When a team scores a school-record 69 points (62 from the offense) in the playoffs no less, there’s a lot of reasons. #1 reason last week was the offensive line of Jack Cramer, Mike Schoenfeld, Mark Castrejon, Jerry Conte, Ricky Vargas, TE Ryan Walton and their Offensive Line Coach Jim McDonough. The “spread the wealth” offense was something to watch, with 602 total yards. The Bengals got it done on the ground, Tyler Usterbowski (#2) had 168 yards on 6 carries and TD runs of 69 and 21 yards, Ben Santiago (#23) ran 14 times for 111 yards and 4 TD’s, Kyle Hullinger (#5) had 8 carries for 60 yards and a TD, and QB Tom Zale had a 58 yard run called back on an illegal motion penalty. The Bengals also got it done in the air, as Zale completed 4 of 8 passes for 139 yards and 3 TD’s. One TD each went to Walton (#84) for 24yds, Usterbowski for 44yds and Hullinger for 4yds.
The defense shut down Shepard in the first half, allowing only 7 points as the Bengals led 41-7. Safety Blake Waller (#10) had an interception and multiple tackles for losses or to stop an Astros drive on 4th down. DE Tom Livingston (#10) also returned an onside kick 49 yards for a score.
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In round 3 of the playoffs, Lemont travels to Oak Forest on Saturday at 7pm.