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Waubonsie Valley's Demario Webb breaks a tackle as he runs against Lake Park on Friday, September 14, 2012. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media
The scoreboard lights declaring his team a 49-28 winner over Lake Park notwithstanding, Paul Murphy knew what he had just witnessed was no cakewalk.
“You score 49 points and you don’t feel like the game is in control. That’s sometimes a scary feeling,” said the Waubonsie Valley coach. “But our offensive unit did a great job executing the game plan.”
With quarterback Dylan Warden deftly directing the option, the Warriors ran wild. They piled up 388 of their 479 total yards on the ground, scored on all four second-half possessions and three of five in the first half — one of those, which came with just six seconds left in the second quarter, probably shouldn’t count.
It started with senior tailback Austin Guido motoring 75 yards around left end on the third play of the game for the first of his four touchdown runs. The others covered 16, 4 and 15 yards, giving him 14 scores for the season. He ran 24 times for 213 yards and has 834 yards overall for the 4-0 Warriors who are 1-0 in the Upstate Eight Valley.
“The line (of Anthony Napolitano, Joe Rodriguez, Noah Szott, Jackson Hynes and Jon Harris) did their usual great job and the wide receiver on that side sealed it off,” said Guido. “I just ran with it.”
And when he didn’t, Warden did — for 74 yards on 11 carries. In the second half, Demario Webb, who sprang Guido with some devastating lead blocks, got in on the act, going 66 yards on three carries that included a 52-yarder.
Warden also completed five passes, all to tight end Troy Fumagalli for 94 yards and one score.
They needed them all, because Lancers’ senior quarterback Zack Gehant and his two favorite receivers — Kevin Teglia (8-123, 2 TDs) and Scott Filip (9-142, 2 TDs) — kept their team within striking distance.
Teglia caught a bomb for a 69-yard scoring play that pulled the visitors within 14-7. Philip hauled in one on a 72-yard scoring play that made it 28-14 and Lake Park was within 14 points at 35-21 and 42-28.
“I’m OK cause we won, but I’m not real pleased with our defense,” said Murphy. “Right now, we’re a yo-yo on defense, we have a good week, we have a bad week, we have a good week, we have a bad week. We gotta get on an even keel.”
Gehant finished 22 of 34 for 284 yards, but the Warrior defense stopped the Lake Park running game cold, limiting the Lancers to 28 yards on the ground.
“They have two great receivers and a third-year starting quarterback,” said Murphy. “I know the Teglia kid was hurt the first five games of the season last year and they struggled. When he came back they went on their winning streak.”
Lake Park (2-2, 1-1) withstood a lost fumble in the first half, but a snap over the punter’s head on the first drive of the third quarter set the Warriors up at the visitors 15, leading to a three-score, albeit brief, lead.