FRANKLIN PARK – Hinsdale South football is inching closer to a playoff birth.
A 26-3 victory over Leyden on Friday extended the Hornets’ winning streak to three games, improving their West Suburban Gold conference record to 3-1 and evening their overall record at 3-3.
Still, if the team wants reach six wins and ensure its second consecutive playoff birth, South needs to run the table and win in its last three games against Hinsdale Central, Morton and Downers Grove South. The Hornets host district rival Hinsdale Central at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Hornets sit in third in the Gold, trailing Downers Grove South (3-3, 3-0 WSG) and Willowbrook (5-1, 3-0 WSG) by one conference loss. Although they have yet to play Downers South, the Hornets lost to Willowbrook on Sept. 28, and will need some help from the Willowbrook opposition in order to capture a conference title.
But a playoff birth remains a very tangible goal and offensive showings similar to the one turned in against Leyden on Friday will go a long way towards reaching that pinnacle.
“Our goal all season has been to remain focused and play smart football,” head coach Mike Barry said. “I think we are improving on both sides of the ball.”
Behind a dominating option-run attack and stifling defense, South scored the game’s first 19 points and shut out Leyden for over three quarters, surrendering just 39 yards of total offense.
“We wanted to be physical with them,” Barry said. “We thought we matched up well on defense and our goal was to establish the run game early.”
Junior linebacker Jake Hynek had two interceptions, the first coming late in the first quarter, setting up a Robert Hall 32-yard touchdown run. Shortly after, Hynek’s picked off another Eagles’ pass, and quarterback Robert Regan finished off the South drive with a one-yard touchdown run.
Hinsdale South’s rushing attack finished with 258 yards on 52 carries. Hall paced the Hornet’s backs with 102 yards and Michael Fassero chipped in 80 rushing yards.