Breaking It Down: It's scary to think what the final score of this game could have been had Bolingbrook not decided to pull its starters early into the third quarter of a 46-10 victory over district rival Romeoville on Friday night.
After the Raiders had built a lead of 40-3 on Omar Stover's second rushing score of the night, coach John Ivlow gave his starters a rest and put his backups in against the Spartans. Romeoville did not score a touchdown until less than 10 minutes remained in the fourth quarter, that coming on a 5-yard pass from the second-string quarterback who relieved struggling Jacob Bambule.
Patch's MVP: Aaron Bailey, Bolingbrook. How does a quarterback that only completes 3-of-7 passes for 18 yards and not throw a pass during the second half of the game win our MVP award? He rushes for 104 yard on six carries. Bailey's pass accuracy was not at its best Friday night, but his running ability made enough impact to open holes for the other players in the Raiders backfield.
Bolingbrook Stat Pack: Omar Stover rushed for 141 yards on seven carries. C.J. Clark broke up two passes, recorded a sack and had over five tackles. The Raiders offense rushed for more than 250 yards and completed 1-of-3 flea-flicker attempts. David Garner took an interception back 54 yards for a touchdown.
Romeoville Stat Pack: Quarterback Jacob Bambule completed 3-of-8 passes for 17 yards before being benched in the second quarter. His replacement completed 4-of-12 passes for 29 yards, including a touchdown and interception. Naquan Hardy made a 20-yard field goal. The Spartans had less than 100 yards of total offense.
Quotable I: "It's a big deal," said Bolingbrook running back Omar Stover of the Raiders and Spartans rivalry. "We live down the street from each other. I know half the people on the (Romeoville) team. We we're calling and texting each other and stuff like that before the game ... It's a fun rivalry."
Quotable II: "This is what we like to do," Bolingbrook coach John Ivlow said. "There's nothing more frustrating for a defensive coordinator than when you're getting 5, 6, 7 yards a crack and just marching down the field. We did it last week and we did it this week."
Team Records: Bolingbrook is 2-0. Romeoville is 0-2.
What's Next: Bolingbrook plays Joliet Central on Sept. 7. Romeoville moves on to face Plainfield Central on Sept. 7.
Scores of Interest: Joliet Central dropped a 7-6 decision to Reavis. Lincoln-Way East defeated Montini 20-14. For more scores, go to IHSA ScoreZone.