With 1:14 remaining in regulation, Woodstock North’s defense needed one more stop to seal a victory over visiting Dundee-Crown on Friday night in a Fox Valley crossover contest.
And Woodstock North got it in a 25-20 triumph.
After taking a 25-10 halftime lead over the Chargers, the Thunder saw their 15-point lead dissolve with a 10-point fourth quarter, and momentum was leaning toward D-C.
Yet on fourth-and-13 at Woodstock North’s 46-yard line, Thunder linebacker Ricky Krenger wrapped up D-C quarterback Garrett Ryan, securing the win.
“We’ve all been working so hard and we wanted [a win] so badly,” Krenger said.
Things started off in favor for Woodstock North, as D-C running back T.J. Moss fumbled on the game’s opening possession. From there, the Thunder’s offense would put the first points on the board on a 9-yard touchdown run by running back Adam Haimbaugh.
“Any time you can set the tone, that’s what you want to do, especially against an up and comer and a bigger school,” said Woodstock North coach Jeff Schroeder.
Despite 271 team rushing yards, D-C’s prolific running game couldn’t reel off huge runs, something the Chargers’ offense has become accustomed to this season.
“We’re our own worst enemy,” said D-C coach Vito Andriola. “Until our program gets better, that’s how it’s going to be.”
In contrast to how well the Thunder (4-2) managed to not lose the two fumbles they committed on offense, it was a different story for the Chargers (3-3). D-C’s offense had two fumbles, losing both, and had five penalties in comparison to Woodstock North’s one.
“We turned the ball over, we played horrible in the first half — two weeks in a row,” Andriola said. “Two weeks in a row [in the first half] we’ve played horrible.”
With 4:05 left to play and D-C’s offense on the brink of potentially going for a touchdown and a two-point conversion that would have tied the game, Andriola elected to go with a field goal. The decision didn’t surprise Schroeder.
“[Dundee-Crown] had all the momentum,” Schroeder said. “I think they felt like they could kick it, stops us [on offense] and get the ball back — and that’s what they did.”
WOODSTOCK NORTH 25, DUNDEE-CROWN 10
Dundee-Crown 7 3 0 10 — 20
Woodstock North 12 13 0 0 – 25
Woodstock North – Haimbaugh 9 yd run (Moser failed PAT) 9:16
Dundee-Crown – Lane 1 yd run (Schmidt PAT) 1:49
Woodstock North – Haimbaugh 10 yd (Failed 2-point conversion) 00:13
Woodstock North – Loftin to Haimbaugh for 74 yds (Moser PAT) 10:10
Woodstock North – Mitchell 6 yd run (Moser PAT blocked)
Dundee-Crown – Schmidt 28 yd field goal 00:00
Dundee-Crown – Moss run for 2 yds (Schmidt PAT) 9:18
Dundee Crown – Schmidt 22 yd field goal (4:05)
Dundee-Crown – Lane 23-116, Beasley 18-93, Moss, 9-36, Ryan 4-18
Woodstock North – R. Wade 15-66, Haimbaugh 8-36, Loftin 10-67, B. Mitchell 2-9.
Dundee-Crown – Ryan 3-6-1 25
Woodstock North – Loftin 2-4-1 74
Dundee-Crown – Muscat 2-9, Lane 1-16.
Woodstock North – Haimbaugh 2-74.