DARIEN – Big plays and bad bounces have been the difference in the early part of the season for Hinsdale South’s football team.
After entering the second half tied, the Hornets (0-3) dropped another tight game on Friday, losing to Willowbrook 35-28 in the first West Suburban Gold conference game for both teams.
A late, drive-killing fumble on offense, as well as a few deep strikes at the hands of Willowbrook quarterback Brian Johnson, proved too much for South to overcome.
On the heels of a 32-29 loss to Romeoville in the season opener and 28-0 thrashing at the hands of Downers Grove North, the Hornets still are trying to put the pieces together.
“We have had opportunities,” coach Mark Barry said. “A variety of different things have occurred that makes you just shake your head. We have lost two tight games, but we are working hard and looking to turn it around.”
Junior Robert Regan started his first full game of the season, completing 7-of-20 passes for one touchdown and two picks. He also led the Hornets ground attack, totaling 185 rushing yards and three scores on 29 carries.
“We made the change at QB for the second half of the Downers North game,” Barry said. “Robert is a strong runner and a smart kid. He had a couple interceptions early, but was able to right the ship and overall we were happy with his performance.”
Barry added that Regan will again get the start Saturday when Hinsdale South faces off against Proviso East (0-3), who lost 27-20 in their WSG conference opener against Morton on Friday.
“Going forward, we want to limit the big plays [against us],” Barry said. “On offense we want execute well and limit mistakes. Proviso is highly talented and has explosive potential, and we need to find a way to stop that.”