Quick Strike Moves W. Aurora against Libertyville
Leusch, John, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: John Leusch Daily Herald Sports Writer
Every time the Libertyville offense seemed on the verge of reaching the end zone in the first half Friday at West Aurora, a key penalty or turnover would end the threat.
Then, all of a sudden, with 14 seconds left in the first quarter, West Aurora's Dan Cooper fired an 83-yard touchdown strike to Craig Miller.
Not only was it the Blackhawks' first first down of the night, but it sparked the hosts' offense in a 21-7 triumph over the visiting Wildcats.
Cooper went on to complete 9-of-16 passes for 175 yards as the Blackhawks (2-1) won for the second straight week.
"That first touchdown gave us a lot of confidence," said Cooper, a senior. "We knew people might say this was an upset but it was no surprise to us."
Last week, the Blackhawks blanked DeKalb, 14-0.
"But we fumbled eight times in that game and lost five of them," said West coach Ira Jefferson. "I told the kids if we played like we did in that game, we'd get killed by Libertyville.
"But the kids played the way they had to and executed. We have a bunch of no-names but I guarantee you that any team I coach will not quit and these kids came out and took it to them."
It was Libertyville's first loss after wins over Antioch and Warren.
"We haven't faced anyone with their type of speed and obviously, you can't practice for it," said Wildcats coach Randy Kuceyeski. "We haven't seen anyone as quick as them defensively. …