Phil English | Chicago Tribune | Published Sept. 9, 2006
As the anchors of Hinsdale Central's swarming defense, seniors Jack DiNardo and J.T. Sandstedt couldn't be more different.
DiNardo is the hulking 6-foot-4-inch, 245-pound lineman who's drawing looks from Division I schools, including a handful of recruiters from Northwestern on Friday night. Sandstedt is the speedy, undersized, 5-7, 160-pound crowd favorite.
Where they were similar was in causing severe headaches for Hinsdale South on Friday, helping an inspired starting defensive unit hold the visiting Hornets to just 87 total yards as the No. 16 Red Devils (3-0) won the West Suburban crossover 31-7.
"J.T. was all over the place tonight," said DiNardo, who had a sack and two tackles for loss. "He forces other teams to do what they don't want to do."
"Jack may say I'm all over the place, but for a big guy, he's everywhere," said Sandstedt, who registered two sacks. "Anything nice he says about me I could say back twice about him."
With its defense playing solid all night, Central's offense found a good time to come to life. Quarterback Zach Leathers led the team with 106 yards rushing on 15 carries and scored on runs of 5 and 2 yards.
Leathers' 48-yard hookup with Pat Garvin set up a 1-yard Mike Imke touchdown run in the second quarter to give the Devils, who tied the district series 12-12, a 14-0 halftime lead.
Leathers' 2-yard score at the end of the third followed a Sean Lacey 26-yard field goal to give Central a 24-0 lead. The Devils added one more score when backup QB Chase Culbertson scampered in from 14 yards out with six minutes 19 seconds left for a 31-0 edge.
The lone bright spot for Hinsdale South (0-3) was Dan Hopp. He carried 12 times for 125 yards, including a 22-yard TD with 4:50 remaining.
But that was accomplished with DiNardo and Sandstedt safely on the sidelines.
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