River Forest cashes in on 7 Lake Station giveaways in win
By Steve T. Gorches 314-3797 or firstname.lastname@example.org September 6, 2013 11:30PM
Lake Station Edison's Kyle Gooch bobbles the ball as he is grabbed by River Forest's Malachi Sala on Friday, September 6, 2013 at Lake Station. | Michael Gard/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 8, 2013 6:12AM
LAKE STATION — It doesn’t matter what nickname the fans of Lake Station and River Forest call their rivalry game — most of the names include the word “hillbilly” in them — but the kids on the field know each other because the communities are blocks apart.
And sometimes, they just don’t like the team on the other side of the field.
The Ingots and Eagles combined for 24 penalties — 11 of them 15-yard personal foul infractions, two of them coming on the same play against River Forest for 30 yards — in a game that was otherwise lacking drama, with the Ingots rolling to a 27-0 victory.
“It really has never been like that before,” said River Forest coach Jeff Bean, who has coached through nine of these rivalry games in seven years at River Forest (2-1, 1-0). “There was a little jawing out there tonight. We’ll have to talk to them about that.”
The Greater South Shore Conference opener for both teams also had the two teams combining for nine turnovers. And that was the difference in the game since both teams were able to move the ball. Lake Station (0-3, 0-1) made up for the Ingots’ 190 penalty yards with seven turnovers, five of them interceptions from quarterback Robert Fazekas, who may be a senior but who has very little time under center.
“He’s a very inexperienced quarterback … we know that,” Lake Station first-year coach Rich Lunsford said. “He’s only got four weeks on the job. He tries his butt off, but he’s never played the position.”
Two of the River Forest interceptions were by Luis Cordero and two more were by Brandon Laas, who is also the Ingots’ QB. Laas’ second pick was River Forest’s final touchdown, a 70-yard return as the Eagles were driving.
“The defense did well tonight,” Bean said. “It was a total team effort.”
That included junior Malachi Sala, who put together an all-around effort. He scored the Ingots’ first two touchdowns on a 7-yard TD pass from Laas, and a 21-yard TD run on a perfectly executed reverse after an Ingots timeout. He also added three long receptions of 26 yards or more on his way to 149 yards receiving.
River Forest’s third touchdown came on a 12-yard run from Jordan Powers, who also had an interception on defense.