Despite injuries, Hitters handle Blazers

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 4:59 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 5:05 p.m. CDT
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Erica Benson - ebenson@shawmedia.com Glenbard West's Jermon Kindle Joyner runs with the ball during the Hilltoppers' game against Addison Trail on Friday.

ADDISON – As of late, the team standing on the other sideline hasn’t been the toughest opponent for Glenbard West.

The injury bug has been.

With middle linebacker Eric Farley going down with a broken leg in practice last week, the list of Hilltoppers who are out for the season continues to grow.

Fellow linebacker Austin Warden was lost to a broken arm in the Lyons Township game while running backs Donahvon Vaughn and Sam Brodner are sidelined as well.

Defensive tackle/fullback Devonte Toney has also missed time but is expected to return.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet said. “We have something like seven starters done for the year. So we are getting thin from that standpoint but it’s part of the game. It is what it is.”

Despite the rash of injuries, Glenbard West hasn’t skipped a beat on the field. The Hilltoppers won their seventh game in a row on Friday with a 55-0 decision over Addison Trail.

The continued progression of the offensive line, which includes Eric Shute, Ted Clauss, Joe Lelend, Will Demos and Jack Kane, along with tight end Connor Schrauth, was most pleasing to Hetlet.

“They blocked extremely well, that’s what sticks out to me,” he said.

“Those guys have all progressed and gotten better. And our defense played really well. Outside of their first series, we played solid defense.”

The visitors rushed for seven touchdowns against the Blazers while quarterback Drew Vogg found Schrauth for a six-yard score.

Next up for Glenbard West is the regular season finale against York on senior day. The outright West Suburban Silver title is on the line as well as a high seed in the Class 7A playoffs.

“When you play a conference school, it always means a lot,” Hetlet said. “And the outright title, that is what we want. York has got nothing to lose and it is going to be a physical battle.

“But overall, we have a lot of younger guys getting better and I feel like we are progressing. And we are trying to get healthy. The biggest thing is we’ve been running the ball consistently each week. Our run game is getting stronger and stronger.”

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