Homewood-Flossmoor endures late rally for win


Homewood-Flossmoor endures late rally for win

Friday, Nov. 5, 2010
11:53 PM
By Jim Owczarski

FLOSSMOOR Homewood-Flossmoor seemingly had its second round game with Waubonsie Valley all sewn up as the fourth quarter was about to start, leading 21-0 and having done pretty much whatever it wanted on offense and defense for three quarters. But in a blink, the Warriors rallied with three touchdowns in the final 12 minutes to send the game into overtime, but the host Vikings pulled out the 34-28 victory in the second extra session when the Warriors Demetrius Gray was stopped at the six-inch line on fourth down by Vikings defensive back Sheldon Jones. Vikings QB Tim Williams won the game with a 10-yard TD run to start the second overtime.

I was real nervous, but I had to stay focused and stay relaxed and make sure my team was behind me, Williams said. I told them we were going to pull out this victory and we did.

The Vikings will now travel to Naperville North for the Class 8A quarterfinals after the Huskies dispatched top-seeded York.

Overtime was never a thought for the Vikings early on as they pounded the Warriors for 18 minutes and 19 seconds of the 24-minute first half, running 27 plays, gaining 17 first downs and piling up 202 yards of total offense in taking a 14-0 first half lead. It was a methodical performance led by running back Malik Norman, who carried the ball 19 times for 104 yards and a TD in the opening half. He finished with 230 yards and two TDs.

By keeping the Warriors offense on the sidelines, the Vikings defense came in fresh and aggressive, keeping the Warriors multi-faceted option attack grounded.

The Warriors ran just 12 offensive plays in the half, but Purdue-bound Vikings defensive tackle Michael Rouse spent more time making plays than any Waubonsie skill player. On those 12 plays, Rouse posted four tackles, a half sack and a forced fumble.

Nothing changed coming out of the break, as Rouse continued to disrupt everything the Warriors tried to do offensively and Nelson led the Vikings up and down the field, rushing for another 74 yards and a score to make it 21-0.

Then it became interesting. The Warriors finally cracked the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter when Devon Morgan plunged in from 1-yard out and defensive lineman Zac Steele immediately followed with an interception return for a score to make it 21-13. Kolzow then hit Gray for a 22-yard TD and Eric Josupait for a 2-point conversion in the final seconds to force overtime.

Indians announce starting rotation for World Series vs. Cubs

Indians announce starting rotation for World Series vs. Cubs

The Cleveland Indians announced their starting pitchers for the first three games of the World Series against the Cubs.

To no one's surprise, Corey Kluber will get the start for Game 1 on Tuesday. Kluber has been the team's best starter all season. In three starts this postseason, he is 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA and 20 strikeouts.

Trevor Bauer and Josh Timlin will get the nod for Games 2 and 3. Bauer has only made two starts this October, but his last one in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jayes was cut short after 21 pitches due to a finger injury.

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After those three, the order has yet to be determined.

Indians manager Terry Francona did say to Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com that Kluber "could be an option" to start Game 4 on three days rest, which he did in the ALCS.

PHOTOS: Cubs leave Wrigley Field and head to Cleveland

PHOTOS: Cubs leave Wrigley Field and head to Cleveland

Less than 24 hours after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS, the Cubs are quickly shifting their focus to their World Series opponent.

The Cubs went to Wrigley Field on Sunday afternoon to gather their things and shortly after departed to Cleveland to prep for their World Series matchup against the Indians.

Cleveland will host Games 1 and 2 on the main stage, with the first game beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. CT. on Fox.

Check out some pictures and videos below of the National League Champions' departure:

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