GLEN ELLYN – Not looking ahead, giving each opponent equal focus and trying to go 1-0 every week are ideals that coach Jeremy Cordell has ingrained in the Glenbard South football program since taking over in 2010.
But when it comes to this Friday’s matchup against Elmwood Park, there may have been a little exception.
One year ago, the Tigers beat the Raiders 20-19, denying them the Metro Suburban Conference crown in the process.
“I’ve been waiting for this game ever since the game last year ended,” senior lineman Zak Georgitsis said.
“It’s a game we expected to win and we didn’t, and it cost us conference because of it.”
Senior running back Zach Smith agreed this his team’s emotions will be slightly heightened.
“When you lose to a certain team and then get the chance to play them again,” Smith said, “there is always an edge there. We try to play with an edge every game but this one we have to have a bigger chip on our shoulder.”
Georgitsis believes the Raiders might have overlooked Elmwood Park last fall, something that definitely won’t happen again.
“We know what we’ve got to do,” he said. “We have to say focused.”
Glenbard South will certainly come into the contest with plenty of momentum after a 29-12 win over Rich South Saturday kept the Raiders perfect at 4-0.
Smith ran for a pair of touchdowns while quarterback Alex Jeske threw two touchdowns, one each to Jimmy Ebbole and Connor Willis.
Jose Hernandez added a 44-yard field goal as the Raiders continued to pile up the points.
“We knew we could have a good offense and so far we have,” Georgitsis said. “Smith is doing a great job and so is Alex and our whole line. And the last two weeks, our defense has been pretty much lights out.
They are young but are very quick. They are an athletic group.”
The team preaches getting off to a fast start and that will again be the focus on Friday. Glenbard South has scored first in each of its four games.
“We’ve got to play every game like its our last,” Smith added. “We are going to come out on offense and do what we are supposed to do. And our defense is going to be physical. The most physical team is going to win the game.”