The Final Score: Deerfield 14, Zion Benton 12
Warriors’ Star Performer: Jake Balder was all over the field making stops on defense, scoring Deerfield’s first touchdown and driving for a first down in the closing minutes in a play that secured the victory, according to Coach Steve Winiecki. .
Other Notable Warrior Performances: Alex Williams broke loose for a 54-yard run and Deerfield’s second touchdown. Mason Lundberg grabbed an interception when a ZeeBee pass popped up in the air to end a Zion drive. Quarterback Matt Kollada guided the team’s option offense, ran for needed yards and completed three passes when he had to for 50 yards.
Who’s Next: The Warriors entertain St. Viator at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Bottom Line: The defense, starting 11 seniors, kept the Warriors in the game all night with key stops and a bend not break performance, according to Winiecki. The team made key plays when it needed them and Winiecki expects a better performance next week. “A team makes its biggest improvement between the first and second game,” he said.