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Glenbard West overcomes mistakes, dumps Addison Trail
By Kevin Schmit | Daily Herald Staff

Matt Marston of Glenbard West picks off a pass intended for Nick Wisniewski during the Addison Trail at Glenbard West game Saturday.

 

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

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Published: 10/2/2010 6:29 PM | Updated: 10/2/2010 8:11 PM

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Glenbard West and Addison Trail each made their share of mistakes.

The difference was taking advantage.

Glenbard West's football team scored off three turnovers and overcame its own miscues while rolling to a 41-7 West Suburban Conference crossover win over the Blazers Saturday in Glen Ellyn.

The Hilltoppers (6-0) struggled through fits and starts, showing flashes of brilliance in the midst of turning the ball over four times and committing 7 penalties for 98 yards. Addison Trail (3-3) had 7 penalties for 70 yards.

On the bright side for Glenbard West were four touchdowns of 40-plus yards. The Hilltoppers were locked in a 7-7 second-quarter tie before scoring twice in 17 seconds and adding a third touchdown a minute before halftime to build a 27-7 lead at the break.

"That's the capability we have with our offense, we have a lot of playmakers," said Glenbard West receiver Mark Hiben, who had 2 touchdown catches. "We've got a lot of speed and also we have a good running game. Because of that we can get play-action down the field."

Glenbard West now faces its biggest game of the season thus far with a Week 7 showdown at York (6-0, 4-0), which stayed unbeaten with Saturday's 26-16 win over previously unbeaten Lyons Twp.

The Hilltoppers may go into that game short-handed after quarterback Mike Matthew left Saturday's game in the second quarter with injured ribs and running back Trace Sorey reinjured a knee. Standout defensive lineman Tommy Schutt played only a handful of downs because of a lingering foot injury.

"We've got to get healthy," said Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet. "It's going to be tough. Hopefully, we have guys who can fill in for the guys who are going to be out."

Matthew started the scoring with a 45-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Marcus, but Anthony Messina's interception set up Addison Trail for a 22-yard scoring pass from Trevor Bermingham to Nick Wisniewski.

Three fumbles in the final eight minutes of the half, however, put the Blazers in a quick halftime hole. Kendall Johnson ran for a 61-yard touchdown, Matthew threw a 42-yard scoring pass to Hiben, and backup quarterback Daver Glawe added a 20-yard touchdown pass to Hiben.

"We went toe-to-toe with a pretty good football team," said Addison Trail coach Paul Parpet Jr. "We're a pretty good football team, but we need to finish drives and hang on to the football. We still have yet to play up to our capabilities."

Nick Burrello, who rushed for 149 yards on 15 carries, scored on runs of 80 and 8 yards in the second half. Burrello's 80-yarder was set up by another Addison Trail fumble and a second recovery by Hilltoppers defensive lineman Zack Marshall.

"Addison Trail came out and kind of punched us in the mouth a little bit," Marshall said. "I thought we responded pretty well."