ELMHURST—In the showdown of undefeated rivals, No. 2 Glenbard West dispatched No. 17 York 27-10 Friday on the road to remain undefeated.
Head coach Chad Hetlet said he was most proud that his team came from behind for the victory.
"We haven't been down much this season; I don't think we have been behind this year," Hetlet said. "To start with a 10-0 deficit on the road is tough against an undefeated team. We came back and battled."
Glenbard West (7-0, West Suburban Conference Silver 4-0) trailed 10-0 early in the game, but came back with 27 unanswered points stemming from a hot play between senior quarterback Daver Glawe and senior wide receiver Mark Hiben.
Glawe was in for injured senior quarterback Mikey Matthew, who sustained a concussion and collapsed lung in late week's match against Addison Trail and will miss two to three weeks. In his first varsity start, Glawe threw 204 yards on nine of 12 passing, two touchdowns and one interception.
Glawe credits his passing success to his offensive line protection and his running backs rushing well to open up play action.
The game got off to a rough start when Glenbard West fumbled during their opening drive. York (6-1, WSC Silver 4-1) converted it to points on a 37-yard field goal by junior kicker Sean McDaid.
York senior quarterback Jim Nudera extended the lead to 10-0 when he connected with junior wide receiver Jordan Preuss for an 18-yard touchdown.
Then, the rally commenced. Hiben was open in the left flat, so Glawe threw a perfect pass as Hiben scampered for a 62-yard touchdown.
"It was third down because they stopped us on a couple runs, and we saw their safties flying up," Hiben said. "We thought it would be a good time to go play action. The offensive line gave great protection."
Following York senior linebacker R.J. Kleinhans' interception of Glawe's pass late in the second quarter, the Dukes offense unraveled. There were consecutive botched snaps on a third down and a punt, losing York 38 yards so Glenbard West started 2 yards away from a score.
"The botched snaps was the turning point, for sure" Hetlet said.
Senior running back Nick Burrello then dove over York defenders to put the Hilltoppers up 13-10 at halftime.
The second half had Glenbard West senior defensive back Mike Laning intercept Nudera. Laning said his defensive line and linebackers pressured Nudera, allowing him to make a play.
"We caught a blitz on that play, and so the quarterback was a little rushed I thought," Laning said. "He saw us coming and was about to get sacked, so he threw it up there, and I was at the right place at the right time."
Hiben then made a key third down catch on a screen for 28-yards that eventually led to a Burrello touchdown for a 19-10 edge.
"When we see the defensive line flying upfield, it's a play we like to go to," Hiben said. "It was a great call by the coach."
The scoring was capped with a 10-yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Kendell Johnson.
Glawe said Hetlet emphasized during the week for Glenbard West to play for Pierre Washington Steele, a former teammate. Steele died Feb. 4 in a driving accident.
"Coach emphasized in Week 7, play for No. 7," Glawe said. "When you play for something that's truly in your heart, it's easy to come out here and play your best."
The Hilltoppers will host Downers Grove North (1-6, 0-4 WSC Silver) 1:30 p.m. next Saturday. Glawe knows his team needs to play well the entire game.
"Starting like that is what we never want to do," Glawe said of the fumble and deficit. "We emphasize coming out fast and playing fast. We didn't do that tonight and that's one of the things we will correct going into next week."