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Glenbrook North rushes by Maine West
By John Leusch | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 10/2/2010 12:49 AM

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Rushing is his name.

And rushing is his game.

Glenbrook North sophomore running back Grant Rushing raced up and down the Maine West football field Friday night for a career-high 171 yards and 4 touchdowns as the Spartans spoiled the Warriors' homecoming 48-7 in a Central Suburban North match.

"He's a nice player," said Maine West coach Chris Hare. "He's big (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) and fast. They are a heck of a team (5-1, 2-0). They are bigger than us and faster than us."

Unfortunately for the Warriors (1-5, 0-2), one of their fastest players, quarterback Ziggy Krycka had to leave the game with a lower leg injury less than three minutes into the second half.

The 6-foot senior had rushed for 93 yards to that point, including West's only touchdown, on a 47-yard run around right end that made the score 20-7 with 4:48 left in the first half.

The Warriors' second-string QB, sophomore Dan O'Hara, also had to leave the game with what Hare said could be a detached retina.

The Warriors finished with Calvin Williams calling the signals. The senior running back had rushed for 23 yards before taking his first snap in the final quarter.

West lost a third starter when junior offensive lineman Rogelio Rodriguez injured his knee.

While Rushing's touchdowns came on runs of 3, 23, 42 and 6 yards, just as explosive on the receiving end for North was Armin Batang.

The senior wide receiver caught 45 and 61-yard TD passes from senior QB Zack Hilgendorf in the first half.

"Armin (also 2 rushes for 61 yards) is our most dangerous player running the ball," said Spartans 11-year coach Bob Pieper. "We've got to find ways to get him the ball."

When Rushing had the ball (20 carries), he was quite elusive.

"The offensive line (John Cram, George McCurdy, Mike Ermel, Brian Kim and John Boidanis) really helps and Nick (Freund) at fullback, too," Rushing said. "We have to take every game like we're playing the best team in the conference team. You've got to respect everyone."

"Our running backs are great," Ermel said. "It's like impossible to take them down. We've just got to open a few holes for them."

Hare liked the way his defense stepped up at times against the high-powered Spartans.

"At times, it looked good," he said. "We had some nice hits. We've just got to sustain it for a whole game. And when you are going against a team as big as they are, it wears you out.

"I thought our middle linebackers (seniors Mike Cardamone and Mike Farias) had nice games."

Glenbrook North was called for 8 penalties which cost it 76 yards.

"Our goal is to get better every week," Pieper said. "We had a lot of penalties this game but those are things we can fix."