An expected Metro Suburban Blue showdown between Glenbard South and IC Catholic Prep on Friday turned into a coronation for the Knights.
Rattling off 31 straight points before 10 minutes had eclipsed in the opening quarter, host ICCP cruised to a 51-14 victory over the Raiders in Elmhurst.
With the win the Knights (7-1, 4-0) clinched at least a share of the conference championship, their third straight, while extending their winning streak to 15 games in league play. In the first four conference games this fall, they have outscored the opposition 211-34 with Fenton set to visit in Week 9 in the regular-season finale.
"We wanted to come out and show that we are dominant within the conference," said junior Khali Saunders, who hauled in a pair of touchdown receptions. "Our coaches are the ones who put us in a position to win. They put us in a position to just go out and play hard. All the credit goes to them."
ICCP coach Bill Krefft and his staff saw a dominant performance from the first whistle as Ryan Malek recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff.
Four plays later, C.J. West found Lazerick Eatman for a 32-yard score. A successful onside kick was then followed by a 9-yard TD pass from West to Saunders. Those two also connected on a 43-yard strike midway through the third quarter, which brought on the running clock.
"We are just rolling with it," Saunders said. "We are comfortable with whoever is at QB, whoever is at wide receiver. Again, a lot of the credit goes to the offensive coaches, they put us in a position to be successful."
West, one of three quarterbacks to see time under center this season, completed 15 of 21 passes for 298 yards and also rushed for a pair of touchdowns. Eatman finished with three scores, adding a 1-yard rushing TD and a 61-yard scamper to the end zone off a shovel pass.
Defensively, the Knights produced 6 sacks, led by 2 from Ricky Mysliwiec, who also forced a fumble. Eatman also contributed an interception.
"That (Glenbard South) is a good football team," Krefft said. "The way they went after us, they were aggressive and physical, and then the way they responded after we were up early. Give credit to them. And give all the credit in the world to our kids. This week we talked about starting off fast and we did that. There were some mistakes we have to grow from, but a lot we did was good."
Glenbard South got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter on a 20-yard run by senior quarterback Jack Crouch. Tavion Keith also found paydirt in the fourth for the visitors, who take on Riverside-Brookfield next week with an automatic berth in the postseason on the line.
"We've been playing good football," Glenbard South coach Ryan Crissey said. "We had five wins in a row and that is difficult to do in any league. But obviously the end of the season is tough with IC and then R-B.
"They scored 24 points off our turnovers and you are burying yourself when you do that. Krefft has got it rolling over there, the kids have bought into the program and they are obviously a great team."