Devils looking to rebound from tough loss


courtesy Hinsdale Central sports department

Senior Jowan Edmond tackled by Addison player at last Friday’s game.

On Aug. 29, with nine minutes left in the first quarter, and the scoreboard reading 0-0, Bolingbrook lined up for a punt on their own 25 yard line. As the ball was snapped, defensive end Dane Miller, senior, rushed the punter, deflecting the ball into the hands of safety Andrew Davis, who ran the ball into the end zone putting the Devils on the scoreboard first in the game. This defensive touchdown gave the Devils their first lead, a lead which held up the full 60 minutes, resulting in the unranked Hinsdale Central varsity football team beating the top ranked team in the Chicagoland area 23-15.

After the high profile win in the first week of the season, the Devils were bested 18-10 by Addison Trail the following week. After scoring on a nine yard touchdown run from senior halfback Jujuan Edmon and a 23-yard field goal from senior Blake Hately, Addison Trail went on to score 18 unanswered points, giving the devils their first loss of the year. Along with the loss, senior and starting quarterback Matt Rafferty was injured in the fourth quarter of the game with an ankle sprain. He will be out for the upcoming game against York.

“I think we came out ready to play, but once we got up 10-0, we took our foot off the gas a little bit and let Addison hang around,” said senior linebacker Grant Pitcher, “As a team, we need to nail our assignments and be more disciplined all around.”

Linebacker Jack Clark, senior, believes that the true potential of the team lies within their fast paced offense and consistently strong work ethic.

“Coach Hartman brought an extremely fast paced offense to our team this year. It gives us an advantage because it tires the other team out quickly. Defensively we flew around play to play and hit hard,” Clark said. “Also, our special teams unit works very well under the schemes of Coach Kaler. However, our biggest advantage is the attitude and intensity of our scout team. They consistently go hard in practice and make the starters better.”

Central’s next game is today and is the first home game of the year  at 7:30 p.m., where the Devils will look to rebound against York High School.

“There’s no way to predict the outcome of the season,” Clark said. “High school football is a week to week battle. However, I am confident that the work ethic and heart my brothers show will get us positive results. As long as we keep working hard in practice we’ll be a tough opponent on Friday nights.”