The Cary-Grove Trojans came into Saturday’s Illinois Class 6A playoff game with an undefeated record and visions of a state championship run like the team had three years ago.
The top seed can continue those dreams after a 41-7 smashing of the 16th-seeded Rockford Auburn Knights. C-G will face No. 8 seed Chicago St. Patrick at home next weekend in the second round of the playoffs. The Trojans (10-0) had trouble holding on the football early in the game while the Knights (5-5) finished the game with five trips inside the Cary 20 with just one touchdown to show for it. Kyle Norberg scored four touchdowns to lead Cary while rushing for 214 yards including an 86-yard run that began a running clock midway through the third quarter.
Norberg opened the scoring with a 13-yard run late in the first quarter to give Cary a 7-0 lead after one quarter. Norberg added a 56-yard run just 14 seconds into the second quarter and scored on a two-yard run with under a minute to go in the first half as the Trojans had a 28-0 advantage at halftime. Ryan Mahoney took the second half kickoff back 95 yards to add to a one-yard touchdown he scored in the first half while Norberg’s long run was the only offensive play C-G had in the third quarter. Quan Herron threw a touchdown pass to Devone Manns in the fourth quarter for the lone score for Auburn on the afternoon.
The Trojans are going to be a hard team to beat during this year’s playoffs and Saturday’s game just hammered home that point.