After losing its first game of the year, the Lincoln-Way North Football team rebounded in a big way against Bradley-Bourbonnais Friday, Oct. 18, winning 42-21.
The Phoenix were able to get back on track through a series of big plays.
After failing to convert on a fourth-and-1 deep in Bradley territory, North needed to find a way to create some separation. Junior outside linebacker Jake Abramowicz intercepted a pass for a 19-yard touchdown with nine minutes and two seconds remaining in the game.
Abramowicz had two interceptions in the game.
"Not only were they big but it stopped them from scoring," North coach George Czart said. "But we actually got some points out of the one, and then obviously we get the ball back with great field position, so it was huge.
"We've been waiting for that kind of play from those kids all year, and it's good to see were starting to get it right now as we enter toward playoff time."
Senior running back Julian Hylton continued his offensive onslaught in Week 8. On the second play of North's first possession, Hylton ripped off a 70-yard touchdown run, giving the Phoenix an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
"It's like the same thing," Czart said. "You see something like that [every] week. When he gets the good blocks, we try and get him to that second level, and you see what he's done with it. He makes people miss, he outruns them and he stiff-arms them. He's got a lot in his repertoire."
Hylton finished the night with 259 yards rushing. In addition to his 70-yard touchdown, he also had two scores for 47 and 42 yards respectively.
Hylton credited his offensive line for his performance.
"I looked great, because they block great," he said. "Those guys deserve a big shout-out, because they played hard to make me look good, and I thank them for that."
North also recovered a fumble for a 49-yard touchdown to make it 14-7 North in the first half.
Czart said the game plan in Week 8 was to spread the ball around.
"We know most people are going to look to stop Julian, so we've got to start developing other players and get other plays going so people just can't stop Julian's power run," he said.
The Phoenix (7-1) finish up the regular season Friday, Oct. 25, at Thornwood.
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