Zion-Benton pulls away from Mundelein in second half
The Mundelein Mustangs take on the Zion Benton Zee-Bees in Boys Varsity Football. Sawyer Schexnider, number six, leads out the Mundelein Mustangs at home. | Mark Ukena~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 15, 2012 2:03AM
MUNDELEIN — Senior running back Alex Pasiewicz scored four touchdowns and Zion-Benton’s defense played well as the Zee-Bees dented the win column for the first time in 2012 by beating host Mundelein 32-18 on Friday night.
Pasiewicz scored on a 32-yard run in the second quarter to break a scoreless tie and his 25-yard TD burst early in the third period gave Zion a 12-3 lead. He tallied on an 11-yard run on the final play of the third quarter to make it 20-3 and put Z-B in total command.
In the fourth quarter, Zion’s Kealin McLean picked off Mundelein freshman Gavin Graves and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown to make it 26-3.
Graves then hooked up with Luke Adams on a 58-yard scoring strike to make it 26-10 in the late going.
Pasiewicz then ran 58 yards for his final score of the game, which offset a late Mundelein TD by Nick Devito on a 1-yard run.
The first half was more like chess than a football game, with both teams probing and searching for plays that would work.
After a scoreless quarter, Zion-Benton struck first, as Pasiewicz raced to the house with 4:16 to play in the half.
The drive took just one play, coming after a poor punt set up the Zee-Bees in great field position.
Mundelein countered, marching 59 yards in nine plays before the drive stalled. In the closing seconds of the half, Ryan Rubio booted a 31-yard field goal to make it 6-3.
But after the break, Zion took the second-half kickoff and drove 66 yards in eight plays, with Pasiewicz delivering the points.
For the game, Pasiewicz carried 26 times for 274 yards and the four scores.
Zion sophomore QB Dillon Appenzeller completed 2-of-13 passes for 17 yards and one pick.
Mundelein quarterback Graves completed 9-of-23 passes for 171 yards, with one TD and two picks. Chance Lindsey caught four balls for 36 yards. Quintell Wilson rushed 12 times for 48 yards.
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper on Sept. 20 to read more about the Mundelein football team.