BOLINGBROOK – It’s been more than a decade since Bolingbrook has started the season with a 1-2 record.
The Raiders did something about that with a 42-6 win Saturday afternoon over Joliet West in a SouthWest Suburban Blue Conference game in Bolingbrook.
“A win is a win. It’s our homecoming, and we’re happy to be 2-2 instead of 1-3,” Bolingbrook coach John Ivlow said.
“We played pretty well for the most part,” senior linebacker/tight end Tuf Borland said. “We definitely have some stuff to work on, but it’s nice to get a win.”
The game originally was scheduled for Friday evening. But severe storms forced school athletic administrators to move the game to Saturday afternoon.
“It’s disappointing, because we thought we were a better team than this,” Joliet West coach Jason Aubry said. “The score doesn’t indicate how far we’ve come.”
Five of Bolingbrook’s touchdown drives started in West territory or via a turnover.
“We’re a much better team than this,” Aubry said.
Faced with a third-and-20 on the Tigers 45, Michael Freeze threw a jump ball Kendall Smith’s way. He hauled it in and went down the sideline for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead with 8:10 left in the first quarter.
Starting at the West 27, Bolingbrook (2-2, 1-1) scored, again. Freeze hit Smith for a 19-yard catch, but he fumbled at the Tiger 5. The ball rolled into the end zone, and Joseph Coates recovered, giving the Raiders a 14-0 lead with 7:03 left in the second quarter.
David Garner’s interception set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Jeremiah Lebron and a 21-0 lead at the half. Freeze’s second touchdown pass of the game went for 13 yards to Borland. It gave the Raiders a 28-0 lead with 5:33 left in the third quarter.
Coates tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Sanchez, and Lucas Warren scored on a 1-yard run, giving Bolingbrook a 42-0 lead late in the third quarter.
Joliet West’s Zach Browning caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Jaxson Aubry with 1:25 left in the fourth quarter to avert the shutout. Aubry replaced starting quarterback Alex Tibble, who left the game with 9:13 left in the third quarter.
“He took a pretty good hit to the head, so we’re going to have to find out what’s going on with him,” Aubry said.
Jakob Coyl ran 15 times for 82 yards to lead the Tigers (2-2, 0-2) in rushing. Freeze completed 7 of 11 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Smith caught four passes for 84 yards and a score. Jaylen Griffin led the Raiders in rushing with 74 yards on 12 carries.
“This feels good, and it’s a big confidence booster heading into next week,” Borland said of a matchup with Lincoln-Way East. “East is a great team; they have some great players and are well-coached. It’s going to be a dog fight.”
“It’s a tough loss, but we’re going to see what kind of team we are next week,” Aubry said. “We have to respond, come back and do the things we’re supposed to do to win games.”