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Downers Grove

Mustangs rewarded with win over Blazers

ADDISON – In its first two games, Downers Grove South’s football team scored a total of 12 points.

It took less than a quarter for the Mustangs to top that number against Addison Trail and they didn’t stop there.

The Mustangs had a breakout offensive game in a 40-21 win over the host Blazers on Friday night.

Le’Devin Smith had three touchdowns and Alec Arvanitakis scored twice to spark the Mustangs (1-2, 1-0 West Suburban Gold). Smith had both first quarter touchdowns on runs of 4 and 8 yards.

“It felt really good,” Smith said of the big offensive game. “We know that our offense is working together as one now and getting on a better page and keeping up the pace. Now we know what it takes to score this many points.”

Arvanitakis added his two scores in the second quarter on an 8-yard run and a 50-yard reception to build a 26-0 lead.

DGS coach Mark Molinari explained that Arvanitakis isn’t in danger of losing carries to Smith, who plays more of a fullback role as opposed to Arvanitakis playing as a more traditional tailback, but having two running options is always valuable.

“If [Smith] had to play some tailback, he could,” Molinari said. “Alec is our tailback. He is a senior, our starting tailback. He’s run the ball hard at times, and we really like him.”

For Smith, taking fewer carries is no problem. The running duo helps each other on the field and has years of experience playing together.

“We’ve been doing that since we were younger,” Smith said. “Playing as younger kids together growing up we just got a better feel for each other. We just know what each other is thinking before the play has even started or how they want to attack the hole.

“Our chemistry together is making that backfield that much more deadly.”

The Mustangs led 33-7 at halftime, and Smith added his third touchdown to make it 40-7 in the third quarter before late touchdowns by Malik Pierre-Louis and Jim Wislek gave AT consolation.

“I feel good for our kids because we’ve been preaching work hard, work hard and good things will happen,” said DGS coach Mark Molinari. “I think they finally got their reward.”

Downers Grove South 40
Addison Trail 21

DGS leaders
Jordan Skach 9-11, 187 yards, 2 TDs
Rushing: Alec Arvanitakis 17-101, TD; Le'Devin Smith 6-27, 3 TDs
Receiving: Javon Turner 4-85, TD; Arvanitakis 3-78, TD

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