Glenbard East blanks Larkin

  • Larkin's Jamarion Stubbs takes a handoff from quarterback Dontrell Maxie as Glenbard East's Matthew Schager lines him up for the tackle in the first football game of the delayed season in Elgin on Friday, March 19, 2021.

    Larkin's Jamarion Stubbs takes a handoff from quarterback Dontrell Maxie as Glenbard East's Matthew Schager lines him up for the tackle in the first football game of the delayed season in Elgin on Friday, March 19, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Larkin and Glenbard East play in the first football game of the delayed season in Elgin on Friday, March 19, 2021.

    Larkin and Glenbard East play in the first football game of the delayed season in Elgin on Friday, March 19, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Larkin warms up before the first football game of the delayed season against Glenbard East in Elgin on Friday, March 19, 2021.

    Larkin warms up before the first football game of the delayed season against Glenbard East in Elgin on Friday, March 19, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Larkin and Glenbard East play in the first football game of the delayed season in Elgin on Friday, March 19, 2021.

    Larkin and Glenbard East play in the first football game of the delayed season in Elgin on Friday, March 19, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Larkin's Trevor Matison watches the ball bounce away on an incomplete pass as Glenbard East's Sean Banks and Daniel Schager cover the play in the first football game of the delayed season in Elgin on Friday, March 19, 2021.

    Larkin's Trevor Matison watches the ball bounce away on an incomplete pass as Glenbard East's Sean Banks and Daniel Schager cover the play in the first football game of the delayed season in Elgin on Friday, March 19, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbard East's Sean Banks tries to get past Larkin's Treyvon Smith and Chevelle Clements in the first football game of the delayed season in Elgin on Friday, March 19, 2021.

    Glenbard East's Sean Banks tries to get past Larkin's Treyvon Smith and Chevelle Clements in the first football game of the delayed season in Elgin on Friday, March 19, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Larkin's Jamarion Stubbs intercepts a pass intended for Glenbard East's David Hritz Friday in the first football game of the delayed season in Elgin.

    Larkin's Jamarion Stubbs intercepts a pass intended for Glenbard East's David Hritz Friday in the first football game of the delayed season in Elgin. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Larkin's Jamarion Stubbs is brought down by Glenbard East's Lamar Brown and Ladonus Rogers, right, after he intercepted a pass in the first football game of the delayed season in Elgin on Friday, March 19, 2021.

    Larkin's Jamarion Stubbs is brought down by Glenbard East's Lamar Brown and Ladonus Rogers, right, after he intercepted a pass in the first football game of the delayed season in Elgin on Friday, March 19, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Larkin's Michael Hibbler is brought down by Glenbard East's Raul Garcia and Daniel Quirk in the first football game of the delayed season in Elgin on Friday, March 19, 2021.

    Larkin's Michael Hibbler is brought down by Glenbard East's Raul Garcia and Daniel Quirk in the first football game of the delayed season in Elgin on Friday, March 19, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbard East quarterback Connor Cerkas passes against Larkin in the first football game of the delayed season in Elgin on Friday, March 19, 2021.

    Glenbard East quarterback Connor Cerkas passes against Larkin in the first football game of the delayed season in Elgin on Friday, March 19, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Larkin's Jamarion Stubbs looks for room to run against Glenbard East in the first football game of the delayed season in Elgin on Friday, March 19, 2021.

    Larkin's Jamarion Stubbs looks for room to run against Glenbard East in the first football game of the delayed season in Elgin on Friday, March 19, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
By Allen Oshinski
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 3/19/2021 10:52 PM

Friday's Upstate Eight opener at Memorial Field was shaping up as a defensive battle between Larkin and visiting Glenbard East. But then everything changed in 15 seconds of clock time.

Lamar Brown made a diving catch of a deflected pass in the end zone to get Glenbard East on the scoreboard 2 seconds before halftime. Then Daniel Schager took the second half kickoff all the way to the end zone and just like that the Rams led 14-0.

 

Schager later ran for a score and the Rams rolled on to a 28-0 victory. Sean Banks added a late TD for Glenbard East.

Schager's long interception return set up the Rams' first score. With the Royals driving in Glenbard East territory, Schager picked off Dontrell Maxie's pass and wove through traffic into Larkin territory.

Quarterback Ben Berberich hit Alonso Perkins for 35 yards to the Royals' 12. After 2 incompletions, it looked like the Royals' defense might hold. Berberich's pass into the end zone on third down was broken up, but Brown snagged the deflection with the clock running out.

Glenbard East coach John Walters praised the Royals' effort.

"I personally thought that they played better tonight," he said. "That's just my opinion."

But considering everything it took just to get to this point, nearly 7 months after the traditional football starting date, he wasn't complaining.

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"Normally, you have 25 contact days in the summer and then we have 2 weeks before the season starts," he said. "This year, we had summer camp and then we stopped. We had some fall contact days and then we stopped again. There's just not a ton of prep time."

Berberich finished 8 of 24 for 90 yards. The Rams piled up 184 yards on the ground. Nine players garnered carries, led by Dmitri Hritz with 10 for 46 yards.

The game was interrupted by an on-field fight midway through the third quarter that resulted in multiple ejections.

Jamarion Stubbs rushed for 77 yards, all in the first half, for Larkin, and came up with 2 interceptions on defense.

The Royals threatened several times, but couldn't find the end zone. A Stubbs 30-yard run set Larkin up at the Rams' 25, but the drive stalled and the Royals turned it over on downs. Schager's interception ended another promising Royal drive in the second quarter. Larkin reached the Glenbard East 30 early in the fourth quarter, but fumbled.

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