HUNTLEY– Minooka’s football team saw its season come to a close Saturday in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs, falling to Huntley, 49-7.
The Indians (5-5) were led by quarterback John Carnagio, who completed 12 of 30 passes for 149 yards. Most of that production came when he threw to receiver Isaiah Hill, who caught five passes for 80 yards. Quintin Durov had three catches for 41 yards.
Minooka had little success mustering up a running game to complement its passing attack. The Huntley defense, which has been its strength throughout the season, held the Indians to negative-23 rushing yards, and Minooka was held without a first down in the second half.
Huntley, Class 8A’s No. 2-seeded team, drove into the red zone on its first possession. But the Indians’ defense forced a critical turnover to keep the Red Raiders out of the end zone.
However, the No. 31-seeded Indians couldn’t slow down the Red Raiders balanced offense the entire afternoon.
Huntley (10-0) took a 14-0 lead after the first quarter on Huntley running back Casey Haayer’s first of three touchdown runs and quarterback Anthony Binetti’s 18-yard pass to Daniel Frederick.
The Indians cut Huntley’s lead to one score with a time-consuming drive, capped off by a quarterback sneak from Carnagio. However, Huntley answered two plays later when running back Eric Mooney rushed 78 yards for his first of two touchdowns. From there, the game was all Huntley.
Although the Indians end their season with a loss, they can take something away from making it to the playoffs. After starting the season 4-1, they lost three in a row.
But a gritty 16-14 win over Plainfield North in the final week of the season helped to propel coach Paul Forsythe’s squad into the postseason for the first time since 2011.