CALUMET CITY | After a back and forth first half, T.F. North used a power running game in the second to pull out the victory.
The Meteors started strong, scoring on their opening possession en route to building a 13-2 second quarter lead.
Just when it looked like North was on the verge of running away with the game, quarterback Antonio Johnson came off the bench for the Falcons to make things interesting. A starter in week one, Johnson lost the starting job during the week and watched the first quarter from the sidelines.
Johnson came in on the opening drive of the second quarter and led the Falcons on a 60-yard scoring drive capped off by a 29-yard touchdown pass to Deonta Moses that cut the lead to five points.
For the quarter, Johnson was 7 of 14 for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns and got the Falcons back into the game trailing only 27-22 at the half.
But in the second half it was all Meteors as they pounded the ball on the ground to secure the win.
The Meteors only attempted 4 passes in the second half and ran the ball 21 times to keep the clock moving.
Anthony Watkins led the charge getting 109 of his game-high 144 yards after the break to lead the Meteors to a 34-22 win.
"We've got to finish games," said North coach Artie Rogers. "We did some good things and some bad things but we have to learn to finish."
"Last week we had a lead on Bradley in the third quarter and let it get away. I'm glad to see us finish tonight."
Thornridge coach Tyrone Richardson said much of the same after seeing his team falter in the second half.
"We played well in the first half but we have to learn to finish," Washington said. "We're making progress from year to year but to win you have to finish games and we didn't do that tonight."