Football preview: Glenbard West returns to field as defending Class 7A champs

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 9:44 a.m. CDT
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Glenbard West's Aidan Gould receives a pass while the team prepares for the season during practice Monday August 19 2013. Erica Benson-ebenson@shawmedia.com

AT A GLANCE
Class: 7A
Coach: Chad Hetlet
2012 record: 14-0
Conference: West Suburban Silver, 6-0, 1st

TOP RETURNERS
Eric Shute sr. OL
Scott Andrews sr. RB
Devante Toney sr. RB/NT
Hayden Carlson sr. S
Jordan Hassan sr. LB
Grant Greeno sr. LB
Jermon Kindle-Joyner sr. RB
Luke Domask sr. WR
Connor Schrauth sr. TE
Hayden Lekacz sr. K

KEY NEWCOMERS
Drew Vogg sr. QB
Donahvon Vaughn jr. RB

WHAT TO WATCH

BROKEN RECORD: Before each of the past few seasons, coach Chad Hetlet has said that the current Hilltoppers team is the fastest he had been around. Looks like the 2013 version might top them all, especially at the running back position and in the defensive secondary.

"I swear we get faster every year," Hetlet said. "We've never been this fast."

NOTHING BUT SUCCESS: As has been the case recently, this year's senior class has known virtually nothing but winning. After posting 8-1 marks as both freshman and sophomores, they were part of the undefeated 14-0 squad last fall.

"There is good leadership there and they have good ability," the coach said. "These seniors have a take-care-of-business mentality."

NEXT MAN UP: Glenbard West lost a host of talented players from last year's state champion team but there are others waiting in the wings to fill those holes. On offense, Drew Vogg takes over at quarterback for a unit that lost top receiver Nathan Marcus but returns standout running back Scott Andrews. Defensively, Hayden Carlson, Jordan Hassan and Grant Greeno lead an inexperienced group. One player to keep an eye on is Devante Toney who, after playing running back in 2012, will see a lot of time at nose tackle.

COACH'S QUOTE
"We had a pretty good offseason. I kept waiting for the kids to be complacent but I haven't really seen it. I'm happy with that. It was a good offseason as far as work and where the kids are at now, I feel good."
Chad Hetlet Hilltoppers coach

BY THE NUMBERS
21: Total touchdowns scored by Scott Andrews a season ago
0: Teams coached by Chad Hetlet that have finished under .500 in his nine-year career
12: Games last year in which the Hilltoppers held their opponent to 14 points or less

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