Glenbrook South’s football team scored on its first four possessions on Thursday and didn’t let up the next day, either.
In a game that took two days to complete due to a lightning storm in Glenview Thursday night, Evanston’s defense surrendered a total of 521 yards and the Titans stormed to an overwhelming 49-28 Central Suburban League South division victory.
The one-sided defeat all but eliminated Evanston (2-4 overall, 0-2 CSL South) from qualifying for the Illinois High School Association postseason playoffs this year. To qualify, ETHS must win out over the next three weeks against Waukegan, Maine South and New Trier.
Glenbrook South’s Ryan Janczak led a punishing ground attack for the Titans (5-1, 1-1), carrying 24 times for 237 yards and four touchdowns. GBS ran for 365 yards as a team and quarterback Fitz Stadler completed 9-of-12 passes for 156 yards and 2 TDs.
Evanston junior Micquel Roseman piled up 146 yards on 16 attempts, including touchdown runs covering 26, 11 and 1 yards. Quarterback Matt Little completed a 4-yard pass to Ferris Ingraham for Evanston’s other score.
GBS recovered an onside kick to start the game Thursday and marched 49 yards in 8 plays to score. The Titans then put together scoring drives covering 61, 99 and 34 yards to put the game out of reach at 28-0 with 1 minute, 37 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Wildkits closed to within 28-14 on Roseman’s first TD run early in the second quarter, but the hosts responded with a 64-yard TD burst by Janczak and built a 35-14 advantage. A lightning storm with 2 minutes, 57 seconds prompted game officials to postpone the rest of the game until Friday afternoon, and the Titans weren’t about to let down, scoring again before the official intermission on a 15-yard pass from Stadler to Sean McDonagh.
“Our defense carried us the first couple of weeks, and there’s no doubt that the offense has improved since then. But we lost 11 guys (starters) from last year on defense and we knew we needed some growth there,” said Evanston coach Mike Burzawa. “We have guys in the right positions, it just comes down to the fundamentals and to making plays.
“Our mental toughness is something we’re continuing to work on. It was a concern for us coming into the week after a devastating Homecoming loss last week (to Niles West), a game that we put so much energy and effort into. It took awhile for our defense to get acclimated to South’s Wing-T offense. You have to be ready to play from the get-go, and we weren’t.”
Source: ETHS Sports Information