ORLAND PARK – Sandburg quarterback Alec Fidan, along with wide receivers Zak Razik and Avery Verble, put on an air show Friday night in the SouthWest Suburban Blue opener against Bolingbook.
Fidan completed 19 of 28 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 38-20 victory. Razik hauled in 10 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown. Verble caught 23- and 5-yard TD tosses and finished with five catches for 55 yards.
“Sandburg really worked hard on their passing game in the offseason,” Bolingbrook coach John Ivlow said. “They showed a precision passing attack that we could not stop. Their offensive line kept us off Fidan, and he threw perfect passes to Razik and Verble.”
Bolingbrook senior quarterback Mike Freeze completed 11 of 29 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 73 yards on seven carries and a touchdown.
Sandburg (2-1,1-0) struck first with 4:04 in the first quarter on a 23-yard deflected touchdown pass to Verble. With 1:01 left in the quarter, Freeze electrified the Raiders’ crowd with a 51-yard jaunt to the end zone. The kicked failed and the Raiders trailed, 7-6.
With 9:20 left in the half, Razik hauled in a 10-yard strike from Fidan as the Eagles went up, 14-6.
An interception by Raiders defensive back Tyron Taylor led to Tuf Borland’s 13-yard touchdown reception with a minute left in the half to make it 14-12. The All-American linebacker, who will be playing college football at Ohio State, played at tight end and made a tough reception, wrestling the ball away from the Eagle defender.
“I would gladly trade the touchdown for the win,” Borland said. “We played poorly, and some of us took Sandburg lightly. We must improve very quickly.”
The Eagles opened a 28-12 lead in the third quarter. Bolingbrook (1-2, 0-1) wide receiver Eddie Sanchez, caught a swing pass from Freeze and raced 31 yards into the end zone on the first play of the fourth quarter. Lucas Warren went in for the two-point conversion, making it a one-possession game at 28-20.
With 3:30 to go, the Raiders had the ball on their 20 when Freeze was hit hard by the Sandburg defense and had to leave the game. The Raiders turned the ball over on an interception, which led to a Sandburg field goal. On the next possession, the Raiders fumbled and Sandburg’s Mike Murphy returned it for a touchdown.
Raiders junior wide receiver Kendall Smith caught six passes for 64 yards.
“We did not play very well, and we may have to make some changes,” Ivlow added. “This is our team and it is too late to make physical changes. We must improve very quickly, beginning next week against a good Joliet West team. It is strange to be 1-2 and here at Bolingbrook – we do not like it.”