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Braden Contreras helps Hinsdale Central cruise past Lyons


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Patrick Kelly
Pioneer Press

Hinsdale Central wide receiver Braden Contreras’ first-quarter touchdown catch against Lyons turned out to be an indicator that he was going to have a big night.

Contreras went up higher than the Lions’ defenders around him and pulled down the scoring strike from quarterback Matt Rush just past the goal line in the middle of the end zone.

The leaping grab gave the Red Devils a two-possession lead, which they turned into a 49-6 rout in Western Springs.

“With my body type, that is pretty much what I am made to do: go up and get those balls,” said Contreras, who lives in Clarendon Hills. “I am lucky that Matt Rush put it in a perfect place to get it.”

Contreras added his second touchdown on the first series of the second quarter when he pulled down another Rush pass and raced to the end zone for a 68-yard score.

He finished with a career-high 184 yards on only six catches, all in a first half during which Hinsdale Central (6-2, 5-1 West Suburban Silver) took a 41-0 lead. Contreras was quick to give Rush most of the credit for his big night.

“It is more than half the work. He throws it up, I just finish it,” Contreras said. “He is a great quarterback. He lets me make plays.”

Red Devils coach Dan Hartman said he has seen steady improvement from Contreras.

“He has been getting better and better each game this year, and hopefully he continues that, and he will be a big weapon for us these next few games and into the playoffs,” Hartman said. “He is starting to learn the offense, and he is getting more and more comfortable every week. We are able to move him around, put him in different places and get him the ball in different ways. He is really getting pretty good in that aspect.”

Hartman said that Contreras reminds him of former Red Devils playmaker Thomas Ives, who is now a senior wide receiver at Colgate.

“(Contreras is a) tall, lanky guy,” Hartman said. “I think he will fill out as he gets older. We look forward to having him for the next year-and-a-half.”

The Red Devils were determined to start fast and did not let up, scoring on all six offensive possessions in the first half. Junior defensive lineman Lucas Schwartz also returned an interception for a TD in the second quarter.

“We were just fired up after our loss to Glenbard West,” Contreras said of the 21-7 setback against the Hilltoppers in Week 7. “We came out hitting hard from the first play to the last. We executed every play.”

Rush completed 12 of 15 passes for 233 yards and four TDs, including touchdowns to Matt Bobak and Mark Skokna.

Patrick Kelly is a freelance reporter for Pioneer Press.

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