Cary-Grove puts on another offensive show to beat McHenry

McHENRY – McHenry’s 15-play, 80-yard drive put the Warriors on the scoreboard midway through the second quarter and brought some energy to the sideline.

There was one problem: The No. 1 team in The Associated Press Class 6A poll was about to get the ball back.

When Cary-Grove gets the ball lately, it scores. Often quickly.

“It’s everything we practice,” Trojans quarterback Jameson Sheehan said. “We just get the offense going. They change a front and we just execute. We have playmakers.”

The ensuing drive actually took almost 3:00, a real clock-eater by recent C-G standards, and ended in another touchdown. The Trojans added another score before the half on Toby Splitt’s 85-yard punt return and rolled on to a 56-14 victory over McHenry Friday night at McCracken Field.

C-G (4,0, 4-0 FVC) gave coach Brad Seaburg his 100th career win. Seaburg has lost only 20 games as the Trojans coach. The Trojans scored on their first seven possessions and twice had one-play drives of 60 yards, a pass reception to running back Wade Abrams and a run by Drew Magel.

For an example of how efficient C-G’s offense is, in the last two games, Magel has touched the ball seven times, has 252 yards and five touchdowns.

“Jame-O’s doing a great job of distributing the ball,” Seaburg said of Sheehan. “He threw it well when we needed him to. We got the ball on the perimeter and we have speed. Once the ball gets on the perimeter, if we can get blocks out there, we have a lot of really fast guys.”

The offensive line of Max Katsenos, Zach Petko, Nolan Sharkey, Aaron Caspary and Niko Neckopulos, along with tight ends Noah Riley and Michael Gustafsson did its usual outstanding work.

“It all starts with the O-line, up front with those hogs,” Sheehan said. “They’re the hardest workers at practice. They lead us all the way through. It’s such a brotherhood of offensive players. It’s awesome.”

Abrams finished with 60 rushing and 60 receiving yards. Fullback Nick Hissong carried seven times for 78 yards and three touchdowns.

“It’s really cool to see everyone working together, everyone doing their jobs to a point where we’re scoring touchdowns in a matter of (a few) plays,” Splitt said. “Everyone’s doing their jobs, filling in for their spots. It’s good stuff.”

Splitt’s toughest play may have been kicking the extra point after his long punt return touchdown.

“We had such great blocking on that,” Splitt said. “I couldn’t have done it without everyone doing their jobs. I had a great block from (Nick Wojcik) and had a great block from John Elef (Eleftheriou) toward the end zone. Everyone on that (punt return) team deserves as much credit as I do.”

C-G athletic director Jim Altendorf took a few minutes after the game to address the team about Seaburg’s milestone victory.

“We’ve had fantastic players and our coaching staff is second to none,” Seaburg said. “It’s really not an individual (honor), it’s more of a program and coaching staff (honor). We have a great program and a great coaching staff and great support from the school.”

C-G meets No. 7 Prairie Ridge (4-0, 4-0) at 1 p.m. next Saturday.

McHenry running back Dylan Drumheller rushed for 112 yards on 18 carries and Brody Hallin added 53 yards.

“It’s really easy to pick on the things we’ve been doing wrong, especially stopping the run,” Warriors coach Jon Niemic said. “We’ve become our own worst enemy at times. A few times we were playing behind the sticks, third-and-long, second-and-long. Against a team like Cary-Grove you can’t do that.”

Cary-Grove 56, McHenry 14

Cary-Grove 21 14 14 7 – 56

McHenry 0 7 7 0 – 14

First quarter

CG–Magel 16 run (Splitt kick), 9:24.

CG–Abrams 60 pass from Sheehan (Splitt kick), 7:09.

CG–Hissong 27 run (Splitt kick), 1:54.

Second quarter

M–Hoffman 1 run (Wirch kick), 6:28.

CG–Hissong 2 run (Splitt kick), 3:29.

CG–Splitt 85 punt return (Splitt kick), 0:48.

Third quarter

CG–Hissong 30 run (Splitt kick), 10:07.

CG–Magel 60 run (Splitt kick), 4:42.

M–Caruso 5 run (Wirch kick), 1:33.

Fourth quarter

CG–Schuppe 4 run (Miles kick), 9:44.


RUSHING–Cary-Grove: Magel 4-93, Hissong 7-78, Abrams 5-71, Sheehan 4-28, Rocen 5-18, Schuppe 4-6, Team 2-minus 2. Totals: 30-292. McHenry: Drumheller 18-112, Hallin 9-53, Caruso 1-5, Hoffman 4-2, Cermak 2-minus 2. Totals: 34-164.

PASSING–Cary-Grove: Sheehan 2-3-0-71, Henriques 1-2-0-20. McHenry: Hoffman 10-21-0-72, Caruso 1-2-1-6.

RECEIVING–Cary-Grove: Abrams 1-60, Schuppe 1-20, Riley 1-11. McHenry: Crowley 6-50, Maness 3-14, Kaempf 1-8, Cole 1-6.

TOTAL TEAM YARDS–Cary-Grove 383, McHenry 242.

Joe Stevenson

Joe Stevenson

I have worked at the Northwest Herald since January of 1989, covering everything from high school to professional sports. I mainly cover high school sports now.