By Bob Hurst, Special to the Tribune
9:40 PM CST, November 16, 2013
Playing in a driving rain and sitting through two lightning delays didn't bother Stevenson on Saturday night.
A pair of touchdown passes from Willie Bourbon in the first quarter highlighted the Patriots' 14-0 victory against Barrington in a Class 8A quarterfinal.
The win is the Patriots' 10 in a row and puts them in their first state semifinal since 2002, when they finished second.
Bourbon connected with Cameron Green for a 37-yard score and Jack Sorenson from 11 yards in the first.
"Finally we're able to get to where we should be," Green said. "It feels great for the program and community."
The rain affected Barrington (10-2) the most in the first half, which included a muffed kickoff return that led to the Patriots' second touchdown and two interceptions.
Stevenson linebacker Jason Vravick picked off Dan Kubiuk at the Patriots' 33 to stop a Barrington drive in the second quarter. Green had the other interception at Stevenson's 32 just before halftime.
Stevenson (10-2) was without standout wide receiver/safety and Michigan State recruit Matt Morrissey, who out for the second straight game with a strained hamstring.
"Our whole season we've been fighting through adversity and we came out here, rain delays, lightning and everything, and that's our adversity," Green said. "We played without all of our injured people and came out with a win."
Player of the game: Cameron Green, Stevenson, 3 catches, 51 yards, 1 TD; INT.
Key performers: Stevenson — Jack Joseph, 20 carries, 59 yards; Willie Bourbon, 4-for-8, 72 yards, 2 TDs; Jason Vravick, INT. Barrington — Dan Kubiuk, 12-for-36, 104 yards.
Next: 8A semifinal, Loyola at Stevenson.
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