Glenbrook North controls clock to blow out Deerfield

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THE SKINNY

An assertive Glenbrook North offense chewed up clock all game, allowing Deerfield possession for just over 15 minutes of game time. Behind Glenbrook North’s offensive mastery was quarterback A.J. Spitz, who gave the Warriors headaches through the air and on the ground, throwing for 178 yards and rushing for 176 more. For the 1-5 Warriors, the absence of quarterback Ben Ethridge (knee injury) loomed large. Sophomore Brian Ranallo threw just twice for zero yards and fumbled three times.

TURNING POINT

Deadlocked in a 7-7 tie in the second quarter, Spitz led the Spartans downfield in 3:54, capping it off with a 7-yard TD scramble, one of Spitz’s three TD runs on the night. The Spartans never looked back, scoring 30 unanswered points after the Spitz TD.

THE STAR

Spitz’s four total touchdowns (three rushing, one passing) and game management paced the Glenbrook North offense all night.

BY THE NUMBERS

Even though the Warriors were ineffective through the air, they rushed for 164 yards on 25 team carries (6.6 yards per carry). However, the ground success proved futile, as the Warriors turned the ball over five times (four fumbles and a blocked punt). The Spartans’ offense, on the other hand, did not turn the ball over once.

QUOTABLE

“It feels great to execute. … But it’s not just on me. My offensive line and receivers were throwing blocks down the field. Without them, I got nothing.” — Spitz

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