Tyquan Cox, Hilltoppers run past Hinsdale Central

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Glenbard West takes command of Silver race with 21-7 win

HINSDALE – Heading into this season, Glenbard West’s defense was considered the strength of the team with seven returning starters.

Its offense was considered a bigger question mark.

Running back Tyquan Cox, a Division I prospect, was considered its biggest star.

Cox proved that he was as much of a threat without the ball as he was with the ball, as Glenbard West defeated Hinsdale Central 21-7 in a key West Suburban Silver Conference matchup in Hinsdale.

The game, suspended in the second half Friday because of inclement weather, was completed Saturday morning.

“He’s as big of a threat as you can have in high school football,” Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet said of Cox.

With both teams entering the game undefeated in conference play and 5-1 overall, Glebard West now holds the advantage in the West Suburban Silver Conference with only two games left in the regular season.

With their sixth straight win, the Hilltoppers (6-1, 4-0) have taken command of the West Suburban Silver race. Hinsdale Central dropped to 5-2 overall, 4-1 in conference.

“When they start working in January, their number one concern is being conference champions”, added Hetlet. “Ten of the last eleven years we’ve been conference champions.”

Cox showed his value as a decoy right off the bat.

On Glenbard West's second possession, Cox received the ball on third down and went to his right.

As the Hinsdale Central defense followed him, Cox handed off the ball to receiver Sean Michel on a reverse, who proceeded to run 21 yards for a first down – the Hilltoppers’ longest offensive play of the game. Cox took it from, scoring six plays later on a 1-yard run to give Glenbard West a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter.

“[My goal was] Four yards [on] every play”, said Cox, who ran for 129 yards on 29 carries. “ We knew that this is a great defense. We knew that there wasn’t really going to be any big plays this game, but came out, pounded it hard and got out with a ‘W’.”

On its next offensive series, Glenbard West once again found themselves in a third-down situation – this time third and long from its 34 yard line.

Cox appeared to receive a handoff from quarterback Tommy Bleker, only for it to be a play-action pass that left tight end Denin Lemouris open at midfield for a 19-yard gain, the Hilltoppers’ second longest play of the evening.

The big play set up Nick Siefert's 1-yard TD on fourth and goal for a 14-0 lead 34 seconds before halftime.

Seifert finished with 21 carries for 52 yards, but his most important yard came after he wrestled through the Hinsdale Central defense and scored on second effort. It was one of two fourth down conversions by the Hilltoppers.

"They [our offensive line] did a wonderful job”, added Cox. “It was just a great team win and the offense did a heck of a job today.”

After a thunderstorm forced the game to be continued Saturday morning, Hinsdale Central came out strong on defense and kept Glenbard West from scoring on its initial two possessions.

However, a long drive coupled with a Bleker - yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak gave Glenbard West a 21-0 lead with four minutes left in the fourth quarter that proved insurmountable. "We weren’t able to stop them as well as we would’ve liked,” Hinsdale Central coach Dan Hartman said. “Having trouble getting off the field on third and fourth down, those were killer.”

With two minutes left in the game, the Red Devils scored on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Matt Rush to Nick Franko. An onside kick attempt was unsuccessful. From there, the Hilltoppers were able to run out the clock.

“I’m really proud [of our defense]” Hetlet said. “We had three backups in, and [the] kids played extremely well. Our backups came in and did a great job. I love the way our kids fought on both sides of the ball.”

Matt Bobak gained 54 yards for Hinsdale Central. Matt Rush was 9 of 18 for 39 yards and Hinsdale Central’s only touchdown, with one interception.

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