Glenbrook North 13, Wheeling 8
— Welcome, Chris Heywood.
The senior, a transfer from Loyola Academy, had himself a night in Glenbrook North’s season-opening 13-8 win over visiting Wheeling on Aug. 25.
Heywood put the Spartans ahead 10-0 in the final minute of the first half, when he caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Burke Morley.
He finished the game with four catches for 80 yards. In addition to his 27-yard score, he had a 34-yard reception.
The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Heywood also stood out as a kicker. He connected on two field goals, including a 41-yarder early in the third quarter to put GBN in front 13-0.
Morley had a nice varsity debut. He completed 15 of 23 passes for 152 yards. He also carried the ball nine times for 16 yards.
The team’s other leading receivers were Davu Keels (5-39) and Ethan Quayle (3-22).
On the defensive side, Skyler Metzger led the Spartans with 11 tackles. He recorded four tackles-for-loss.
Jayk Rosinski (10 tackles, 2 TFLs), Alex Borczyk (9 tackles, ½ sack, 1 TFL) and Kyle Williams (7 tackles, 2 TFLs) also were highly productive, along with Heywood (6 tackles, ½ sack), Landon Abboud (6 tackles), Michael Weingardt (5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL), Trent Williams (4 tackles, 1 TFL) and Max Luc (4 tackles).
Glenbrook South 42, Urban Prep/Englewood 0
No doubt about it.
Glenbrook South raced out to an early lead and went on to claim a season-opening 42-0 victory over visiting Urban Prep/Englewood on Aug. 25 at John Davis Stadium.
Three different players — Jack Jerfita, Andrew Gall and Ben Hides — scored two touchdowns each to carry the Titans.
Jerfita (10 rushes, 97 yards) put GBS on the board with a three-yard run with 10:43 left in the opening period. The junior tailback also reached the end zone on a two-yard run just before halftime to give the Titans a 42-0 advantage.
Gall, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound sophomore, came up with TD runs of nine and three yards. He finished the game with three carries for 20 yards.
Hides proved to be the big-play guy. The senior caught a 49-yard TD catch from Jeffery Chrones in the first quarter. He then added a 27-yard TD run with 8:15 left in the second quarter.
Hides was the team’s leading receiver (2-66) and second-leading rusher (4-61).
Chrones finished his night 4-for-6 for 95 yards, while Julian Aragan was 6-for-6 in PAT attempts.
The defense was led by senior linebacker Conor Nash (7 tackles, 1 sack, 2 ½ tackles for loss).
Jack Budra, Anthony Savino and Joe Villatte had four tackles each.
Peter Thein had an interception for the Titans.
Libertyville 27, Highland Park 14
— Brendan Bazar was a beast.
The star running back rushed for 221 yards and two touchdowns to lift visiting Libertyville past Highland Park 27-14 on Aug. 25. Bazar’s TD runs measured 61 and 40 yards.
HP had a bunch of solid performances in the season-opening setback.
Topping the list was Giancarlo Volpentesta. The junior pulled down eight catches for 116 yards. He caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from John Sakos with 14 seconds left in the first half.
Volpentesta also was credited with four tackles.
Tommy Motzko was another two-way standout for the Giants. The junior caught four passes for 92 yards, including a nine-yard TD with 7:41 left in regulation.
On defense, Motzko had eight tackles, including one for a loss, while Noah Spitz led the Giants in tackles with nine.
Kevin Kaufman had eight tackles along with a two-yard quarterback sack, while Jack Finfer recorded a seven-yard sack.
Luke Baldwin and Noa Morgenstern came up with six tackles apiece.
Sakos ended up completing 13 of 23 passes for 211 yards. He was intercepted once to go along with the two TD tosses.
Ryan Brincks led the team in rushing (5-50). He also had five tackles and two tackles for loss on defense.