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Pusateri hoping Rams reach potential

Glenbard East's Dominic Wilberton (right) takes the handoff from Drake Pusateri during the Rams' game at Wheaton North on Friday.
Glenbard East's Dominic Wilberton (right) takes the handoff from Drake Pusateri during the Rams' game at Wheaton North on Friday.

LOMBARD – The past three games have not been kind to Glenbard East football.

After beating West Aurora in the DuPage Valley Conference opener the Rams have lost the past three games by a combined score of 147-7. Most of the optimism from the Rams’ 2-1 start has dissipated in those losses.

“We haven’t been playing to our full potential and we’re trying to get everybody on the field and as healthy as possible,” said junior quarterback Drake Pusateri. “Every game is like a learning experience trying to make everybody better.”

Pusateri has dealt with a number of injuries to his wide receivers and even missed the Naperville Central game Week 4 with a sprained ankle.

The dual-threat quarterback hasn’t been able to put up the same numbers he did earlier in the season, whether that’s because of better competition, his own injury or the lack of weapons at wide receiver compared to what he started the season with.

It has been a tough learning curve to varsity football in the DVC.

“The DVC, everyone is trying to prove themselves so they can make it to the next level,” Pusateri said.

The offense centers around Pusateri’s ability to make smart decisions with the ball. He showed in wins against Willowbrook and West Aurora that he is capable of doing that.

Pusateri started playing football at age six and moved to quarterback in sixth grade. He’s glad he made the switch to the all-important position.

“I feel like it’s helped me develop and be able to look at all aspects of life from a different perspective like being able to break things down,” he said.

Glenbard East coach John Walters has shown full confidence in Pusateri since summer camp began, saying he came up through their program and is plenty prepared for anything he will see on a Friday night.

The 5-foot-10 quarterback is hoping to repay that faith and the fans on homecoming against 3-3 Naperville North.

“Our goal that’s right in front of us is to try and win our homecoming game against Naperville North to give our home fans something to cheer about,” Pusateri said.

Wheaton North 52, Glenbard East 7

East leaders

Passing: Drake Pusateri 6-for-15, 79 yards, TD
Rushing: Dominic Wilberton 20-75
Receiving: Joey Moore 2-42; Wilberton 1-19

Week 7: Glenbard East vs. Naperville North
7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: 1014 Main St., Lombard
Records: Glenbard East 2-4 (1-3 DVC), Naperville North 3-3 (2-2 DVC)
Outlook: The Rams have lost three DuPage Valley Conference games in a row and haven't been able to keep the score competitive in any of those games. They might be able to get a bit of a break since Naperville North, while still a quality team, isn't a state-ranked team like the Rams' last three opponents. The Huskies gave Wheaton Warrenville South its only loss in Week 5, but barely got past a 1-5 Lake Park team last week.

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