Glenbard West has no trouble with Oak Park
BY MICHAEL WOJTYCHIW September 24, 2011
Not even some trickery by the home team on the game’s opening kickoff could derail No. 2 Glenbard West Saturday afternoon. The Hilltoppers used a combination of a power running game and an aerial attack to ruin Oak Park-River Forest’s homecoming, defeating the Huskies 41-6.
After getting out to a slow start, the Hilltoppers (5-0, 3-0 West Suburban Silver) scored on three of their four second-quarter possessions.
Quarterback Justice Odom got the second-quarter scoring started when he hooked up on a 21-yard strike with Nathan Marcus. Odom (10 of 15, 229 yards, three touchdowns, 59 yards rushing, rushing touchdown) then connected on a 61-yard touchdown with Kendall Johnson, who ran a seam route down the middle of the field and went in for the score untouched. Odom capped off the quarter’s scoring when he rushed for a nine-yard score.
“We had a lot of mental errors in the first half and came out with a better mind in the second half,’’ said Odom, who is a first-year starter. “We need to perfect the passing game and every week you can see it’s getting better and better every week.’’
Unfortunately for the Huskies (2-3, 1-2), it was more of the same in the second half, as a three-yard rushing touchdown by Joe Zito (12 carries, 110 yards) and a 29-yard pass from Odom to Marcus (two catches, 50 yards, two touchdowns) made the score 41-0, setting up a running clock for the rest of the game, with two minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Jakari Cammon had 112 yards rushing on 20 carries and scored the Huskies’ lone touchdown on a 46-yard run early in the fourth quarter.