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Prospect Rolls Niles West in Homecoming Game

Luke Zardzin gets tackled to end his first run of the night, a 22-yard rush to put the Knights in the redzone. In total, Zardzin carried the ball five times, tallied 75 yards on the ground, had one rushing touchdown, and one receiving touchdown.

Matt Meyer celebrates his first touchdown of the night, just 43 seconds into the first quarter. He caught a 20-yard pass from Gary Moeller. Three minutes later, Meyer scored his second touchdown of the night, a 34-yard touchdown pass from Moeller, and gave Prospect a 14-0 lead.

Brian Doherty hauls in his first catch of the night, which set up a 16-yard touchdown pass to Zardzin on the next play to give Prospect a 21-0 lead. Doherty finished with three catches for 66 yards and one rushing touchdown.

Adam Mekky (7) and Jack Friedrichs (9) apply pressure to Niles West quarterback Jack Leons. The Knight defense forced multiple three and outs, had three fumble recoveries and added an interception by Ryan Traviola. Friedrichs picked up his fumble recovery in the second quarter and took it for a touchdown, giving Prospect a 42-0 lead.

"The U" came out in full force and were rewarded with a 35-0 lead at the end of the first quarter after touchdowns by Noax Marx and Zardzin extended Prospect's lead. This is the first time any student currently attending Prospect has seen the team start 3-0.

"Hats off to The U. It's fricken awesome when we come out here and there's not an open seat," Head Coach Dan Deboeuf said.

A number of younger Knights saw action in the game, including sophomore quarterback Charlie Carrol, who can be seen above warming up. He finished 5 of 7 with 42 passing yards. Deboeuf was pleased to see younger players get experience.

"We're all one team so it's good for them to get out here and do that," Deboeuf said.

After a defensive battle in the second half, the final score was Prospect (3-0) 51 to Niles West (0-3) 0. Prospect travels to Highland Park next week as they look to improve to 4-0.

Created by Rick Lytle. Photos by Mara Nicolaie and Abby McKenna.