Kaneland stifles Hinsdale South
Hinsdale South dual-threat quarterback Marquese Garrett kept Kaneland's coaches up at night thinking about how to stop him.
They should have slept easy knowing Kyle Angelotti was prepared to face the challenge.
Angelotti, a senior cornerback, intercepted Garrett twice in the red zone and junior kicker Andreas Matarangas booted two field goals in the first half as the visiting Knights edged Hinsdale South 6-0 on Friday night in Darien.
It is the first time the host Hornets have been shut out since Week 2 of the 2013 season.
"I think we just worked harder than them," Angelotti said. "All off-season we've put in the work and we just came out stronger. We wanted it more."
Matarangas, a third-year starter, had made two field goals in a game once before, against Yorkville his freshman year. He connected from 20 yards out on the first drive of the game but had no idea those would turn out to be the winning points.
"The defense played a fantastic game and I'm just trying to be there for them," said Matarangas, who added a 34-yard field goal on the second play of the second quarter. "I have to do my job.
"(The defenders) work so hard and to go out there and reward them with a win like this, it's awesome."
The Knights bottled up Garrett from the start, holding him to minus-1 yard on his first 9 carries. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior finished with 66 yards on 19 carries, with all but 17 of those yards coming on 3 carries.
"We knew their quarterback was going to be pretty good," Kaneland coach Pat Ryan said. "We said we had to keep him contained and not let him beat us.
"Our defense swarmed to the ball, they played fast, they tackled great and did a great job."
The Hornets did drive into Kaneland territory five times. But the Knights stiffened each time, especially when Garrett tried to pass the ball. He completed 6 of 12 passes for only 58 yards.
Angelotti picked off Garrett at the Kaneland 12 late in the third quarter and intercepted him again, this time at the 4-yard line, with 8:37 left in the fourth quarter.
"I watched a lot of film," Angelotti said. "I knew he'd break on the corner on the first one, so I stayed in my backpedal and drove on it and dove for the ball and got it.
"The second one I just played between the two (receivers). I thought they quarterback would just throw it up and he did."
The Knights forced four turnovers in all. Chris Brost recovered a fumble in the third quarter and Max Gagne recovered a muffed punt in the final minute of the fourth quarter to allow Kaneland to run out the clock.
"It was a great matchup," Hinsdale South coach Mike Barry said. "They returned a bunch of guys on defense and we had a couple young guys in key positions that I think learned how to grow up tonight.
"Bottom line is we beat ourselves plenty tonight with turnovers and penalties. We're all going to learn from it."