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Football: Brickies earn share of NCC title

Updated: November 14, 2012 3:12PM



HOBART — Anthony Burgos set the tone on the first play of the game. The Hobart senior returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, the first of two touchdown returns for Burgos and the first of many scores on the night for the Brickies as they rolled to a 50-7 victory over Highland on Friday at the Brickyard.

Hobart closed out the regular season by earning a share of the Northwest Crossroads Conference championship with the win, tying with Andrean and Kankakee Valley. It’s the Brickies’ first conference title since sharing the NCC crown in 2007 with Lowell.

“It’s good for the kids,” Hobart coach Ryan Turley said. “It’s a goal to bring championships of all kinds back to the program. Now the real season begins.”

Turley was referring to a rematch with Kankakee Valley next Friday in a Class 4A Sectional 10 opener. The Kougars beat Hobart 27-21 in Week 3.

Burgos added a dazzling 67-yard punt return for a touchdown midway through the second quarter to put the Brickies ahead 33-0.

“It’s a big boost and gets the crowd going,” Burgos said. “I just had great blockers.”

At that point, Hobart (7-2, 5-1 NCC) actually had just one first down to go along with those 33 points. The Brickies’ special teams and defense did most of the work early. Defensive lineman Nicholas Bokun stepped in front of a pass and returned it 23 yards for a Hobart score, and then linebacker Jarrett Colvin forced a fumble in the end zone for a safety.

“We had some concerns with the way we started games early in the year,” Turley said. “We’ve changed some things up, and tonight we came out strong.”

La’Kice Brooks rushed for 152 yards and a touchdown for Highland (1-8, 0-6 NCC).



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