8/24 7:00 H
Week #1 New Lenox (Providence) (0-1)
Sluggish Start For Both Sides
Frankfort (Lincoln-Way East H.S.) - While the score may suggest more of a defensive battle, both sides looked like they had some first game kinks to work out.
"We need to get the running game going a little better, And we didn't have that much time to throw the ball. We need to be a little more efficient on both side of the ball." Was Providence head coach Mark Coglianese summary of the Celtics season opener.
Lincoln East head coach Rob Zvonar expected it was going to be a hard fought game said, "I'm real proud of our offense. Not a lot of points but we controlled the clock... They kept us off the field and allowed us to play well."
Both Providence's Drew Abernathy (RB, foot injury) & East's Dan Giordano (DL, discipline) didn't suit up for the big matchup, leaving other players to step up for the absent playmakers.
While Sean Lindbloom seen a lot of carries on offense for Providence. T.J. Jackson's (DE 6'3 205 sr.) play for Lincoln-Way East was the game breaker. With 3 sacks, several hurries and a blocked extra point kick, Jackson's only other competition for player of the game would have to be Nick Pecho (DB 6'3 180 sr.) who's 2 interceptions help cap off a big win for the Griffins as well as one heck of a way to celebrate his 17th birthday.
Providence started the day scoring off with a 2 yard touchdown on a QB keep by Tom Barry (QB 6'2 180 sr.). A play that was set up by a 54 yard reception to Hayden Grove (WR 6'2 180 sr.) with 3:55 left in the 2nd quarter.
East would strike back on the very first play from scrimmage on the following kick off, when Blake Hammond (QB 6'5 230 sr.) ran to his left and had nothing but day light on a 74 touchdown yard run to put the Griffins up 7-6 with 3:34 left in the half.
Hammond would throw 2 interceptions of his own on the night. One to Frank Caritoti & another to Matt Hayes. While third year starter Dan Cebula (RB 5'10 200 sr.) didn't exactly put up fantasy numbers Friday, his 2 yard TD plunge helped put the Griffins up by eight with 3:57 left in the third.
Pecho's second interception, along with defensive pressure from Jackson, Kyle Pena in the backfield of Providence, helped keep the Celtics from getting within scoring distance again.
by Vincent Johnson
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