October 15, 2010
BY BILL STONE -- PIONEER PRESS
Even though he was an all-state relay sprinter for the boys track team in May, York junior wide receiver David Byerley doesn’t think he has quick moves.
When Byerley caught a bomb from quarterback Jim Nudera just before halftime Friday at Hinsdale Central, however, Byerley escaped an ankle tackle and eluded another defender for a 71-yard touchdown play that sparked the Dukes to a 37-14 West Suburban Conference Silver Division victory.
Down 14-0, York (7-1, 5-1 in Silver) closed to 14-7 with Byerley’s touchdown 2:23 before halftime and then scored 30 unanswered points in the second half, taking the lead at 16-14 on Sean McDaid’s 37-yard field goal with 10:35 left.
“I was surprised (to score). I’m not going to lie. I’m not the quickest guy,” Byerley said. “That touchdown really did change the momentum because everyone seemed to be in the game more, more hyped up to win. That pretty much set the tone for the rest of the game.”
After McDaid’s field goal, Byerley scored on a 40-yard TD catch with 8:32 left and finished with four catches for 156 yards. Nudera was 8-for-16 passing for 176 yards and three touchdowns, also hitting Jordan Preuss (three catches, 48 yards) for a 29-yard TD strike.
York senior running back Ryan Kent, who entered Friday with 990 rushing yards, had a 6-yard TD run and gained 82 yards on 23 carries to become the fifth player in program history for rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season.
The Dukes’ defense had three second-half interceptions, including an 81-yard return for a touchdown by Joe Paparone for their final score, and a fumble recovery.
Hinsdale Central (4-4, 2-3) now must win its regular-season finale at Proviso West Oct. 22 to become eligible for a 10th consecutive playoff appearance.
Quarterback Alex Hodakowski had a one-yard TD run in the first quarter after the Red Devils’ defense stopped York going for fourth-and-1 at its 25. On their next possession, the Red Devils went ahead 14-0 with 9:37 left until halftime on a 29-yard pass from Hodakowski to Mitch Messina, his first score of the season.
Hodakowski was 18-for-30 passing for 187 yards with Messina (seven catches, 76 yards), Nick Sellinger (three catches, 52 yards) and Ryan Kelleher (four catches, 36 yards) the top receivers. John Skokna rushed for 75 yards on 16 carries but was helped off the field with 7:05 left.
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