Crystal Lake Central ‘D’ smothers Grayslake North

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The battle between the Fox Valley Fox’s two best teams wasn’t much of a battle at all, as Crystal Lake Central (5-1, 3-0) shut down a Grayslake North no-huddle offense that came in averaging 41 points a game and rolled to a 35-6 victory.


In the first two quarters, Crystal Lake Central’s defense stopped Grayslake North (5-1, 3-1) on downs at the Tiger 7 and 26 yard lines, and took sophomore quarterback Merrick Gentile completely out of the game, allowing him to go 1-for-7 passing and gain 18 yards in 16 rushes in a half that ended 14-6. The Tiger defense also forced field goals by halting drives at the 5 and 20.


Tiger quarterback Kyle Levand completed 13 of 25 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns with one pick. He also rushed nine times for 57 yards and a score.


Grayslake North’s points came on field goals of 37 and 22 yards by Bernard Drewno. The Knights’ vaunted offense had just 161 total yards, stymied by a defense led by Nathan Talbott. Gentile finished 5-of-15 passing for 66 yards and had 20 carries for minus-11 yards rushing before being replaced. North halfback Titus Booker carried 23 times for 81 yards. Ryan Williams had 15 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown for the winners. The Tigers had 388 yards of offense.


“The No. 1 thing was our defense tonight. Grayslake North has put up how many points in the first five games? Our defense not giving up a touchdown, holding them to two field goals … they were outstanding. That gave us confidence offensively to just go out there and do our thing.” — Levand.

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