By Jake Krzeczowski
Kameron Sallee’s 54-yard touchdown pass to Bryce Beschorner in the fourth quarter helped lift Huntley to a 20-19 win against Crystal Lake South.
Senior quarterback Kameron Sallee threw for 119 yards and one touchdown as Huntley outlasted visiting Crystal Lake South 20-19 in Fox Valley Valley action Friday night.
After a quiet first half that found the Red Raiders down 10-6, the offense picked up through the air with Sallee finding a nice connection with senior wide receiver Bryce Beschorner, who finished the game with five catches for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Huntley went ahead on a 54-yard touchdown connection from Sallee to Beschorner in the fourth quarter.
“We knew they weren’t expecting us to throw out of the full formation,” said Sallee. “We had it planned the entire week and were ready for it when we had the chance.”
Crystal Lake South (1-3, 0-2) was in control for most of the game, finding most of its offense on the ground with junior quarterback Austin Rogers, whose 60-yard run in the first quarter put the Gators ahead 7-0.
The win was the first for Huntley (2-2, 2-0) against Crystal Lake South and it was evident as players celebrated with fans who stormed the field as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
“What we’re trying to do is make strides, so sometimes you have to win really close games,” first-year Huntley coach John Hart said. “We had to fight through some adversity with the penalties but our kids got it done.”
Crystal Lake South let a big opportunity slip away on the first possession of the second half.
Following an interception by Gators senior Dennis Gardeck, the offense faced a first-and-10 from the Huntley 15. After taking the ball down to the 1-yard line, a delay of game penalty made Crystal Lake South settle for a field goal.
“I thought we had plenty of time,” said Crystal Lake South coach Chuck Ahsmann. “Unfortunately we didn’t see (the referee) counting. That one is on me.”
Rogers had a stellar game on the ground with an 84-yard scamper on second down from his own 7-yard line in the third quarter, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Huntley defense, which held in the red zone.
Rogers finished 5-for-13 for 43 yards passing to go along with 160 yards on the ground. He also recorded an interception on defense.
Junior Jake Scalise paced the Huntley offense on the ground with 45 yards on 17 attempts.
“It was a good win for them. It was a fun game but we came up short,” said Rogers. “We just take this and motivate ourselves for next week.”