Glenbard East shuts out Streamwood for 6th win
A looking at the stat sheet showed that Streamwood's offense dominated in Friday's home finale against Glenbard East.
The Sabres, running their double wing offense, ran 70 plays from scrimmage to the Rams' 44.
However, Glenbard East made the most of its opportunities to pull out a 28-0 Upstate Eight Conference win.
The victory also clinched a playoff berth for the Rams.
"It's tough to defend. If they get a first down, two or three, that can take five, six minutes off the clock," said Glenbard East coach John Walters. "What they do is limit your possessions and when you don't get many touches, it's hard to score touchdowns. We managed to find enough points to win the game."
Walters thought it was a good team win.
"I thought both sides of the ball played pretty well tonight," the Rams coach said. "You shut somebody out so the defense played well and we put up four touchdowns so the offense played well and our special teams also played well."
Glenbard East (6 -1, 6-1) needed only five plays to score its first touchdown in the first quarter. Deon Cook scored the first TD on a 74-yard catch and run pass from quarterback Connor Cerkas with 3:48 left in the period.
The Sabres fumbled the ball on their next possession and Glenbard East recovered on Streamwood's 30-yard. Three plays later, the Rams made it 14-0 on a 1-yard plunge by Benny Miller.
Neither team scored in the second quarter. Streamwood (2-5, 2-5) controlled the ball starting with 3:26 left in the first quarter until 2:40 mark of the second quarter, running 18 straight plays. The drive ended with a fumble at the Rams' 10-yard line.
"I think in the first half, we had opportunities. We gave up two big plays on defense and I think we were in the red zone three times and didn't come across," Streamwood coach Don Guindon said. "Those four, five plays in the game, you change those and we're talking about being up 14-0 instead of being down 14-0."
With 2:08 left in the third quarter, Glenbard East widened its margin to 21-0 on Cook's 5-yard run.
Rogers scored his second TD on an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Streamwood mounted another long drive in the fourth. The Sabres advanced to Glenbard East's 8-yard line with 1.9 seconds left to play. Abdurrahman M'nasri, filling in for starting quarterback Kevin Lunz, who was shaken up on an earlier play, completed Streamwood's only pass of the evening to Sean Thompson. Thompson lateraled it Erwin Morales, who was immediately tackled before crossing the goal line as time expired.