Like so many classes before them, Hinsdale Central's senior football players badly wanted a victory over Glenbard West.
By the slimmest of margins on Saturday, they finally got it done.
The Red Devils beat Glenbard West 31-30 in overtime when the visiting Hilltoppers' game-winning 2-point conversion pass attempt failed.
With its first win over Glenbard West (4-2, 2-2) since 2006, Hinsdale Central (6-0, 4-0) stays on course for its first West Suburban Silver title since 2004.
"We've been working for this one for all our years here," said Columbia-bound Red Devils quarterback Josh Bean. "For four years we've dreamed about this win. It was big."
Hinsdale Central trailed 21-7 in the first half and 24-14 with 8:28 left in the game after Logan Ryan booted a 25-yard field goal for Glenbard West. The Red Devils quickly pulled within 24-21 on Bean's 11-yard scoring run, then capped a 15-play drive with Quentin Wallace's 36-yard field goal in the final minute that sent the game to overtime.
The Red Devils scored on the second play of overtime on Bean's 8-yard pass to Matt Bjorson to take a 31-24 lead. Glenbard West answered on its first offensive play when Cole Brady threw a 10-yard scoring pass to Alec Pierce.
The Hilltoppers elected to go for 2 points and the win, but Hinsdale Central made the game-winning stop.
"Congratulations to Hinsdale Central for making plays down the stretch when they needed to," said Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet, whose program has lost back-to-back games for the first time since 2006. "They did an amazing job taking momentum away. We were one play away. Our kids just have to keep fighting."
Red Devils sophomore running back Luke Skokna, who rushed for 105 yards, opened the scoring with a 39-yard first-quarter run but Glenbard West tallied the next 21 points to take control. Bean completed 15 of 21 passes for 197 yards, with Bjorson snaring 7 catches for 122 yards.
Hilltoppers quarterback Cole Brady completed 8 of 9 passes for 216 yards including 3 catches for 153 yards and 2 touchdowns by Pierce. Dionte Moorehead and Jackson Goleash scored rushing touchdowns for Glenbard West.
"Down 10 in the fourth quarter, the kids never gave up," said Red Devils coach Dan Hartman, whose team still faces Silver games against unbeaten Lyons Twp. and Oak Park. "They battled. It proves to them that they can do it against anyone."
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