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Waukegan falls short in finale

Waukegan High School's Varsity team storms field ready play against New Trier High School Varsity Footaball. | Mark Ukena~For Sun-Times

Waukegan High School's Varsity team storms the field ready to play against New Trier High School Varsity Footaball. | Mark Ukena~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 21, 2012 6:06AM



Sophomore QB Melvin Bobo IV ran 59 and 70 yards for first-quarter touchdowns, and threw three TD passes, but Waukegan blunders on special teams helped New Trier on Friday, as the visitors turned out the lights on Waukegan’s season with a 35-30 victory.

The Bulldogs (2-7) brought in portable lights so they could play a night home game, but the same special-teams woes that ruined this season continued in the finale.

A botched kickoff return set up one New Trier score, a blocked punt set up another, and a fumbled kickoff set up a third.

New Trier QB Nick Hendricks threw four touchdown passes to Skyler Norris, including two in the unusual third quarter. Up 14-12, New Trier took the third-quarter kickoff and used up 6:56 of clock time in scoring.

Waukegan then fumbled away the ensuing kickoff, and the fourth TD hookup between Norris and Hendricks meant New Trier scored 14 points in eight minutes without Waukegan running a play from scrimmage.

In the fourth quarter, MB4 threw three TD passes to Jaleel Dar-Duffie but it wasn’t enough as New Trier also scored a fourth-quarter TD.



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