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.

Paul Chryst says Alex Hornibrook will be available for Badgers in Big Ten Championship Game

Paul Chryst says Alex Hornibrook will be available for Badgers in Big Ten Championship Game

INDIANAPOLIS — Wisconsin will have quarterback Alex Hornibrook available to play in Saturday night's Big Ten Championship Game.

After Hornibrook was listed as quaestionable on Friday afternoon's injury report, Badgers head coach Paul Chryst told ESPN's Sam Ponder on Saturday morning that Hornibrook will be ready to go.

"Each day this week he's progressed, so I think that he'll be available to play, which is good," Chryst said in the interview.

Hornibrook sustained a head injury last weekend during Wisconsin's win over Minnesota and sat out the second half, forcing Chryst to turn his two-quarterback system into a one-man show starring Bart Houston.

But Saturday night, it seems that things will return to what they've been for the majority of the season: Hornibrook and Houston splitting time under center.

The Badgers' offense typically relies on its customarily strong rushing attack, but having both guys will be important for Chryst, who likes to keep opposing defenses on their toes by mixing up the two quarterbacks. 

Hornibrook has completed 58.1 percent of his passes this year for 1,243 yards and eight touchdowns compared to seven interceptions. Houston has completed 63.9 percent of his passes on the season for 912 yards and five touchdowns compared to three interceptions.

Houston is the more mobile and accurate of the two, though he hasn't completed more than nine passes in any one game since losing his starting job to Hornibrook early in the season.

In the Gym at EFT: Muscle activation

In the Gym at EFT: Muscle activation

In this week's edition of In the Gym at EFT, physical therapist Emily Sluis tackles muscle activation. 

Sluis enlists the help of Super Bowl XLIX Champion Darius Fleming to demonstrate dynamic stretches that get an athlete ready to compete. 

Check out key techniques in the video above, and be on the lookout for the next edition of In the Gym at EFT.