Bolingbrook QB Bailey back on the field


Bolingbrook QB Bailey back on the field

By Tashara Parker Contributor

We can do this no matter who pulls the trigger.

The words of confident Bolingbrook head coach John Ivlow describing his matchless quarterback duo.

Quincy Woods and Aaron Baileythose were the two guys chosen to lead the Raiders deep into the playoffs this season.

With the fall of Bailey midway through the season against Lincoln-Way East, it was time for sophomore Woods to fill some big shoes.

Woods says hes happy for the opportunity and this experience has truly helped his game a lot, but there were some struggles for the young QB.

Im a young guy, so the seniors are looking at me like whos that young guy, but I stepped up and I tried to earn their respectand thats exactly what did, said Woods.

The Raiders were almost knocked out the playoffs by Sandburg last weekend until a halftime pep-talk by Woods and Bailey got the team back on track.

Woods let the guys know that there was still a lot of game leftand to have a shot at the win, weve got to come back stronger than ever.

Lets keep our heads up. I can do it and you guys can do it to. You guys just do your job and Ill do mine. If we execute, we wont lose the game.

Woods admitted he was nervous at the beginning, but being the mature sophomore that he is; he stepped back onto the field and helped his team dominate Sandburg 39-7.

Perhaps, the larger than life story here is the announcement of Baileys return to the field.

Honestly, it was a blessing, said Bailey, who returns to the field this weekend after battling a tough knee injury that resulted in missing four games this season.

The blessing he was speaking of is the knee injury that revealed how he was just as important off the field as he was on.

Actually, Im glad it happened, it helped me out in the spirit and it helped me keep my faith. Just because Im not the one on the field, I cant get down on myself and my teammates. I just need to stay focused and really be a leader from another standpoint, said Bailey.

With the return of their star quarterback, the Raiders (8-2) are looking to have a repeat this week against number one seed Neuqua Valley (10-0).

The Raiders shut down the Wildcats after a 33-14 loss in the first round last year.

When asked about facing the number one seed Neuqua Valley, Bailey says hes just staying focused, taking it one game at a time and enjoying being back on the field.

Dwyane Wade's near-miss of a triple-double caused by friendly Felicio fire

Dwyane Wade's near-miss of a triple-double caused by friendly Felicio fire

In a season where the triple-double has become commonplace to the point of stat chasing in the effort to chase history, Dwyane Wade didn't mind snatching his own piece of turf.

In a game where teammate Jimmy Butler reached the feat for the first time this season, it would've been doubly satisfactory for Wade to achieve the fifth triple-double of his career.

One rebound away in the final seconds of the Bulls' 117-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the memo didn't reach Cristiano Felicio, who reached over Wade to grab a rebound, causing it to harmlessly fall out of bounds and ending Wade's chance at history.

After Wade finished with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in 34 minutes, he was asked if he "hated" Felicio for interrupting his moment.

"No hate. Just a strong dislike, though," said Wade with a wry smile. "You know how long it's been since I had a triple double? It's been a long time."

It's been six years, as his last triple-double came in the 2010-11 season with the Miami Heat, achieving the feat with a 22-point, 12-rebound and 10-assist performance against the then-Charlotte Bobcats on Feb. 4, 2011.

Even more than the statistical feat was Wade's variety, as he grabbed seven rebounds in the decisive third-quarter run that broke the game open, hitting Butler and Bobby Portis for long touchdown passes that would've had Jay Cutler or whichever quarterback the Cleveland Browns are banking on next fall, blushing.

Perhaps even more impressive was the fact it was on the second night of a back-to-back with the Bulls winning in overtime against the Phoenix Suns—a game where Wade turned it up late then threw it down over Alex Len in overtime.

"I think we just found our groove," Wade said. "We've had some injuries that have gone on but we're playing good basketball."

More pointedly, so is Wade, aided by him often finding Felicio for easy dunks on the pick and roll as they play second and fourth quarters together. 

Felicio was clearly bothered by his gaffe, which was made worse by the take-no-prisoners approach from Wade and Butler. When a member of foreign media approached him about an interview, Felicio said "you're not asking me about that last rebound, are you?"

Later in the evening, Felicio went to Twitter, posting "I did not know!!" in reference to Wade's night.

"I told him I didn't not even gonna act like I ain't mad at him. I'm very mad at him," said Wade with a laugh. "But he's all good. He said he didn't see me down there. So he took a shot at my height. It's cool. Jimmy had one. It would've been nice to have two triple doubles."

"I'm sure a stat would've came out that would've said, ‘Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler are the first duo to get a triple-double on a back-to-back since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen', since they got every record around here."

He was close, although Jordan and Pippen didn't achieve their feat on a back-to-back but a random night in the 1988-89 season. Jordan scored 41 with 11 assists and 10 rebounds and Pippen had 15 with 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a 126-121 overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We laugh about that often, but it's all good," Wade said. "I gotta work harder till I get another one one day."

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