Red Devils Struggle in Second Half, Lose Conference Opener
Proviso West scored the first 23 points after halftime en route to 30-22 win in Hinsdale.
Senior quarterback Quincy Cole and the Proviso West offense brought the Hinsdale Central defense back down to earth Friday night.
Cole, a first-year varsity quarterback, completed 20 of 28 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers (2-1, 1-0) turned a 14-7 halftime deficit into a 30-22 victory over the Red Devils (2-1, 0-1) at Dickinson Field in Hinsdale.
The loss for Hinsdale Central came one week after they pitched a 42-0 shutout of Leyden in their home opener.
It was both teams' West Suburban Silver opener.
For the third straight week, the Red Devils gave their two quarterbacks equal playing time.
Brian Owens started the game and played a strong first half. The junior completed 12 of 17 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns.
Getting the ball with 1:08 left before halftime, Owens led his team on an 82-yard drive to break a 7-7 tie. He completed 5 of 7 passes for 73 yards and connected with senior receiver Tommy Delzenero for an 8-yard touchdown pass with 11 seconds remaining.
Danny Callahan took over for the Red Devils in the second half. The senior completed 4 of 14 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown.
Proviso West tied the game at 14 after a nine-play drive ended with a Cole touchdown pass to junior receiver Demetrius Streeter.
Hinsdale Central junior running back Jack Adams fumbled at the Red Devils 40-yard line two plays later. The Panthers again went on a nine-play drive that ended in the end zone after a 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Ishmeal Akui.
Callahan couldn't handle a low snap at the Red Devils 20-yard line on the ensuing drive and had to fall on the ball in the end zone for a safety.
The Panthers went up 30-14 on a Cole touchdown pass to senior tight end Craig Lottie early in the fourth quarter.
Senior receiver Brad Anlauf caught two touchdowns for Hinsdale Central.