When Glenbard South's defense held a driving Lincoln-Way West to a field goal just 73 seconds before halftime Saturday afternoon in Glen Ellyn, it seemed the Raiders would be in within shouting distance heading into halftime, trailing by two touchdowns.
But when Lincoln-Way West cornerback Pete King nabbed his second interception of the second quarter just two plays later, the Warriors got another chance to score, and this time they couldn't be stopped.
No. 6 Lincoln-Way West built on that 20-0 halftime lead to win 46-0 in a Class 5A second-round playoff game, handing third-seeded Glenbard South (10-1) its only loss of the season.
"Our defense actually played a decent first half outside of really one play," Cordell said. "We got put in a couple of real bad situations, held them to a couple of field goals. I was not disappointed in the way really our defense played the first half. I was disappointed in the way the defense played the second half, and obviously if we couldn't produce points it was going to be hard to turn the ballgame around."
The result caught even Warriors coach Dave Ernst by surprise.
"That's a good team," he said of the Raiders. "They're a class program, and they do a great job obviously. ... We never expected this."
The Warriors finished in the second half what they started in the first. Running back Javier Montalvo added touchdown runs of 40 and 78 yards to his 91-yard run in the first half, leaving the game with 322 yards on 20 carries and a victory safely tucked away.
"We've got a Superman in No. 10, we really, really do. He's really good. He's as good as anybody I've ever had in 27 years," Ernst said.
The Raiders had so much trouble getting anything to go right, it had a 27-yard field goal bang off the right upright and bounce away in the second quarter, and a 55-yard Tyler Scott touchdown reception in the fourth quarter was called back for a holding penalty.
"This is a lopsided victory (for Lincoln-Way West) today, and I don't think this is a measure of our football team," Cordell said. "I think we're a better football team than how we played today."
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