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Wheaton

Wheaton North falls in quarterfinals to Lake Zurich

Wheaton North's Dom Garza runs the ball during their home playoff game against Lake Zurich Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.
Wheaton North's Dom Garza runs the ball during their home playoff game against Lake Zurich Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.

WHEATON – Playing in a steady downpour throughout the game, Wheaton North could never get its offense on track in a 16-6 loss to Lake Zurich Saturday night in a Class 7A quarterfinal game.

The Falcons ended the 2013 campaign with a 9-3 record while the Bears advance to take on Glenbard West in the semis.

After a scoreless first quarter, Dillon Schassler put the visitors in front for good with a 32-yard touchdown run.

A 35-yard field goal shortly near the end of the second quarter increased the margin to 9-0 at halftime.

Then, on its first possession of the third quarter, QB Noah Allgood found Ben Klett for a 48-yard touchdown pass and a 16-0 advantage.

Wheaton North would slice the margin to 16-6 on a one-yard TD pass from Clayton Thorson to Jake Heggeland with 5:47 left in the third quarter but the two-point conversion failed.

The Falcons would get a couple of other opportunities to further cut into the lead but a pair of turnovers would spoil any hopes of a comeback.

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