Marian Hurricanes are off and running
The Marian Central Hurricanes (1-0) defeated the Crystal Lake South Gators (0-1) 31-0 in a spectacular season-opening effort at George Harding Field Aug. 24. The victory provided much excitement for Hurricanes fans as the matchup brought Comcast SportsNet to town to feature the game as CN100’s “Game of the Week.”
From the opening kickoff, the Hurricanes’ defense created opportunities for senior quarterback Chris Streveler to run a dominating offensive effort that included three rushing touchdowns and a 21-yard touchdown pass to senior Kevin Kearley.
“For our first game, we played very well,” said Marian Central head coach Ed Brucker. “There were a few mistakes I think we can learn from, but obviously, [the Gators] are a very good team. They hit hard, and I thought we responded very well.”
The Hurricanes’ defense came out strong in the first quarter, keeping the Gators out of scoring position. After Streveler’s first touchdown with 32 seconds left in the first quarter, the offense consistently put points on the board.
Despite an 18-yard carry by junior running back Ephraim Lee and two pass completions to senior wide receivers Brett Olson and Tommy Waytula, the Hurricanes only scored three points in the second quarter on a field goal by senior Trent Faunce.
The Gators fumbled the kickoff return, however, creating an opportunity for Marian Central to regain possession of the ball and build momentum with 10 seconds left in the first half. It didn’t take long for a familiar sight to unfold early in the third quarter. With the comfort of a first down on the 3-yard line, the ’Canes’ offensive line plowed through the defense, helping Streveler record the second touchdown of the game.
The Hurricanes capped the win with two fourth-quarter touchdowns.
“It’s always good to get the first-game jitters out of the way, especially for the juniors,” said Streveler. “We even had a sophomore, Steven Wember, make some big tackles for us.”
“Every time we scored, we wanted to score another one,” said Lee. “We watched a lot of film, did schemes to go up against their defense and offense, and came out and executed them.”
While satisfied with the victory, the Hurricanes will head into week two against McHenry (1-0) just as hungry for a win as they were against South. The Warriors scored 34 points in the second quarter in their 60-20 week-one win against Elgin’s Larkin High School behind the strength of senior running backs Jesse Guajardo and John Konstantelos. McHenry will host the ’Canes at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.