Patriots defeat Waukegan in 36-7 blowout

Stevenson won 36-7 against Waukegan on Friday despite starting quarterback Aidan O’Connell ’17 missing the game due to shoulder soreness. Backup Grayson Kubow ’18 stepped up during O’Connell’s absence, passing for over 260 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for a touchdown as well.

Waukegan’s offense struggled all night against the Stevenson defense, completing just two passes all game. Waukegan’s only score came on a 97-yard kickoff return in the first quarter by senior Jalen Bey-McKie, who did a little bit of everything this game; returning kicks, leading the offense, and covering the Patriot receivers.

The Stevenson offense had a tough time holding onto the ball, fumbling five times. Stevenson quarterbacks had four of the five fumbles, as Kubow and center John Maskalunas ’18 had trouble working together to get the snap off cleanly. Maskalunas had become accustomed to playing with the taller O’Connell and therefore had to get used to snapping the ball lower to Kubow. Luckily for Stevenson, they recovered four of those five fumbles and forced Waukegan to fumble three times, with the Patriots recovering two of the three.

Kicker Jack Worwa ’18 was used frequently, attempting seven extra points and two field goals as well as doing nine kickoffs. He made five of the seven extra points and one of the two field goals, drilling a career long 34 yard attempt. Worwa also played a bit of wide receiver, coming in with the backups towards the end of the game.

Stevenson now has a one game lead ahead of Lake Zurich in the North Suburban Conference with one game left to play.