Prairie Ridge holds off St. Ignatius in Class 6A semifinal thriller – Shaw Local

CRYSTAL LAKE – Prairie Ridge confirmed that it may be simply as resourceful as it’s prolific to win a sport.

The Wolves, save one 49-yard Tyler Vasey landing run, have been held in verify by St. Ignatius for an excellent portion of Saturday’s Class 6A semifinal sport.

no 2-seeded Prairie Ridge, which prefers to do its enterprise with its triple-option operating assault, was saved by two late fourth-down go performs – one for a landing, one for a vital go interference penalty. The second of these arrange Brogan Amherdt’s first subject aim of his profession to safe a 21-19 victory over the No. 4 Wolfpack.

Prairie Ridge (12-1) will meet East St. Louis (11-2) at 1 pm Saturday at Illinois’ Memorial Stadium for the championship. Those two groups performed for the title in 2019.

“It’s a type of belongings you by no means know,” Wolves coach Chris Schremp stated. “You follow issues all yr and all summer season. You inform the children, ‘Be prepared for this or that,’ and right this moment was the day they needed to be prepared for this or that, as a result of that was a tricky workforce.

“Ignatius got here out and have been a bodily soccer workforce. It was robust sledding right this moment. I’m actually happy with our youngsters and the way they hung with it.”

The lead modified arms 4 occasions in the ultimate 5:00. Twice in that span, Wolves quarterback Tyler Vasey arrange scoring drives with kickoff returns of 45 and 41 yards.

Vasey carried 39 occasions for 171 yards, greater than 200 under what he averaged in the three earlier playoff video games. The Wolfpack’s robust protection and the slick frozen floor on Prairie Ridge’s subject made operating tough.

“Just relentless pursuit,” St. Ignatius operating back-linebacker Vinny Ruggai stated of slowing Vasey. “Eleven to the ball on each play. It begins in follow. We have an excellent sophomore who gave us an excellent look all week. I really feel like we held him to the least he had. He’s an excellent soccer participant.”

St. Ignatius grabbed a 13-12 lead with 5:00 remaining on Ruggai’s 8-yard landing run.

The Wolves confronted fourth-and-2 on the Wolfpack 22 and Vasey rolled proper and fired a scoring go to Drake Tomasiewicz with 2:45 to go.

“I checked out my first look and he wasn’t open,” stated Vasey. “I did not see Drake till the final second and he is sort of been my No. 1 all yr and I used to be like, ‘There you go, go get it,’ and he went and acquired it. I’m so comfortable.”

The Wolfpack scored in three performs with Ruggai operating it in from 34 yards out, however the two-point conversion run was stopped, leaving St. Ignatius with a 19-18 lead.

It seemed bleak for the Wolves when Vasey was sacked on third down for a 7-yard loss, leaving them with fourth-and-17 from the Wolfpack’s 35. Tomasiewicz ran an analogous path to the scoring play and got here again to the ball, drawing a go interference name that made it fourth-and-2 on the 20.

Vasey ran for 8 yards and Prairie Ridge referred to as timeout with 9.7 to go to arrange Amherdt’s game-winner.

“I noticed the ball coming to me and (the defender) had his arms on me, so I needed to promote the PI,” Tomasiewicz stated.

St. Ignatius anticipated a pretend on the sector aim try.

“I wasn’t certain they have been going to really go for the sector aim, however he made it,” Wolfpack coach Matt Miller stated. “When we scored that final one, we seemed round and have been like, ‘Dang, we left a bit of an excessive amount of time.’ We actually felt good in regards to the final rating and simply did not make the play down the stretch.”

Amherdt, who’s a goalkeeper for the soccer workforce, kicked a ball that seemed like it could have been good from 40 yards out.

St. Ignatius tried a number of laterals on the ultimate kickoff, however was stopped earlier than midfield, sending the Wolves to the 6A championship sport for the fifth time since 2011.

“We’ve performed all of it yr,” Schremp stated. “We’ve been down a pair touchdowns and simply maintain plugging away. I had an excellent feeling nonetheless with 2:00 left as a result of we’ve Tyler Vasey, who makes some performs, and he will get an excellent return. Things simply felt good.”

The 25-degree temperature and stiff winds made it tough on each offenses. Vasey stated stable footing was onerous to search out all day.

“We thought we would have home-field benefit, they’ve by no means performed on grass earlier than and we have by no means performed on ice earlier than both,” Vasey stated. “We performed on frozen floor right this moment, it was horrible. Everything you’d do you are slipping. There was a play when my head was down for like 2 yards and I used to be like, ‘I might get smacked right here and it would not really feel good.'”

This would be the sixth consecutive season that both Prairie Ridge or Cary-Grove will characterize the Fox Valley Conference in the 6A title sport. Prairie Ridge gained in 2016 and 2017, CG gained in 2018 and 2021.

Class 6A Playoffs Semifinal

21 Prairie Ridge, St. Ignatius 19

St. Ignatius 0 0 7 12 – 19

Prairie Ridge 0 6 6 9 – 21

Second quarter

PR–Vasey 1 run (kick failed), 0:15.

Third quarter

YES-Stuart 4 go from Petrow (Besztery kick), 8:23.

PR–Vasey 49 run (run failed), 5:26.

Fourth quarter

YES–Ruggai 8 run (go failed), 5:00.

PR–Tomaziewicz 22 go from Vasey (run failed), 2:45.

YES–Ruggai 34 runs (run failed), 2:00.

PR–FG Amherdt 29, 0:06.7.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS–St. Ignaius: Ruggai 14-85, Petrow 13-61, Bloss 6-25, Connor 3-4. Totals: 37-171. Prairie Ridge: Vasey 39-171, L. Vanderwiel 5-30, Greetham 4-10. Totals: 48-211.

PASSING–St. Ignatius: Petrow 3-5-0-43. Prairie Ridge: Vasey 1-4-0-22.

RECEIVING–St. Ignatius: Carey 1-32, Connor 1-7, Stuart 1-4. Prairie Ridge: Tomasiewicz 1-22.

TOTAL TEAM YARDS–St. Ignatius 214, Prairie Ridge 233.

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