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NEWS > Hinsdale Central's Garrett Oakey thrives after move back to backfield

Jakub Rudnik
Pioneer Press

Late in the third quarter against Oak Park-River Forest, the Hinsdale Central football team held a seven-point lead. The Red Devils got the ball back on their own 27 after a Huskies punt.

On the first play of the drive, senior running back Garrett Oakey took the handoff, got a block on the cornerback from junior running back Luke Skokna and saw nothing but open field. He was gone for a 73-yard touchdown on Friday.

That explosiveness and big-play ability is exactly why Oakey is again in the backfield for the Red Devils.

As a sophomore, the Hinsdale resident served as the ... READ FULL STORY
NEWS > Pioneer Press Week 3 football roundup


Hinsdale Central 21, OPRF 13

The Hinsdale Central football team was dominant on the ground as it opened up West Suburban Silver play with a win against Oak Park-River Forest on Friday night in Oak Park.

The Red Devils (2-1, 1-0) finished the game with two 100-yard rushers. Senior Garrett Oakey had 19 carries for 163 yards, while junior Luke Skokna carried the ball 23 times for 100 yards.

Oakey's 73-yard touchdown run in the third quarter put the Red Devils up 21-7. Junior quarterback Matthew Rush had a 5-yard touchdown rush and a 12-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Matthew Bjorson in the first quarter.

NEWS > Football team defeats Willowbrook High School

Kabir Sawlani, Ali Ardehali, Section Editor, and Hannah Anderson, Editor-in-Chief

Friday night lights are back in Hinsdale for the 2017 season after the football team came out victorious on Sept. 2 against Willowbrook High School on Salute to Service night.

Jump started by an onside kick, Willowbrook was able to get on the scoreboard first after a seven-play drive.

The team was able to answer back in the first quarter as Matt Rush, junior quarterback, connected with J.T. Kolke, senior wide receiver, for a 28-yard touchdown, tying the game up at 7-7.  

Willowbrook gained the upper hand with seven minutes left in the half, as they went up 14-7 ... READ FULL STORY
NEWS > High school football: Bjorson's big play boosts Red Devils past Willowbrook


HINSDALE - The thrill of making a great catch may not be new for Matt Bjorson, but it never gets old.

The Hinsdale Central tight end has a knack for making the spectacular look routine – and he did it again Sept. 1.

The Indiana-bound Bjorson snagged a 28-yard touchdown pass from Matt Rush with 2:50 remaining in the third quarter. The play, on which Bjorson ripped a jump ball away from defensive back Nick Sabatino, was the final score in the Red Devils’ 27-21 West Suburban Conference crossover victory over Willowbrook.

“He’s a great player,” Hinsdale Central coach Dan Hartman said. “We ... READ FULL STORY
NEWS > College football preview: Complete list of area players on FBS rosters

Mike Stainbrook

Akron: Jamal Baggett, Jr., S (OPRF)

Arizona: Josh Pollack, R-Jr., K/P (Highland Park)

Army: Jonathan Hamilton, Fr., ATH (St. Patrick, from Elmwood Park); Jack Haugh, Fr., DL (Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.), from Wilmette); Mike Houghton, Sr., OL (Prospect); Mike Johnson, So., OL (Hinsdale Central); Sean McNulty, Fr., K (Maine South); Ryan O'Malley, Fr., OL (Libertyville); Mike Owens, So., OL (Nazareth)

Auburn: Sal Canella, So., TE (St. Viator)

Ball State: Pat Maloney, R-Sr., OL (Maine South); Jack Milas, R-Sr., QB (Rolling Meadows); Jacob White, R-So., LB (Hinsdale Central)

Bowling Green: Scott Miller, Jr., WR (Barrington); Matt Naranjo, So., P (Niles North)

Buffalo: Charlie Jones, Fr., WR (Deerfield)

California: ... READ FULL STORY