Dunlap football traveling upstate for playoffs

Chelsea Peck
Senior running back Matt Borkovec runs with the ball. The Eagles move on to the first round of playoffs Friday against New Lenox.

The Dunlap football team took down the Pekin Dragons Friday with a final score of 41-14.

The Friday win advances the Eagles to playoffs, where they will face off against Lincoln-Way West High School in New Lenox.

Coach Brett Cazalet said he thought the team played well.

“We threw the ball really well Friday night. Defensively, they were the first team we’ve played in a while that throws as much as they run,” he said. “Our kids did a nice job of recognizing what they were doing and defending it.”

Danny Clements and Peter Sorenson both had more than 100 yards receiving and Nick Mangieri had a total of 63 yards.

“We spread the ball out real well. We had a lot of kids touch the ball and that makes it much more efficient,” Cazalet said.

The Eagles are heading toward Joliet to play in the first round of the playoffs.

Cazalet said the team needs to be prepared for a team that runs the ball much more than they throw.

“I think our conference has prepared us as well as we can be,” he said.

“It’ll be physical. They’re the most physical team we will have seen this year. It will be a pretty big challenge for our kids.”

Cazalet said the Eagles hope to read and execute Friday.

“We’re a disciplined team. Our kids execute real well. Whatever we ask them to do they execute,” Cazalet said.

“We run and pass equally, and that’s something I’m not sure they’ve (New Lenox) seen a whole lot of.”

The game is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lincoln Way-West in New Lenox.

The high school is offering a bus for students only. A parent permission slip is required and cost is $10, which will pay for gondolas and soda for the ride home.

Admission into the game is $5.

If Dunlap wins Friday, they will move onto the second round of playoffs, where they could meet Richwoods if the Knights move onto the second round as well.