries, 85 yards) took a pitch from quarterback Noah Allgood, found a gap off tackle and scampered 60 yards for a touchdown, providing the winning margin for the Bears.
Allgood started in place of Jake Stauner, who was out with an injury. The junior ran the offense efficiently, gaining 53 yards on 17 carries.
“A great win for the school and the community,” linebacker Colton Moskal said. “Everybody played a part. Great team effort.”
The win catapults Lake Zurich into the driver’s seat in the North Suburban Lake. Both the Patriots and Bears are tied with 4-1 records, but if the Bears beat Warren next Friday, they are conference champs.