The Lyons Township High School football team had plenty to feel good about entering Saturday afternoon’s game against Glenbard West. The Lions came into the clash of West Suburban Conference Silver Division with a 4-0 record, including shutout wins over Proviso West and Warren, and also a huge turnout of fans for their homecoming game. Even a small, manually operated drone hovered over the LTHS sideline during the game as a surreal diversion.
“Our fans are great,” LTHS senior wide receiver Jimmy Saracco said. “No matter whether its grandparents, parents or students, they always support us which really motivates us to do well.”
Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers are seasoned party crashers as evidenced by their 35-0 victory over LTHS at Bennett Field.
Although both teams will face other conference contenders Hinsdale Central and Oak Park and River Forest in the upcoming weeks, Glenbard West (5-0, 3-0) kept its attention Saturday solely on the Lions.
“We were just focused on this game this week,” Glenbard West running back Sam Brodner said. “Our defense came out fast and played really well. On offense, we did everything we needed to do. We started out a little slow, but in the second half we showed who we are.
“I know it’s bad to say, but we were trying to spoil their homecoming, so I guess we did that today. We respect all of our opponents and LT is always a big game, so we’re glad to get the win.”
Brodner had 22 carries for 136 yards and scored three touchdowns on runs of 20, four and nine yards to power the Hilltoppers’ vaunted ground game. The Vanderbilt-bound Brodner has scored 18 TDs this season.
Running backs Dominick Ficarella (8 carries, 82 yards) and Isaiah Skinner (12 carries, 54 yards) added a touchdown apiece as Glenbard West methodically wore down the Lions. Ficarella’s performance was particularly impressive considering he had a 102-degree fever on Friday.
Senior quarterback Brian Cochrane (11-for-13, 139 yards) and Christian Maciorowski (5 catches, 66 yards) also contributed for the Hilltoppers.
Conversely, LTHS struggled to establish any offensive continuity with only 22 rushing yards for the game. Sophomore quarterback Ben Bryant completed 7 of 18 passes for 106 yards with one interception.
Running back Reggie Terrell had 11 carries for 12 yards and wide receiver Jimmy Saracco caught three passes for 38 yards. Junior linebacker Jack Walton led defensively with 8.5 tackles and Timothy Hangsterfer added six tackles.
“Today was super frustrating because I felt like we prepared well on both sides of the ball for this game,” said Terrell, who lives in Brookfield. “I’m not really sure what happened, but I know we could have gotten the job done if we executed better. It just didn’t happen for us.
“I feel like this should be our only loss. We can still go 8-1, then get into the playoffs and make a deep run.”
The Lions (4-1, 1-1) take on host Downers Grove North on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
“Obviously we can learn a lot from the [Glenbard West] game,” Saracco said. “We’ll get after each other in practice this week and prepare for Downers.”