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Illinois HS Football: Andrew Clifford Leads Lake Forest Scouts To First Round Win

Andy Schmidt

Coming into Friday’s Illinois Class 6A first-round game, the Lake Forest Scouts had been using defense to win games during the regular season.

The Scouts used their great defense in the second half to score twice defensively to rally for a 42-24 win over the Rolling Meadows Mustangs. It was a dominating second half from the No. 10 seed, who outscored Rolling Meadows 35-3 in the second half. I have to admit I was quite impressed with how well the Lake Forest defense slowed down Rolling Meadows quarterback and Ball State recruit Jack Milas in the second half. Milas finished the game with 431 yards passing but had to throw 69 passes to get to that number.

The star of the game had to be Regis Durbin, who scored three touchdowns with two coming on defense. Durbin picked up a fumble for one touchdown and intercepted Milas for the deciding touchdown in the closing minutes to take out the No. 7 seed. This is going to be a tough team to beat without a doubt with their high-powered offense led by Andrew Clifford, who threw three touchdown passes and a defense that can slow down any quarterback in Illinois.

I wanted to see a lot of offense in this game and I got my wish with the two teams combining for 856 yards of offense during a game that took exactly three hours to play. That to me seems like a very, very long high school football game but considering there were 115 passes thrown in the game, I guess that sounds just about right. Lake Forest is primed to make a run in Class 6A, keep an eye open for the Scouts.