MAYWOOD – If performances like the last two weeks had come earlier in the season, the storyline of the Addison Trail football season might have been a bit different.
The Blazers picked up a second straight win by topping Proviso East 52-28 on Saturday. AT is now 2-5 after starting the season 0-5 and being eliminated from playoff contention.
“Any time you can go over to Proviso and get a win, that’s a good thing,” AT coach Paul Parpet Jr. said. “Considering the elements weren’t great with the rain and all that stuff, we did what we had to do to get out of there with a win.”
Quarterback Mike Rybarczyk passed for 200 yards and three touchdowns and the Blazers’ running game, led by Jim Wislek’s 137 yards, rushed for over 200 yards and four scores on the ground.
On the defensive side, the Pirates scored just six points in the second half after putting up 22 points in the first half.
“It was good for the boys that we had a little bit of success,” Parpet said. “For the most part on defense, after the first quarter, we held them. When you can contain those guys, that’s pretty good.”
Despite being 0-7, the Pirates have been able to put some points on the board. They are averaging just over 18 points per game.
Jake Atiyeh had another big game for the Blazers. The junior wide receiver went over 100 yards receiving for the second time in the past three games and has taken some of the pressure off of standout receiver Jaavion Bradley.
“He’s one of those players that is always under the radar because you’ve got Jaavion and guys like that they complement him,” Parpet said. “Jake doesn’t get the amount of touches that he should get. He did have a big game.”
If AT had played like this earlier in the season, things could have been different.
“When you take a look at the whole season, the first seven games, we’re 7 to 10 plays away from being 5-2,” Parpet said.
Two wins in a row is a nice accomplishment for a team that lost its first five games, but winning three straight will take another level. The defending Class 7A champions, Glenbard West (6-1, 5-0 West Suburban Silver), are coming to town tonight.
“They’re as good as they’re broadcasted to be,” Parpet said. “Our goal is to make it a four-quarter game and keep building on the momentum that we’ve built the last couple weeks. It’s not going to be easy, but these are the teams that you want to compete against.”
Addison Trail 52, Proviso East 28
Passing: Mike Rybarczyk 15-for-19, 200 yards, 3 TDs
Rushing: Jim Wislek 18-137, 2 TDs; Rybarczyk 16-70, TD; Ricky Luna 1-1, TD
Receiving: Jake Atiyeh 6-121, 2 TDs; Jaavion Bradley 3-30; Anthony Nasti 2-10, TD
Week 8: Addison Trail vs. Glenbard West
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: 213 N. Lombard Rd.
Records: Addison Trail 2-5, Glenbard West 6-1
Outlook: The Blazers are probably feeling much better about this season after back-to-back wins, but finding a third will be a much tougher task. The Hilltoppers have won six straight since dropping the season opener to Wheaton Warrenville South and have won those games by an average of 30.5 points.