By: Luke Drase
The diverse running attack of Glenbrook South was too much for Niles North to handle as the Titans won 38-7 and improved to 4-1 on the season.
It was an important bounce back game for GBS, after losing their first game of the season against a very good Barrington squad last week.
“I think our kids took away from that last game that even though we lost we played with a good team,” said GBS head coach David Schoenwetter.
“I think that actually gave them a lot of confidence going into this week. Sometimes in a loss you can find the victories in it and I think that’s what Barrington did for us.”
GBS certainly didn’t take any time to bounce back against Niles North. Less than three minutes into the game, Savontae Garner caught a 40 yard touchdown pass from Jeffery Chrones to give the Titans a 7-0 lead.
After that initial drive, it looked as though Niles North rebounded with a 77 yard touchdown of their own. However, a controversial holding penalty called the run back and the Vikings were eventually forced to punt.
From then on out, it was a steady diet of the GBS running trio of Garner, Jack Jerfita, with the occasional jet sweep carry from Ben Hides.
Hides ran for one touchdown, and caught another in the first half to give the Titans a 24-0 halftime lead, but it was the fullback Jerfita who did most of the grunt work.
Jerfita said: “I just kept pumping my legs and kept going, I didn’t stop. Garner and Hides helped a lot with that, they’re great guys. That’s what we work on in practice, just getting the blocks for each other and they really helped me out today.”
Jerfita was finally rewarded for all of his hard work during GBS’ first possession of the second half when he finally got into the endzone on a three yard run to make it a 31-7 game.
Niles North got a consolation touchdown late in the game after a one yard QB sneak by Nick Mathee, but GBS ran right down the field yet again which was capped off by Garner’s second touchdown of the night.
Despite some chippiness and frustration from Niles North towards the end of the game, GBS had no problems running the clock out to give them the 38-7 victory.
“We really just tried to take what the other team is giving us. Tonight it ended up being a lot of full back because of the way North was playing their defensive front” said Coach Schoenwetter.
“They had some really good defensive linemen and it gave us some trouble trapping but Jack and Savontae ran tough and we just kept moving the pile.”
After a big conference win to open up CSL play, GBS will head back home for next weeks game against Niles West. The schedule doesn’t get any easier for Niles North as they will host Maine South.