Thursday, September 26, 2013

When I mentioned on Monday...

...that if I were in town this weekend I'd be at the Hinsdale Central (3-1) - Glenbard West (3-1) game I had no idea the Red Devils were down to their third-string quarterback.

Apparently, Chase Hamilton, who started the season at QB, broke his right ankle in Week Three against York and his backup, Jacob White, injured his left ankle last week against Proviso West. (What's with these Hinsdale kids and their ankles?) So now Central is down to Ben Stefani, who didn't even attempt a pass after White left the game.

What's more, I can't find any mention of Michigan-bound tight end Ian Bunting, who was all over the news before the season. Is he injured too?

So you have Glenbard West, the defending 7A champ, ranked No. 8, 6 and 12 in the Trib, Sun-Times and MaxPreps, respectively, who hasn't lost a West Suburban Silver game since 2010, hosting a bruised and battered Hinsdale Central team that is only ranked No. 56 by MaxPreps.

I know what you're thinking right about now: So why in the world are you writing about it?

Well, to be honest, I've already done the research, I can't for the life of me find a better game on Saturday and, last, the weather forecast for Glen Ellyn is beautiful and you could do a lot worse than spend the afternoon out at charming Duchon Field, above. So don't sit inside on one of the last nice days of the year and watch some college game you don't even care about; come on out to the stadium. (And don't forget to buy a hot dog from that guy in the park just outside.)

Now for some color.

Here are the results of the Red Devils' first four games (home team in CAPS):

Bolingbrook 17, HINSDALE CENTRAL 6
HINSDALE CENTRAL 36, Addison Trail 14
Hinsdale Central 30, YORK 7
HINSDALE CENTRAL 31, Proviso West 0

And for the Hilltoppers, who entered the 2013 season with a 14-game winning streak:

GLENBARD WEST 68, Morton 7
Glenbard West 21, DOWNERS GROVE NORTH 0
Glenbard West 44, LYONS 7

And the results for the last nine years:

2012: Glenbard West 28, HINSDALE CENTRAL 23
2011: GLENBARD WEST 45, Hinsdale Central 14
2010: Glenbard West 28, HINSDALE CENTRAL 7
2009: GLENBARD WEST 28, Hinsdale Central 25
2008: Glenbard West 9, HINSDALE CENTRAL 0
2007: GLENBARD WEST 15, Hinsdale Central 13
2006: HINSDALE CENTRAL 26, Glenbard West 13
2005: Hinsdale Central 35, GLENBARD WEST 7
2004: HINSDALE CENTRAL 20, Glenbard West 13

As you can see, the "Hitters," as they also like to be called, haven't lost to Central since coach Chad Hetlet took over in 2007. (And where did he come from? Yep, Hinsdale Central.)

Do yourself a favor and go to the game.

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