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Hinsdale Central rallies to edge Glenbard West in overtime thriller


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Bob Narang
Contact Reporter
Pioneer Press

10/1/2016

Hinsdale Central players jumped around, danced and hi-fived one another following a thrilling 31-30 overtime win over Glenbard West on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Seconds after Glenbard West quarterback Cole Brady's pass fell incomplete on a two-point conversion, Hinsdale Central fans streamed onto the field in droves.

Hinsdale Central had plenty of reasons to celebrate. The win improved the Red Devils to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the West Suburban Silver. It marked the first time the Red Devils had defeated the Hilltoppers (4-2, 2-2) since 2006 and put Hinsdale Central in the driver's seat to win its first conference title since 2004.

With the rain falling, Hinsdale Central coach Dan Hartman, his players and coaching staff and fans were in no hurry to leave the field. The win also sets up a massive game at Lyons (6-0, 3-0) on Friday, Oct. 7.

"We've had a couple of big ones, but that was definitely the biggest (in my tenure)," Hartman said. "We haven't beat them in (10) years. It was a great game and we were down in the fourth quarter, but the kids didn't give up and battled. We haven't had a conference title since 2004. This sets up a huge matchup next week, and that's the way we like it."

Hinsdale Central senior quarterback Josh Bean completed 15 of 21 passes for 202 yards and one touchdown and carried the ball 19 times for 63 yards and a touchdown. His 8-yard touchdown pass to Matt Bjorson in the overtime was followed by a successful extra-point kick attempt. On the ensuing possession, Brady, who completed 8 of 9 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns, tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Alec Pierce (four catches, 163 yards, two touchdowns) to cut the deficit to 31-30, but his two-point pass fell incomplete to end the game.

Trailing 24-14 with just over eight minutes left, Hinsdale Central cut the deficit to 24-21 following a 10-yard touchdown run by Bean. The Red Devils forced overtime with a 16-play drive that covered just over four minutes and 47 yards. Bean was the catalyst on the drive, rushing 11 times for 26 yards and tossing a pivotal 13-yard pass on third down to set up Quentin Wallace's game-tying field goal in the rain.

"For four years, the seniors have dreamed about this win," Bean said. "It was a great game for both teams. It was a big win. I knew we have a great kicker in Quentin Wallace and I knew if we could get it in field-goal range, he could tie it. I knew we would win it in overtime and did whatever I could not to turn the ball over or take a sack. I trusted our offensive line in that situation to move the ball."

Bob Narang is a freelance reporter for Pioneer Press.

Twitter @bobnarang

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