'Buzzsaw': Sacred Heart-Griffin football goes wild in win over Breese Central

Ryan Mahan
State Journal-Register

There wasn’t much on film Sacred Heart-Griffin will need to clean up after Saturday’s 55-14 Class 4A football quarterfinal win over Breese Central at Ken Leonard Field.  

SHG junior quarterback Ty Lott was 15-of-16 for 296 yards and four touchdowns as the Cyclones (11-1) moved to the semifinals against Rochester. They will return to Rocket Booster Stadium at 6 p.m. on Friday after falling at Rochester 45-41 in Week 3.

“The (offensive) line was blocking like they always do, the receivers were just catching it and we just kept getting the ball down the field,” Lott said.  

Sacred Heart-Griffin quarterback Ty Lott (16) drops back for a pass against Glenwood in the first half at Glenwood High School in Chatham, Ill., Friday, October 22, 2021. [Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register]

Breese Central couldn’t get much going. With the opening kickoff reception, the No. 2-seeded Cougars (10-2) tried a reverse but the No. 3 Cyclones sniffed it out at the 20-yard line.  

Following Central’s punt, SHG needed six plays and 1 minute, 35 seconds to traverse the 60 necessary yards — capped by Brett Puckel’s 3-yard run — to the end zone for a 6-0 lead.  

Once again, the Cougars’ kickoff handoff didn’t fool the Cyclones and they started their second drive at their own 10.  

“Boy (kicker Mason Grove) really had an explosive day today,” SHG coach Ken Leonard said. “Our kickoff team had some great coverage, and we pinned them deep. Our coaches had them all ready. We saw (Breese Central’s reverse), they run a lot of trick plays and they did a great job; (Breese Central) is a very well-coached football team.”  

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Central’s drive went exactly 3 yards before the Cougars were forced to punt. SHG then scored on a three-play, 47-yard drive for a 13-0 lead. SHG’s Bill Sanders scored on a 9-yard run. 

Sanders had to be taken off the field on a stretcher late in the first half after a hard tackle.  

The Cyclones’ offense finished with 470 yards — 324 in the air and 146 rushing.  

SHG turned on the running clock for the entirety of the second half when Lott found KeShon Singleton for a 36-yard touchdown with 43.3 seconds left in the second quarter for a 48-7 lead.  

“We pride ourselves on everything we do throughout the game and we just did everything we needed to do,” Singleton said.  

Singleton had five catches for 90 yards and two TDs.  

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Breese Central coach Brian Short said he hopes to turn the Cougars’ program into one which mirrors SHG one day. 

“Absolute buzzsaw and just a great program,” Short said of SHG. “Our guys got a real close-up look to where we wanted to be one day. The more we knock on this door, the better we’ll be seeing these guys.” 

With the running clock, SHG ate up all 12 minutes of the third quarter, then scored seven seconds into the fourth.

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