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Sports

Homewood-Flossmoor blanks Joliet Central

FLOSSMOOR – A 90-minute delay before the game did not slow the No. 1 team in the state.

Homewood-Flossmoor totaled 542 yards during a 60-0 SouthWest Suburban Blue Conference win Friday over Joliet Central at Flossmoor.

H-F (3-0, 1-0) had eight plays of 30 yards or more. Five went for touchdowns, all coming in the first half. Joliet Central (0-4, 0-2) had 44 yards of offense and five first downs.

“This was a heck of an opportunity to see what state-caliber players are like,” Joliet Central coach Brett Boyter said. “When you get an opportunity like this, you have to show what you have. We’ll grow from here and find out where we are at as individuals and as a team.”

Multiple weather delays and two power outages created the most drama during the game, which was moved to 6 p.m. earlier in the day but kicked off at 7:30. The first power outage came before the game during a lightning delay. Another power outage with 1:55 left in the first half further delayed the outcome and forced officials to send both teams to the locker room.

“It seems like this happens once a year,” Boyter said. “This kind of weather, you have to be prepared for it. You have to keep your team focused and ready to play.”

H-F twins Devonte and Deante Harley-Hampton did the majority of the damage, most of it in the first half. The two combined for three long touchdowns.

The Vikings’ touchdown plays went for 68, 48, 18, 49, 64 and 36 yards.

Joliet Central’s Kamren Smith had back-to-back first-down receptions deep in Steelmen territory in the first quarter. Those were the offensive highlights for the Steelmen.

“After playing H-F – that’s the No. 1-ranked team in the state – moving forward, we played the best and we know what we need to do to get better,” Boyter said.

Quarterback Zach Wisneski completed 4 of 11 passes for 34 yards.

“If you know you gave your best on the field, there is no reason to hang your head,” Boyter said. “We have nothing to be ashamed of, because they are a talented team and deserve the No. 1 ranking in the state.”

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