The Bulldogs knocked the air out of Sycamore fans on Friday when Chris Pesek connected with Oscar Reyes on a 69-yard touchdown pass and executed a subsequent two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter to edge the Spartans 29-26.
The final touchdown came just seconds after Sycamore had taken the lead when Maximillian Buckner found Jason Schepler for a 20-yard touchdown pass.
Riverside-Brookfield (1-1) took the early lead in a game that delayed nearly an hour due to traffic tie-ups. Pesek hit Matt Sandrik on a 5-yard TD pass late in the first quarter.
Sycamore answered in the second and tied the game at 6-6 with a 2-yard rush by Adam Crouch.
Pesek unloaded on Sandrik again in the final seconds of the first half, finding his receiver with an 11-yard TD pass. The conversion put the Bulldogs up 14-6.
The Bulldogs travel to Minooka on Friday.
LT falls at home
The Lyons Township football team lost its second straight game of the early season when Hinsdale South buried the Lions 42-18 at LT on Friday night.
The Lions struggled to contain Hinsdale’s Matt Mayberry, who tallied 295 yards on 31 carries. Things didn’t go south for LT until the second half when Hinsdale South rattled off 28 unanswered points. The Lions’ Casey McMurray burrowed in from four yards out before halftime to cut the deficit 14-12.
LT will try for its first win on the season this Friday at home when it opens up West Suburban (Silver) Conference play against Oak Park and River Forest (7:30 p.m.). The Huskies fell to Downers South 21-14 on Saturday and hold a record of 1-1.
Brasic delivers in OT victory
Riverside-Brookfield graduate Tim Brasic’s debut as Illinois’s new starting quarterback started off a sluggish affair, but ended up a triumph.
Brasic, a junior, threw two interceptions and fumbled once in the first half against Rutgers on Saturday. The former Bulldog redeemed himself by leading the Fighting Illini back from a 27-7 third quarter deficit to a 33-30 overtime victory. Brasic finished 19-for-25 for 195 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 77 yards on 18 carries.
Illinois faces San Jose State at home Saturday (1 p.m., 560-AM).
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