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Lake Zurich defeated Boylan ending their 39-game winning streak. | | Joe Cyganowski~For Sun-Times Media
In order to advance in the playoffs, Lake Zurich needed to end two streaks Saturday.
It did just that, breaking Rockford Boylan's 39-game winning streak and a two-game postseason losing skid against the Titans as the host Bears won 21-6 in a Class 7A quarterfinal.
"They kicked us out of the playoffs last year and I hated that feeling," junior quarterback Noah Allgood said. "It's great to finally [beat them]."
Lake Zurich (10-2) advanced to the semifinal round for the fourth consecutive season thanks to a typically stout defensive effort.
Rockford Boylan (11-1) came into the game averaging over 40 points per game. Saturday, the Bears held the Titans to two field goals. Rockford Boylan moved to the Bears' 6-yard line late in the third quarter, but were held to a field goal on the possession.
Complementing the Bears' defense was a big-play offense. Lake Zurich had long offensive touchdowns which balanced the clock-grinding running game of senior running back Connor Schrader (25 carries, 123 yards). The first was a 58-yard scamper by junior Sean Lynch (13 carries, 104 yards) which gave Lake Zurich a 14-3 lead with 10:20 remaining in the third quarter.
Then with just under 11:00 left in the fourth quarter, Allgood hit senior Grant Soucy on a crossing route for a 47-yard touchdown. It gave Lake Zurich a 21-6 lead and the defense held Rockford Boylan in check the rest of the way.
"It was a typical Lake Zurich effort, very team-oriented, very unselfish by all our kids," said Bears coach Dave Proffitt, who won his 100th career game as a head coach.
The Bears will travel to Glenbard West Saturday for a Class 7A semifinal clash.