By: Pat Disabato
Lincoln-Way East defensive end Devin O’Rourke knew the significance of stopping Homewood-Flossmoor from scoring on its first series of the second half.
At that point, the Griffins were clinging to a 14-7 lead and didn’t want the Vikings to gain the momentum that a tie game would have provided.
With O’Rourke leading the charge, East forced H-F into a three-and-out and the offense responded with two straight scores for a 29-7 SouthWest Suburban win in Flossmoor.
The victory keeps Lincoln-Way East (6-0, 4-0) atop the conference. H-F (5-1, 3-1) slips to second place.
“The defense knew it had to stop them,” O’Rourke said. “We did that and the offense came up with the score. This is the best defense I’ve played on.”
The 6-foot-6, 250-pound O’Rourke not only was a force on defense, the Northwestern recruit provided the offensive line with some firepower when he substituted in at right tackle.
O’Rourke hadn’t played on the offensive line since his freshman year. He’s more than willing to step in when needed.
“I’m used to attacking on defense,” O’Rourke said. “It’s been a little different blocking. It’s a little tiring going both ways, but it’s fun when we score and celebrate.”
Running back Ryan Scianna had much to celebrate. The 5-11, 185-pound senior rushed for 83 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
His 2-yard TD run in the second quarter extended the Griffins lead to 14-0 and his 1-yard TD in the third quarter made it 21-7.
Those TDs had a little more meaning for Scianna, whose father Randy was an all-state linebacker at H-F.
“It was a little more special,” Scianna said. “My dad used to dominate on this field. The offensive line played great.”