This weekend was a terrible weekend to miss high school football in Illinois. Chris James, Notre Dame running back, had an amazing game Friday, but Lake Forest always had an answer.
Notre Dame didn’t know what to do against Lake Forest’s Trent Williams’ blitzes.
James rushed for 173 yards, but Notre Dame could not overcome Williams’ six sacks. Lake Forest moved on to the state semifinals for the first time since 1978 with a 31-19 victory over Notre Dame.
Andrew Clifford, Lake Forest quarterback, threw a pair of second quarter touchdown passes to Nicholas Giordano for the Scouts, who take on the victor of the Crystal Lake Central and Cary-Grove game next weekend.
“It wasn’t really that I was getting a free release…The defensive backs were giving me time to get to the quarterback and he had nowhere to throw the ball,” says Williams.
Williams felt great about their game against Notre Dame and is excited to be one game away from the championship.
Williams was part of the Lake Forest’s first touchdown. He forced a fumble and recovered it on his first sack. He continued his damage in the second half, dominating the game defensively.
Williams had sacks that helped destroy Notre Dame’s first four second-half possessions, but the Dons finally managed to control him on an 82-yard drive that cut the Scouts’ lead to 24-19 with a couple minutes left.
Clifford burned the Dons of their timeouts before Stephen Cirame put the game away with a 56-yard touchdown run.