Out of playoff contention, North Chicago (4-5) played its best all-around game of the season, finishing with a 49-20 road win over Round Lake (1-8). Three touchdowns in the last 4:23 of the first half broke the game open at 34-6.
After Round Lake pulled within 13-6 midway through the second quarter, North Chicago scored three quick touchdowns to take command. Jamal Dixon caught a 33-yard scoring pass from Arnold Shead, Khalil Rogers returned a Panther fumble on the next play 18 yards for a score, and Jamero Shelton caught a 23-yard scoring pass from Shead with 34 seconds on the clock.
Senior running back/linebacker Khalil Rogers capped his prep career in style, rushing 12 times for 58 yards and two touchdowns and returning a Round Lake fumble 18 yards for a score. He’s being recruited by NIU.
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Shead completed 8 of 12 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns, and also carried 10 times for 90 yards. For Round Lake, Joey Grennhill had 14 carries for 38 yards and Cole Steger ran 6 times for 80 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown.
“We came in here knowing it was our last game and left it all on the field. I’m proud of all the seniors. It feels great to end with a win..” — Rogers