With multiple postseason appearances under coach Brendan Curtin, the Riverside-Brookfield High School football team knows what to expect in the playoffs.
“The first time we made it to the second season (in 2014), it was all new for our guys,” Curtin said. “Now, we have a bunch of guys who have been to the playoffs and have had some success. They know how to prepare for the playoffs and what to expect once it starts.”
In fact, the Bulldogs advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class 6A state playoffs last year. Previously, RBHS had been to the quarterfinals in 2001 when star quarterback Tim Brasic powered the Bulldogs to an 11-1 record.
RBHS enters the 6A playoffs this season with a 7-2 record overall and 4-1 mark in the Metro Suburban West.
“The goal for us was to be playing our best football football at this time of the season,” Curtin said. “I think are we are doing that. This team has matured in a lot of ways. Most importantly, our players have learned how to respond to both adversity and success to foster our development overall.”
The Bulldogs defeated Glenbard South 21-7 Friday in their regular season finale. Junior Quarterback Hunter Hughes completed 15 of 22 passes for 145 yards but threw two interceptions.
“Hunter gets better each week by making good decisions with the football,” Curtin said. “We’re pleased with his development. He’s so fast and can really move so we put the reins on him a little bit. He’s a versatile quarterback for sure.”
Nicolas Del Nodal had 18 carries for 150 yards and a touchdown, while wide receiver Emmanuel Salther had five catches for 73 yards.
Defensively, Keenan Scott was outstanding against Glenbard South with 11 solo tackles, five assisted tackles plus two tackles for loss and a sack. Joey Swallow added two interceptions.
“Joey and Keenan have both done some really good things for us,” Curtin said. “Del Nodal has a done a fine job at tailback and I love the job Filip Sofeski and Coulter Greenwell have done in the trenches for us.”
RBHS hosts Lake Forest on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the first round of the 6A playoffs.
“The playoffs are different,” Curtin said. “The intensity and speed of the game picks up and it’s a more electrifying atmosphere. Teams typically tweak a few things and make minor adjustments, but the game will always be about fundamentals like blocking and tackling.”