Records are piling up for Hersey
It's been a record-setting year for the Hersey football team.
Last week, the Huskies rolled up 78 points on Wheeling to set a new school record for points in a game. The old record was 64 points, a mark that the Huskies just missed hitting in their 63-6 Week 3 win over Maine East.
"It's been fun," Hersey coach Joe Pardun said of his team's rewriting of history. "I'm not sure when that old record was set but it was an old mark, way before my time here. But sometimes, records are made to be broken. I'm excited for our guys."
In the meantime, quarterback Jordan Hansen has been flirting with some records.
Against Glenbrook North in Week 4, Hansen rolled up 274 rushing yards, just a few yards away from the school record. Hansen also rushed for 3 touchdowns in that game.
"Jordan is just so dynamic," Pardun said. "I mean, as a sophomore he played defense for us. Last year, he played wide receiver, quarterback, running back and defense and this year he plays both.
"He's just a great learner. He listens and he has so many skills. It's his feet, his vision, his ability to start and stop. He's very sleek and he can do so many things. His running this year has been really good."
Sophomore sensation: The learning curve has been fast for Ben Clawson.
The Hersey sophomore was a tailback on the freshman team last year.
Now, he's the leading receiver on the varsity.
Clawson has caught 13 passes for 404 yards for an average of 31.1 yards per reception. He had 3 touchdown catches in the Glenbrook North game alone in Week 4.
"He's just a great athlete and a great kid," Hersey coach Joe Pardun. "I coached him in JV baseball last spring and I got to know him. He was my shortstop and No. 3 hitter and he was just such a good athlete. I saw that he could really have an impact for us in varsity football, it was just a matter of when.
"It's been nice to see how he's just jumped right in and played at varsity speed. He's very intelligent and has picked up the offense quickly. He's a natural and he's done a great job a wide receiver."
Dynamic duo: A pair of wide receivers have been putting up big numbers and big plays for Buffalo Grove this season.
Max Oberman has 8 total touchdowns while Ayden Anderson has 5.
"Ayden had a 92-yard touchdown catch last week against Rolling Meadows that set a school record for us," Buffalo Grove coach Jeff Vlk said. "The old record was set in 2016. He can be a big-play guy for us."
Meanwhile, Oberman is making big plays of his own. He had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Rolling Meadows.
"Max can do it all," Vlk said. "He can play wide receiver for us, running back, he can return kickoffs and punts. He is so fast. He's a track kid, so he's track fast. He really worked on his running form in track and that's really helped him in football."
Surprising Schiller: It was just a year ago that Carson Schiller was the backup quarterback at Rolling Meadows.
Head coach Matt Mishler wasn't sure what to expect out of Schiller nor how much passing to expect out of his team as Schiller got comfortable as the starter.
"We kind of expected that we would be more of a running team this year," Mishler said. "But Carson is throwing the ball really well this year and we probably are throwing it more than we are running it."
Last week in a 49-17 win over Buffalo Grove, Schiller completed 18-of-24 passes for 235 yards. On the season, Schiller ranks third in the Northwest suburbs in passing statistics, having completed 78-of-125 passes for 1,132 yards and 12 touchdowns.
"Carson isn't a guy who is going to drop back and throw it 60 yards. He's not the biggest guy, so people might have thought he was limited," Mishler said. "But he just has this way of going to the right guys. He's spot on and he gets our guys the ball on time and in space."