Off to a 4-0 start, the Riverside-Brookfield High School football team has served as a highlight reel for winning football. All three phases have excelled as the Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 159-44 this season.
The Bulldogs’ 48-16 win against Aurora Central Catholic on Friday may have been their best game yet. RBHS reeled off 34 unanswered points in the second quarter to break open the Metro Suburban Conference crossover game.
With the Chargers holding an 8-7 lead after one quarter, RBHS quarterback Hunter Hughes threw five touchdown passes in the second quarter to give the Bulldogs a commanding 41-8 halftime lead. Hughes completed 12 of 13 passes for 278 yards, seven touchdowns and an interception.
In the second quarter, Hughes threw three touchdowns passes to Stefan Giminski (5 catches, 120 yards, 4 TD) and one each to Devin Moody (3 catches, 89 yards, 2 TD) and Zach Vaia (4 catches, 69 yards, TD).
The Bulldogs rushed 29 times for 90 yards, but the running game wasn’t particularly needed the way Hughes and the wide receiving corps were moving the ball through the air.
“I think we played well as a team, but we also know we have a lot to improve,” Giminski said. “The reason why we came out on top is because we never take our foot off the gas pedal. It all comes back to how practice. The way we practice shows during game time.”
RBHS extended its lead to 48-8 at the 10:04 of the third quarter on Hughes’ 45-yard touchdown pass to Moody to close out the Bulldogs’ scoring.
“Our team has a lot of playmakers,” RBHS linebacker Jeff Bills said. “They have a huge impact on the game. However, football is a team sport. Without all of our guys moving towards the same goal, which is to go 1-0 every weekend, we wouldn’t have the success we’ve had so far.”
The Chargers scored their second and final touchdown on Ryan Cerza’s 2-yard run. ACC quarterback Jimmy Eul tossed a pass to Drew Babler for a successful 2-point conversion to make the score 48-16.
Defensively, RBHS caused three turnovers and held ACC scoreless for two of four quarters. Anthony Walsh (5 tackles, 2 sacks) and Vaughn Hilpp (5 tackles, 1.5 sacks, fumble recovery) led the Bulldogs. Joey Quarino had four tackles and a forced fumble, while James Mizura, Jake Vaia, Christopher Doherty and Bills recorded three tackles apiece. Dominick Rowe contributed an interception, fumble recovery and two tackles.
“Starting off the season on such a high note is great,” Walsh said. “We know though that we have to keep working hard if we want to keep the momentum. I know that we are going to be the best we can be in practice this week, and that will show in our next game.”
The Bulldogs (4-0) host a pair of huge conference games to close out September. RBHS welcomes in Wheaton Academy (3-1) on Friday, Sept. 22 and reigning Class 3A state champion Immaculate Conception (3-1) on Friday, Sept. 29. Both games kick off 7:15 p.m. at the Kennelly Athletic Complex.