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Central prepared South to pan for football Gold


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Time Out with Joe Goddard | Hinsdale Doings | Published September 14, 2006

Hinsdale South coach Jim Kirwan doesn’t see who can stop Hinsdale Central in the West Suburban Silver, having absorbed a 31-7 loss to the undefeated Red Devils Friday in The Doings Cup.

“They come at you so many ways,” he said.

Kirwan put a positive spin on the decision, however, by saying it will help the winless Hornets in their West Suburban Gold opener Friday at Morton (0-3). A win is important from the Hornets having to play Rebel Cannon rival Downers Grove South the following week in Darien. Depleted Downers South was upset 10-3 by Willowbrook last weekend. (Central beat Willowbrook 28-7 to weeks ago).

“The bad news, guys, was the loss,” Kirwan told his heart-broken players while the Red Devils were celebrating their fifth straight Cup victory 50 yards away. “The good news is you got through one of the state’s toughest nonconference schedule against three teams (St. Charles East, Lyons Township and Hinsdale Central) that have been ranked.

“Hinsdale Central was a much better team, don’t kid yourselves. Does this loss hurt? Yes, but don’t beat yourselves up over it. Forget it. Wipe it off.

“How we play from now on will define who we are. Do I think we can go on and win the conference? Yes, and you should, too. I don’t see you guys rolling over. I’d be disappointed if you did. We’ll take the loss, learn from it and get better.”

DiNARDO UNCOMMITTED: Five men wearing purple T-shirts on the sidelines of Friday’s game at Dickinson Field were not Downers North scouts, but Northwestern recruiters. They were watching lineman Jack DiNardo, who plays end and tackle on defense, and some tight end on offense.

“I’d prefer defense in college, but I’m not going to give a thought to a position or a school right now,” DiNardo said. “My only thoughts are on the team.”

SMALL PACKAGES: Some of Central and South’s shorter players are among their best players. Mike Imke at 5-foot-8, 150 pounds and linebacker-punter J.T. Sandstedt at 5-7, 160 are Red Devil stalwarts, and the Hornets’ Michael Joseph at 5-7, 185 was sought out for praise by Central players after Friday’s contest.

“I was happy to see that,” Kirwan said. “Michael has a heart as big and as strong as his body.”

COMING BACK: Central fullback Bill Auriemma, who averaged 4.5 yards a carry for last season’s 9-4 state semifinalist, is expected back from mononucleosis.

“It hasn’t been easy just watching,” he said. “I felt tired all summer, but had no idea it was mono.”

COMING UP: Central sophomores under coach Pat Richards not only are 3-0, but also have outscored their rivals 91-0. Mitch Eickhoff, Rich Zajeski, Mike Culligan, Brendan Sullivan, Mike Rogowski and Collin Watkins are standouts.

Eickhoff is the son of Bill Eickhoff, who was one of nine all-conference players for the WSC Silver champion Red Devils in 1981 and is 14th in career rushing yards with 1,275 (1981-82).

Another soph standout is Pat Clegg, who is making a varsity impression as nose guard.

Coach Jack Brennan’s freshman A team also is unbeaten, thanks in part to Jason Rafferty, Ryan Cassin, Kolby Ourada, John Whitelaw, Dave Lutz and the entire offensive line who, according to Brennan, “aren’t very big, but sure know how to play as a unit.”

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