Lake Park finishes off East Aurora’s season
By Tom Strong For Sun-Times Media October 20, 2012 12:56AM
Updated: October 20, 2012 12:56AM
With the postseason out of the picture for both schools, Lake Park and East Aurora played for pride at swampy Roy E. Davis Field in Aurora on Friday.
When the mud settled, the Lancers had subdued the Tomcats by a score of 42-8.
Lake Park (4-5, 3-3 UEC Valley) scored quickly on a six-play, 75-yard drive, and finished it on a 16-yard strike from Zack Gehant to Scott Filip. Late in the first period, Curtwan Evans (four carries, 87 yards) burst up the middle and sprinted 60 yards through defenders for a 14-0 Lancers lead.
In the second quarter, Kevin Teglia (five receptions, 148 yards, two scores) became an addition to the Lake Park record book by catching two touchdowns from Gehant, the first a 68-yarder, and later another of 24 yards. He finished the season with 52 receptions, 1,009 yards and 17 touchdowns.
“The first (score) was just a fade down the sideline, and the second one was a bubble screen,” said Teglia. “Guys made two great blocks and I had one guy to beat. It was great to get the record, and I’m emotional right now. The ‘O’ linemen all year were giving Zack the time, and it’s for both of us.”
Other key plays in the second were made by the Lancers’ Reggie Ollie (fumble recovery) and the Tomcats’ Jorge Cabrera (interception). Lake Park had a 28-0 lead at the half.
Peter Iwanicki picked off a Victor Garcia pass and returned it 28 yards for a Lancers defensive score as the second half began. After an errant punt snap and subsequent fumble by the Cats, Zach Thomson scored on a 2-yard run as Lake Park pulled away.
East (0-9, 0-6) then responded with an impressive 80-yard, 11-play touchdown drive — possibly its best of the year. Marcus Massey (30 carries, 173 yards) was strong and carried the ball all 11 times, finishing it with a 4-yard scamper. He also added the two-point conversion. In the fourth quarter, he exploded on another 49-yard dash, but the Tomcat’s losing streak stretched to 39.
“It was the last game of the season, and I tried to do it for the seniors,” said Massey, who will return next year. “I couldn’t have done it without the linemen.”
Tomcats coaches, looking to continue the rebuilding effort next year, also recognized senior lineman Federico Diaz.
“This was a successful season for us,” said Diaz. “There were victories for us — maybe not on the scoreboard. We built something that will be remembered here. I’ll remember this for the rest of my life.”