Glenbard West dives past Hinsdale Central for OT win

  • Glenbard West players celebrate after defeating Hinsdale Central in overtime in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19.

    Glenbard West players celebrate after defeating Hinsdale Central in overtime in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19. Mike Mantucca for the Daily Herald

  • Hinsdale Central's Mark Skokna (3) is hoisted up by Kiran Amegadjie (77) after scoring a touchdown against Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19.

    Hinsdale Central's Mark Skokna (3) is hoisted up by Kiran Amegadjie (77) after scoring a touchdown against Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19. Mike Mantucca for the Daily Herald

  • Hinsdale Central's Braden Contreras eludes Glenbard West's Gerik Tyburk in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19.

    Hinsdale Central's Braden Contreras eludes Glenbard West's Gerik Tyburk in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19. Mike Mantucca for the Daily Herald

  • Glenbard West's Braden Spiech passes the ball against Hinsdale Central in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19.

    Glenbard West's Braden Spiech passes the ball against Hinsdale Central in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19. Mike Mantucca for the Daily Herald

  • Glenbard West's Nic Seifert runs in for a touchdown against Hinsdale Central in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19.

    Glenbard West's Nic Seifert runs in for a touchdown against Hinsdale Central in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19. Mike Mantucca for the Daily Herald

  • Glenbard West's Nic Seifert (24) celebrates with Denin Limouris (8) after a touchdown against Hinsdale Central in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19.

    Glenbard West's Nic Seifert (24) celebrates with Denin Limouris (8) after a touchdown against Hinsdale Central in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19. Mike Mantucca for the Daily Herald

  • Glenbard West's Jaylen Moore carries the ball against Hinsdale Central in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19.

    Glenbard West's Jaylen Moore carries the ball against Hinsdale Central in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19. Mike Mantucca for the Daily Herald

  • Hinsdale Central's Michael Brescia fights off Glenbard West's Brandon Nowinski in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19.

    Hinsdale Central's Michael Brescia fights off Glenbard West's Brandon Nowinski in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19. Mike Mantucca for the Daily Herald

  • Hinsdale Central's Michael Brescia passes the ball against Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19.

    Hinsdale Central's Michael Brescia passes the ball against Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19. Mike Mantucca for the Daily Herald

 
 
Updated 10/19/2019 7:19 PM

First effort, second effort, third effort ... Nic Seifert was ready to put in 10 efforts to get the football over that goal line.

The Glenbard West senior running back's 1-yard touchdown dive in overtime sealed Saturday's 20-17 victory over Hinsdale Central at Glen Ellyn's Duchon Field.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Initially stuffed on third and goal at the 1, Seifert kept driving until he was finally brought down in the end zone by two defenders. With Seifert's arms raised in the air, his teammates soon jumped on top of him as a massive celebration ensued.

By winning the showdown between West Suburban Silver unbeatens, the Hilltoppers clinched at least a share of their 11th conference title in 12 years.

"It felt good to just end the game and say, 'That's that,'" said Seifert, who rushed for 173 yards and all 3 Glenbard West touchdowns. "Our offensive line and our running backs blocked really hard today and we were able to get those yards because of them."

After neither team scored in the fourth quarter, Hinsdale Central (7-1, 4-1) got the ball first in overtime with the score tied 14-14. Glenbard West's defense pushed back the Red Devils a yard after three plays, forcing Hinsdale Central to settle for Matt O'Neill's 28-yard field goal and a brief 17-14 lead.

Glenbard West's Nic Seifert celebrates on the ground after scoring the game-winning touchdown in overtime against Hinsdale Central in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19.
Glenbard West's Nic Seifert celebrates on the ground after scoring the game-winning touchdown in overtime against Hinsdale Central in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19. - Mike Mantucca for the Daily Herald
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Ten yards to victory, nothing was going to stop the Hilltoppers (8-0, 5-0). Joey Richmond started with 5 yards, then Seifert took the ball to the 1 to set up the game-winning burst.

"The short yardage, that's perfect for us," said Hilltoppers offensive lineman Chase Pierce. "Just pound the rock. We were feeling good. We knew we could pound it in. We knew if we had a chance to win the game, we were going to do it."

Glenbard West struck first with Seifert's 20-yard scoring run, but Hinsdale Central tied the game at 7-7 just before halftime on a 10-yard pass from Michael Brescia to Mark Skokna. Brescia completed 26 of 44 passes for 254 yards.

Seifert gave the Hilltoppers a 14-7 third-quarter lead with a 25-yard run, but Hinsdale Central answered with Brescia's 8-yard pop pass to Mac Quast for a touchdown.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Hinsdale Central twice failed to score in the red zone while Glenbard West fumbled the ball into the end zone for a touchback in the fourth quarter.

Hinsdale Central's Mitchell Anderson carries the ball against Glenbard West's Samson Zander (34) in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19.
Hinsdale Central's Mitchell Anderson carries the ball against Glenbard West's Samson Zander (34) in Glen Ellyn Oct. 19. - Mike Mantucca for the Daily Herald

Red Devils receiver Braden Contreras snared 10 catches for 97 yards. Jalen Moore had 15 carries for 107 yards for Glenbard West.

"That's what a conference championship should look like, right?" said Red Devils coach Brian Griffin. "That's what you play for. Put yourself in a position to be in that game and fight. I'm really proud of the guys."

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