After a heart breaking 17-14 loss to the Leyden Eagles last week, the Hinsdale South Hornets want to come back and prove to the conference, and their fans, that they have what it takes to be a strong force in the West Suburban Gold Conference.
The Hornets have that opportunity this week as they travel to their sister school, and rival, Hinsdale Central to take on the Red Devils. The Red Devils will be a very big challenge to the Hornets, since they are 4-1 on the season, just like the Hornets. The Red Devils were able to defeat Lyons Township 24-20, and will want to take that momentum into this week’s contest.
Last season, the Hornets went into the game against Hinsdale Central with a 3-2 record, while the Red Devils had the exact same 3-2 record. It was a tough game for both teams, but the Red Devils came away with a 28-7 victory, thanks to seniors Brad Anlauf, Brian Owens, Ryan Kelleher and Tom Garvin, who were key parts of that victory.
This year is a repeat of sorts, with both teams coming into the game with a 4-1 record. The Red Devils, however, are coming off a victory, and the Hornets are coming off a loss. With that, the momentum will be on the side of the Red Devils, especially being in their home stadium. However, the Hornets want to be strong, and want to compete in the tough West Suburban Gold Conference. This is a big game for both teams, and the Hornets will have to fight very hard to win.
Keys to the Game:
If the Hornets want to win this game, they are going to have to forget the past. The Hornets have had a very strong season so far, and they want to continue their success. However, if they dwell on last week’s loss and think about the game from last season, they will have a very tough time. Part of the game is mental, and that will probably be the biggest part of the game for the Hornets this week. They need to clear their minds, and focus on this game, not last week or any other game.
Hinsdale South needs to stop the Red Devil running game. According to MaxPreps.com, the Red Devils are running for 221 yards per game, while the Hornets only have 96.8. The Hornets need to use their strong defense to block the Red Devils, and make sure they cannot run. The defense needs to be on the lookout and block any hole they see. The Red Devils like to run, and the Hornets like to block. It will make for an interesting running night.
In terms of blocking certain players, the Hornets should focus on stopping Jack Adams, who has 7.2 points per game. He also leads the team with 119.2 rushing yards, which shows that the Red Devils like to run. By blocking Adams, the Hornets will shut down the heart of the Red Devil running game, and make it easier on themselves.
Time for Predictions:
Looking at this game, a prediction is very hard to make. Both teams will have to work hard for sure. The Hornets are ranked #111 in the state, while the Red Devils are ranked #78 in the state. On paper, Hinsdale Central should have the advantage, but the Hornets can make the game interesting and come away with the win. If a prediction had to be made, the Hornets would have my vote. I believe they have a strong team and a huge will to win. However, it is going to be very tough for them, and they have to play very hard.
The game is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29 at noon. It will take place at Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Ill.