Mike Brey steps up, powers North Chicago victory

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With key starters T.J. Edwards (QB) and Cameron Johnson (RB) on the sidelines in street clothes, new stars emerged on offense for North Suburban Prairie champ Lakes (7-1, 6-0 North Suburban Prairie) in a 51-34 road win over North Chicago (3-5). Edwards hurt his hand two weeks ago and his knee last week. Johnson hurt his leg last week. North Chicago also was shorthanded, as QB Jay Amos-Mays is no longer on the squad.


With 41 seconds to go in the first quarter, Mike Brey, filling in for Johnson, raced 47 yards to the house to cap a five-play, 63-yard drive. 12 seconds later, he scooped up a Warhawk fumbled pitch and ran 35 yards for another TD and a 21-0 lead.


Brey emerged as an offensive weapon in place of Johnson. Besides his fumble return for a score, he rushed 16 times for 173 yards and scored on runs of 47, 29, three and 18 yards.


There were a lot of numbers, starting with 112, which is how many points North Chicago has given up in the last two games (61-38 loss at Warren last week). For the Warhawks, QB Arnold Shead carried 18 times for 115 yards and Khalil Rogers rushed 10 time for 78 yards and a 29-yard TD. Shead was 11-of-35 passing for 263 yards with three touchdowns and 4 picks. For Lakes, Jake Balliu played QB in the first half and completed 4-of-9 passes for 97 yards and 1 score. For he game, he rushed 17 times for 109 yards and a TD as he played wingback in the second half and Josh Buchholtz went under center.


“Guys like Mike Brey and Jake Balliu are the toughest guys in Lakes football.They are the unsung heroes.” — Lakes coach Luke Mertens

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