LOMBARD – It’s hard to come up with positives from a 40-0 loss, but it’s not often a running back runs for over 200 yards in a shutout.
Junior running back Dominic Wilberton ran for 205 yards on 21 carries for Glenbard East in the Rams’ 40-0 homecoming defeat to Glenbard North on Sept. 27.
“I think we’ve been close, but we haven’t been able to spring him,” Walters said. “Dominic had a nice game and we expect that from him.”
Wilberton’s running game has been aided by the offensive line play of juniors Chris Ryan and Ben Sullivan. Ryan mans left tackle with his 6-foot-6, 235-pound frame and Sullivan is a captain and returning starter.
“[Sullivan] is our best overall player,” Walters said. “He’s a beast.”
Unfortunately, East’s passing game hasn’t prospered as much as the Rams’ running game. Quarterback Drake Pusateri was just 1-for-9 against the Panthers.
Part of that is because of a lack of continuity with the personnel. Three receivers have been out for the year since Week 1 – Zach Schneeberger, Joey Nolan and Richie Schager – and Pusateri has also missed a game and some practices with injury.
As a result, a bigger reliance has been put on receivers like sophomore Joey Moore, junior Alex Ciszewski and two-way player Javon York.
“There’s an adjustment period,” Walters said. “Guys worked with him [Pusateri] all summer and now they’re out.”
Other than the three players out for the year, Walters said the team is as healthy as they’ve been this season as it heads into tonight’s game at Wheaton North.
In the loss to Glenbard North, the Rams couldn’t contain dynamic runner Justin Jackson in the first half. Jackson ran for 172 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries, and then freshman Vittorio Tricase had the bulk of the carries in the second half and ran for 108 yards and a touchdown.
The Rams have been shut out three times this season and have another tough game ahead.
The Falcons have scored over 30 points in all four of their wins and have limited opponents to under 20 points four times.
Glenbard North 40, Glenbard East 0
Glenbard East leaders
Passing: Drake Pusateri 1-for-9, 13 yards
Rushing: Dominic Wilberton 21-205
Receiving: Javon York 1-13
Week 6: Glenbard East at Wheaton North
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: 1 Falcon Way, Wheaton
Records: Glenbard East 2-3 (1-2 DVC), Wheaton North 4-1 (2-1 DVC)
Outlook: After taking big losses to Naperville Central and Glenbard North, the Rams now face a Division I quarterback recruit: future Northwestern passer Clayton Thorson. Since losing a close one to Wheaton Warrenville South in the conference opener, the Falcons have picked up wins over Naperville North and Lake Park. The Rams are hoping the offense gets back on track after back-to-back shutouts.