October 31, 2008
BY TINA AKOURIS -- SUN-TIMES
Hinsdale Central quarterback John Whitelaw sparked the No. 16 Red Devils to a 46-12 victory at Downers South in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs Friday. Hinsdale Central (8-2) will play Bolingbrook next weekend.
Whitelaw was 11 for 13 passing for 197 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns.
Whitelaw scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, on a 16-yard run and then on a six-yard pass to Mick Culligan. Whitelaw threw another touchdown pass late in the second quarter on an 18-yard toss to Alex Krik. Whitelaw’s final score was a one-yard run in the fourth quarter to give Hinsdale a 46-0 lead.
Hinsdale’s Eric Alexander picked up Reggie Miller’s fumble and returned it 95 yards for Hinsdale’s first score early in the first quarter.
“Eric took it to the house and it was awesome,” Whitelaw said. “From then on I knew we were going to win. We had slowed down a little bit in the last couple of games and we wanted to make a statement for ourselves.”
Hinsdale sophomore Jake Knowles scored two touchdowns on one and two yards.
Downers South’s defense had allowed only 80 points and notched four shutouts while riding a seven-game winning streak. But the Mustangs’ defense uncharacteristically allowed 33 first-half points. An opposing team had not scored that much since week two, when York beat the Mustangs 32-24.
No. 25 Downers Grove South (7-3) scored two touchdowns in the final 1:57. Scottie Williams ran in from four yards out and Chandler Whitmer threw a three-yard pass to Jason Jozaites.
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