Despite losing at Hinsdale Central on Friday night 36-14, Addison Trail quarterback Mike Rybarczyk and receiver Jaavion Bradley had another strong night and accounted for both Blazers' touchdowns.
And coach Paul Parpet liked the progress his team showed as conference play begins next week. "We improved from Week 1. Where do we want to go from here? We want to continue to get better," he said. "We need to learn to make the plays at the right time during the game. Hinsdale Central is a good team and I give them credit. But the score does not reflect our kids' effort."
Rybarczyk finished 15-of-20 passing for 231 yards with Bradley catching 4 passes for 121 yards.
After the Red Devils (1-1) drove 57 yards in just less than two minutes on their first drive of the game, resulting in the first of two touchdowns by Juwan Emond, the Blazers (0-2) responded big time.
On the third play of the Blazers drive, Rybarczyk aired it out and found Bradley all along downfield for a 78-yard scoring play.
The Blazers cut the Hinsdale Central lead to 22-14 at intermission when they drove 80 yards in 3:39 and capping the drive off with Rybarczyk finding Bradley downfield 13 yards for the score.
That would be it for the Addison Trail offense for the night, scoring-wise. The Red Devils took control of the game and kept it with a steady ground attack that racked up 205 yards and held the Blazers to just 14 on the ground.
"We will continue to get better if we can run the ball and stop the run just like they (Hinsdale Central) did tonight," Parpet said. "We have the weapons."
Hinsdale Central coach Rich Tarka said the Red Devils were well aware of the Blazers' passing attack and especially the connection of Rybarczyk and Bradley. "We knew that was something that we were going to have to stop or at least contain," he said. "We had to keep him (Rybarczyk) in the pocket. We struggled with that until late and he did some good things."
The Blazers open West Suburban Gold play Friday at home against Downers Grove South. The Red Devils open West Suburban Silver play at York.