No. 2 Lake Zurich (3-0, 1-0 NSC Lake) rolled to a 20-point victory over Warren Thursday night, 27-7, in the conference opener for both clubs.
Warren (2-1, 0-1) cut Lake Zurich’s 14-0 lead in half on a 2-yard touchdown run by running back Maxwell Sorby midway through the third quarter. But on the ensuing kickoff, Bears senior defensive back Sean Lynch returned the ball 52 yards to the Warren 35-yard line. Two plays later, Dylan Schassler found the end zone on a 25-yard sweep to the right, giving his club its two-touchdown lead back.
Lynch had eight carries for 81 yards and a rushing TD. He added a key interception on defense with seven minutes remaining in the game, ending a Warren drive near midfield when it was still 21-7.
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On the ground, the Bears had 38 carries for 249 yards. Through the air, QB Noah Allgood was efficient, completing 6-of-9 passes for 95 yards and a TD. Warren senior QB Andrew Nickell (21-for-33, for 285 yards and an interception) connected with five different receivers on the night, but was unable to find the end zone.
“Getting this first conference win was awesome. We definitely knew that they were gonna be a good team coming into this, but we had a good week of preparation. But you can’t treat it like any different than any other game. You just gotta come out and play four quarters.” — Lynch