Rivalry week: North rallies to win Battle of the Glenbrooks 21-14 with interception in OT

  • An overtime interception by Glenbrook North's Owen Cassell ends the game as the Spartans defeat the Titans 21-14 in Glenview Friday. Below, Glenbrook South's Justin Leszynski scores a touchdown after catching a pass ahead of North's Nick Ullrich (84) and Murphy Mulvihill.

      An overtime interception by Glenbrook North's Owen Cassell ends the game as the Spartans defeat the Titans 21-14 in Glenview Friday. Below, Glenbrook South's Justin Leszynski scores a touchdown after catching a pass ahead of North's Nick Ullrich (84) and Murphy Mulvihill. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook North head football coach Matt Purdy is at the center of the coin toss going into overtime during Friday's game against Glenbrook South. Glenbrook North won the game 21-14.

      Glenbrook North head football coach Matt Purdy is at the center of the coin toss going into overtime during Friday's game against Glenbrook South. Glenbrook North won the game 21-14. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook North's Ryan Henchel tries to catch a pass over Glenbrook South's Matt Shultz during Friday's game in Glenview. Defensive pass interference was called on the play.

      Glenbrook North's Ryan Henchel tries to catch a pass over Glenbrook South's Matt Shultz during Friday's game in Glenview. Defensive pass interference was called on the play. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South football coach Dave Schoenwetter discusses the next play with quarterback Michael Bauer during Friday's game against Glenbrook North.

      Glenbrook South football coach Dave Schoenwetter discusses the next play with quarterback Michael Bauer during Friday's game against Glenbrook North. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook North quarterback Avery Burow throws a pass as Glenbrook South's Rory Tovcimak closes in Friday in Glenview.

      Glenbrook North quarterback Avery Burow throws a pass as Glenbrook South's Rory Tovcimak closes in Friday in Glenview. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook North's Ryan Henchel catches a touchdown pass ahead of Glenbrook South's Anthony Travlos.

      Glenbrook North's Ryan Henchel catches a touchdown pass ahead of Glenbrook South's Anthony Travlos. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South's Justin Leszynski scores a touchdown after catching a pass ahead of Glenbrook North's Nick Ullrich (84) and Murphy Mulvihill during Friday's game in Glenview.

      Glenbrook South's Justin Leszynski scores a touchdown after catching a pass ahead of Glenbrook North's Nick Ullrich (84) and Murphy Mulvihill during Friday's game in Glenview. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South's Justin Leszynski (41) celebrates his touchdown with teammate Alex Kopley (84).

      Glenbrook South's Justin Leszynski (41) celebrates his touchdown with teammate Alex Kopley (84). Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook North quarterback Avery Burow throws a pass during Friday's game against Glenbrook South.

      Glenbrook North quarterback Avery Burow throws a pass during Friday's game against Glenbrook South. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook North quarterback Avery Burow carries the ball.

      Glenbrook North quarterback Avery Burow carries the ball. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook North quarterback Avery Burow, right, falls on a bad snap as Glenbrook South's Will Solis makes the tackle during Friday's game in Glenview.

      Glenbrook North quarterback Avery Burow, right, falls on a bad snap as Glenbrook South's Will Solis makes the tackle during Friday's game in Glenview. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South's Thomas Gebien carries the ball after taking the handoff from quarterback Michael Bauer.

      Glenbrook South's Thomas Gebien carries the ball after taking the handoff from quarterback Michael Bauer. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook North's Zach Mendo catches a pass between Glenbrook South's Connor Weisensel, left, and Will Solis during Friday's game in Glenview.

      Glenbrook North's Zach Mendo catches a pass between Glenbrook South's Connor Weisensel, left, and Will Solis during Friday's game in Glenview. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South's Mathew Burda, left, with teammate Daniel Choi, has the ball after a two-point conversion.

      Glenbrook South's Mathew Burda, left, with teammate Daniel Choi, has the ball after a two-point conversion. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South's Etor Agbenya (5) celebrates his touchdown with his fellow Titans teammates during Friday's game against Glenbrook North.

      Glenbrook South's Etor Agbenya (5) celebrates his touchdown with his fellow Titans teammates during Friday's game against Glenbrook North. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South quarterback Michael Bauer throws a pass during Friday's game against Glenbrook North.

      Glenbrook South quarterback Michael Bauer throws a pass during Friday's game against Glenbrook North. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook North's Quinn Clarke returns the kickoff to start the second half of Friday's game at Glenbrook North.

      Glenbrook North's Quinn Clarke returns the kickoff to start the second half of Friday's game at Glenbrook North. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South's Jack Disano fends off Glenbrook North's JR Flood during Friday's game in Glenview

      Glenbrook South's Jack Disano fends off Glenbrook North's JR Flood during Friday's game in Glenview Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook North quarterback Avery Burow tries to avoid a tackle by Glenbrook South's Jacque Gariepy during Friday's game in Glenview

      Glenbrook North quarterback Avery Burow tries to avoid a tackle by Glenbrook South's Jacque Gariepy during Friday's game in Glenview Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook North's Ryan Henchel, right, celebrates his touchdown with, from left, teammates Sam Dawson, Aidan Casey and Murphy Mulvihill at the end of the first half of Friday's game at Glenbrook South.

      Glenbrook North's Ryan Henchel, right, celebrates his touchdown with, from left, teammates Sam Dawson, Aidan Casey and Murphy Mulvihill at the end of the first half of Friday's game at Glenbrook South. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South's Justin Leszynski catches a pass during Friday's game against Glenbrook North.

      Glenbrook South's Justin Leszynski catches a pass during Friday's game against Glenbrook North. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South's Mathew Burda, left, tries to avoid a tackle by Glenbrook North's Murphy Mulvihill during Friday's game in Glenview

      Glenbrook South's Mathew Burda, left, tries to avoid a tackle by Glenbrook North's Murphy Mulvihill during Friday's game in Glenview Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South's Jack Disano (87) walks away from celebrating Glenbrook North players following a 21-14 overtime loss in Glenview Friday.

      Glenbrook South's Jack Disano (87) walks away from celebrating Glenbrook North players following a 21-14 overtime loss in Glenview Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South's Jack Disano punts during Friday's game against Glenbrook North.

      Glenbrook South's Jack Disano punts during Friday's game against Glenbrook North. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South players, including, from left, Jack Walsh, Jordan Buchta and Luca Pedrelli watch from the sideline as the Titans play the Glenbrook North Spartans in Glenview Friday.

      Glenbrook South players, including, from left, Jack Walsh, Jordan Buchta and Luca Pedrelli watch from the sideline as the Titans play the Glenbrook North Spartans in Glenview Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • On a play the was called for defensive pass interference, Glenbrook South's Justin Leszynski, right, gets hit in the end zone by Glenbrook North's Nick Ullrich during Friday's game in Glenview.

      On a play the was called for defensive pass interference, Glenbrook South's Justin Leszynski, right, gets hit in the end zone by Glenbrook North's Nick Ullrich during Friday's game in Glenview. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South's Thomas Gebien, right, gets a pat on the jersey from Glenbrook North's Zach Mendo following the Titan's 21-14 loss in overtime during Friday's game in Glenview.

      Glenbrook South's Thomas Gebien, right, gets a pat on the jersey from Glenbrook North's Zach Mendo following the Titan's 21-14 loss in overtime during Friday's game in Glenview. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook North quarterback Avery Burow, left, scores the Spartans' touchdown in overtime ahead of Glenbrook South's Michael Carney during Friday's game in Glenview.

      Glenbrook North quarterback Avery Burow, left, scores the Spartans' touchdown in overtime ahead of Glenbrook South's Michael Carney during Friday's game in Glenview. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South fans fly the Titans flag during Friday's home game against Glenbrook North.

      Glenbrook South fans fly the Titans flag during Friday's home game against Glenbrook North. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook South poms get ready for the football players to take the field prior to Friday's game against Glenbrook North.

      Glenbrook South poms get ready for the football players to take the field prior to Friday's game against Glenbrook North. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 4/1/2021 3:12 AM

Anything can happen in a rivalry game, said Glenbrook South football coach Dave Schoenwetter.

A great example came last Friday at John Davis Stadium in Glenview.

 

Visiting Glenbrook North proved resilient and rallied to win the Central Suburban League South contest 21-14 in overtime.

"First off, it's a huge rivalry game, so that means the most to us right now," said Glenbrook North quarterback Avery Burow.

The 6-foot-1 senior slashed in from the 1-yard line on the first possession in overtime, escorted by linemen Patrick Mahoney, Mihailo Milutinovic and Jackson Carsello and running back Drake Marquez. Kicker Michael Cosentino added the final margin.

"Obviously, last year we lost to them (also 21-14), so we wanted to bring it back and show them that we mean business as well and win on their home turf, which is awesome. A great game overall toward the end, and a great team effort as well by our defense, especially," Burow said.

Glenbrook North (1-1) clinched the win on senior Owen Cassell's interception in overtime.

"We were in a deep coverage, we knew that they were going to be looking to get in the end zone, of course," Cassell said. "We just had to play back, and I made a read on the quarterback and jumped it. We were just playing together as a team, and we had each other's backs."

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Glenbrook North, led by a combined 20 tackles by J.R. Flood and Murphy Mulvihill, forced 4 turnovers including junior Ryan Henschel's 69-yard interception return for touchdown with no time remaining in the first half.

"We made far too many mistakes," Schoenwetter said.

Trailing 14-7 after Glenbrook South running back Etor Agbenya's 5-yard touchdown run and fellow junior Matt Burda's conversion run at 9:02 of the fourth quarter, the visiting Spartans forced overtime on a play similar to its Week 1 touchdown against Evanston.

Burow ran to the left, shrugged off an arm tackle, reversed course and scrambled right. He found Henschel in the front right corner of the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown catch. Cosentino's kick tied the score 14-14 with 7:07 remaining in regulation.

"I think I gave one guy a high-five as he was trying to tackle me, so I tried stiff-arming him away. I think one guy was around my legs, too," Burow said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"Our defense was tremendous tonight," Glenbrook North coach Matt Purdy said, "but if you're looking on the offensive side of the ball it's (Burow's) ability to keep plays alive and be a heck of a leader in our huddle. He took some good hits, and we saw some wind knocked out of him a couple times, but every time I knew he was going to get back in the huddle and lead our football team."

It was a bend-but-don't-break defense, because Glenbrook South (0-2) ran the ball effectively with Agbenya, Tom Gebien and Burda, who finished with 68 yards rushing.

"We had a lot of penalties that brought back good plays, we had a pick-6 before the half and then we had fumbles that killed drives that were moving. So I felt like we were pretty self-destructive tonight and that Glenbrook North did a good job at the end of the game finding ways to move the football and getting the ball in the end zone," Schoenwetter said.

Glenbrook North's shorter defensive backs had a hard time against Titans tight end Jack Disano and receiver Justin Leszynski, each going at least 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds.

Leszynski finished with 4 catches for 89 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown grab for a 6-0 Titans lead at 4:20 of the first quarter. Glenbrook South senior quarterback Michael Bauer froze the coverage with a deceptive shoulder fake before hitting Leszynski in stride down the right sideline. Bauer finished completing 13 of 21 passes for 180 yards.

The Titans outgained Glenbrook North 198 yards to 36 in the first half. Senior Matt Schultz intercepted the Spartans on their first possession and defensive linemen Devonjae Hudson and Jacque Gariepy were constant thorns.

Twice, though, Glenbrook South lost fumbles deep in the red zone, once on the Spartans' 12-yard line and later at the 6. Glenbrook North itself squandered a fourth-quarter opportunity when it muffed a snap on Glenbrook South's 12-yard line with 18 seconds left, recovered by the Titans' Disano.

Other than perhaps Cassell's clinching interception, no turnover was more impactful than when Henschel took advantage of Titans miscommunication for his 69-yard interception return, followed by Cosentino's conversion kick. "We didn't score all half so I think putting points on the board, seeing the 7-6 lead at half, was huge for the boys," Henschel said.

"I'm so excited to win because last year we lost. They planted a flag in the middle of our field. It kind of made us mad," he said.

Hopefully not for too long, suggested Purdy, who lives in Glenbrook South turf.

"This is obviously just a rivalry game," said Purdy, named the Chicago Bears High School "Coach of the Week" for Week 1. "You're talking about two schools that are separated by like two and a half miles, and probably 99 percent of the time these guys are friends."

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