CN100 Sports Football Preview: IHSA Playoffs Second Round - Homewood-Flossmoor vs. Glenbard West

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CN100 Game of the Week: Homewood-Flossmoor vs. Glenbard West

IHSA Football Playoffs: Second Round – Homewood-Flossmoor vs. Glenbard West

GLEN ELLYN – Glenbard West, one of the top teams in the state over the past decade, has done its damage in Class 7A.

Bumped up to Class 8A this year, Glenbard West faces a stiff challenge in perennial power Homewood-Flossmoor in the second round of the state football playoffs.

Fans can see the game on CN100, The Comcast Network, at Noon and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8. You can also watch it anytime in HD with Xfinity On Demand by clicking Get Local and CN100. X1 users, look for Get Local under the Xfinity Services tab.

The Hilltoppers (8-2, 4-2 West Suburban Silver) saw their 32-game conference winning streak snapped by Lyons Township, then followed it up the next week with a 31-30 overtime loss to Hinsdale Central in a game which ended on a failed two-point conversion attempt.

Since then, Glenbard West has won four straight, including an impressive 31-28 win over Neuqua Valley in the playoff opener.

"We are playing our best football of the season right now," Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet said. "We dealt with a number of injuries mid-season and have overcome some adversity that has made us closer as a team."

Senior running back DJ Ficarella went down in the Lyons game and has not returned. Juniors Ryan Diver and Dre Thomas and senior Patrick Mackey have picked up the slack.

Senior quarterback Cole Brady leads the way with 1,465 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in the air. His top targets are senior tight end Alex Philstrom and junior wide receivers Alec Pierce and Ben Reifel.

Defensively, the Hilltoppers feature a 3-4 front with sophomore nose tackle Mark Winters in the middle. Seniors Dionte Moorhead and Matt Scruggs flank him on the ends.

At linebacker, senior Chris Langan and junior Nate Sheller man the outside slots with senior Eric Samuta, who recovered from a midseason injury, and junior Alec Bong on the inside. Seniors Justice Bradley and Jackson Goleash and junior Jack Campanella anchor the secondary.

Homewood-Flossmoor (10-0, 7-0 Southwest Suburban) has rolled through its competition this season, outscoring teams at a 435-115 clip.

The Vikings do most of their damage on the ground. Senior running back Herbert Hughes leads the team with 915 yards and 11 touchdowns on only 86 carries. Senior running back Tyler Nutali added 562 yards and four touchdowns on 73 carries and junior Kellyn Gerenstein has 287 yards and five touchdowns on 23 carries.

Senior quarterback Bryant Wright is a dual threat. He is efficient in the pass game, going 80-for-118 for 1,727 yards, 21 touchdowns and no interceptions, while also rushing for 676 yards and 10 touchdowns on 104 carries.

His top target in the pass game is senior Tyrice Richie, who has 42 catches for 1,016 yards and 16 touchdowns and has rushed for 362 yards and six scores. Junior Justin Hall has 13 catches for 302 yards and four touchdowns and has 32 tackles on defense.

Sophomore LB Kellen Williams has 41 tackles and senior LB Robert Venegas has 40 tackles.

"We realize we are facing one of the most talented teams in the state and we must play our best game to have a chance at winning," Hetlet said.

- Paul Johnson, CN100 Sports Correspondent


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