During the Riverside-Brookfield High School football team’s four-game winning streak, senior running back Matt Chapp has been the one consistent scoring threat for the Bulldogs. Whether it’s touchdown runs, catches or returns in special teams, the incredibly elusive Chapp has been a scoring machine.
He maintained his amazing ability to find the end zone by scoring four touchdowns during the Bulldogs’ 49-6 rout of Fenton in Metro Suburban Conference West Division action.
Here’s a scary thought for opponents moving forward. The RBHS offense features many more weapons than just Chapp and those skilled players are starting to surface during the Bulldogs’ inspired run. Junior quarterback Ryan Swift turned in his best and most efficient performance against the Bison at Shuey Stadium. The 6-1, 215-pound signal called completed 15 of 18 passes for 276 yards and five touchdowns.
“I think I’ve actually underperformed to my potential,” Swift said. “I am seeing the game better much this season though. I know I can play better the rest of the season.
“Overall, I think the players on this team have a different mindset this year. We’re a lot tougher this year. We have a good mindset and good group of guys. We worked really hard during the offseason and [now] we’re saying all the work pay off.”
Tight end Kyle Tracy also turned in a monster performance snagging 10 catches for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Throw in offensive threats like Brian Kulaga, David Pribyl-Pierdinock, Antone Dixon and Dean Zigulich plus a solid offensive line and it’s easy to discover why RBHS is averaging 40 points per game.
The defense, also known as “The Dark Side,” has also played exceptionally well allowing just 40 points over four games. Pribyl-Pierdinock, one of the best linebackers in the conference, along with safety Adolfo Linares, linebacker Matt McCabe, cornerback Jimmy Kunkel and defensive lineman Jordan Petronella and Matt Magee lead the Bulldogs’ stout defense, which also has done a nice job creating takeaways this season.
“We have a bunch of great playmakers on defense who have been playing several years on the varsity level,” Petronella said. “We also have good chemistry and we know who needs to make plays at the right time.
“A lot of credit belongs to our coaches. It’s a privilege to have the coaches we have because they work their butts off to help us get better.”
Against Fenton, RBHS raced out to a 28-0 halftime lead and never looked back en route to becoming playoff eligible. The Bulldogs (5-2, 3-0) have plenty to play for with remaining games against visiting Aurora Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:15 p.m.
“There has been a handful of contributing factors to our success this season, but the most defining contributing factor is the kids on our team,” RBHS coach Brendan Curtin said. “They come to practice focused every day and they want to get better. I think they also take pride and have a genuine sense of fulfillment when they see each other do well.”
RBHS closes out the regular season in Glen Ellyn against Glenbard South on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7:15 p.m. The regular season finale against the Raiders will likely carry conference title implications as both RBHS and Glenbard South currently share first place.