Elmwood P. 0
The Riverside-Brookfield football team snapped a three-game losing skid with a 28-0 win over Elmwood Park in Metro Suburban Conference action on Friday night.
Riverside-Brookfield quarterback Dylan Beketic (17-for-21, 301 yards) threw a pair of touchdown passes to Joe Odeh and another touchdown strike to Alex Huffhines as the Bulldogs’ aerial attack proved too much for the host Tigers.
Huffhines and Odeh, at 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-3 respectively, simply used their size advantage to trouble the Tigers’ secondary. In fact, the Bulldogs have been going to their terrific tandem of wideouts with more regularity (and success) as the season has progressed.
Beketic, who rushed for 44 yards, also scored a touchdown via the run.
“I was really pleased with our quarterback play from Dylan,” RB coach Jason Rech said. “He really only threw maybe one bad ball [out of 21 passes]. It was nice to see everything come together for him. I thought our offensive line did a nice job as well.”
The Bulldogs (2-5, 1-2 Metro Suburban Conference) posted their first touchdown when Beketic tossed a 33-yard pass to Odeh in the end zone with 1:30 left in the first quarter. Nick Callahan ran in the 2-point conversion to give RB an 8-0 lead. Beketic added a 9-yard touchdown toss to the rangy Huffhines (9 catches, 168 yards) in the corner of the end zone to extend the Bulldogs’ advantage to 14-0 at halftime.
Elmwood Park opened the second half with a methodical drive down the field, sparked by the hard running of junior Michael Tinajero (11 carries, 55 yards). The Tigers elected to go for it on fourth-and-two at the RB 3 only to be stuffed by the Bulldogs’ swarming defense. Callahan stopped Tinajero on a sweep run on the fourth down play.
“We haven’t started third quarters well,” Rech said, “but our defense stopping them on that fourth down was huge. The defense played well, and both our wins this season have been shutouts.”
Galvanized by their defensive stand, the Bulldogs stayed in tune offensively with an impressive five-play, 97-yard scoring drive capped off by Beketic to Odeh (87 yards receiving on the night) for another scoring pass play.
Beketic scored the Bulldogs’ final touchdown on a 7-yard run into the end zone early in the fourth quarter. Andy Suzuki ran in the 2-point conversion making the score 28-0.
Mark Swift led the Bulldogs’ defense with 12 tackles followed by Callahan (10 tackles) and Justin Agne (nine tackles). Joe DiMarco and Huffhines each had an interception.
Riverside-Brookfield hosts highly regarded Nazareth on Friday (7 p.m.) for Homecoming.
“Nazareth is ridiculously fast,” Rech said. “A lot of our players know their players from youth football.”
The Roadrunners (6-1), led by quarterback Sam Poulos, running back Josh Moore and wideout/defensive back Kalium Ewing, are loaded with team speed. Nazareth became a targeted team after an impressive 24-21 victory at Joliet Catholic earlier this season.