BOLINGBROOK – The ultimate goal for every high school football team is to win a state title.
Bolingbrook could be in position to do just that. There is a long way to go in the season, but head coach John Ivlow has drawn parallels between his current squad and the Raiders’ 2011 state championship team.
“The kids, talent-wise, we have the same level of talent as we had back in 2011,” Ivlow said.
The talent on both sides of the ball was on display in a 50-0 win over Joliet Central on Friday night. The Raiders led, 48-0, at the half and capped the scoring with a safety in the fourth quarter.
Quincy Woods, Mike Valentine and Dariel Greer had first-quarter scoring runs of 55, 2 and 18 yards, respectively, as the Raiders (3-0 overall, 1-0 SouthWest Suburban Blue) pounced on the Steelmen (0-3, 0-1) right away.
Jaden Huff scored on a 6-yard run 22 seconds into the second quarter, and Jacob Huff recovered a blocked punt in the end zone a little more than two minutes later for a 35-0 lead. Jaden Huff had another touchdown run, and Greer hit Lovell Chandler for a 13-yard touchdown with 2:22 left before halftime to push the lead to 48-0.
Bolingbrook dominated in more than just the final score. The Raiders held Central to minus-32 yards rushing and just 102 total yards. Bolingbrook piled up 293 yards. The Steelmen turned the ball over three times and managed just one first down. Bolingbrook had 12 tackles for loss, led by C.J. Clark and T.J. Lee with two each.
Although the Raiders are off to a 3-0 start and Ivlow sees similarities to the 2011 team, the coach knows the road will only get tougher as the season progresses and success early in the season doesn’t guarantee playoff success.
The remaining teams on Bolingbrook’ schedule have a combined 12-6 record, and Friday night’s opponent, Stagg, had the Raiders’ number recently.
“Everybody we have left is good,” Ivlow said. “Stagg is 2-1, but they beat us three of the last four times we played. We’re doing well now, but all that matters is the playoffs and what you do once you get there.”