Bolingbrook High School's football team coming into Saturday had a record of 3-1 needing only two wins to clinch a playoff berth. On Saturday, September 25, the Raiders traveled to Joliet West High School (Joliet, IL) to take on the Tigers and 2012 recruit, wide receiver Danny Dorsey.
The Raiders were led out by sophomore quarterback Aaron Bailey, a 2013 recruit who has already heard from the likes of Ohio State. The game was in Bailey's hands until his feet caused some damage. Near the end of the first quarter, Bailey took off on a quarterback scramble, but as he was pushed out of bounds, Bailey appeared to hurt his ankle.
He came up limping, and the call was made to bring in Devante "D.J." Pruitt (featured in Devante Pruitt Uses Passion To Shine In Clutch), who normally is a wide receiver/return specialist. He wasn't even the true back-up heading into the game, but with an injury to the normal back-up, Pruitt found himself with plenty of pressure.
With skilled players on both sides of the ball for Bolingbrook, Pruitt didn't have to worry about bursting like a bad pipe. Senior running back Malik Snapp carried the ball 11 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Before leaving with the injury to his right ankle, Bailey had scored on a 63-yard run.
Pruitt, like all great players, didn't step in for Bailey, he stepped up for Bolingbrook. Rushing for 105 yards off 14 carries and one touchdown off a 45-yard run was only half the work, as he found senior wide receiver Daniel Fisher for a 65-yard touchdown pass.
Behind any explosive offense like Bolingbrook had today is a great defense. Highlighted was the whole defensive back group who got a speech right before halftime by the coaching staff, then came out and put on a show led by Diandre Rhodes, who had two interceptions, a forced fumble, and a separate fumble recovery.
Safety Jibril Armstead nearly came up with an interception until a collision with a teammate popped the ball in the air and Joliet West's Danny Dorsey made an incredible one-handed catch in the end zone. The defensive line was also a force, led by junior Greg Gordon who had five tackles, including one for a loss, and two sacks.
Despite the upsetting loss, Danny Dorsey shined with five catches, 124 yards, and two touchdowns for the home team, Joliet West. When all was said and done, Bailey and the entire Bolingbrook High School team viewed this as a bitter, but very sweet victory.
Losing your starting quarterback for at least a week (Pruitt will get the start) isn't easy. The playmakers on both offense and defense came to play, and look to do so with a playoff berth worth clinching if the Raiders win next week.