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Football: Waubonsie Valley slips past Naperville North in second half

Waubonsie's JFizer runs for touchdown late third quarter against Naperville North.  | Mike Mantucc/ For Sun-Times Media

Waubonsie's Jon Fizer runs in for a touchdown late in the third quarter against Naperville North. | Mike Mantucca / For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 4, 2013 6:47AM



THE SKINNY

In Waubonsie Valley’s 31-20 victory over Naperville North that opened the Class 8A playoffs, the teams were tied 7-7 at halftime. But the third quarter ultimately decided the game. The Warriors did nothing with their first possession of the second half, but scored three touchdowns and booted a field goal on their next four. The Huskies were held scoreless on their first four possessions of the second half, one which ended with a fumble.

TURNING POINT

After stopping the Huskies a yard short of a first down midway through the third quarter, Waubonsie Valley responded with knockout punch as Jon Fizer exploded for a 71-yard touchdown run a mere two plays later to give the Warriors a 24-7 lead.

THE STAR

Fizer rushed for three touchdowns and finished with 218 yards on 22 carries.

BY THE NUMBERS

The Warriors won the turnover battle 3-1 and averaged 6.25 yards per carry, rushing for 319 yards as a team and throwing for just 60. DeSean Brown (140 rushing yards, 56 receiving yards) did everything he could to keep the Huskies close in the losing effort.

QUOTABLE

“I forgot about those guys, I mean, we’ve got the best offensive line in the state,” – Fizer.



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