Hot Glenbrook South wins football rivalry game
Throw out the records when rivals like Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South play each other, they say.
Apparently that includes not just won-loss records, but also items recorded on the internet.
"They were pretty disrespectful after the game last year, so we were pretty fired up to come in here and really take it to them," Glenbrook South running back Matt Burda said about facing the Spartans on Oct. 15.
"They would post stuff on social media. It would fire us up. I definitely think we're going to get our share of that this year," he said.
What goes around comes around. After Glenbrook North beat the Titans 21-14 in overtime this March, Glenbrook South answered with a 44-10 Central Suburban League South win in Northbrook. Burda ran for 150 yards and scored 4 touchdowns, including two in 56 seconds on a bullish run and an interception return.
Glenbrook South (7-1, 3-1) brought their best against the Spartans.
"That's what we kept telling our kids all week," said Glenbrook South coach Dave Schoenwetter. "When you play a rivalry game, you're really going to have to come out and play good football. You have to respect your opponent, and I think Coach (Matt) Purdy has done a really nice job with that group over there. So we're happy to come out with a victory and be 7-1."
Starting with an 80-yard opening drive capped by Will Collins' 1-yard touchdown run to the perimeter -- quarterback Nic Swanson's fake inside handoff to Burda tricked all but the Glenbrook South broadcast team -- the visitors led 23-0 until Glenbrook North kicker Michael Cosentino burned a 40-yard laser through the uprights as the first half ended.
A negative was Titans tight end Jack DiSano leaving the game in the first quarter with a knee injury after 3 catches for 31 yards from the accurate Swanson, who completed 10 of 11 passes for 175 yards.
Twice in the first half Glenbrook North (2-6, 0-4) shook receivers free for potential touchdowns -- Ryan Henschel open down the right sideline, Patrick Schaller in the end zone -- but was unable to connect.
"We have to make the big plays. We have to execute better. I'm proud of how the guys played tonight. Obviously a lot of emotions -- you know, GBN-GBS. They're a good football team, without a doubt," Purdy said.
"I thought we came out with a lot of energy, defense looking strong," said Henschel, who will play baseball at Rhode Island. "It was 9-0 and we had so many opportunities. We had a wide-open touchdown in the end zone and a missed pick, but it's part of the game. You've just got to capitalize on it."
Glenbrook South made its own breaks. Scrambling and nearly in the grasp of the Spartans' J.R. Flood, Swanson found receiver Chuck Gottfried on a 50-50 ball among several defenders for a 25-yard touchdown catch.
"I saw the ball coming and I was like, 'Oh no, I've really got to catch this one,'" said Gottfried, who altered his pattern to get Swanson out of trouble.
Burda dominated the third quarter. Behind another of guard Drew Duffy's pulling trap blocks, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound senior paved over a would-be tackler on his 12-yard touchdown run. Franco Fernandez-Enjo's kick gave the Titans a 30-3 lead at 6:50 of the third quarter.
On defense, after a Patrick Downing sack, Burda sniffed out a screen pass for a 12-yard interception return and another touchdown at 5:54 in the third. Next time out on offense, Burda's own 27-yard screen catch-and-run led to his 2-yard blast that initiated a running clock, up 44-3. "I thought Matt Burda had a great night tonight on both sides of the football, and was kind of our big spark on offense," Schoenwetter said.
Like Burda, a returning all-CSL South pick, Henschel's skills also are hard to contain. Quarterback Murphy Mulvihill dialed up a good-looking pass the 180-pound speedster took 51 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.
Glenbrook South plays Week 9 at Evanston before entering the Class 8A playoffs, while one more mission remains for Glenbrook North at home Friday against Niles West.
"We put forth a good effort," Mulvihill said, "but now it comes down to, can we execute next week. Looking forward to it. We've got Niles West, obviously, but we've got to treat it like any other game and try to come out with a win in Week 9 for the seniors' last game."