All of a sudden, these two teams have become pretty good rivals.
A year ago, Lake Forest knocked St. Viator out of the Class 6A state playoffs with a tense 24-21 victory in the second round.
Well, they went at hard — again — on Sept. 1.
In week two of the 2017 season, LF needed overtime to down the host Lions 20-14.
Bryan Ooms played a huge role in the overtime possessions. Moments after blocking a field goal attempt by St. Viator’s Bryce Hellgeth, the senior linebacker/running back scored from a yard out to clinch the victory.
The Scouts are now 2-0 on the season. The Lions slipped to 1-1.
Ooms also scored on 14-yard run in the third quarter to put the Scouts ahead 14-7.
The team’s other play of the game came in the second quarter, when LF junior wideout Ryan Cekay caught a pass from senior quarterback Jack Mislinski and went 77 yards for a score.
Cekay ended with three catches for 86 yards.
Ooms finished with 51 yards of rushing on 11 attempts. He also had six tackles on the other side of the ball.
Mislinski continues to show great promise at QB. He completed 10 of 16 passes for 145 yards with no interceptions. And he ran 10 times for 21 yards. His biggest gain (nine yards) came in the overtime to set up the Ooms TD.
Tailback Jack VanHyfte ended up with a 45 rushing yards.
On defense, senior linebacker John Deering led the Scouts with 11 tackles (6 solos, 5 assists).
And junior defensive back Eddie Scheidler, making his first varsity start, definitely was a bright spot. He had a team-high eight solo tackles to go along with two assists.
The team’s other tackle leaders were Alex Moss (4 solos, 1 assist, 1 tackle for loss), Chris Cavalaris (2 solos, 3 assists), Patrick Yale (2 solos, 2 assists, 1 TFL), Spencer Yauch (2 solos, 2 assists) and Will Freeman (2 solos, 2 assists).
Cavalaris also came up with an interception — his third of the season. Anatoli Stumo-Fisher had the team’s other pick.
Lakes 28, Highland Park 20
— Highland Park came up with a lot of big plays. But the visiting Giants didn’t come up with a victory on Sept. 1, falling to Lakes 28-20.
Ryan Brincks finished the game with 125 rushing yards. He went 48 yards on his first touch.
Tommy Motzko scored twice in the first half on short runs (1 and 5 yards).
Quarterback John Sakos threw for 194 yards (7-18-0).
His big play was a 68-yard TD completion to Giancarlo Volpenstesta with 7:45 left in the second quarter. Volpentesa also hauled in a 66-yard pass from Sakos.
Noah Spitz caught four passes from 82 yards.
Noa Morgenstern led the team in tackles (15). Motzko finished the game with 12 tackles. Brincks and Jack Finfer made eight stops each, while Luke Baldwin and Marcus Shaw had seven tackles apiece. Brincks also had an interception.
Glenbrook North 24, Grant 14
— Welcome to the 300 club, Burke Morley.
The senior quarterback completed 29 of 41 passes for 306 yards in Glenbrook North’s 24-14 victory over host Grant on Sept. 1.
The win improved GBN’s record to 2-0.
Chris Heywood and Davu Keels were Morley’s top targets. Heywood caught seven passes for 117 yards with one touchdown, while Keels made 11 receptions for 91 yards.
Heywood also ran the ball 10 times and accounted for two of the team’s three rushing TDs.
Chris Park (14 rushes, 72 yards) also scored on the ground (14-yarder), while Morley ran the ball 17 times for 38 yards.
The team’s top rusher was Ethan Quayle (27-92). He also had six catches for 60 yards.
Colin Paul had five grabs for 47 yards.
Defensively, the Spartans were led Jayk Rosinski (14 tackles, 2 tackles for loss), Alex Borczyk (14 tackles, 2 TFLs, 1/2 sack), Skyler Metzger (11 tackles, 4 TFLs), Kyle Williams (10 tackles, 2 TFLs), Landon Abboud (10 tackles, 1 TFL), Michael Weingardt (10 tackles, 2 sacks) and Heywood (10 tackles, 1/2 sack).
Ben Kieffer had a 37-yard interception return. Justin Navarro returned his pick 34 yards.
Warren 7, New Trier 3
— New Trier traveled to Warren on Sept. 1 and dropped a 7-3 decision. The Trevians are now 1-1 on the season.
Quarterback Reed Bianucci threw for 161 yards (18-33-0). He completed passes to seven different Trevians, including Anthony Nicholas (3-37), Carson Ochsenhirt (4-29), Brian Kaiser (3-19) and Cameron Rosin (3-12).
Peter Murray led the team in rushing (14-52). Ochsenhirt ran the ball seven times for 38 yards.