Neuqua Valley Beats Bolingbrook

By Eric Domingo

Neuqua Valley (IL) had a fantastic game against Bolingbrook (IL) yesterday, winning 44-33.

No. 11 Neuqua Valley scored two huge touchdowns in the last couple of minutes to seal the game against the defending 8A champions.

Bolingbrook was hoping to get a spark from their returning quarterback Aaron Bailey, but it wasn’t enough to stop Neuqua Valley.

Nequa Valley’s Joey Rhattigan had a fantastic game, rushing for 344 yards and five touchdowns.

Neuqua Valley, who is undefeated this season, was eliminated by Bolingbrook in the first round last season. They will play the Waubonsie Valley-Oak Park winner in the first quarterfinal appearance in program history.

“It was the biggest win in school history…One, we’ve never been to the quarterfinals before. And two, it was against Bolingbrook and they’re the defending champs,” says Rhattigan.

Neuqua Valley and Bolingbrook were traded leads all night. Bolingbrook had their chances with good field position, after Rhattigan made the game 36-33.

Bailey had a great second half, but he couldn’t make the big plays down the stretch.

Neuqua Valley’s Dennis Thurow intercepted Bailey’s pass on a huge play and Rhattigan broke loose on a 54-yard run for his second touchdown in 1:08 and fifth of the game.

The Illinois commit Bailey had 2:06 left in the game, but the star quarterback just ran out of luck.

“I’m glad I came back…I love this high school. I had four great years here. We were hoping to win another state championship, but it wasn’t God’s will,” says Bailey.

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