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Power shift in West Suburban Silver


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Mike Helfgot
Contact Reporter
Chicago Tribune

Glenbard West once lost a total of two conference games in seven-and-half seasons.

It was recently, actually just before its 32-game West Suburban Silver winning streak was snapped by Lyons one week ago.

Now the defending Class 7A champion Hilltoppers are in the midst of a two-game losing streak.

Glenbard West's eight-year reign atop the conference likely came to an end Saturday afternoon, when No. 18 Hinsdale Central came away with a 31-30 overtime victory in Hinsdale.

Ever the aggressor, No. 10 Glenbard West went for the win in overtime, but Hinsdale Central denied the two-point conversion to beat West for the first time since 2006, when the Hilltoppers went 1-8 in the year before the Chad Hetlet era.

"For four years, the seniors have dreamed about this win," senior quarterback Josh Bean said.

"We've had a couple of big ones, but that was definitely the biggest," Hinsdale Central coach Dan Hartman said. "We haven't beat them in nine years. We were down in the fourth quarter but the kids didn't give up and battled."

The win sets up another big game for Hinsdale Central (6-0, 4-0) next week against No. 9 Lyons (6-0, 3-0), a 28-14 winner over Glenbard West last week.

No. 11 Oak Park (6-0, 3-0) is very much in the mix as well, but the Huskies will have to deliver a three-game losing streak to Glenbard West (4-2, 2-2).

The last time anybody but Glenbard West even shared in the conference championship was 2010, when Lyons and York matched West's 5-1 league mark.

Ramblers, Crusaders rolling: The results are in, and the most anticipated showdown of the regular season is clear.

No. 1 Loyola (6-0) and No. 3 Brother Rice (6-0) are on a collision course for a 100-point shootout in Week 9.

Both offenses continued to dominate top competition in Week 6, with Brother Rice outlasting Mount Carmel 49-42 on Friday night and Loyola calling off the dogs in the middle of the third quarter of its 35-3 victory over St. Rita on Saturday.

The high-profile player on each team has lived up to his reputation. Illinois recruit Ricky Smalling had 10 catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns in Brother Rice's victory over Mount Carmel. The Crusaders are averaging 45.5 points a game and will meet St. Joseph and St. Rita before hosting Loyola on Oct. 21.

The incomparable Jake Marwede, a 6-foot-5 tight end headed to Duke, has made big plays catching, running and throwing the ball for the Ramblers, who are averaging 42.8 points and will face Leo and Providence the next two weeks.

Another one to watch: The stage is nearly set for the only other probable Top 10 matchup remaining in the regular season.

No. 6 Palatine cleared its biggest hurdle to remaining unbeaten heading into its Week 8 Mid-Suburban West clash with No. 7 Barrington on Friday night by beating crosstown rival Fremd 21-14.

Barrington held up its end of the bargain, knocking off Schaumburg 49-20.

Both teams are on the road next week, with Palatine at 0-6 Conant and Barrington at 5-1 Hoffman Estates.

Southwest Suburban logjam: A week after upsetting Bolingbrook, Bradley-Bourbonnais remained unbeaten with a 27-17 victory over Lincoln-Way Central and deadlocked with No. 2 Homewood-Flossmoor atop the Southwest Suburban Conference with matching records of 6-0, 4-0.

As for a de facto conference championship game, Bradley's Week 8 matchup with No. 4 Lincoln-Way East (5-1, 3-1) is as close as the Southwest Suburban is going to get.

The 13-time league went from two divisions to one with the exodus of the two Joliet schools and the closing of Lincoln-Way North.

Bradley and H-F will not meet. H-F beat Lincoln-Way East 35-30 in Week 3.

Mike Helfgot is a freelance reporter for the Chicago Tribune.

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