Lake Park Comes Up Short in Second-Half Comeback
Schmit, Kevin, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Kevin Schmit Daily Herald Correspondent
It was just too much for Lake Park.
In the end, St. Charles and quarterback Tyler Evans had too much offense for the Lancers in winning the Upstate Eight Conference showdown 37-36 Friday night in Roselle.
But the story of the game went well beyond points. A stunning second-half Lake Park comeback brought the Lancers from 21 points down to within 1 point and just 1:43 remaining in the fourth quarter.
A 9-play, 83-yard drive, masterfully directed by Lake Park quarterback Jonathan Peacock in just 1:59, culminated in a 2-yard touchdown burst by Shaun Grace to trim the Lancers deficit to 37-36.
With no timeouts remaining, the Lancers didn't have time to talk over the extra-point decision - which was made on the field in a matter of seconds.
The Lancers (2-1, 2-1 UEC) lined up in a kick formation, but it turned out to be a fake in an effort to go for the victory. The holder pitched the ball ahead to Nathan Ryndak at the left end of the line, but he was quickly dragged down by the Saints' defense.
The Saints (3-0, 3-0) ran out the final 1:43 and grabbed an early edge in the conference race. The victory avenged last year's 18-17 victory by Lake Park.
Emotionally, the loss clearly showed on the faces of the Lancers. …