Deerfield High School’s football team started out with an answer for a red-hot St. Viator quarterback Friday in Arlington Heights, but it did not take long for Bobby Calmeyn to respond with force to lead his Lions over the Warriors, 41-15.
Completing 29 of his 45 passes, four for touchdowns, Calmeyn erased an early Deerfield lead and put his team in command. “He had a great game but we did some things to make it easy,” Warrior Coach Steve Winiecki said.
After St. Viator took a 7-0 lead on the first of Calmeyn’s scoring tosses four minutes into the game, Deerfield got right back into the game behind the running of Landon Hinds. Hinds ground out 46 of hi 89 yards during the Warriors initial scoring drive. He tallied the touchdown and a two-point conversion to give his team an 8-7 edge with 4:47 left in the first quarter.
After Deerfield took the lead, St. Viator put 27 unanswered point on the board. Then Ross Leviton intercepted a Calmeyn pass on his own four and returned it 17 yards to ignite a 79-yard Warrior scoring drive sparked by Ben Ethridge, Alec Frank and Alexander Williams.
Frank gained 33 of the yards on the ground while Ethridge ran for 33 and completed a 14-yard pass play to Sam Modro before Williams carried the ball into the end zone from the 14 closing the gap to 34-15 early in the fourth quarter.
Dominick Dibenedetto, the punter and a linebacker who Winiecki calls a Division One kicking prospect, punted six times averaging more than 49 yards. His longest boot was 59 yards sailing over the heads of every Lion.
Falling to 1-1 for the season after a 15-0 win over Zion-Benton August 31, Winiecki will make sure the team gets all its lessons from Friday’s game before it prepares to entertain Glenbrook South at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Adams Field. “They have 24 hours to celebrate a victory and 24 hours to mourn a loss,” he said.
Patch will have an analysis Sunday of what Winiecki feels the Warriors did well Friday and where they will concentrate to improve for the Vikings Thursday.
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