Saturday, September 04, 1999

Sycamore 38, LaSalle 28


Avs defense tightens up

BY CAREY HOFFMAN
Enquirer contributor

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Sycamore's Greg Bailey gets mowed down in the endzone by LaSalle's Doug Kruthaupt (22) and David Kaiser (1).
(Thomas E. Witte photo)
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        George Wells garnered the starring role, but the real key contributor in Sycamore's 38-28 victory over LaSalle Friday night was as unlikely as they come — the Aviators defense.

        “The most significant thing was our defense came out (in the second half) and said they were not going to let it happen again,” Sycamore coach Tom Adams said.

        And they didn't. After allowing LaSalle 250 first-half yards and a 21-3 burst to pull within 24-21 at half, Sycamore's defense shut down the Lancers long enough for Sycamore to regain ultimate control for the night.

        Sycamore (2-0) shut out LaSalle (1-1) in the third quarter and allowed only 25 yards of offense. Meanwhile, Wells was scoring on runs of 9 and 71 yards in the quarter to put Sycamore ahead 38-21.

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Sycamore's Sean Camp barrels past LaSalle's defence on his way to the opening drive touchdown.
(Thomas E. Witte photo)
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        “We had our ups and downs in the game but hung in there,” Wells said. “I think our confidence was shook on both sides of the ball the way the first half ended, especially the defense, but they had a heckuva second half.”

        Wells was the X-factor that LaSalle could not seem to pin down. He ran nine times for 208 yards and scored three TDs. He also caught two passes for 22 yards and kicked a 38- yard field goal.

        The pivotal score came on Wells' 71-yard TD run. He took an option pitch and went untouched with 2:51 to play in the third quarter. It lifted Sycamore to a 38-21 lead.

        “It was an option around right end, and this week, we could see their ends were coming downfield,” Wells said.

        “You can break one any time. George got a seam and he broke it,” Adams said.

        Sycamore ....... 21 3 14 038

        La Salle ....... 6 15 0 728

        S - Camp 16 run (Wells kick)

        S - Wells 74 run (Henderson kick)

        S - Hull 29 run (Wells kick)

        L - Schoenling 1 run (kick failed)

        S - Wells 38 FG

        L - Watson 3 run (Knueven pass from Schoenling)

        L - Knueven 22 pass from Schoenling (Kramer kick)

        S - Wells 9 run (Wells kick)

        S - Wells 71 run (Henderson kick)

        L - Knueven 7 pass from Schoenling (Kramer kick)

        Records: S 2-0, L 1-1.



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