Hinsdale Central offensive line opens path to victory

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Patrick Kelly
Pioneer Press

Hinsdale Central only attempted five passes Friday night against Lyons, and according to offensive lineman Sean Stanton, that is what his unit prefers.

The Red Devils churned out 232 rushing yards and earned a tightly contested 21-20 West Suburban Silver victory in Hinsdale.

"It is really fun when (the coaches) just give us constant run plays," said Stanton, a senior who lives in Clarendon Hills. "I do not think we threw the ball many times.

"We just have an athletic team this year, an athletic offensive line. They know that we can do it (run), we do not have to sit back and pass protect and take plays off. We can shove it down their throats every play."

The offensive line of Stanton, junior Roy Fuller, junior Brendon Passarelli, senior Kevin Qin, junior Ayden Head and junior tight end Owen Joyce blocked for 19 straight running plays at the start of the game before senior Connor Bauer attempted a pass late in the first quarter.

Head was making his first varsity start at center, with regular snapper Joey Monahan, a junior, out of the game.

The Red Devils (6-2, 5-1) used five different ball carriers against Lyons, including junior Matt Bobak and senior Matt Bjorson, who saw more action in the backfield because Garrett Oakey left the game with a leg injury. Bjorson, a tight end, is an Indiana recruit.
Hinsdle Central v. Lyons football

It did not matter who was carrying the ball in the first half: Hinsdale Central gained 133 rushing yards and took a 13-0 lead at halftime. The offensive line was ready to block for whoever was carrying the ball.

"Honestly, most of the guys (on the line) do not know who is getting the ball on most of these plays," Stanton said.

Junior Luke Skokna was the main benefactor of the offensive line's hard work against Lyons (6-2, 3-2). He rushed for 176 yards and all three of Hinsdale's touchdowns on 35 carries.

"They are a young group, but they are hungry," said Skokna, who lives in Hinsdale. "They really go out there, and every single day at practice they are trying to get better."

Skokna scored the go-ahead touchdown on a two-play drive, after junior linebacker Sean Kelly recovered a fumble deep in Lyons territory. The Red Devils' other scoring drives were much longer.

"When we start putting a drive together, everyone is feeling it," Stanton said. "Across the line, skill guys and all, everyone is feeling it."

Patrick Kelly is a freelance reporter for Pioneer Press.

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