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Title within sight for Hornets

DARIEN – One more win could net Hinsdale South’s football team a West Suburban Gold title.

Behind a stout running game, the Hornets shut out Morton 28-0 on Friday, setting up a battle for the conference championship tonight against Downers Grove South.

Facing a depleted Morton team, Hinsdale South (4-4 overall, 4-1 WSG) spread out the offense, garnering touchdowns from four different players.

It was Hinsdale South’s first shutout win this season.

“It was a good win, one we obviously needed to have in order to keep our playoff hopes intact,” head coach Mike Barry said. “Our offense controlled the pace of the game, putting up some early scores. Then our defense made sure we held that lead.”

Alex Holmstrom and quarterback Robert Regan scored first half rushing touchdowns and Regan added another through the air as the Hornets jumped out the a 21-0 halftime lead.

But, late in the second quarter, Regan was tackled and suffered a leg injury. The junior, who has started every game since Week 3, was unable to return in the second half.

Although his leg is not broken or badly injured, his status remains questionable for the final game of the season, according to Barry.

Jake Czajkowski, who started the season under center, guided the offense for the second half, going 4-of-7 for 54 yards and leading one touchdown drive.

“We were really impressed with Czajkowski’s play, he was our offensive MVP for the game,” Barry said. “We feel very confident no matter who is playing quarterback in the final game of the season.”

The Hornets will finish the regular season on the road against Downers Grove, the current first place team in the Western Suburban Gold.

If Hinsdale South defeats Downers South and Willowbrook beats Addison Trail, there would be a three-way tie for the conference title. The winner would then be decided according to a slew of tiebreakers, which includes points allowed during the three teams’ games against one another, according the IHSA website.

At the moment, Downers South has a 21-point edge over Hinsdale South and an 82-point edge over Willowbrook. So, in order for Hinsdale South to seemingly win the conference and capture a playoff berth, the team must win by 21 points or more.

However, Barry explained that IHSA officials have presented him with three tie-breaker scenarios and have yet to specify which one will take effect.

“The IHSA has told me about a scenario in which we just need to beat Downers on Friday,” Barry said. “Then, another IHSA representative told me that we need to win by 21 and another said we only need to win by 11. Hopefully this will be cleared up by Friday.”

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