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Warriors spoil season finale for Comets

Published 9:45am Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Hillcrest Comets could not stop a charging Wheaton/Herman-Norcross Warrior run attack Wednesday evening as they fell 48-7 in their season finale.

The Warriors got on the board late in the first quarter as runningback Carter Thiel weaved his way through the Hillcrest defense for a 78 yard touchdown.

Wheaton would add another score in the second quarter as quarterback Jake Rinke found Gabe Pralle for a 13 yard touchdown reception.

The Comet defense remained tough throughout the first half as they went into the break down 14-0.

The second half begin much like the first ended as Wheaton found the endzone for a third time this time on a Thiel 11 yard carry.

The Comets would respond on the next drive as Theo Taylor plunged into the endzone for a 1 yard touchdown.

That was the last time Hillcrest would get on the board as the Warriors would add four more touchdowns to pick up the road victory.

The Warriors had two runningbacks in Thiel (151 yards) and Michael Persin (178 yards) with over 100 yards rushing in the game

Taylor led the Comets on the ground with 103 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown.

Defensively, Hillcrest’s Jared Kugler had a great night recording eight tackles and two sacks in the game, while teammate Vinnie Veum chipped in seven and a half tackles.

The Comets will now await seeding for the Section 6 9-man playoffs that begin Tuesday.


Wheaton/Herman-Norcorss 48, Hillcrest 7

1 2 3 4 F

WHN 6 8 14 20 — 48

HLA 0 0 7 0 — 7


1st Quarter

(WHN) Carter Thiel 78 yd run (2 point failed) 4:00

2nd Quarter

(WHN) Gabe Pralle 13 yd pass from Jake Rinke (Thiel run) 3:05

3rd Quarter

(WHN) Thiel 11 yd run (Michael Persing run) 8:00

(HLA) Theo Taylor 1 yd run (Trevor Leach kick) 5:00

(WHN) Persing 5 yd run (2 point failed) 1:00

4th Quarter

(WHN) Gus McCarthy 50 yd run ( 2 point failed) 10:00

(WHN) Mason Deal 2 yd run (2 point failed) 8:20

(WHN) Paul Berger 59 yd run (Blake Coffman run) 3:45



First Downs 13 12

Rushing Yards 462 151

Passing Yards 44 95

Comp.-Att.-Int. 2-4-0 7-23-2

Turnovers 1 4

Penalties 6-35 2-15


Rushing Leaders: (HLA) Taylor 26- 103 yds, TD; (WHN) Michael Persing 18- 178 yds, TD; Thiel 15- 151 yds, 2 TDs.


Defensive Leaders: (HLA) Jared Kugler 8 tackles, 2 sacks; Vinnie Veum 7.5 tackles

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