DOWNERS GROVE – Two games played, two shutouts for Downers Grove North's football team.
After a 45-0 win over Lockport in the season opener, the Trojans followed with a 28-0 win over Hinsdale South in a West Suburban Conference crossover game Friday at Carstens Field.
North (2-0) blocked two punts (one each by Vontae Diggs and Gareth Jones) and had five tackles for loss in a game that turned into a blowout courtesy of two fourth-quarter touchdowns – a David Edwards pass to Vontae Diggs and a Charles Creamer run.
"They're flying around right now," North coach John Wander said the of the defense. "They're hitting and if we continue to do that we'll be in our games. We'll be in every football game if we can continue to do that."
Though they've won in decisive fashion twice to start the season, the Trojans will find out just where they stand when they welcome defending Class 7A state champion Glenbard West for a West Suburban Silver conference clash Friday night. The Hilltoppers are also defending WSS champs.
The game could go a long way to determining the WSS race as both North and West are considered contenders. More strong defensive play will be necessary for the Trojans, and they'll need the offense to replicate its fourth-quarter performance from last Friday.
"Offense didn't finish in the red zone first half," Wander said. "Then we get the ball the second half and turn it over and we said, 'OK, we've had enough of this,' and our kids responded."
The Hilltoppers responded to a Week 1 loss by throttling Morton 68-7 in their WSC crossover game Saturday, but the Trojans aren't lacking for confidence as they get set to face one of the state's premier programs.
"We can be very good. In my opinion we're the best team out there," Creamer said. "We're going to face Glenbard West and we're going to see. That's all I'm thinking about right now."
It's only Week 3 of the regular season, but Friday night's clash should have a playoff-like atmosphere more akin to a mid-November game. The keys to North's success are simple.
"Play sound football, don't turn the ball over and I think it'll be one heck of a game Friday night," Wander said.