Glenbard West denies Addison Trail
Glenbard West played the role of rude guest on Friday night.
With Addison Trail needing a victory to reach the postseason, the Hilltoppers instead stormed to a 48-28 road victory behind 4 touchdowns from Sam Brodner.
With the win Glenbard West completed another perfect regular season while the Blazers finished with a record of 4-5. The Hilltoppers are expected to be a top seed in Class 7A after competing in Class 8A a year ago.
"It's extremely hard to do," Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet said about his team's 9-0 mark. "I don't know if it's a goal of ours, it just kind of happens, but it's a credit to the kids. It's the next man up because you are going to get injuries and our kids do a great job of that."
Brodner scored on three short runs to make the score 21-0 midway through the second quarter and then added a 34-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Brian Cochrane after halftime. On that play the senior took a checkdown pass on the right sideline, broke two tackles and then completely changed course, running across the field to the left side of the end zone.
"That wasn't supposed to happen," Brodner said. "Brian doesn't usually check down on that play. But he did there and I just ran to open space."
Cochrane also found Dionte Moorehead for a 5-yard TD in the final minute of the first half. Keith Bowers scored on a 9-yard run and J.T. Terrell broke free for a 73-yard scamper in the fourth. Isaiah Skinner had 132 yards on 8carries.
Defensively, the visitors held Addison Trail scoreless over the first 24 minutes before Nick D'Ambrose rattled off an 87-yard touchdown run on the Blazers' first possession after halftime. Glenbard West yielded just 2 first downs in the first half and finished with 3 interceptions, one each by Kobe Easley, Ross Andreasik and Yanni Pappas.
"When we get on a roll defensively, it kind of clicks over to the offense," Easley said. "And when we get rolling, it's tough to stop us."
Addison Trail did end on a strong note, posting three scores in the final quarter. Mike Hundley found the endzone on a 9-yard run and Ryan Zygowicz threw a pair of touchdown strikes to Nick Fugarino.
"We turned the ball over three times in the first half and that put us behind the eight ball," Addison Trail coach Paul Parpet Jr. said. "And when you play that quality of competition, you can't put yourself in that spot. But we showed that we never quit. It was a sad but happy ending to the season. To put points on the board late was a good feeling for our boys."