September 19, 2008
By Bill Stone
The Hinsdale Central football team enjoyed a special victory, with help of special teams that is, in beating rival Hinsdale South 43-14 Friday in Hinsdale in the annual meeting for The Doings Cup traveling trophy.
The Red Devils (3-1) now own a 14-12 lead in The Doings Cup series and have won the last seven meetings, the longest streak by either school in the rivalry.
The only problem this time was that Hinsdale Central didn't get to celebrate with The Doings Cup on the field because it was never brought from the school's trophy case.
After Mike Rogowski returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown, Hinsdale Central had opened a 43-0 lead with 6 minutes, 37 seconds left in the third quarter and initiated a running clock by virtue of a 40-point margin.
The Red Devils' Rich Zajeski also scored on a 74-yard punt return 20 seconds before halftime to open a 29-0 lead.
Mick Culligan then took the kickoff that opened the second half 86 yards to the 13 and scored on a 16-yard run three plays later.
The Red Devils took a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Eric Alexander five plays after Mike Owens' blocked punt put the ball at the 24. Garrett Kawa earlier had kicked a 33-yard field goal set up by Brian Connor's 38-yard punt return to the 21.
Also scoring in the second quarter were quarterback John Whitelaw on a 6-yard run moments after his 27-yard TD run was nullified by a holding penalty, and Zajeski on a 21-yard pass reception.
Hinsdale South (1-3) scored on an 8-yard pass from quarterback Rob Christenson to Karl Ploger with 3:31 left and Darrin Kidd's 42-yard run with 1:50 to go. Ploger's TD came right after Frank Jones' 39-yard interception return with a personal-foul penalty tacked on.
Whitelaw was 6-for-10 passing for 96 yards with Zajeski catching three passes for 61 yards.
Hinsdale Central's defense held the Hornets to 42 yards and three first downs in the first half and 190 total yards, 108 of them with the running clock. Kidd rushed 16 times for 70 yards and Jonathan Sterling had eight carries for 47 yards. The Hornets' Blake Leonette also had an interception.
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