One game does not a season make for Hampshire, area

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As Hampshire’s Mike Brasile said after winning his head coaching debut Saturday over Burlington Central 28-18, not too much can be derived from one game.

“One week doesn’t make a season,” Brasile said.

Still, some things are evident and others can be assumed based on the past.

One assumption is Jacobs will be nowhere near the team it showed Friday night in losing 37-0 to powerful Barrington.

The defeat was the worst in terms of final deficit suffered by a Bill Mitz-coached Jacobs team. In fact, it was the worst for one of his teams since the second week of the 2000 season, when Naperville Central beat his Stevenson squad 40-0.

Nevertheless, with running back Josh Walker and a successful program, the Golden Eagles probably get a pass on this one.

Larkin’s 61-12 loss to McHenry probably indicates a tough year ahead for the Royals, who have a new regime and a young team still trying to find its way.

“As we figure those types of things out, the scoreboard will start to shift in our favor,” Larkin coach Dragan Teonic said. “But until we figure those kind of things out, we’re going to find ourselves in a lot of tough ballgames.

“That’s just part of the deal.”

Here are other things learned from Week 1:

South Elgin can close

The Storm led at St. Charles East just 21-14 in the second half, but scored 28 unanswered points in a span of nine minutes in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Hayden Nelson was nearly flawless, connecting on 21-of-29 passes for 333 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. That’s a 207.48 rating by the system the NCAA uses and 135.48 by the one the NFL uses. His TD passes were 9 yards to Andrew Kamienski, 19 to Shawn Griffin, 38 to Derek Kumerow and 79 to Kyle Ware.

The Storm had 500 yards of offense, and Griffin ran for 101 yards. Even backup QB Jake Amrhein got in on the fun with an 18-yard TD pass to Nick Menken, who had nine catches, and a 19-yard TD run.

South Elgin is at Crystal Lake South on Friday.

Huntley turns up defense

Despite allowing more than 400 yards, including 355 passing to quarterback Jordan Flint, Huntley’s defense followed the lead of linebacker Aaron Rutkowski and safety Tim Ryan and delivered a 17-7 win over Bartlett.

Bartlett’s only score came from its defense.

Bartlett’s offense was stopped twice on interceptions, lost two fumbles and gave it up on downs four times in Huntley territory. Huntley also forced a field-goal attempt that was unsuccessful.

Huntley hosts Elgin on Friday.

North Stars serious on ‘D’

St. Charles North held Elk Grove to 156 yards of offense in a 13-2 victory and did it with several injuries plaguing its starters.

Senior defensive lineman Brendan McCarthy, senior linebacker Ben Thiele and junior defensive backs Brendan Joyce and Jake Spaniol led the effort as Rob Pomazak beat the school he coached at before coming to St. Charles North.

St. Charles North is at Plainfield Central on Friday.

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