Turnovers and Hinsdale South ground game too much for Leyden to handle

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THE SKINNY

Hinsdale South won its third game in a row and continued a push toward qualifying for the playoffs. The Hornets (3-3, 3-1) scored the game’s first 19 points, holding defending West Suburban Gold champ Leyden (1-5, 1-2) to just a 39-yard field goal by sophomore Kevin Vargas in the fourth quarter.

TURNING POINT

With the game scoreless, junior Jake Hynek pulled down an acrobatic, one-handed interception for Hinsdale South in the final seconds of the first quarter. Three plays later sophomore Robert Hall scored on a 32-yard TD run and the Hornets never looked back.

THE STAR

Hynek sparked the Hornets’ defense again in the second quarter when he intercepted another Eagles’ pass attempt. His two picks led to two Hinsdale South scores, including a 1-yard plunge by quarterback Robert Regan to give the Hornets a 13-0 lead.

BY THE NUMBERS

Hinsdale South’s ground attack churned out yardage all night, as the Hornets combined to rush for 258 yards on 52 carries. Hall led all rushers with 102 yards, while Michael Fassero gained 80 yards on 13 carries.

QUOTABLE

“Our coaches have been telling us all week, ‘We have to eat, we have to eat, we have to get turnovers out there.’ We got those two turnovers early and got more in the second half, and that is what leads to a victory.” — Hynek

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