BY GEORGE M. WILCOX ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
September 30, 2011
Hinsdale Central has found a winning formula using the right arm of junior quarterback Brian Owens.
But Owens, a guard on the school’s basketball team, has found a helpful pair of teammates from the basketball team doubling as wide receivers on the football team. Brad Anlauf, a 6-foot-3, 178-pound senior, and Tom Garvin, a 6-4, 202-pound senior, have become Owens’ favorite targets.
The trio were responsible for all three of Hinsdale Central’s first-half touchdowns as the Red Devils won for the 10th consecutive time in the series, winning 28-7 Friday night, in the 29th annual Doings Cup between District 86 schools. Central (4-2) leads the series 17-12.
“I think (we have chemistry),” Owens said of his basketball-football teammates. “They are such good athletes. If I give them a chance to make plays, they make plays. I trust them.”
The last time Hinsdale South won the annual rivalry was 35-27 in 2001.
Owens (13-for-21, 211 yards), who set school records for completions and attempts in a Week 5 in a victory over Lyons Township, engineered three scoring drives in the first half after the Red Devils’ opening drive stalled at Central’s 31.
South (3-3) scored first on just its second play from scrimmage when Keontae Hall (9 carries, 111 yards) burst through the middle of the line, broke a few tackles and then outran a Central defender for a 74-yard score.
Owens (18 carries, 102 yards) took over by gaining 92 yards on the ground in the first half and completed 10-of-14 passes for 177 yards before halftime. He tied the game with an 11-yard TD pass to Garvin and then Owens ended the first quarter on the Red Devils’ next drive with a 55-yard TD run.
The game’s only score in the second quarter game on Owens’ 9-yard TD pass to Anlauf to complete a 30-yard, three-play drive set up by a South penalty when a Hornets player tackled Central’s punt returner after he indicated a fair catch.
Anlauf, who entered the game with 16 receptions for 249 yards in his last two games, had six catches for 124 yards while Garvin caught four passes for 53 yards.
Central scored its lowest total in the annual rivalry since winning 3-0 in 2005. The Hornets were held to seven points for the third time in the last six years.
“We’re still growing. We’re still a young team,” first-year Hornets coach Mike Barry said. “We’ve closed the gap, but the gap is not fully closed.”
With the exception of Hall’s TD run, his third in South’s last two games, the Hornets offense could not get much going. South had only eight first downs in the game and combined for 147 yards in the first half. Quarterback D.J. Deolitsis (8-for-15, 73 yards) had his lowest completion percentage of the season and South only reached the Central 35 in the second half.
“We had opportunities, but we didn’t capitalize whether it was dropped passes or blown coverage,” Barry said. “It was obviously very frustrating. You hit a guy right in the hands with the ball and it’s not caught. That gets you.”
Junior linebacker Andrew Pyle was part of his second Doings Cup winner after playing in last year’s 48-13 victory.
“You look forward to The Doings Cup every year,” Pyle said. “It’s fun, bringing (the trophy) back every year.”
The Central defense didn’t allow too many big plays after Hall’s TD run. The defensive plan was set to stop Hall, who rushed for a career-high 209 yards against Leyden the week earlier.
“He was out (fast),” Central coach Rich Tarka said. “It was annoying because all we we stressed (against that). But I was happy with the win.”
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