Lane Indians hand Amundsen Vikings their head

Amundsen player attempts a tackle during the first quarter.

The Lane Tech Indians walked over a smaller Amundsen High School Vikings squad Friday night at Lane Stadium, handing new football Head Coach Fred Proesel his first win.

With 48 players on their bench, Lane looked like a bigger opponent to the just 30 kids on the Amundsen bench. Amundsen Head Coach Grant Jones used underclassmen to fill his bench. The lack of endurance showed as Amundsen players went down throughout the match with heat injuries.

Lane scored first in the second quarter following an 80 yard return by Frederick Williams. That set-up a scoring opportunity on the 10 yard line. It was the only successful offensive push by Lane during the game.

After the kickoff, Amundsen was penalized with false starts and illegal procedures, placing the team on the 15 yard line. A fumble was recovered by Lane on the Amundsen first down to put the team ahead 14-0.

The two teams battled in the third quarter as the momentum swung. Lane’s size eventually won the battle.

In the fourth quarter Alexander Carranza intercepted an Amundsen pass and ran it back 75 yards to the five yard line to set-up another Lane scoring drive. Lane’s defense then forced two safeties on the Amundsen squad to end the game 24-0.

Amundsen Head Coach Grant Jones said “we didn’t execute as well as we should have. I think Lane just got it done. They were the better team.”

Proesel said heat exhaustion, which mainly affected Amundsen players, is always an issue in the first game of the season. Proesel credited Lane’s defense with the win.

Listen to Coach Grant’s after game presser

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Listen to Coach Fred Proesel’s after game presser

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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

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