Owens could be X-factor in Silver showdown
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Hosts Downers Grove North, 4:30 p.m.
At Downers Grove South Invite at O’Brien Park, 9 a.m.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
At Downers Grove North, 4:30 p.m.
Hosts OPRF w/Glenbard West, 4:30 P.M.
Hosts Glenbard West, 7:30 p.m.
Hosts Glenbard West, at Hinsdale G.C. 4 p.m.
At Quad at Mistwood G.C., 3:45 p.m.
At Downers Grove North, 4 p.m.
At Providence Invite at Broken Arrow, 11 a.m.
At Downers Grove South, 4 p.m.
Hosts Glenbard West at Ruth Lake C.C., 3:45 p.m.
At Naperville Central, 4 p.m.
Hosts Geneva, 4:30 p.m.
At GBN Sprint Classic - Diving, at Glenbrook North, 9 a.m.
At GBN Sprint Classic, at Glenbrook North, 1 p.m.
At Loyola Academy Invite, 8:30 a.m.
Hosts O.P.-River Forest, 4:30 p.m.
Hosts Whitney Young, 4:30 p.m.
At Wheaton Classic at W.Warrenv. South, 8 a.m.
At Proviso West, 6 p.m.
At Leyden (East Campus), 6 p.m.
Updated: October 14, 2012 1:10PM
Coaches from Glenbard West and Hinsdale Central both were able to scout each other’s teams in person last weekend.
With Hinsdale Central playing Proviso West on Friday night and Glenbard West hosting Lyons on Saturday, both sides might have drawn the conclusion they were mirror images of each other.
The two undefeated squads meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday when Glenbard West plays at Hinsdale Central to determine the early season favorite in the West Suburban Silver.
Both teams feature standout quarterbacks in Glenbard West’s Henry Haeffner and Hinsdale Central’s Brian Owens. Those QBs have at least one Division I prospect to throw to, as well, with Vanderbilt-bound tight end Nathan Marcus for West and 6-foot-6, 196-pound junior Ian Bunting for Central.
Both defenses rank among the best in the conference; no other team in the Silver has allowed fewer points than Glenbard West (21). Undefeated Downers Grove North has allowed 25 points and Hinsdale Central has given up 28 after Proviso West hung 25 points on the Red Devils on Friday.
It took two games, but the Owens-to-Bunting combination worked effortlessly for the first time this season on Friday as Owens threw for 302 yards and four TDs and Bunting had 210 yards receiving and two TDs.
One week earlier, Owens threw for 65 yards and Bunting caught a pass for seven yards at Leyden.
“It’s great. It’s nice to finally be able to do; find that rhythm with (Bunting),” Owens said. “We completed some balls underneath. Those little completions helped so we would be able to hit a few long balls.”
The primary difference between the two teams is their approach to the running game. Glenbard West is winning with the two-headed combination of Joe Zito and Scott Andrews, who combined for 136 yards and four TDs against Lyons. Hinsdale Central’s Jack Adams rushed 24 times for 84 yards against Proviso West to raise his season total to 387 yards and three TDs on 66 carries.
“Jack Adams is one of the best running backs in the league,” Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet said.
Glenbard West won last year’s game 45-14 in Glen Ellyn.
“Owens knows the situation and is the kind of kid that makes a lot of adjustments on the field,” Hetlet said. “They have two extremely good receivers in Bunting and (John) Claussen. They are both very good receivers.”~.