North Chicago Friday, 9/14/12 North Chicago's Calab Washington (3) returns a kickoff during the first quarter of Friday evening's game against Antioch. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 16, 2012 6:06AM
North Chicago’s defensive unit scored two touchdowns and set up a third, as the host Warhawks shocked Antioch 35-7 on Friday in a key North Suburban Conference Prairie Division football game.
North Chicago (4-0 overall, 2-0 in the division) plays a danger game next Saturday at Wauconda, which is where North Chicago coach Glen Kozlowski was at before taking the Warhawk job.
Antioch is 2-2 overall and hosts Lakes in a rivalry game next week.
Down 7-0 after barely two minutes of action, the Warhawks scored the next 35 points.
Included in the outburst was a 66-yard fumble return by Tazari Bryant that made it 7-7 and a 57-yard pick-6 by Arnold Shead that made it 27-7.
In between, a fumble recovery by Jamal Dixon set up a four-yard TD run by Shead, and QB Javairius Amos-Mays scored from a yard out to cap a 68-yard, 13-play drive with the second-half kickoff.
Following Amos-Mays’ TD, North Chicago scored on a safety (Antioch snapped the ball out of the end zone on a punt) and on a 10-yard run by Shead, one of the best two-way players in the county.
Shead finished with 20 carries for 112 yards and 2 TDs on offense. On defense, had had two picks, including one returned for a score.
Amos-Mays was 4-of-14 passing for 75 yards with a pick. He rushed four times for 23 yards and a TD.
North Chicago’s defense allowed Antioch just 26 yards of total offense in the second half.
“This is the game we wanted to win to show that we’re for real,” said Shead. “Every day, we’re working hard. If feels really good. It feels like we’ve gotten over the hump.”
After the game, the players celebrated on the track with the huge turnout of Warhawk fans, and Kozlowski said it doesn’t get much better than that.
“The kids believe they can win every game. That’s the big difference,” the coach said. “Our defense was great. Every week, we’re becoming more and more disciplined.”
For the game, Antioch turned the ball over four times. Austin Klotter rushed for 102 yards in defeat.
The game started out as though Antioch was going to blow North Chicago off the field and into basketball season.
The Sequoits took the opening kickoff and marched to a fourth-and-2 at midfield. Shunning the punt, Antioch gave the ball to star running back Austin Klotter, and he took it to the house for a 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Antioch was driving deep into North Chicago territory when a fumble was scooped up by Bryant, who raced 66 yards to tie the game at 7-7. Then, with 1:20 left in the half, Shead’s four-yard TD run made it 13-7. The key play in the short drive was a 17-yard pass from Amos-Mays to Jamero Shelton on fourth-and-10 at the Antioch 24. Dixon’s fumble recovery set it up.