IN THE SPOTLIGHT
He was … The Quarterback Pesterer.
No doubt, Spencer Yauch received that “Not you again” stare from Zion-Benton’s quarterback Jerome Crawford.
He probably got a similar glare from Zee-Bees running back Jordan Chisum, as well.
The indefatigable Yauch, a defensive lineman, never seemed to grow tired or weary in Lake Forest High School’s stunning 14-8 come-from-behind win over the host Zee-Bees on Oct. 6.
Yauch, a three-year starter for the Scouts (3-4, 1-4 in the North Suburban Conference), was all over the Zion-Benton backfield in this must win.
Talk about duo residency. No. 51 finished the game with one quarterback sack, four quarterback pressures and four other tackles for loss.
Yauch did Yeoman’s work on this night.
“Spencer is not the biggest. He’s not the fastest,” said Lake Forest head coach Chuck Spagnoli. “But he sure is important to us.
“He contributes an awful lot to this team. And we expect a lot from him,” the coach added. “He’s like a machine out there. He never gets tired.”
Yauch’s thought pattern: That’s just what I do.
“It’s all about playing hard,” said the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder. “I just keep working.
“I’m in pretty good condition,” Yauch added. “I don’t even think about getting tired.”
Yauch opened the game like he was getting shot out of a cannon. He immediately went on the Hunt for the Quarterback in the Maroon Jersey. He persistently harassed No. 4.
On the third play of the game, Yauch busted through the line and chased Crawford out of the pocket and just missed pulling him down behind the line of scrimmage.
He did the very same thing on the second play of the LF’s second defensive series, forcing the Z-B quarterback into an intentional grounding penalty.
“It was frustrating that I didn’t get the sack,” said Yauch. “But any pressure on the quarterback is good. An intentional grounding penalty counts.”
His most productive output came during Zion-Benton’s third possession of the second half, when he made a series of highlight-reel plays: tackling Chisum (2-yard loss) and Kiani Mitchell (4-yard loss) and sacking Crawford (8-yard loss).
Yauch is not about to take full credit for his success. Fellow defensive line mates, senior Shannon Charleston (4 tackles, 2 tackles for loss) and sophomore Rylie Mills (2 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 QB pressure), also were instrumental in limiting Zion-Benton’s dangerous offense to just one touchdown.
“Those guys are really showing up,” said Yauch. “They’ve really come on.”
Versatility is one of Yauch’s other assets. He was a two-way player for a big chunk of the night. He played both center and guard in the second half.
“Usually, I only go in for a couple of [offensive] series,” said Yauch.
But this game was different. The Scouts, who entered the contest with four straight losses, needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. They will host Mundelein on Oct. 13 and travel to Waukegan on Oct. 21.
“I’m happy with my play,” said Yauch. “And happy with the outcome.”