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Marian Central started its quest for a Class 5A state championship slowly. Then quarterback Chris Streveler loosened up and he helped the Hurricanes knock the Bulldogs out.
Streveler scored three touchdowns and amassed nearly 400 yards of combined offense as the No. 12-ranked Hurricanes smashed Wauconda 42-10 in a first round state playoff game Friday night in Woodstock.
Marian Central fumbled on its second drive of the game, producing a 3-0 deficit after a Wauconda field goal.
Streveler went to work, scoring on a run to give the Hurricanes (10-0) a lead they never gave up. Up 6-3 after the Hurricanes missed an extra point, Streveler connected with Greg Walczak for a 66-yard touchdown pass.
Wauconda (5-5) did not wilt. They responded with an eight-play, 68-yard drive culminating in senior quarterback Austin Swenson’s 19-yard touchdown pass to running back David Starkey.
Streveler stole the momentum back with an electrifying 65-yard touchdown run just before halftime the Hurricanes rode to the impressive victory. Streveler ended up throwing for 196 yards and rushing for 182 yards.
He also reached more than 2,000 passing yards on the year with a first half completion.
Marian Central gashed Wauconda with its ground attack, rushing for 280 yards as running back Epihraim Lee contributed to 102 yards.
"I have to credit my blockers,” Streveler said. “We had some great downfield blocking. We put a lot of people on their backs. We go 1-0 this week. We go 1-0 next week.
“That is our goal."