Southwestern Comes Up Short Against Nonleague Iroquois

Southwestern’s Matt Pannes is pulled down by a pair of Iroquois defenders during Friday’s nonleague game at Charles A. Lawson Field. P-J photo by Tim Frank

Trevor Barry had quite a sophomore season for Iroquois in 2021.

He seems poised to add to that football resume in a big way this year, too.

The 6-1, 215-pound running back rushed for, unofficially, 212 yards on 20 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns on runs of 40 and 65 yards to send the Chiefs to a 31-14 nonleague victory over Southwestern at Charles A. Lawson Field on Friday night.

“He’s a special player,” Iroquois head coach Robert Pitzonka said. “He’s what you look for. He puts in the work in the weight room, obviously. He’s a smart football player and he plays the game physically. We’re lucky he’s in our district, for sure.”

The Chiefs, who defeated the Trojans 22-21 in last year’s season opener, also received strong performances from freshman quarterback Justus Kleitz — the younger brother of Trey Kleitz, the now-graduated all-state quarterback — and senior tight end Nate McGoldrick.

Southwestern’s Jameson Walsh attempts to get away from an Iroquois defender during Friday’s nonleague football game at Charles A. Lawson Field. P-J photo by Tim Frank

The Trojans know all about McGoldrick.

After catching three TD passes against the Trojans a year ago, McGoldrick caught two more last night — from 8 and 26 yards — helping Iroquois to begin its season with an impressive win on the road.

Southwestern, which trailed 17-0 early in the second quarter, made the game interesting by scoring a touchdown just before halftime when quarterback Jameson Walsh connected with tight end Cameron Lemk on an 11-yard strike.

After halftime, the Trojans forced a fumble on Iroquois second offensive play. Seven plays later, Walsh found Lemk for another TD pass, this time from 4 yards. The drive was highlighted by an outstanding catch by Chris Miller — his second of two nifty grabs on the night. Neves Hoose booted the second of his two successful point-after tries and the Trojans were back in the business, trailing 17-14 with 7:27 remaining in the third quarter.

The outcome remained in doubt until late in the period when Barry, who rushed for more than 1,300 yards and scored a combined 25 touchdowns last season, broke loose for a 65-yard TD run.

“He’s a heck of an athlete,” Southwestern coach Jake Burkholder said of Barry, who is also an outstanding wrestler and lacrosse player. “He’s their guy. … He doesn’t quit. The first (defensive) guy isn’t going to take him down.”

The Chiefs closed out the scoring on a Kleitz-to-McGoldrick 26-yard pitch and catch. Josiah Arcadipane’s third point-after attempt was good, pushing Iroquois’ lead to 31-14 with under two minutes remaining.

The visitors ended the game like they started it.

A bad snap in Southwestern’s first offensive play sailed over Walsh’s head and into the end zone resulting in a safety. After the free kick, the Chiefs needed 10 plays to drive 56 yards, capped by Kleitz’s 8-yard touchdown pass to McGoldrick.

“We put ourselves in a hole and then you play catchup,” Burkholder said. “That kind of changes your approach to things, for sure. It’s part of the game. We have to avoid those little mistakes and start out on a good foot.”

NOTES: Matt Pannes led Southwestern with 86 yards rushing on 18 carries … Walsh completed 5 of 14 passes for 69 yards and two TDs and rushed for 32 yards. … Defensively, Pannes had a team-high 13 tackles, Lemk collected seven, and Griff Bogdanowicz and Mitch Pike had six apiece. … The Trojans return to action next Friday when they entertain Depew. Iroquois will travel to Lake Shore.

Iroquois 9 8 7 7 — 31

Southwestern 0 7 7 0 — 14

Iro — Safety

Iro — McGoldrick 8 pass from Kleitz (Arcadipane kick)

Iro — Barry 40 run (Barry run)

SW — Lemke 11 pass from Walsh (Hoose kick)

SW — Lemk 4 pass from Walsh (Hoose kick)

Iro — Barry 65 run (Arcadipane kick)

Iro — McGoldrick 26 pass from Kleitz (Arcadipane kick)


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