Bailey-less Bolingbrook tops Sandburg


Bailey-less Bolingbrook tops Sandburg

By Mike Clark

Bolingbrook didn't need Aaron Bailey on Friday night, though it didn't look that way for a while.

The Raiders lost fumbles on two of their first three plays from scrimmage and managed just six points in the first two quarters.

But then they came out and blitzed host Sandburg with a 32-point second half, coasting to a 39-7 victory in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs.

Bolingbrook (8-2) continues the defense of its Class 8A title next week against Neuqua Valley, which beat Naperville North Friday night.

Quincy Woods, who has been subbing for Bailey since the Illinois-bound quarterback was hurt in a Week 6 loss to Lincoln-Way East, survived a rough start to run for 104 yards and three touchdowns.

He was helped by a defense that held Sandburg (7-3) scoreless after its first possession and scored two touchdowns of its own.

"When you have a good defense with what they did today, it was easy," Woods said. "The offense just had to execute and we executed in the second half."

Woods' first start in relief of Bailey came in the Raiders' first meeting with Sandburg this season, an overtime loss.

His improvement has helped make the Raiders stay afloat while they wait to get healthy. Besides Bailey (knee), running back Omar Stover (ankle) also sat out Friday.

"He keeps getting better, which is what you need right now," Bolingbrook coach John Ivlow said of Woods.

As for Bailey and Stover, Ivlow said the latter is more likely to return next week. "Aaron hasn't done anything in four weeks," Ivlow said. "Until he gets in shape, I guess you'd say, I wouldn't expect to see him."

Sandburg took a 7-0 lead on Miles Taylor's 21-yard run with 8:40 left in the first quarter. But couldn't capitalize on Bolingbrook's two first-quarter turnovers, going three-and-out and then getting a field goal blocked.

Bolingbrook, meanwhile, was getting its offensive act together.

"They had a good scheme, what they were doing with their ends on our quarterback, so we had to change some stuff up on the offensive line," Ivlow said.

Woods scored on a one-yard sneak after hitting Chandler Piekarski with a 47-yard pass, pulling the Raiders within 7-6 at the half.

Emile Wisdom returned a Sandburg fumble 25 yards for a touchdown with 8:40 left in the third quarter, giving Bolingbrook its first lead at 12-7.

"The offense wasn't scoring, we had to make sure we picked it up," Wisdom said.

Jaden Huff (10 carries, 84 yards) scored on a four-yard run to make it 20-7 with 5:36 left in the third and Woods had a three-yard touchdown run at the 11:04 mark of the fourth.

Greg Amos returned an interception 55 yards and Woods dashed 54 yards for the Raiders' last two touchdowns.

What happened after halftime for Sandburg? "We started missing keys, playing sloppy," Taylor said.

"This is our game," Ivlow said. "Three and four yards a crack, get them to wear down, suck them in and then hit the perimeter."

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

He may be limited on experience, but Chris Getz already has a strong idea about player development.

Getz -- who on Friday was named the White Sox director of player development -- worked the past two seasons as an assistant to baseball operations in player development for the Kansas City Royals. A fourth-round pick of the White Sox in the 2005 amateur draft, Getz replaces Nick Capra, who earlier this month was named the team’s third-base coach. A quick learner whom a baseball source said the Royals hoped to retain, Getz described his new position as being “very task oriented.”

“(The job) is carrying out the vision of the scouts,” Getz said. “The players identified by the scouts and then they are brought in and it’s a commitment by both the player and staff members to create an environment for that player to reach their ceiling.

“It’s a daily process.”

Getz, a University of Michigan product, played for the White Sox in 2008 and 2009 before he was traded to the Royals in a package for Mark Teahen in 2010. Previously drafted by the White Sox in 2002, he described the organization as “something that always will be in my DNA.”

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Getz stayed in Kansas City through 2013 and began to consider a front-office career as his playing career wound down. His final season in the majors was with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore hired Getz as an assistant to baseball operations in January 2015 and he quickly developed a reputation as both highly intelligent and likeable, according to a club source.

“He is extremely well-regarded throughout the game, and we believe he is going to have a positive impact on the quality of play from rookie ball through Chicago,” GM Rick Hahn said.

Getz had as many as four assistant GMs ahead of him with the Royals, who couldn’t offer the same kind of position as the White Sox did. Getz spent the past week meeting with other members of the White Sox player development staff and soon will head to the team’s Dominican Republic academy. After that he’ll head to the Arizona Fall League as he becomes familiar with the department. Though he’s still relatively new, Getz knows what’s expected of his position.

“It’s focused on what’s in front of you,” Getz said. “Player development people are trying to get the player better every single day.”

“With that being said, the staff members need to be creative in their thinking. They need to be innovative at times. They need to know when to press the gas or pump the brakes. They need to be versatile in all these different areas.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Cubs' chances against Clayton Kershaw in Game 6


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Cubs' chances against Clayton Kershaw in Game 6

David Kaplan is joined by Ben Finfer (ESPN 1000) and Jordan Bernfield (670 The Score). 

The panel dissects another big Cubs win in the NLCS and sizes up the Northsiders' chances against Clayton Kershaw in Game 6. 

Later, Jamal Mayers has the latest on the Blackhawks and Jay Cutler may be back as the Bears' starting quarterback. 

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