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Lakes' Justin Bergeron (right) catches this pass in the end zone as he battles with Lake Forest's Alexander Moore and hangs on to score a touchdown during their football playoff game at Lake Forest. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
They say kickers must have short memories.
In the first quarter, Lake Forest’s Baylor Broughton missed a 39-yard field goal. But late in the game, Broughton got his second chance. The senior drilled a 26-yard field goal with 1:09 left in the fourth quarter to give the Scouts a 23-21 lead in their Class 6A second round playoff game.
When Lakes senior kicker Brandon Brumm missed a 43-yard kick with three seconds left, Lake Forest had won, securing its first quarterfinal playoff appearance since 1993.
“Pressure. It’s all about pressure,” Broughton said. “(Treat it) just like practice.”
Down 21-20 with 3:53 left in the game, Scouts senior lineman Tom Kutschke made a game-changing play, forcing a fumble from Lakes senior running back Darrell Clark. Junior linebacker Trent Williams recovered the fumble, which gave the ball back to Lake Forest on its own 35-yard line.
Four plays later, a 19-yard gallop by junior running back Hub Cirame (18 carries, 100 yards) got the Scouts to the Eagles’ 17-yard line and in Broughton’s range.
Three plays later, Broughton kicked the game-winner.
Lake Forest overcame three turnovers and Lakes’ big-play duo of junior quarterback T.J. Edwards (16-of-22 passing, 272 yards) and senior wide receiver Justin Bergeron (4 catches, 149 yards). Three times, the two hooked up for touchdowns, the last being a 13-yard score that gave Lakes its last lead of the game at 21-20 with 4:53 left in the third quarter.
The Scouts defeated the Eagles for the second time this season and move on to play Notre Dame — which beat Steinmetz 35-8 Friday — in the third round.
“That (last Lakes turnover) was huge. I’m happy our kids did their parts,” Lake Forest coach Chuck Spagnoli said. “This is pretty cool. This is why we are doing this.”