Brian Owens throws for 3 TD’s in Hinsdale Central loss to Glenbard West
Hinsdale, IL - Friday, September 14, 2012: Glenbard West's runningback Joseph Zito (1) fights for yards vs Hinsdale Central's Jack McGann (43) and Ben Herbst (32). | Steve Johnston~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 17, 2012 5:02PM
HINSDALE — Despite squandering a pair of 10-point leads, Hinsdale Central still had a chance to win Friday night against Glenbard West.
The Red Devils gained one more possession with 1:52 remaining in the game, but Glenbard averted the upset when Hinsdale’s final drive stalled at the Hilltoppers’ 27.
Glenbard held on for 28-23 victory in the West Suburban Silver in Hinsdale after rallying from deficits of 10-0 and 17-7 at halftime.
“I thought we were going to score,” Hinsdale Central quarterback Brian Owens said.
But Owens’ attempt on fourth-and-2 was tipped and fell for an incompletion. The final drive started at the 50 after the Hilltoppers went three-plays-and-out.
The Hilltoppers (4-0, 2-0) took a 28-17 lead on Henry Haeffner’s quarterback sneak with 4:20 to go, but the Devils (3-1, 1-1) provided one last thrill by scoring in less than two minutes when Owens threw an 18-yard TD pass to John Claussen. Both Claussen and Ian Bunting finished with five catches for 82 yards each, while Owens completed 21-of-34 passes for 290 yards and three TDs.
Glenbard scored three consecutive times to open the second half, including a 41-yard TD catch to Vanderbilt-bound Nathan Marcus (6 catches, 119 yards), who had only two catches for 42 yards in the first half.
“They got a couple of scores and we could not recover,” said Hinsdale safety Teddy Kwasigroch.
The Devils took a 17-7 lead at halftime on Owens’ 5-yard TD pass to Jack Adams with just 26 seconds before the break.
“(Our rally) was incredible,” Marcus said. “I knew we would never give up. Whatever the adversity, we keep pressing on.”
Glenbard’s usual potent rushing game was limited to only a combined 85 yards between Joe Zito and Scott Andrews. Zito and Andrews had one TD each.
“It was two good defenses and two good offenses,” Glenbard coach Chad Hetlet said. “There were two good teams. For us, we have things to fix after watching the film.”
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper on Sept. 20 to read more about the Hinsdale Central football team.