Hinsdale Central spent most of Friday night's West Suburban Silver contest against No. 8 Oak Park knocking on the door.
Senior quarterback Matt Rafferty threw three touchdown passes overall, two in the final 3 minutes, 8 seconds, including a 9-yarder to Brad Huth with 17 seconds remaining as the Red Devils moved into sole possession of second place in the conference with a 21-17 victory in Hinsdale.
"It was huge that we finally got the offense going, line did their job and the receivers made plays," Rafferty said.
Hinsdale Central (6-2, 4-1) dominated boths sides of the ball, but led only 7-0 through three quarters.
Oak Park (6-2, 4-2), which was outgained 446-295, used a Dallis Flowers midfield interception ... FULL STORY
NEWS > Hinsdale Central knocks off OPRF with late touchdown
Oct. 17, 2014 By SUBURBAN LIFE MEDIA
HINSDALE – The first time Hinsdale Central's football team faced a major test against a West Suburban Silver foe, Glenbard West ran roughshod over the Red Devils.
The Red Devils acquitted themselves well Friday against WSS heavyweight Oak Park-River Forest with a 21-17 win.
After a slow start, the game turned into a back-and-forth slugfest in the fourth quarter.
Matt Rafferty hit Thomas Ives on a first-quarter touchdown and Blake Hately added the point after for a 7-0 lead, but the Huskies tied it early in the fourth quarter and took their first lead of the game with a field goal for a 10-7 lead with 3:27 left to ... FULL STORY
NEWS > Rafferty, Red Devils take it to Hornets
Oct. 16, 2014 By JASON ROSSI - email@example.com
HINSDALE – Matt Rafferty showed what he is capable of at full strength, and Hinsdale South’s football team was a recipient of the results.
Rafferty, Hinsdale Central’s senior quarterback, torched the Hornets’ defense in the Red Devils’ 42-14 homecoming win Saturday at Dickinson Field.
“I got two full weeks of practice in after my ankle injury,” Rafferty said. “We came out prepared and our receivers made some great plays.”
South fumbled the opening kickoff, Central’s Michael Lohmeier recovered and a little more than one minute into the game, Rafferty connected with Thomas Ives on a 24-yard touchdown pass. From there, it was all Central.