HOFFMAN ESTATES – Three different Glenbard West players ran for touchdowns, and the defense forced three turnovers as the Hilltoppers won 34-7 over host Conant in the second round of the Class 7A playoffs Saturday.
Glenbard West will head down the road from Conant next week to face host Schaumburg in the quarterfinals.
The Hilltoppers (10-1) scored on their opening drive after a 34-yard touchdown run from running back Jermon Kindle-Joyner.
On their next possession, the Hilltoppers engineered another scoring drive, capped by a 9-yard touchdown run by Scott Andrews.
Conant blocked a punt after the Hilltoppers' third possession and appeared to score on a long pass. But a penalty brought the play back and the Glenbard West defense was able to force them to punt.
The Hilltoppers scored again in the second quarter on an 11-yard run by running back Devonte Toney.
Conant seemed poised to score their first point of the game just before the end of the half after the Hilltoppers fumbled inside their 20 yard line. But Hilltoppers' linebacker Griffin Brugh intercepted a pass just outside the end zone to keep the Cougars scoreless in the first half.
West added two more touchdowns in the second half on a 12-yard run by Andrews and a 20-yard run by Toney.
Conant scored its lone touchdown of the game with less than three minutes left after another Hilltoppers' fumble gave them the ball just outside the 10-yard line.