RB Surges helps St. Charles North takes another crosstown classic over East

It wouldn't be surprising if Drew Surges offered to help clean the concession stands following Friday night's St. Charles East-St. Charles North football game.

Surges, a senior, did about everything else during the North Stars' 38-7 DuKane Conference victory over their crosstown rival at St. Charles North.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder topped the 100-yard rushing mark with 133 yards on 11 carries and 3 touchdowns, caught 5 passes for 33 yards, collected 7 tackles from his defensive back position, and blocked a field goal for the first-place North Stars (6-1, 5-0).

"That's what an all-state football player looks like," North Stars coach Rob Pomazak said of Surges. "In high school, there are few times when there's that kid who dominates. I remember growing up and watching those guys who were kind of 'Mr. Everything,' and he (Surges) is that."

Playing in front of a sellout crowd that included former North Stars standouts Tyler and Jordan Nubin (both playing at Minnesota), Surges blocked Sam Frausto's 35-yard field goal attempt on the Saints' opening possession, and 4 plays later, scored on a 55-yard touchdown run the first time he touched the ball offensively.

"It was just great blocking by the line," said Surges, who added a 1-yard TD run later in the first quarter following Caden Kowalczyk's fumble recovery at the Saints' 16-yard line to make it 14-0.

Junior Hunter Liszka's 42-yard field goal pushed the lead to 17-0, and the North Stars capped a 6-play, 68-yard drive with Ethan Plumb's 15-yard TD pass to Zach Priami with 19.9 seconds left in the first half to make it 24-0.

Plumb, who finished 17 of 20 for 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns, completed 4 of 5 passes for 69 yards on the late first-half scoring drive.

"Ethan is doing a great job," said Pomazak. He's a 15-year-old sophomore and he's stepping up. He made some great throws tonight. He's improving each week."

Surges added an 18-yard touchdown run on the opening possession of the second half, and Plumb's 10-yard TD pass to Alexander Valenzuela early in the fourth quarter sealed the deal for the North Stars, who secured a playoff berth with the win.

"It's a great feeling for the team," said Surges. "There's a lot of bright things ahead for us."

"During the COVID season, we had a great team and there were no playoffs, so that's something we wanted to get back to," said Pomazak. "This is a huge accomplishment."

The Saints (2-5, 0-5) spoiled the shutout bid when McGreevy Paul (12 of 32, 118 yards) connected with Charles Bolsoni on a 25-yard touchdown pass with 1:33 remaining.

"We talked a lot before the game about resilience and giving max effort every single play, and I really do think our guys did that tonight," said Saints coach Nolan Possley. "It was a step in the right direction when it comes from the effort standpoint of what we were looking for."

St. Charles North now awaits a pair of road games at Glenbard North and Batavia to wrap up the regular season.

"We all know what the goal is for us - conference champs," Surges said.

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