Long Shots: Lincoln Way East Moves to 9-0

Midwest Field Reporter
Posted Oct 23, 2012

FoxSports/Scout.com field reporter Beth Long was on hand as Lincoln-Way East hosted Joliet West in the final week of the regular season. She shares her observations from the match-up inside.

It was a crisp fall night, perfect for football, Friday as Joliet West traveled to Lincoln-Way East for the final game of the 2012 regular season.

The Griffins would come away with a convincing 42-0 win, to cement a 9-0 record on the season.

Several of the big players in Friday’s decisive win you can check out impressions of below.

Game Notes Frankfort, Ill., style:

It’s hard to ignore Lincoln-Way East’s offensive power.

Led by Northern Illinois commit and senior quarterback Tommy Fuessel, a legit 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, Fuessel scored touchdowns for the Griffins both on the ground and through the air.

He looked pretty mobile in the pocket and really had quite an impressive arm. But perhaps what was most striking about Fuessel was his patience in the pocket.

That wasn’t all that impressed me about Fuessel, he can punt the ball pretty dang well. He ripped off a 58-yard punt and several others close to that yardage during the game -- great hang time.

Fuessel’s favorite target was 2013 wide receiver Justin Corbett.

There were plenty of things to like about Corbett, who is listed at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds. He was a master at getting open, and always seemed to separate himself from coverage -- no matter how many people were on him. Another thing that really stood out about Corbett was the fact that he knew how to protect the ball, in one particular play he batted down an under thrown pass that was going to be an interception.

Corbett also took some reps as a running back and seemed to find holes well.

Another big player in the Lincoln-Way East offense is 2014 center Nick Allegretti, who stands 6-foot-4, 280 pounds.

What I liked more than his size was his hard nosed play on the field. There wasn’t even a slightly bad snap all night from Allegretti -- even for field goals or punts.

When Lincoln-Way East ran the ball, they ran it up the gut, right behind Allegretti. The junior lineman really just fit the mold of a tough, unafraid to get his hands dirty, and strong lineman. Allegretti held the line, gave Fuessel plenty of time in the pocket.

Perhaps the most noticeable thing about Allegretti was his sportsmanship, he was constantly helping others up after tackles. Players both on his team and Joliet West -- something I like more than any of his impressive game film.

Allegretti picked up an offer from Illinois Monday and holds an offer from Cincinnati as well.

Two other players to mention from Friday night’s game are defensive backs that played instinctively and really made a difference, seniors Jarrett Lecas and Sean Doherty.

Lecas had two, count em, two interceptions Friday. An incredibly nice one handed, off-balance scoop of grab in the second quarter, and another pick in the middle of the third quarter.

Doherty took an interception in the second quarter back for 60-yards with 5 minutes left in the game.

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