GLEN ELLYN – Making his first postseason start on Saturday, Glenbard West quarterback Drew Vogg admitted to a few extra nerves beforehand when thinking about the possibility of his final high school football game.
Then Scott Andrews went out and made sure the senior signal-caller and his Hilltoppers teammates would live to see another day.
Rattling off five touchdowns in a little more than a quarter and a half, Andrews led Glenbard West to a 49-14 victory against Harlem in the opening round of the Class 7A playoffs.
The senior running back posted touchdown runs of 11, 51, 55 and 52 yards and also caught a 30-yard scoring pass from Vogg.
“The offensive line had a great day,” Vogg said, “and Scottie was running the ball unbelievably. He was seeing all the holes.”
Hayden Carlson’s 42-yard punt return for a touchdown kicked off the scoring for the Hilltoppers, who won their ninth consecutive game. Glenbard West advances to take on Conant in the second round.
“We have to do what we did on Saturday,” Vogg said of the next playoff game.
“Start out fast and finish even stronger. We have to have the same mentality because in the playoffs, anybody can beat you. Everybody is good in the playoffs.”
Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet expects a stiff challenge on Saturday from the Cougars, who took out higher-seed Jacobs 42-35.
“Their head coach’s kid is the quarterback,” Hetlet said, “and he is a really good QB, as good as we’ve seen. He is as accurate of a passer as I’ve seen in a while. They’ve got good skilled athletes and a nice-sized running back. They look like they can put up points in a hurry.”
Hetlet was equally complimentary of Andrews, who now has 25 touchdowns on the fall.
“He is the most underrated back in the state,” Hetlet said. “How he doesn’t have a Division I offer is beyond me. Even last year, on a high ankle sprain, just the things he did in the state championship game [were amazing].
“And it starts with our offensive line and then you’ve also got [running backs] Devonte [Toney] and Jermon Kindle Joyner blocking for him.