Undefeated Trojans keep rolling

Another week, another win. Friday night the now 6-0 Cary-Grove Trojans routed the McHenry Warriors 63-21, scoring 49 points in the first half- a feat that this team has now accomplished twice this season.

On both sides of the ball, the blue and white absolutely dominated. On offense, the depth of this team really showed. Five different players scored at least one touchdown; Blake Skol, Ben McDonald (2), Quinn Priester (2), and Zach Perrone all lead the charge early, and many underclassmen excelled while subbed in their spots later. As was the same last week against D-C, Freshman Jameson Sheehan came in for McDonald for the fourth quarter and ran in a TD of his own.

“It’s outstanding.” Coach Brad Seaburg had to say on Sheehan and his younger players; “Those guys work as hard as anyone in practice. They deserve the time in the games.”

It was the Trojans defense, however, that particularly stood out Friday. The C-G D caused five turnovers- and that was all just in the first half. What is even more staggering is that, in total, the Trojans defense limited the warriors to only 33 yards rushing.

Of those five first half turnovers, two were interceptions that were run back for touchdowns; first by sophomore Arik Mistak, and then soon followed with one of his own by junior Dymitri Kanellakis. Two more were recovered fumbles by senior Jake DiMatteo, and the Trojans offense converted both into touchdowns.

Post-game, DiMatteo had little to say about his performance personally, but had a lot to say on his team’s effort- a common mentality among Trojans players.

“It’s just another stepping stone in the right direction for us,” DiMatteo said; “We got this game out of the way. We’re just going to keep going and get ready for next week against Jacobs.”

Around the rest of the conference; Huntley (4-2) bounced back from a two-loss streak, defeating Crystal Lake Central (1-5). Hampshire (0-6) lost to out of conference Normal West, and Dundee-Crown (3-3) pulled off the upset over the unlucky Crystal Lake South (3-3), coming back and winning 22-20 after being down 10-20 to start the fourth. C-G’s opponents for the next two weeks, Jacobs (3-3) and Prairie Ridge (5-1), played a fought one-sided battle- PR easily winning 42-2.

By this point, it’s almost certain the Trojans will make the playoffs. However, the season is far from over. These final three weeks will bring battles with Jacobs, Prairie Ridge, and out-of-conference Naperville Central.

However, as always, the Trojans are anything but worried.

“We have some great, confident players.” Coach Seaburg said; “We’re just going to keep working and put ourselves in a position to, if we win next week, win the conference.”

For the past six weeks, the Cary-Grove Trojans have been trekking historic territory, already on path to cement themselves as one of the best teams we’ve seen wear the blue and white.

The upcoming weeks will bring tough challengers, however fans shouldn’t be too worried; the number one team in 6A just keeps on rolling, and my goodness is it fun to watch.