September 15, 2007 - By Dave Owen, Suburban Life
Darien, IL -
Hinsdale Central’s quest for win No. 13 in its 25-year football series with district-rival Hinsdale South was anything but unlucky on Friday.
The visiting Red Devils forced six turnovers, two of them resulting in fumble returns for touchdowns by junior Allan Cameron and senior Mike Briestansky, as Hinsdale Central (3-1) rolled to a 51-3 win over the Hornets (1-3).
Cameron recovered two fumbles in the game, the first setting up Billy Auriemma’s second touchdown to put the Red Devils up 14-0 late in the first quarter. But it was Cameron’s second recovery that broke the game open, as he scooped up an errant option pitch in the last seconds of the first half and rambled 19 yards for a touchdown and a 31-3 Red Devil lead.
“The ball popped up and I stole it from (teammate) Kyle (Larkin),” joked Cameron, an ex-running back. “I had the entire defense blocking for me, an entire wall. I like defense more than I did offense, but you don’t get to score many touchdowns. That’s what made this sweet.”
A usual offensive force at quarterback was John Whitelaw, who completed 5 of his first 6 passes, threw for two touchdowns in the game (including a 25-yarder to Auriemma on fourth down for a 7-0 lead) and had a 36-yard touchdown run.
But it was the Hinsdale Central defense’s night. The Hornets had 2 yards of offense midway through the third quarter, and the Red Devils made another memorable defensive play on Briestansky’s 70-yard fumble return dash down the sideline on the last play of the third quarter.
Hinsdale South showed fight early and late. Taking advantage of a bad punt snap by the Red Devils, the Hornets drew within 14-3 on a Gary Mayberry field goal in the second quarter and later had 98 yards of offense in the final 18 minutes of play.
But the moments of magic were far too few for the Hornets, who have lost the last six games of the series to Hinsdale Central.
“It’s pretty cool and we’re proud of it,” Hinsdale Central coach Mike DiMatteo said of the streak. “But (Hornets’) Coach (Alex) Bitto is going to get (Hinsdale South) rolling. It takes some time to get his system in, and they won’t be pushovers I promise you. We have to bring it with these guys because they play hard.”.