DARIEN — Hinsdale South senior quarterback Rob Regan is used to being patient.
So is junior running back Marcus Curry.
Both players have spent a lot of time waiting for their turn on the varsity, so sitting around for an hour and 45 minutes during a lightning delay didn’t bother either of them.
Those two helped set the tone for the Hornets in a 27-14 win over Romeoville on Friday, something coach Mike Barry hopes is a sign of good things to come this season after last season’s 4-5 campaign.
Curry in particular had a big night. Making his first varsity start, he rattled off a 49-yard run on the Hornets’ first play of the night after the Spartans had turned the ball over on downs.
While Curry may not be familiar to many Hinsdale South fans, the running back is well known to Regan. The two played together on a team in Downers Grove as kids.
“That first run he had was amazing,” Regan said. “I’ve played with Marcus since fourth or fifth grade and he’s always been doing that kind of stuff. But to see him do it in his first varsity game, it set the tone for the whole game.”
Curry scored his first varsity touchdown in the second quarter, which resumed at 9:45 after lightning was spotted in the area. After a pair of keepers by Regan, Curry ran the ball on the next two plays, breaking several tackles on a nine-yard run to give the Hornets a 14-0 lead.
After finishing the first half with 106 yards rushing and a touchdown on nine carries, Curry added his second score of the night on a 14-yard dash with 7:54 to go in the third quarter. Curry took the handoff from backup quarterback Sean McCormack, who came in for one play when Regan limped off the field.
Regan delivered some big plays after that, including a 71-yard touchdown pass to streaking Joshua King. The strike to King, a junior, came three plays after Romeoville had pulled within 21-14.
“The quarterback is always the key,” Barry said. “He’s the decision-maker in everything we do. Marcus did a great job running tonight. It’s going to be a tremendous thing to see these two guys grow together this year.”
Barry has exhibited some patience of his own while building the Hinsdale South football program. In his fourth season, the Hornets’ roster is now filled with players who have spent their entire careers while he’s been at the helm.
“Nothing happens overnight,” Barry said earlier this week. “But we have kids in the program now who only know what we’re trying to do and you can build on that. You’re not trying to re-teach anything. We can just build on previous years.
A season-opening win under unusual circumstances is certainly a good place to begin.
“A lot of good things out there tonight,” Curry said. “But a lot we can improve on too.”Tags: Hinsdale South, Hinsdale South athletics, Hinsdale South football, Romeoville