Late LZ Burst Tops Central

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Byline: Mike McGraw Daily Herald Sports Writer

Lake Zurich almost couldn't help but beat Crystal Lake Central in the Fox Valley Conference opener on Friday night.

The host Tigers lost fumbles on two of their first seven offensive plays. Central also dropped a hand-off for a 7-yard loss, then needed a good play from a wide receiver to prevent an interception on CLC's fourth possession.

But as bad as things were going for the Tigers, they only trailed 6-0 late in the second quarter.

All of a sudden, a penalty-prone Lake Zurich offense, nearly short-circuited the scoreboard.

The Bears put up 22 points in the final 2:28 of the first half, then covered 112 yards in seven plays on their first two drives of the third quarter.

The end result of that offensive outburst was a 47-7 victory, as Lake Zurich (3-0, 1-0) rolled up 452 total yards.

"To be honest, all our defense played great and kept us from shooting ourselves in the foot, which we were trying to do," said Lake Zurich coach Wayne Kuklinski. "Our defense has played well three straight games. Defense wins games."

The Bears' offensive turnaround was extremely sudden. With Lake Zurich at mid-field late in the second quarter, quarterback John Zitko had completed 2-of-11 passes for 30 yards and an interception.

Then Zitko lobbed the ball perfectly down the right sideline. …