BY MATT LE CREN
October 10, 2009
Defense has been a weakness for No. 12 Hinsdale Central, which had surrendered an average of 30 points a game before Saturday.
But the Red Devils (5-2, 3-1 West Suburban Silver) showed their mettle by knocking off visiting Downers Grove North 41-13 to win the 75th annual battle for the Old Oaken Bucket.
Hinsdale gave up only 199 yards of offense, a big chunk of which came on Zachary Augustine’s 45-yard touchdown run with 22 seconds left in the game.
Senior linebacker Jason Rafferty led the way with a sack and his first career interception, which set up John Whitelaw’s 30-yard touchdown run that gave the Red Devils a 28-7 lead in the second quarter.
“I think it’s a big step up for us because we knew our offense is always going to put up points,” said Rafferty, who played with a brace on his shoulder after dislocating it three weeks ago. “It comes down to the defense getting stops when we need them and today I think we really stepped up. They are a good team, besides their record, and it feels good to shut them down.”
Whitelaw opened the scoring with a 66-yard touchdown run and finished with 206 yards rushing on eight carries. He also completed 8-of-13 passes for 162 yards, including third-quarter scoring strikes of 17 yards to Chris Kiser and 30 yards to John Lyons.
Dave Lutz (eight carries, 60 yards) enjoyed the first two-touchdown game of his career, scoring on runs of 10 and 4 yards, but gave kudos to Rafferty.
“He’s the heart and soul of our defense,” said Lutz, who kicked five extra points. “He’s the toughest kid out there. He really makes our defense function.”
Joe Claver rushed 28 times for 97 yards and tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Mason for Downers North (1-6, 0-4).
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