The Lyons Township High School football team always wants to beat rival Hinsdale Central. The fact that both squads entered Friday’s game in the thick of the West Suburban Conference Silver Division race only heightened the intensity and significance of the matchup.
After falling behind two touchdowns early, Reggie Terrell’s 2-yard run midway through the second quarter pulled LTHS within 20-14 of the Red Devils.
Showing a balanced attack in the second half, Hinsdale Central pulled away from the Lions for a 51-21 win.
Trailing 23-14 entering the third quarter, LTHS made a costly mistake by fumbling the opening kickoff. The Red Devils (6-1, 4-1 West Suburban Silver) cashed in on the scoring opportunity a few plays later when Josh Bean busted into the end zone from two yards out to trigger a run of 24 unanswered points.
Sophomore quarterback Ben Bryant went 15-for-29 passing for 212 yards and two touchdowns. Terrell struggled in the ground game, finishing with just 19 yards on 11 carries. Riley Kloes led LTHS in rushing with 36 yards on seven carries and Brandon Fischer had seven catches for 99 yards and a TD.
Kevin Minik and Jack Walton each had an interception for the Lions.
LTHS (5-2, 2-2) faces Oak Park and River Forest on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Bennett Field.
Senior quarterback Ryan Swift (12-for-27, 119 yards passing) rushed for a 18-yard touchdown and threw a 16-yard pass to Declan Lanam for another score as the Bulldogs cruised past host Fenton 25-0 on Friday. Jeremiah Clarkson (5-yard TD run), Emilio Solano (24-yard field goal) and Al’Lan Carter (safety) also scored for RBHS. Edwin Rios led the defense with eight tackles.
The Bulldogs (6-1, 2-1 Metro Suburban West) responded well after losing to Immaculate Conception 15-7 in Week 6.
“We talked all week about how all great teams are able to overcome adversity,” RBHS coach Brendan Curtin said. “We narrowed down the size and scope of what we game planned for against Fenton and focused on getting back to being fundamentally sound. I think the kids were able to grasp this concept quite well.”
The victory keeps the Bulldogs in the mix for the Metro Suburban West conference championship. Immaculate Conception and Glenbard South are the conference co-leaders with a 3-0 record, while RBHS is 2-1 on league play. RBHS is 6-1 overall, has outscored the opposition 192-87 and already secured a playoff berth.
The Bulldogs play at Aurora Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7:15 p.m.
Despite strong performances from several starters, the Friars lost 38-28 to host St. Ignatius in a Chicago Catholic League crossover. Will Lattner rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and Sherman Martin turned in another solid effort with seven catches for 83 yards.
Junior quarterback Jacob Keller completed 16 of 23 passes for 2 TDs and an interception. Mike O’Laughlin contributed four catches for 39 yards including a TD reception.
Fenwick (3-4, 1-1 CCL Green) hosts Montini on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Morton West (1:30 p.m. kickoff).