Glenbard North earns a fun trip home

By Al Willman
Special to the Daily Herald
Updated 9/16/2017 6:48 PM
  • Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.comTyrik Henderson, football player at Glenbard North High School.

    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.comTyrik Henderson, football player at Glenbard North High School.

PADUCAH, Ky. -- Despite 7 turnovers, including 5 interceptions, Glenbard North scored 35 unanswered on Saturday to beat McCracken County 35-3 in Kentucky.

The Panthers' Tyrik Henderson had 3 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown, while Josh Flowers had a 33-yard touchdown catch. Maksym Shershen had 16 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown -- all in the second half.

After the Mustangs took the lead on a 34-yard field goal from Ben Schofield with 1:14 left in the first quarter, the Panthers answered when quarterback Lee Rady scampered in from 11 yards out. With 9:36 left in the half, the Panthers led 7-3.

Late in the half, Rady found Flowers on a 33-yard touchdown pass. With 1:06 left it was 14-3.

Turnovers were an issue for the Panthers in the first half. They lost the ball five times in the first half, on a fumble and 4 interceptions. But a turnover helped Glenbard North to start the third quarter.

After a fumble from Taeshawn Allen that was recovered by Jayleen Fitzpatrick, the two-way player added to the lead for the Panthers with a 1-yard score. With 10:20 left in the third, it was 21-3.

"When that fumble came, I saw my teammate hit him and that ball fell directly in front of me," Fitzpatrick said. "So it was a perfect opportunity for me to get it. I told my coach that I wasn't that tired because we weren't on defense that long, so three runs and that's it."

On the Panthers' next possession, Rady connected with Henderson on a 68-yard strike. With 8:03 left it was 28-3.

Glenbard North's final touchdown -- a 49-yard run from Shershen on fourth-and-9 with eight seconds left -- capped a 99-yard drive.

"We've got to be more effective on offense," McCracken County coach Marc Clark said. "We can't give up 35 unanswered points and not answer the bell. Defensively, I thought we played pretty well. We got a bunch of turnovers and generated takeaways, but we've got to be better defensively."

The Panthers (2-2) played the nonconference football game a nearly six-hour drive from Carol Stream. They return home next week to host undefeated Naperville North (4-0, 3-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

"We need to get better," Glenbard North coach Ryan Wilkens said. "No question, we've got to get better. We've got a talented team in Naperville North next week (that's) undefeated. We need to play better than we did today."

Elijah Wheat was 15 of 30 for 94 yards and 2 interceptions, while Max Howard completed 3 of 6 for 17 yards and Allen had 19 carries for 59 yards for the Mustangs (1-4).

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