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7A Football Photo Gallery: Glenbard West Nips Wheaton North

Glenbard West 3, Wheaton North 0: The Hilltoppers scored on a second-quarter field goal and relied on a stout defense to prevail in Saturday's Class 7A football quarterfinal game.

Hayden Lekacz kicked a 32-yard field goal with 9:17 left in the first half and Glenbard West's defense did the rest as the Hilltoppers edged Wheaton North 3-0 in a Class 7A football quarterfinal on Saturday.

Story in Pictures: Check out our Patch photo gallery.

Scores of Interest: Benet Academy 26, Downers Grove North 24; Lake Zurich 21, Rockford Boylan 6. For more IHSA football playoff scores, go to ScoreZone.

BIll I November 11, 2012 at 07:06 PM
No offense to West but North dominated that game. Just a missed field goal and the game would have gone to overtime. Still a good time along Lake Ellyn regardless, and makes me wonder why the schedule doesn't permit these schools to play more often.
Laurene Zeno November 11, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Outstanding photos. Kudos to both photographers, and a huge thanks to Wheaton North's John Schmid for capturing some amazing moments of an incredible season.
Someone from Wheaton November 24, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Both teams played an extremely good game. This turned out to be one of the best American football games I'd ever seen. Since I don't see a summary of the game anywhere on the Internet, I just wanted to summarize some highlights of the game. It was a tough defensive game on both sides. Both teams seemed to take turns failing to get first downs and then punting the ball to the other side. The usual passing game of the Wheaton North Falcons proved early on to be ineffective. Early in the game, the Glenbard West Hitters intercepted a Falcon pass. Fortunately for the Falcons, they failed to score on that conversion. The Falcons started to resort mostly to a rushing game, often gaining a few yards at a time. Frequently, they would run straight through the defensive line. Johnny Peltz (#11), the quarterback, often kept the ball and ran with it. This strategy was surprisingly effective. On defense, the Falcons managed to sack the quarterback a few times. Early in the second quarter, the Hitters came extremely close to getting a touchdown. The runner had a clear shot at the end zone. Unfortunately for the Hitters, the runner fumbled the ball at the 3 yard line. The ball quickly rolled beyond the end line, quashing any hope of recovering it for the touchdown. The Falcons then drove them all the way back to about the 25 yard line, sacking the quarterback twice in a row. On the fourth down, the Hitters scored a field goal.
Someone from Wheaton November 24, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Later in the second quarter, the Hitters were at roughly the Falcons' 40 yard line. They needed about 3 yards on the 4th down. They tried to run for it and got a yard or two, but the runner was tackled just short of getting the first down. The Falcons then managed to get all the way to about the 15 yard line. On a 4th down, they attempted the field goal but missed it. At that point in time, the sun was shining brightly through the clouds and was directly in the kicker's eyes. In the 4th quarter, the Falcons managed a long scoring drive, getting a couple first downs in a row. Still, they failed to score on this possession. The Hitters then failed to score on their possession. That left the Falcons with the ball on the opposite side of the field with 2 minutes and some odd change left on the clock. They managed to get all the way to within the 30 yard line. Unfortunately for the Falcons, the Hitters intercepted a pass, for about the third time that game. With about 1:23 left on the clock, and with the Falcons having no time outs remaining, the Hitters just ran down the clock. (Ironically, the previous weekend, the Falcons had defeated the Prospect Knights 14-7 by intercepting with just over a minute left in the game.) The atmosphere at the game was very lively, spirited and fun. The western half of the field was covered in mud. As the game went on, many of the players were so covered in mud that you could barely read their numbers.

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