BOLINGBROOK – It started with a blocked punt and a Julian Huff's short return for a touchdown.
That play early in the second quarter put Bolingbrook's football team on the board, broke a scoreless tie and opened the floodgates in a 48-12 Raider win over Bloom in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs Saturday night.
Bolingbrook (10-0) will host Marist in a second round game Friday night at either 6 p.m. or 7 p.m., according to head coach John Ivlow.
Huff's touchdown started a defensive onslaught that helped the Raiders quickly turn a tight game into a blowout.
C.J. Clark recovered a fumble on Bloom's next possession, but Bolingbrook's offense then turned it over on downs. On the Blazing Trojans' next possesion, Huff forced a fumble that Armani McNulty recovered at the 1-yard line, which led to Quincy Woods' touchdown on the next play. The ensuing Bloom drive was cut short on Parrker Westphal's interception, and on the next play Jaden Huff weaved his way for a 27-yard score.
Clark forced a fumble that Max Pleasant recovered, setting up Woods' 18-yard screen pass to Jaden Huff for a touchdown. Woods had another 1-yard plunge after a Julian Huff sack stalled a Bloom drive, and as time expired on the first half Dariel Greer connected with Mike Valentine for a 33-yard touchdown that made it 42-0 at the half.
As if Bolingbrook's defensive prowess was already cemented, Jacob Huff blocked a punt and Joshua Collins scooped and scored from 5 yards out early in the third quarter to make it a 48-0 game.
Jaden Huff rushed for 53 yards, Woods had 44 on the ground, John Hall ran for 31 yards and Valentine tallied 11 rushing yards. Woods was 2-for-2 in the passing game for 20 yards and a score while Greer was 2-for-5 for 45 yards and a touchdown.