BOLINGBROOK – Drive killers is the term Bolingbrook coach John Ivlow used to describe what helped Waubonsie Valley post a 38-21 victory in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs Friday.
“We had a couple of drives killed. We had a personal foul that set us back to second and 25. That was a drive killer. Every other drive we had, we moved the ball well. We had two turnovers. One pick and one fumble. Those were big things. I call them drive killers. They are not easy to come back from,” Ivlow said.
The Raiders (7-3) trailed the Warriors (7-3) 7-0 after quarterback Jack Drow ran it in from the 9-yard-line with 11:55 to play in the second quarter. Bolingbrook responded by driving 80 yards in six plays. Running back Quentin Pringle scored on a 5-yard run to tie the score 7-7 with 9:21 to play in the quarter.
The Warriors returned the ensuing kickoff to the Raiders 36-yard-line. Two plays later, running back Bryce Logan scored on a 25-yard run to make it 14-7 with 7:59 to play in the quarter. Waubonsie opened the lead up to two scores when it drove 62 yards in eight plays. Logan scored on a 4-yard run to put the Warriors ahead 21-7 with 1:13 to play in the first half.
The Raiders responded by driving the ball to the Warriors’ 6-yard-line with under a minute to play. A false start with four seconds on the clock moved the ball back to the Warriors’ 11-yard line. It also brought the Bolingbrook field goal unit onto the field. Kicker Gerardo Paz’s 28-yard field goal attempt as time expired hit the left upright.
“That was a plus for them (Waubonsie Valley),” Ivlow said.
Bolingbrook opened the third quarter with an 80-yard drive that ended with Pringle scoring on a 2-yard-run to cut the lead to 21-14. The Warriors answered with a score after they recovered the Raiders’ onside kick attempt. Logan finished a 56-yard scoring drive by plunging in from two yards out to make it 28-14.
Pringle, a senior, broke a 77-yard run for a touchdown on the Raiders’ next possession to cut the lead to 28-21 with 1:27 to play in the third quarter. Bolingbrook forced the Warriors to punt on their next possession, but the Warriors recovered a fumble on the return at the Raiders’ 18.
A Cross Holmes 22-yard field goal gave Waubonsie Valley a 31-21 lead with 7:24 to play in the fourth quarter. The Warriors intercepted Bolingbrook quarterback Devyn Suggs and returned it to the Raiders’ 17. Running back Dre’von Turner scored six plays later from the 6-yard-line to give the Warriors a 38-21 lead with 2:52 left in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders played without senior running back Anthony Williams Jr., who missed the game with an undisclosed lower-body injury, but Pringle filled in admirably. Pringle rushed for three touchdowns and 184 yards on 16 carries.
“We ran the ball effectively. He (Pringle) did a nice job. Marc Wallace did a nice job. Devyn Suggs did a nice job of making the plays go the way they were supposed to,” Ivlow said.
Ivlow will miss the seniors who led the team to a successful season, but he is confident there are others who can come in and fill the role next season.
“It’s a good group and we hate to lose them, but this time comes every year. Fortunately, those next guys will step up and we will just keep doing what we do,” Ivlow said.