GLEN ELLYN – This game was not worth the wait for Addison Trail.
After lightning moved the season opener at Glenbard South from Friday to Saturday night, the Raiders’ offense dominated the game and put up 518 yards of offense in a 39-21 win.
South running back Zach Smith scored five touchdowns to lead the Raiders.
The Blazers feature a number of juniors in key spots. Even though six sophomores received experience last year, coach Paul Parpet Jr. still anticipated the team to grow as the season went along
“Most of our skill positions are juniors, which is a great thing, but we’re still young,” Parpet Jr. said.
The Blazers fell behind 13-0 before junior quarterback Mike Rybarczyk ran in an 18-yard touchdown late in the first quarter. Two more Raider touchdowns made it 27-8 at halftime and the Blazers simply could not keep up.
It wasn’t a bad day for the AT offense though. Senior Jim Wislek caught a 7-yard touchdown from Rybarczyk and ran in a 4-yard score to help the Blazers outscore the Raiders 13-12 in the second half.
Rybarczyk had a positive varsity debut. He was 15-for-20 for 159 yards and a touchdown. Junior wide receiver Javvion Bradley once again proved to be the top target by receiving 123 of those 159 yards. Bradley had nine catches.
“We got a lot of weapons on offense,” Bradley said. “We just gotta worry about what we do.”
It doesn’t get any easier for AT, which travels to Hinsdale Central on Friday for a West Suburban Conference crossover.
The West Suburban Gold went 0-7 in Week 1 and will have a tough time finding more wins against the Silver, which is largely comprised of bigger schools, during the Week 2 crossovers.
Glenbard South 39, Addison Trail 21
AT leaders Mike Rybarczyk 15-for-20, 159 yards passing, TD; 8 car., 27 yards, TD Jim Wislek 12 car., 70 yards, TD; 1 rec., 7 yards, TD Javvion Bradley 9 rec., 123 yards