Glenbard West cleans up
Nic Seifert's jersey was nice and muddy after Saturday's football game.
That's OK. It wasn't his.
Sporting the No. 88 in honor of Glenbard West teammate Jack Lewandowski, hospitalized with a collapsed lung, Seifert had extra motivation to get the ground game churning in the Hilltoppers' 47-7 West Suburban Silver victory over York in Glen Ellyn.
The senior running back had 70 of his 85 yards in the first half with awfully hard running up the middle. That put Glenbard West (5-0, 2-0) well on its way to piling up more than 500 total yards of offense against the Dukes (3-2, 2-1).
"(Lewandowski's) not going to be able to play the rest of the season so it meant a lot to the team to play for him," Seifert said. "I'm putting everything out there, and I'm just happy we were able to mesh as a team and get the 'W.'"
Jalen Moore, Joey Richmond and Samson Zander combined for another 284 rushing yards and quarterback Braden Spiech added 129 passing yards, including a 41-yard scoring strike to Denin Limouris.
The defense did its job by snaring 4 interceptions, including a pair by Caleb Moorehead.
York pulled within 14-7 late in the first quarter when Max Assaad, who threw for 173 yards, found Aaron Berman for a 25-yard touchdown. With the Dukes unable to move the ball on the ground, though, the Hilltoppers responded with 33 straight points.
"It's good learning experiences," said York coach Mike Fitzgerald. "We struggled running the football, which made us go to the pass, and that's a credit to them. We've got to do a better job establishing the line of scrimmage."