Glenbard West stuns Hinsdale South in 4th quarter

  • Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.comGlenbard West's Sam Brodner, left, is congratulated by Chris Minnec, right, after scoring a touchdown against Hinsdale South.

    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.comGlenbard West's Sam Brodner, left, is congratulated by Chris Minnec, right, after scoring a touchdown against Hinsdale South.

 
 
Updated 9/5/2015 8:24 PM

Glenbard West always seems to find the switch.

The Hilltoppers nearly blew a fuse when they flipped it against Hinsdale South on Saturday.

 

Trailing after three quarters, Glenbard West responded with 29 straight points in a three-minute fourth-quarter span and wound up rolling to a 50-31 football victory over the visiting Hornets at Glen Ellyn's Duchon Field.

"During halftime coach (Chad) Hetlet was talking about shifting the whole momentum of the game and he gave one of his famous speeches that he always gives," said Hilltoppers running back Sam Brodner, the Vanderbilt recruit who scored 4 touchdowns. "I think we did that in the best way. We took that to heart and we did everything we could do to fix the momentum of the game."

Hinsdale South (1-1) led 17-14 and had first-and-goal at the Hilltoppers' 1-yard line midway through the third quarter. The Hornets fumbled twice on the next play, however, and Ross Andreasik recovered the second one at the 6 to give the ball back to Glenbard West (2-0).

The momentum completely flipped in that one moment.

"That's when the game really turned around," Andreasik said. "The second half, really in general, was just so much better than the first half for us. It was defensive plays turning into offensive scores left and right. It was amazing."

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Brodner scored his third touchdown on a 2-yard run to put the Hilltoppers ahead to stay at 21-17 with 10:27 left in the game. Glenbard West poured it on after that, snaring three interceptions in the next four plays run by the Hornets.

First came Justice Bradley's 26-yard interception return for a touchdown. Then came Andreasik's pick that led to Brian Cochrane's 45-yard scoring strike to Adam Zybko.

Yanni Pappas added the third interception to set up Brodner's 5-yard touchdown run. Just like that, Glenbard West held a 43-17 lead.

"The wheels fell off at the end," said Hinsdale South coach Mike Barry, whose team played without Michigan State-bound defensive lineman Josh King for much of the game due to injury. "Being a (Class) 6A school we're not real deep. And you get a couple injuries here and a couple there. Next thing you know it's just kind of the way it goes. But I can't say enough about how our guys fought. Real proud of them."

The decisive fourth quarter erased a terrific start by Hinsdale South, which broke out to a 17-7 second-quarter lead on a pair of touchdown runs by Marcus Curry, who rushed for 106 yards, and Marko Ristic's 27-yard field goal. Brodner, who rushed for 121 of Glenbard West's 272 yards, bulled into the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown catch to narrow the halftime gap to 17-14.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Hinsdale South piled up 348 total yards, including 192 passing yards by Sean McCormack. The Hilltoppers still outgained the Hornets with 365 yards.

"Give them credit for executing," Hetlet said. "It took us to the second half to adjust."

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