FLOSSMOOR – After Bolingbrook committed seven turnovers and lost to Lockport, 33-16, in Week 8, the Raiders were on the brink of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1991.
All that remained on the schedule was a visit to No 1-ranked Homewood-Flossmoor. The task was simple. Bolingbrook needed to win or it was over.
The improbable happened. Gino Carcerano kicked a 33-yard field goal with 12.6 seconds left Friday night to give the Raiders a stunning 22-21 SouthWest Suburban Blue victory.
Not only did Carcerano boot Bolingbrook into the postseason, but he kicked H-F into a share of the SWS Blue title with Lincoln-Way East, which rallied to beat Sandburg.
Lincoln-Way East 25, Sandburg 21: East trailed, 21-10, with less than 5 minutes left, but mounted a furious rally to pull out the SouthWest Suburban Blue victory.
Both teams were 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the league coming in. But with unbeaten Homewood-Flossmoor perched at the top, it appeared this would be a battle for sole possession of second place. Instead, the winner – East – winds up sharing the title because of Bolingbrook’s win over H-F.
Lemont 50, T.F. North 6: Jake Kirkman rushed 13 times for 167 yards and three touchdowns and Jeremy Fejedelem and Brandon Cunningham intercepted passes as South Suburban Blue champion Lemont (8-1, 6-0) rolled in its final playoff tuneup. Spencer Nagel completed three of six passes for only 20 yards, but two of them went for touchdowns.
Peotone 42, Reed-Custer 14: A winless season ended for Reed-Custer (0-9) while Peotone (3-6) won for the first time since Week 4.