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North Chicago's Arnold Shead (right) dives for the end zone while pulled down by Wauconda defender Kacper Kulesza (center) during their game on Saturday, September 22, 2012, in Wauconda. | Buzz Orr~Sun-Time
Halfback Arnold Shead carried 28 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns, scoring in the first half from eight yards out and in the third quarter on a two-yard plunge.
After Wauconda closed to 20-14 with seven minutes left, North Chicago recovered an onside kick and drove 51 yards in 11 plays for the clinching score. Quarterback Javairius Amos-Mays (5-for-11, 68 yards; 15 carries, 20 yards, two touchdowns) scored on fourth down from the 1 with 2:08 left.
“I don’t think anybody knows the last time we got off to this kind of start. We’re working hard. We want to stay undefeated, but more than anything, we want to make the playoffs.” — Shead
North Chicago (5-0, 3-0 North Suburban Prairie) had five turnovers, but held Wauconda (3-2, 1-2) to minus-9 yards on 25 carries as running back David Starkey sat out with a knee injury. Wauconda quarterback Austin Swenson was 10-for-24 for 102 yards and a touchdown.