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Two football teams with injury trouble headed in opposite directions Saturday afternoon.
Glenbard West overcame its bumps and bruises to dominate Hinsdale Central in a 37-7 West Suburban Silver victory in Glen Ellyn.
The Hilltoppers (4-1, 3-0) played without starting defensive lineman-fullback Devonte Toney and linebacker Austin Warden, who is out for the season, but rolled regardless thanks to efforts by a slew of players, including running back Donahvon Vaughn and defensive lineman Trevor Hamilton.
Vaughn rushed for 180 yards on 17 carries as the Hilltoppers pounded the ground game for 293 yards. Glenbard West's defense yielded a first-half touchdown but allowed 119 total yards and no passing yards to the Red Devils (3-2, 2-1), who were down to their third-string quarterback by game's end.
"We all like blocking for each other, running for each other, so it's all a team effort," said Vaughn, a transfer from Glenbard North. "It's fun to do what we do."
Glenbard West stifled Hinsdale Central while breaking out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead. Red Devils senior Jacob White, normally a linebacker and running back, started at quarterback but was soon limited by an ankle injury suffered last week.
The Hilltoppers forced a pair of three-and-outs while scoring twice on its first seven offensive plays. Scott Andrews ran in from 5 yards out and quarterback Drew Vogg hit Hayden Carlson for a 41-yard touchdown pass.
The lead grew to 20-0 on their next possession when Jermon Kindle-Joyner busted into the end zone from a yard out. Hinsdale Central finally got something going offensively and, thanks in part to 40 yards in penalties by the Hilltoppers, scored on Juwan Edmund's 12-yard touchdown run.
Glenbard West's defense took control from there, allowing only 44 second-half yards and 3 first downs.
"Start fast, that's what we want to do every week," Carlson said. "We got the ball back to our offense right away, and they went down and scored. That's always huge every week."
Glenbard West extended its lead in the second half with a 25-yard field goal by Hayden Lekacz and touchdown runs by Andrews and Brenen Wilson.
Hinsdale Central endured another tough game on the injury front. White didn't play defense the entire game and played sparingly at quarterback late in the game. Michigan State-bound lineman Brian Allen also limped off the field.
"We're down to our No. 3 (quarterback) and he's our starting running back," said Red Devils coach Rich Tarka, whose team attempted its only 3 passes in the first half. "It's a little rough. We're not very diverse. We've got a big O-line, but when everyone knows you're running the ball it's hard to control things."
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