GLEN ELLYN - With Glenbard South winless in season openers since 2007, Zach Smith said it was time to change that.
Then the senior running back went out and made sure the streak was broken.
Accumulating over 100 yards both rushing and receiving, Smith found the endzone on five occasions to lead the Raiders to a 39-21 win over Addison Trail Saturday.
“That was one of the goals as a team that we came up with,” Smith said. “We haven’t won an opening game in five or six years. We always preach being 1-0 that week and we thought the first game would set the tempo and provide momentum for the whole season.”
Though he was the headline act, Smith, who rushed for four scores while catching an 81-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Alex Jeske, was quick to credit the entire team.
“Both sides of the ball were solid,” he said. “We had clutch performances by a lot of different players.”
The running back was especially impressed by the play of the experienced offensive line, which includes center Ryan Sadkowski, guards Joe Kramer and Brad Cebulski and tackles Nick Paprota and Zak Georgitsis.
“The O-line opened up big holes for us at timely moments,” Smith said. “They do the job out there at all times.”
As an offense, the Raiders accumulated over 500 yards. Jake Straza added a short touchdown run in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring.
“That’s what we have been preaching, we have to be a machine out there when we play offense,” Smith added. “We have great athletes out there and a good scheme.”