Glenbard North 35, Carmel 14
THESKINNY: The game plan for No. 10 Glenbard North (1-1) was to feed star running back Justin Jackson early and often. That strategy worked well, as the Northwestern-commit ran 23 times for 186 yards, while also hauling in three receptions for 137 yards. His five total touchdowns were the difference, as the host Panthers were unstoppable on offense for much of the game.
TURNING POINT: After keeping Glenbard North off the scoreboard in the first quarter, the Corsairs (0-2) defense fell asleep for the first play of the second, allowing Jackson to gain 43 yards on a screen pass. Five plays later the running back found the endzone, giving the Panthers a leave they would never relinquish.
THE STAR: Jackson, who showed his all-around skills in just two-and-a-half quarters of play. With speed, strength and amazing change of direction, the senior took control of the game after a slow start.
QUOTE: “We really had a good plan, and once we figured out their defense, we could create matchup problems all over the field.” – Jackson