Football falls to Hersey in first conference game


By Wyatt Dojutrek, associate online editor-in-chief
It was a night to remember on all sides of the ball for Hersey varsity football team in their 55-29 victory over Prospect on Friday night.
The Huskies got off to a fast start on offense, scoring on a 48-yard run from Jordan Hansen.
Two drives later, Hansen found paydirt for the second time of the night, this time on a 22-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0 with 1:55 left in the first quarter.
Hansen finished the night with 94 rushing yards as well as three touchdown runs.
After senior Tony Santangelo 23-yard field goal gave the Knights what seemed like momentum heading into the half, Hersey took it right back on a 93 yard kickoff return from Vince Carso to make it 27-10.
Hersey quarterback Ryan Justice continued his streak of games in which he threw multiple touchdown throws, tossing two of them while completing 12-19 of his passes for 189 yards.
Senior Michael Shafis continued his touchdown streak as well, rushing for a 7-yard touchdown.
Sophomore Gary Moeller continued his streak as well, picking off Justice in the back of the end zone to end the first half.
Another Prospect sophomore, Luke Zardzin, had the majority of carries for Prospect’s running backs, running 12 times for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
Even with the outcome, head coach Dan DeBoeuf is still proud of the way his players put all of their effort on the line.
“I thought our kids played hard,” DeBoeuf said. “We have to obviously clean some things up, and stop those big momentum swings, because it was almost a ten point game at half and then they scored right away too.”
The Knights now begin a two game road trip starting next week against the undefeated Rolling Meadows Mustangs.

Following the Mustangs will be a trip to Grant Blaney Stadium to take on the Buffalo Grove Bison.
DeBoeuf believes that this game could serve as a learning experience down the road for this team.
“I hope so,” DeBoeuf said. “We’ll try to learn this and move from there.”