Daily Herald: Neuqua Valley clears Naperville North

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Neuqua Valley’s Noah Herdman (16) is tackled by Naperville North’s Jared Saad, left, during first half football action in Naperville. Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.com

The logjam atop the DuPage Valley Conference got a little less congested Friday.

Neuqua Valley (5-1, 4-1 in the DuPage Valley) scored on four consecutive possessions to build a 25-6 lead, and Stephen Ruiz hit field goals of 37, 45 and a school-record 50 yards as the Wildcats hung on to beat Naperville North 31-28 in a DVC showdown Friday in southern Naperville.

“We felt real good about the way we were doing things in the first half, made a few adjustments at halftime and in the second half came out and scored right away,” Neuqua Valley coach Bill Ellinghaus said. “Then we kind of went flat. But the kids battled. The kids fought. It’s always good to come away with a victory. We’ll get better from this.”

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