North Chicago wins seventh game of season
By Bryan Bonato Special to The News-Sun October 12, 2012 11:10PM
Updated: October 12, 2012 11:41PM
Arnold Shead carried 18 times for 314 yards and 4 touchdowns, caught 2 passes for 73 yards, and intercepted a pass to almost singlehandedly carry host North Chicago to 38-15 victory over winless Mundelein on Friday in a nonconference football game.
The Warhawks will take a 7-1 overall record and 4-1 division mark to Lake Villa next Friday where they will take on North Suburban Conference Prairie Division superpower Lakes (7-1) in a battle for the division title.
But if the Warhawks don’t want to get 40-pointed by the Eagles next week, they’ll have to play much better than they did against Mundelein.
In the first half alone, North Chicago turned the ball over twice and committed 11 penalties. Shead was the only player displaying an “A” game as the Warhawks built a 21-9 lead at intermission. The two opposing QBs combined for 4-of-19 passing in the first half and there were 16 total penalties accepted by both teams.
Shead, however, was a rock. In the first half, he scored on runs of 81, 1 and 64 yards as the Warhawks led 21-9 at the break. In the second half, Mays scored on a 49-yard run after Mundelein pulled within 28-15 late.
“We knew we could run on the them. Arnold is a great runner, and when you have a great runner against a defense like that, this is what’s going to happen,” said North Chicago coach Glen Kozlowski.
Shead added that “my grandma, my cousin and my mom said I had to make up for not scoring in our last two games. I just went out there with the mindset that I had to do what I can do.”
Other than Shead, the numbers weren’t pretty for North Chicago.
There were three lost fumbles and 19 penalties on the Warhawks. QB JaVairius Amos-Mays completed 4-of-11 for 93 yards, including a nine-yard TD pass to Jarrod Coleman.
Mundelein was led by Josh Aranda, who carried 32 times for 206 yards and scored both his team’s touchdowns. He also kicked a 25-yard field goal.
Mundelein QB Gavin Graves, a freshman, struggled, completing 4-of-21 passes for 56 yards with two picks.
“We wanted to get everybody in the game (on Senior Night),” said Shead. “We had some guys with jitters that they had to work out. We just have to work on getting better. I think the positive was everybody was eager and into the game and ready to win.”