LENA, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — The Aquin Bulldogs had won 11 straight games this season, until they met up with Lena-Winslow in the Class 1A quarterfinals Saturday. Then, like everyone else on Le-Win’s schedule, the Bulldogs found out exactly how talented the Panthers are this year.
Lena-Winslow thumped Aquin 55-20. Two late touchdowns by Aquin against Le-Win’s backups made the score more respectable than it that it was.
Le-Win bolted out to a 44-7 lead in the first half. The Panther’s got touchdown runs of one yard and 39 yards by Sean Ormiston. Isaiah Bruce ripped off touchdown runs of 10 yard and 39 yards in the mud. And Luke Benson connected with Kade Chrisman for touchdown passes of 21 yards and 41 yards. Le-Win’s other touchdown was on a 76 yard run by Marey Roby.
“We just come out like we always do. We came out fast and strong and we don’t overlook anybody. We treated them just like any other game,” said Le-Win lineman Ethan Gift who recovered an early Aquin fumble.
“Congrats to Aquin,” said Bruce. “They had a hell of a season, but our thing is to shutdown the run so we make them one-dimensional. We tried too and they ran on us pretty well so we were just trying to make them one-dimensional…throw it, throw it.”
“I thought our kids really came out and took charge,” said Le-Win coach Ric Arand. “That’s kind of what we’ve challenged them to do in the three playoff games that we’ve played thus far.”
Ormiston finished the game with 157 yard rushing on 22 carries to go with his two touchdowns. Bruce rushed for 65 yards on only four carries. Roby rushed for 112 yards on 5 carries.
The Panthers had 338 yards rushing to Aquin’s 109 yards on the ground. Aquin quarterback William Gustafson had three touchdown runs.
Le-Win advances to the 1A semifinals next Saturday to face Kewanee-Annawan Wethersfield.