Despite the sloppy conditions and heavy rain on Saturday, Glenbard West (6-1, 5-0 West Suburban Silver), which continues to sit atop the conference, dominated the first half. The Hilltoppers held Proviso West to 46 yards in the first two quarters,while piling up 238 yards of offense. Glenbard West took a27-6 lead into the half and coasted the rest of the way.
THE TURNING POINT
A mishandled punt by Proviso West (2-5, 0-4) gave the Hilltoppers the ball on the Panther’s 46-yard line with 6:35 remaining in the half. It took Glenbard West just four plays to score, the ball going to senior running back Scott Andrews each time. On the third play, Andrews broke three tackles and ran 30 yards down the sideline. He capped the drive on the next play with a six-yard scoring run that gave the Hilltoppers a 19-0 lead.
Andrews was a workhorse the entire game, grinding his way through the muddy field and running over and past defenders on his way to 111 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. He also had a 29-yard reception.
As if stopping Andrews was not hard enough, the Panthers had to contend with senior running backs Devonte Toney and Jermon Kindle-Joyner. Toney finished with 90 yards on 12 carries and Joyner tallied 43 yards on eight carries, including a four-yard touchdown run, and added a 10-yard catch. Senior wide receiver Byron Jackson was the silver lining for the Panthers. He finished with 66 receiving yards on five catches and returned a kickoff for a 94-yard score late in the second quarter.
“This is our home field and we know how to play on it. Despite the muddy conditions, we know what to do. That’s especially true when you have guys like Devonte (Toney) and Jermon (Kindle Joyner) blocking for you.” — Andrews