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Lincolnshire Friday 9/28/12 Stevenson's#32 Ian Burns cuts back away from Mundelein's#12 Dillon O'Donoghue. | Jerry Daliege~for Sun-Times Media
Stevenson knew it was a heavy favorite over the Mundelein football team Friday night.
After Anthony Bozin returned a punt 48 yards for a touchdown before the Patriots even ran an offensive play, the script unfolded just as expected.
Stevenson scored 27 points in a span of less than five minutes in the first quarter en route to a 40-7 victory over the undermanned Mustangs. On defense, the Patriots didn’t allow the Mustangs a first down until just under four minutes remained in the second quarter.
That’s consistent with how Stevenson (5-1, 3-0) has been dominating the North Suburban Conference this season. The Patriots have defeated all three of their NSC opponents by a combined score of 121-14.
“I was very proud of how we came out,” Stevenson coach Bill McNamara said. “Our defense played great. Our defense set the stage for how the night went.
“It was a nice team victory.”
The Patriots got their first offensive touchdown when Daniel Nowak (five carries, 54 yards) hit the right pylon with 5:17 left in the opening quarter. On the Patriots’ next possession, Bozin lined up in the left slot, took a handoff from quarterback Willie Bourbon and scored from one yard out, capping a three-play, 24-yard drive set up by a Patriots interception. That made it 19-0 Stevenson with 4:10 left in the first quarter as the Patriots missed two extra points.
On the Mustangs’ next offensive play, Nicholas Costantini intercepted a pass from Mundelein freshman quarterback Gavin Graves and scampered 22 yards for a touchdown. After Ian Burns (10 rushes, 49 yards) ran into the end zone from two yards out with 36 seconds left in the first quarter, the score was 33-0.
Stevenson pulled most of its starters before its next offensive possession.
“We’ve had a very tough schedule in the beginning. It was nice to get our bodies back and get ready for our next game,” said Bozin.
Mundelein (0-6, 0-3) scored its lone touchdown on a 23-yard pass from Graves to Luke Adams with 11:52 left in the fourth quarter.