HINSDALE – Tommy Fiedler made a bad pass on the first play of the game, but didn’t make many mistakes after that.
The Lyons Township quarterback, along with a big day from running back Leonard Ross and a strong performance from the defense, led the Lions to a crucial 35-14 win at Hinsdale Central Saturday afternoon.
Fiedler threw an interception on the first play from scrimmage and the Red Devils turned that into a 14-yard touchdown run from Juwan Edmund. After that it was all LT, which improved to 3-3 and 2-1 in the West Suburban Silver.
“We were firing on most of our cylinders,” Fiedler said.
Ross broke a 59-yard run to tie the game on the next drive and LT scored on its remaining four possessions of the first half to take a 35-7 lead into the locker room. Ross finished with 130 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries.
Fiedler threw touchdowns to Marcell Kellum and Connor Pavletic and had a 68-yard pass to Kellum that set up a 1-yard Ross score. Fiedler was 12-for-16 for 171 yards and attempted just one pass in the second half.
LT coach Kurt Weinberg said it was probably the best the Lions have played this season.
“I was very, very pleased,” Weinberg said. “Most of the stuff we were running looked good and we’ll have to see how we can clean things up. I felt like it was a real good effort.”
Edmund had both Red Devil touchdowns and rushed for 74 yards. Junior Thomas Ives stepped in at quarterback, where Central (3-3, 2-2 WSS) has been decimated with injures, and was 5-for-11 for 29 yards and three interceptions.
“With all the injuries on offense we’re on our fourth quarterback,” said Central coach Rich Tarka. “I think we found someone. Thomas played really well for us.”
The Red Devils will look to rebound at Hinsdale South next Friday while LT hosts Oak Park River Forest on Saturday.