To Mario Donaldson, there’s no mystery as to why Boylan stands atop the conference standings.
“They are so big,” said the Hononegah senior guard. “They’re much bigger than us at nearly every position.”
Except one. Boylan’s Chris Miller may have been the shortest player on the court Friday night, but he came up the biggest when it counted. The 5-foot-10 guard dominated the third quarter, scoring 14 points, including four 3-pointers, lifting the Titans to a 74-67 overtime win at home.
Give Austin Angel an open look, and it’s almost a guaranteed three. “He’s our best 3-point shooter right now,” Boylan coach Steve Goers said about his sophomore. And Jefferson gave Angel too many chances Friday, as the 6-foot-4 Boylan guard scored 20 points to lead the Titans to a 68-52 home win against the J-Hawks.
ROCKFORD — One yard from a first down. Two yards from the sideline. Seventeen yards from the end zone. Twenty seconds on the clock.
It was all there for Zack Smith after he caught a short pass in the flat. Except draped all over his ankle was a Wheaton North player who wouldn’t let go.
“It’s tough to see something that close and watch it slip away,” Smith said today after Boylan was upset 17-13 by Wheaton North in the first round of the Class 7A football playoffs. “That’s how the whole game went.”
ROCKFORD — Troy Vandenbroek’s nervousness never left him. After learning he would start his first varsity football game against Boylan, the Belvidere freshman, took the news with pride hoping that he could help the Bucs.