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Lemont unleashes offense against Oak Forest

Lemont coaches and players talk during a timeout in a Sept. 12 game against TF South. The Indians unleashed an aerial attack in a 42-20 win against Oak Forest in a win on Sept. 19.
Lemont coaches and players talk during a timeout in a Sept. 12 game against TF South. The Indians unleashed an aerial attack in a 42-20 win against Oak Forest in a win on Sept. 19.

OAK FOREST – Unbeaten Lemont attacked relentlessly by air in its impressive 42-20 win Friday night against previously unbeaten Oak Forest.

Lemont’s opponents better get used to it.

Senior quarterback Ryan Dawson passed for 269 yards and six touchdowns. Duke commit Flynn Nagel tied a career high by catching four scoring passes, including one for 56 yards. Jamie Glista also caught a pair of touchdown passes.

The Indians (4-0, 2-0 South Suburban Blue) scored more than 40 points for the second time this season and are averaging 34.2 points per game, but against rival Oak Forest they really let the ball fly.

“I was probably holding back the reins a little bit because it’s something new and we’re not used to chucking it like that,” first-year Lemont coach Bret Kooi said. “Sooner or later, you’ve got to cut things and see how it goes.”

It went decisively well. Before the first quarter was over, Nagel had caught touchdown passes of 20, 12 and 6 yards from Dawson. Nagel finished the night with eight catches for 166 yards, including the 56-yard scoring pass in which he caught the ball between two Oak Forest defenders and then raced past them 30 yards for a score.

“I know every time that he is going to come down with it,” Dawson said of Nagel.

Dawson completed his first nine passes for 122 yards in the first quarter.

“It felt good. The quarterback was getting the ball in the right spot. The O-line was blocking. Everybody was doing their job,” Nagel said. “When everybody does their job in our offense, I think we’re going to be really destructive.”

Oak Forest (3-1, 1-1) cut Lemont’s lead to 28-20 on a 69-yard run by Nick Czeszewski in the third quarter, but Dawson put the game away with scoring passes to Nagel and Glista.

“The crazy thing of all is Jamie’s not even been discovered yet,” Kooi said of Glista. “He’s a pretty doggone good receiver himself. In my opinion, we’ve got a stable of three or four other guys that are pretty doggone good.”

Game breakdown

Lemont 42

Oak Forest 20

Top performers

Passing: L – Ryan Dawson 18-for-24, 269 yards, 6 TDs; OF – Zach Russell 2-for-3, 62 yards; Joe Muller 2-for-6, 29 yards

Rushing: L – Anthony Martin 8-40; OF – Nick Czeszewski 3-95, TD; JaRon Johnson 15-79

Receiving: L – Flynn Nagel 8-166, 4 TDs; Jimmy Kepouros 6-57; Jamie Glista 3-42, 2 TDs; OF – Czeszewski 2-62

Defense: L – Jimmy Brennan fumble recovery; OF – Tommy Gattuso INT

Week 5 matchup

Who: Bremen at Lemont

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 800 Porter Street, Lemont

Records: Bremen 1-3 (0-2 South Suburban Blue); Lemont 4-0 (2-0 SSB)

Outlook: Lemont notched its biggest win of the season thus far against Oak Forest. The Indians now sit atop the conference standings along with Tinley Park. After winning the South Suburban Blue a year ago, Bremen has struggled in 2014. The Braves have scored only a combined 17 points in their defeats.

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