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Bolingbrook beats Lincoln-Way East, clinches share of conference title

Published: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 11:35 p.m. CST • Updated: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 11:52 a.m. CST
Bolingbrook senior running back Mike Valentine cuts around a defender during a home game against Lincoln-Way East on Friday. (Photo by Matthew Piechalak -

BOLINGBROOK – The Bolingbrook defense propelled the team to at least a share of the Southwest Suburban Blue title on Friday.

A week after surrendering 24 points to Homewood-Flossmoor – the first time this season that an opposing offense scored over seven points  – the Raiders defense forced five turnovers and scored a touchdown in a a grueling 12-3 victory over Lincoln-Way East on Friday.

With the win, Bolingbrook clinched at least a share the Southwest Suburban Blue conference championship. Bolingbrook's final game will be at Sandburg on Oct. 25, and a win would give the Raiders an outright conference title.

Although the offense struggled to sustain drives and generate momentum, linebackers Tuf Borland and Julian Huff made several game-changing plays to ensure that the Raiders remained undefeated. Huff forced a fumble and blocked a punt while Borland snagged a first-quarter interception and added a pick six to seal the victory late in the fourth quarter.

Due in large part to a quick, punishing Lincoln-Way East run defense, Bolingbrook (8-0, 6-0 SWSB) was held scoreless through two quarters and trailed 3-0 at halftime.

But the offense mounted a drive when it mattered most, as Jaden Huff scored a 7-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter gave the raiders a 6-3 lead. Then, Borland's interception and touchdown return on the next defensive series put the game out of reach.

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