Larkin Rolls to Victory over DeKalb; Vengeance Is Montini's vs. Marian
It didn't take Larkin long Friday night to shake off last week's loss to Lake Park.
On Larkin's third play from scrimmage, the Royals' Vince Webber darted outside and went 53 yards for a touchdown, the first of four TDs Webber would score.
The Royals went on to a 47-6 Upstate Eight Conference rout of DeKalb at Northern Illinois University's Huskie Stadium.
By halftime, Webber had 232 yards rushing on 13 carries, including a second touchdown run of 74 yards, and the Royals led 33-0.
Larkin (2-1, 2-1) piled up 357 yards of offense in the first half (405 for the game) and held the Barbs (0-3, 0-2) to just 61 in the first half and 107 for the game.
And, to add to DeKalb's misery, Webber ran the opening kickoff of the second half back 93 yards for a touchdown. After Matt Allison's extra-point kick, the Royals had an insurmountable 40-0 lead.
Webber added a 3-yard scoring run to his night late in the third quarter. For the game, the standout Royals' junior picked up a career high 271 rushing yards on 18 carries.
"Last week was far behind us," Webber said. "When you lose you just have to come back."
Larkin scored 5 of the 6 times it had the ball in the first half.
After Webber's 53-yard jaunt, quarterback Joel Castillo found tight end Justin Beyer for a 4-yard score. Castillo, who was 7 of 14 for 109 yards in the first half, then hit Teddy Johnson (3 catches, 69 yards) for a 27-yard TD just before Webber's 74-yard gallop.
Those four scores took a total of 3:27 off the clock.
The first-half onslaught culminated on Kasey Kluxdal's 1-yard run with 5:31 to go in the half.
DeKalb actually had a touchdown called back with 2:53 to go in the half. The Barbs' Tom Mize hauled in a Jason Lupton pass for a 21-yard score that was called back on an illegal motion penalty.
DeKalb got its lone score, the Barbs' first points of the season, on a 20-yard interception return by Corey Hartmann.
"It was tough on everybody emotionally last week," said Royals coach Dale Schabert. "We were very concerned about getting up here and getting a good start to the first quarter.
"There were some things we wanted to accomplish and we got those done."
- John Radtke
Montini 26, Marian Catholic 11
Montini was much more than a one-man team Friday night.
Quarterback Brian Neidig, who completed 11 of 16 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown, was at least as productive as tailback Mike Russo, who rushed for 130 yards on 39 carries.
In addition, the Broncos' defense held opposing Marian Central Catholic to 84 yards in the second half and forced 5 turnovers in the game.
Still, the Broncos turned to Russo when the game was on the line and the senior didn't disappoint, rushing 12 times for 45 yards on the eight-minute, 16-play drive in the fourth quarter that clinched Montini's 26-11 victory in Woodstock.
"He made a lot of big plays on that drive," said Broncos coach Chris Andriano. "Our quarterback made a lot of nice reads and Mike ran extremely well. With that drive, we proved to ourselves how good we can be."
Three of Russo's runs on the drive netted first downs. Neidig took care of 2 others with a 22-yard pass to Robert Aurilio on a second-and-14 and a 17-yarder for Frank Petrozza on a third-and-7.
Neidig also finished the drive with a touchdown pass to Aurilio (6 catches, 102 yards) on an 8-yard out.
The victory moved the Broncos to 3-0 and avenged a 28-18 loss to the Hurricanes in a Class 3A state quarterfinal on the same field last year.
"Marian is a good program. We have a lot of respect for them," said Andriano. "To beat them on their home turf is quite an accomplishment."
Montini scored twice in the first half on short drives following Central turnovers. …