ADDISON — It was a promising beginning to what turned out to be a disappointing night for the Hinsdale Central Red Devils.
One week after pulling the biggest upset of the opening week — an upset on the road against top-ranked Bolingbrook — the Red Devils jumped out to an early lead against Addison Trail as their offense seemed to be clicking on all cylinders.
Blake Hately connected on a short field to cap the opening drive. Then senior running back Juwan Edmond scored the first touchdown of the game on a brilliant running play that begain around midfield that made it 9-0 The PAT put the visitors ahead 10-0 at 5 minutes, 30 seconds in the first quarter.
Hinsdale Central seemed to have all the momentum and was making the big stops on third downs, pressuring the quarterback and, most importantly, moving the ball with ease.
That all changed in the second quarter as the Blazers turned up their defense and went on to stun Hinsdale Central 18-10.
Addison Trail got on the board in the second quarter when quarterback Mike Rybarczyk ran six yards for the TD.
Then, with just 3.4 seconds left before the half, Rybarczyk heaved a pass toward the end zone, where wide receiver Jaavion Bradley went full Calvin Johnson and made a sensational catch to put the Blazers up 12-10 going into halftime.
“I knew if I was to catch that [pass] we would have the momentum coming into the second half, and we did,” Bradley said.
The Blazers would go on to score another touchdown early in the third quarter, while keeping Hinsdale off the board with an incredible display of defensive power.
An interception at the end of the third quarter stopped one Hinsdale drive at the Addison Trail 45.
Then in the fourth quarter, Hinsdale Central (1-1) fumbled away possession. Addison Trail (2-0) took over and looked ready to give the ball back, but an offside penalty on the Devils gave the Blazers a first down and they were able to run out the clock.
Hinsdale Central coach Dan Hartman knows his team can play better than it showed against the Blazers.
“It’s an eye-opener,” Hartman said. “I think we checked out mentally sometime in the second quarter and started making mental mistakes.”
Addison Trail “came out and played their game,” Hartman said.
The Red Devils will try to regroup Friday when York pays a visit in the West Suburban Silver opener.