South Elgin's big plays, defense too much for Glenbard East

  • Glenbard East Raul Garcia (1) breaks up a long pass to South Elgin's Kyle Steinhofer (6) Friday September 2, 2022 in South Elgin.

      Glenbard East Raul Garcia (1) breaks up a long pass to South Elgin's Kyle Steinhofer (6) Friday September 2, 2022 in South Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin fans cheer on their team Friday September 2, 2022 against Glenbard East in South Elgin.

      South Elgin fans cheer on their team Friday September 2, 2022 against Glenbard East in South Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbard East's Blake Salvino (10) looks for an open receiver against South Elgin Friday September 2, 2022 in South Elgin.

      Glenbard East's Blake Salvino (10) looks for an open receiver against South Elgin Friday September 2, 2022 in South Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbard East Dillon Williams (2) hands the ball to John Seybold (11) Friday September 2, 2022 in South Elgin.

      Glenbard East Dillon Williams (2) hands the ball to John Seybold (11) Friday September 2, 2022 in South Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's Michael Tringali (9) celebrates one of his sacks against Glenbard East Friday September 2, 2022 in South Elgin.

      South Elgin's Michael Tringali (9) celebrates one of his sacks against Glenbard East Friday September 2, 2022 in South Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's Kyle Steinhofer (6) and Mason Montgomery (8) celebrate a first-quarter touchdown against Glenbard East Friday September 2, 2022 in South Elgin.

      South Elgin's Kyle Steinhofer (6) and Mason Montgomery (8) celebrate a first-quarter touchdown against Glenbard East Friday September 2, 2022 in South Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's Jake Sullivan (4) is wrapped up by Glenbard East's Blake Salvino (10) and Raul Garcia (1) Friday September 2, 2022 in South Elgin.

      South Elgin's Jake Sullivan (4) is wrapped up by Glenbard East's Blake Salvino (10) and Raul Garcia (1) Friday September 2, 2022 in South Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Brian Hill/bhill@dailyherald.comSouth Elgin's Dailen Zollicoffer (8) pulls in a long touchdown pass against Glenbard East Friday September 2, 2022 in South Elgin.

    Brian Hill/bhill@dailyherald.comSouth Elgin's Dailen Zollicoffer (8) pulls in a long touchdown pass against Glenbard East Friday September 2, 2022 in South Elgin.

  • South Elgin's Michael Tringali (9) wraps up Glenbard East Dillon Williams (2) in the backfield Friday September 2, 2022 in South Elgin.

      South Elgin's Michael Tringali (9) wraps up Glenbard East Dillon Williams (2) in the backfield Friday September 2, 2022 in South Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's Mason Montgomery (8) is wrapped up by a host of Glenbard East players Friday September 2, 2022 in South Elgin.

      South Elgin's Mason Montgomery (8) is wrapped up by a host of Glenbard East players Friday September 2, 2022 in South Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's Jake Sullivan looks for an open receiver against Glenbard East on Friday in South Elgin.

      South Elgin's Jake Sullivan looks for an open receiver against Glenbard East on Friday in South Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbard East Dillon Williams (2) tries to slip past South Elgin's Isaiah C. Alejandre (29) Friday September 2, 2022 in South Elgin.

      Glenbard East Dillon Williams (2) tries to slip past South Elgin's Isaiah C. Alejandre (29) Friday September 2, 2022 in South Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 9/2/2022 11:14 PM

Glenbard East coach John Walters referred to Friday night's Upstate Eight Conference football showdown with South Elgin as "a heavyweight matchup."

It was exactly that.

 

The Storm (2-0, 2-0) delivered an early jab when quarterback Jake Sullivan connected with senior Mason Montgomery for a 40-yard touchdown strike on the opening possession for an 8-0 lead.

Then, South Elgin delivered the late knockout on two more big plays -- a 47-yard TD pass from Sullivan to Montgomery with 15 seconds left in the third quarter -- and Jordan Green's 39-yard touchdown run up the middle with 4:45 remaining on the way to a 22-6 victory over the Rams (1-1, 1-1) in South Elgin.

Between the big-play scores, neither team was able to get on track offensively, as both defenses came ready to play.

The first half featured a goal-line stand from the Rams, just 3 combined first downs and 9 punts.

"I thought Glenbard East was physical and tough tonight," said Storm coach Dragan Teonic, whose team recorded its 16th consecutive conference victory and stretched its home winning streak to 15. "They're generally the most physical team that we face in our conference year in and year out, and that showed again tonight.

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"The challenge for us was to match it. Our defense is pretty good, too."

Led by linebackers Michael Tringali (15 ½ tackles, including 3 sacks) and Christian Tecza, the Storm held the Rams in check for the much of the night until quarterback Dillon Williams' 31-yard TD pass to Gianbiagio Brusca with 2:24 remaining.

The touchdown was the first allowed by South Elgin this season.

"Michael (Stringali) is, bar none, the best defensive player in our conference," said Teonic, whose team added interceptions from Shawn Clausen and Frankie Melchiorre, and a fumble recovery by Isaiah Alejandre.

Montgomery, who caught 3 passes for 87 yards and a pair of scores, now has 7 touchdowns in 2 games -- 6 receiving TDs.

"We got punched in the mouth a little bit, so we knew we had to step it up," said Montgomery, who also played a role in the defensive secondary. "That's what we did.

"Their defense is tough -- probably the toughest I've played in high school. They have a physical front line."

Troy Cooper, Demontay Mack, Delmario Taylor, and Jordan Boykin (interception) paced the Rams' defense.

"Our defense did a real good job," said receiver Yassin Nabil, who caught a team-high 4 passes. "Our offense couldn't show its true potential because we were making little mistakes.

"We're going to bounce back next week and keep proving people wrong."

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