Sunday, Apr 20, 2014
Chester's Magical Season Ends
CHESTER -- After recording the first perfect regular season in school history, the Chester Yellow Jackets didn't think it was much of a reward when they drew Belleville Althoff in the first round of the 2A playoffs.
Most people didn't give the Black Diamond champs much of a chance, and that was easy to understand.
After all, the Crusaders call the South 7 home and play mainly 5A and 6A competition. They only found themselves in 2A due an IHSA rule that allowed them to ditch the multiplier put on non-boundaried schools.
Yet, halfway through the third quarter, when Jake Cowan hit Brad Asselmeier for a 52 yard touchdown, the Yellow Jackets had an unthinkable 17-14 lead on mighty Althoff.
David was taking down the giant--again.
This time though, the giant got up. Althoff scored three unanswered touchdowns fueled by a pair of scintillating interceptions from senior linebacker Erik Furmanek.
Chester continued to swing, but the giant had too much and wound up winning 42-24.
The Yellow Jackets' story book season ended at 9-1.
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