Guy Henry Goss gets another huge pick, Hinsdale Central moves on

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HINSDALE– Guy Henry Goss can’t help but gush when describing what it is like to play football for Hinsdale Central.

“First game [of the season] when we were playing Naperville Central, I couldn’t even believe how fun this was,” Goss said. “The feeling has never stopped and I don’t think it will ever stop until I stop playing football, so hopefully we can make a deep [playoff] run.”

Goss, a junior safety, is one reason why the Red Devils are primed to make such a run. He began the playoffs the same way he started the regular season – by making an interception in a big Hinsdale Central victory.

The season-opening win over Naperville Central set the tone for a solid campaign that saw the Red Devils share the West Suburban Conference Silver Division championship with Oak Park and Glenbard West.

Hinsdale Central’s 28-14 defeat of Conant at Dickinson Field in a Class 8A opener could signal a similar start to the postseason. The Red Devils (8-2) will travel to Warren (9-1) for a second-round game next weekend.

“This was a complete win,” Hinsdale Central running back Matthew Bobak said. “That’s what we’ve been looking for. Not only was the offense putting up points but the defense was getting turnovers.”

Bobak had one of the best games of his career, rushing 22 times for 192 yards and three touchdowns. The second came one play after a Goss interception early in the third quarter.

Conant (6-4) had just recovered a muffed punt when Goss intercepted Kevin Polaski’s pass near the right sideline and returned it 22 yards to midfield. On the ensuing play, Bobak burst untouched through a hole on the left side for a 50-yard touchdown run to give the Red Devils a 21-7 lead.

“They were spreading [Anthony Wachal] out – helluva wide receiver – so we wanted to put more pressure on [him] to kind of relieve our cornerbacks of the pressure they were having,” Goss said. “So they threw to the opposite side of him, which was my side, and I saw one go to the flat route and then another out route right above it.

“So when I saw the kid coming out, I kind of jumped it a little bit. I don’t think he was running the right route he was supposed to because I saw the ball in the air, went and grabbed and had a couple good blocks and got a couple yards.”

That proved to be a huge momentum swing as Bobak’s touchdown put the Red Devils firmly in control.

“We were all amped up because of the interception,” Bobak said. “The O-line pulled and I just followed the blocks and there was nobody there. They were beautiful holes.”

Polaski, who tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Wachal, then drove the Cougars to the Hinsdale 26 before Andrew Novatney made an interception and returned it 32 yards to his own 46. Bobak then carried seven straight times, the last a six-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter, to make it 28-7.

It was the last in a series of big plays turned in by the Red Devils, who scored first on a five-yard run by Bobak in the first quarter.

The Cougars drove 99 yards to tie the game on a seven-yard Polaski-to-Wachal pass with 39 seconds remaining in the first half.

But Hinsdale Central retook the lead when Matt Rush fired a 51-yard bomb to Braden Contreras with five seconds remaining.

“Coach Hartman took a chance on that,” Bobak said. “Usually we’ll just knee it but we needed to get those points because we missed out on the goal line right before that, so that really got us going.”

It was arguably Hinsdale Central’s most complete performance this year.

“Both sides of the ball like to pick each other up and I think we did that really good,” Goss said. “[The offense] has been picking us up a lot lately but It hink this game was a really big testament to how good our defense is and how well we fly around.”

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