ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles North football team used a robust running game and stout defense to give first year coach Rob Pomazak his first victory in emphatic fashion, a 49-0 shellacking of Plainfield Central on Friday night.
The North Stars gained 360 yards on the ground, led by Evan Kurtz. The senior running back gained 220 yards on 17 carries and scored four touchdowns.
North defenders held the Wildcats to 119 yards of total offense. Plainfield Central (0-2) only penetrated North’s territory twice and never made it into the red zone.
“It feels good,” Pomazak said. ”I think the kids had a great game plan in place and they went out and executed it.”
The North Stars’ defense scored the game’s first touchdown less the two minutes in.
Backed up to its own 5-yard line, Plainfield Central was forced to punt. North blocked it and Carson Schmitt recovered it in the end zone.
North (1-1) broke the game open in the second quarter by scoring on three successive possessions. Kurtz put the ball in the end zone all three times on runs of 37, 4 and 3 yards.
The senior scored his final touchdown on his longest run of the night. On the second play of the third quarter, Kurtz ran 54 yards for a score.
“I don’t think we played a perfect game, but I think offensively Kurtz is a special running back,” Pomazak said. “And the defense was able to do a decent job against a good offense.”
Running backs Nicholas Edlund and John LeGare completed the scoring for the North Stars. With 1:02 left in the third quarter, Edlund scampered 22 yards for a TD. LeGare crossed the goal line on a 5-yard run late in the fourth quarter.
Edlund’s score was set up by the defense. Mitchell Riggs intercepted Wildcats quarterback Matt Gurkes’ pass at the Wildcats’ 17-yard line and returned it 60 yards before being forced out of bounds.
The win helps North move past the sting of last week’s opening loss at Elk Grove in overtime.
The North Stars travel Friday to crosstown rival St. Charles East in both teams’ first Upstate Eight Conference River game.
ST. CHARLES NORTH 49 PLAINFIELD CENTRAL 0
PLAINFIELD CENTRAL 0 0 0 0 - 0
ST. CHARLES NORTH 7 21 14 7 - 45
HOW THEY SCORED
Blocked punt recovered by Schmitt (Stutesman kick) 10:27
Kurtz 37 yard run (Stutesman kick) 7:00
Kurtz 4 yard run (Stutesman kick) 3:00
Kurtz 3 yard run (Stutesman kick) 0:54
Kurtz 54 yard run (Stutesman kick) 11:20
Edlund 22 yard run (Stutesman kick) (1:02)
LeGare 5 yard run (Stutesman kick) 3:23
RUSHING – Plainfield Central:Rios-Sterr 11-43, Smiles 1-(-3), Thigpen 9-23, Rech 4-(-9), Gurke 3-2, Total 28-56. St. Charles North: Miller 8-24, Didier 1-2, Kurtz 17-220, Hunter 1-17, Edlund 6-92, LeGare 1-5, Total 34-360.
PASSING – Plainfield Central: Gurke 4-19-0-52, St. Charles North: Miller 7-16-0-49
RECEIVING – Plainfield Central: Thigpen 2-36, Allen 1-11, Rios-Sterr. 1-5, Totals: 4-19. St. Charles North: Newbill 1-20, Johnson 1-3, Hunter 5-26, Total 7-49.
TOTAL OFFENSE – Plainfield Central , St. Charles North 409
SOPHOMORE GAME – St. Charles North 40, Plainfield Central 0