Varsity The Hornets lost at Leyden Friday by the score of 14-28. We opened the scoring with a quick pass from Marquese Garrett to Jalen Smith. The score was 7-7 at half time. It was tough running for the hornets and eventually the defense got worn down in the second half. Our Freshmen won conference and the sophs finished strong so the future is bright.
Freshman The freshmen hornets made it official on Thursday night with a 37-0 win over Leyden to finish the season 7-1-1 overall and 5-0-1 in conference. This was the first conference title in several years for Hinsdale South, and one they truly deserved given how hard they worked in the pre-season and throughout the school year. I encourage all these young men to take this with them the next few years to the sophomore and varsity levels.
Week 8 vs. Addison Trail
Varsity The hornets lost to Addison trail Friday. Our first few offensive possessions resulted in turnovers which left our defense in poor field position. We had a chance in the second half after scoring quickly led by qb Donny Lowdermilk and RB Frank Pantoni but the Trail Blazers ate up the clock and put us in tough passing situations. Luke Kozak played well at the TE flex position and Eric Suda on the offensive line was a bruiser all night. Defensively , Noah Charters sniffed out many plays while Jesse Villegas and Michael Houltram showed great potential moving forward. We finish the season at Leyden.
Freshman The hornets won again convincingly on Saturday morning 49-6 against the Addison Trail Blazers. Griffin Carr scored multiple TDS in the rout, as well as Anthony Montez, Julius Unseld, and Kendall Keys. The hornet defense offered up another dominating performance that surrendered only one score to the opposing team for the 7th straight game. A win over Leyden on Thursday night would give the freshmen hornets their first conference title in 8 years.
Week 7 vs. Proviso East
Varsity The Hornets lost to 5-2 Proviso East by a score of 8-7. It was almost a different team due to recent injuries. The Hornets had 7 new starters on offense. The defense bent but didn’t break allowing one score before the half. Chug McGee recorded a critical fumble early in the game to give momentum back to our team after Proviso opened the scoring on a safety after a snap over the hard of the punter led to a safety. Donny Lowdermilk threw a touchdown pass to Luke Terrell with an extra point by Kerry Glimco to put the Hornets up 7-2. Just before half Proviso was able to throw their way down field to score but missed the 2 point conversion. The score was 8-7 at half and the game ended that way after multiple back and forth battles on a cold windy muddy field. We host Addison Trail Friday for senior night. With 2 more victories the Hornets become playoff eligible.
Freshman The hornets beat proviso East 21-6 on Saturday morning to improve to 5-1-1 overall and 3-0-1 in the conference behind 2 long td runs by Griffen Carr and a nice pass from Amari Chairs to Anthony Montez. The defense contained the pirate outside run and passing attack well in this one. The hornets will look to remain in first place vs Addison Trail at home next Saturday.
Week 6 vs. Willowbrook
Varsity The Hornets lost to Willowbrook on Friday 35-0. There were not many highlights as it was a one sided affair that will serve as motivation moving forward for the final 3 games. We travel to Proviso East Friday.
Freshman The freshmen hornets improved to 4-1-1 with a convincing win over Willowbrook Saturday, 28-8. Griffen Carr broke off two long TD runs and amassed 150 yards rushing, while Amari Chairs put the finishing touches on a well orchestrated drive late to seal it. The defense was also strong again in this one with solid play at linebacker by Anthony Williams and Anthony Montez, as well as corner play by Matthew Rudolph . Proviso East is next for the Hornets.
Week 5 vs. Downers Grove South
Varsity Standing by himself at the Downers Grove South 10-yard line, waiting for quarterback Marquese Garrett's pass to descend, Hinsdale South receiver Jaylon Smith got a better understanding of what it means for time to stand still.
"It felt like it was moving in slow motion. It was crazy," Smith said.
When the football did arrive, he corralled it, spun away from a late-arriving Mustangs defender and ran in for the winning 50-yard score with 59 seconds left in a stirring 33-28 Hornets victory.
"I saw it was a mismatch, (the cornerback) bit on the short route and I just ran," Smith said. "I was waving my arms making sure Marquese could see me."
That wasn't as easy as it sounded for Garrett. He was running for his life.
"It wasn't a designed route," Garrett said. "I just kept my eyes up and Jaylon got open like he always does."
The winning score came 90 seconds after the Mustangs (2-3, 1-2 West Suburban Gold) had moved ahead 28-27 courtesy of Richie Pecenka's 6-yard run on fourth down followed by Sean Steele's critical point-after-touchdown kick. It was the third of four lead changes in a topsy-turvy, back-and-forth contest that saw the first eight0 touchdowns scored with a brisk, drizzly wind at the scoring team's back.
The Hornets (3-2, 2-0) struck first thanks to their defense. Marquez Wesley intercepted a pass on the game's first play to set up Jeremiah Kinsey's 5-yard run. Wesley recorded his second pick six minutes later and turned it into a 26-yard TD return that made it 14-0 after one quarter.
Working with the wind in the second quarter, the Mustangs answered with three scores in less than five minutes for a 21-14 halftime lead. Jayden Lambert got the Mustangs on the scoreboard with a 26-yard scoring run. Then Mitch O'Halloran and Kyle Vogt combined to block a punt to set up Pecenka's 1-yard run, also on fourth down, to knot the score. Lambert's weaving 27-yard sprint to paydirt closed the first-half scoring with a minute left.
"That was supposed to go up the middle, but I saw the open space outside and just used my speed," Lambert said. "That's what I always try to do."
The Hornets' two wind-backed third-quarter possessions covered a total of 155 yards and culminated in Garrett's 3-yard run and a scintillating 40-yard score that saw him somehow spin out of three tackles along the sideline before covering the final 30 yards untouched.
An added bonus for the Hornets was that the win kept the Rebel Cannon in their possession for another year.
"Our theme all week was tradition," said Hornets coach Mike Barry. "We keep the Rebel Cannon for the third year in a row and five of the last six, which is unprecedented for us as the smallest school in the conference."
By Chris Traczek Daily Herald Correspondent
Freshman The freshmen hornets soundly defeated the DGS mustangs 18-8 on a rain-induced Monday night to remain in first place of the west suburban gold conference. This one was a real team effort with Amari Chairs and Griffen Carr leading a number of drives resulting in scores and some nifty catches by Montez, Jenkins, and Smith vs a stacked Mustang front. The defense was led in tackles by Dylan McMurray, Carr, and Anthony Williams. Up next for the hornets is an important showdown with Willowbrook.
Week 4 vs. Morton
Varsity The Hornets defeated Morton 14-0 Friday in front of a strong homecoming crowd. The defense earned donuts on Saturday morning for pitching a shutout. There were many defensive standout performances led by Aman Tezeno and James Ruzicka. Michael Holtram blocked a punt and showed great hustle all night. The offense racked up over 350 yards of offense with touchdowns by Jaylon Smith and Marquese Garrett. Jerimiah Kinsey also stood out running the ball tough. This week we travel to DGS to retain the canon. Sophomore The Sophomore Hornets secure their first official win of the season with a 42-12 victory over Morton. The offense caught fire early thanks to 4 total touchdowns scored by RB Iyron Young. RB Jaylin Steele and WR Blake Albert also found the Endzone. Albert’s defensive performance was even more impressive with 2 key interceptions that kept Morton’s offense at bay. Justin Hill also snagged an INT to help seal the victory for the Sophomore team.
Freshman The freshmen hornets and Morton mustangs battled each other to an 8-8 tie on Saturday morning. It was a grind-it-out type of game that saw the teams drive the field several times but stall out in the red zone. For the hornets, Griffen Carr was finally able to score in the third quarter with an important 2 point conversion by Anthony Montez. The hornets are now 2-1-1 almost midway through the season.
Week 3 vs. Hinsdale Central
Varsity Central: The Hornets meet crosstown rival Hinsdale Central at home. The Hornets gave an outstanding effort and played the Red Devils tough for 4 quarters. The Hornets only score came from a short run in by QB Ryan Kohlsaat. Unfortunately, Central got the best of the Hornets with the final score being 42-6.
Sophomore The Hornets meet crosstown rival Hinsdale Central at home. The Hornets gave an outstanding effort and played the Red Devils tough for 4 quarters. The Hornets only score came from a short run in by QB Ryan Kohlsaat. Unfortunately, Central got the best of the Hornets with the final score being 42-6.
Freshman The freshmen hornets beat Hinsdale Central 48-6 Saturday morning to move to 2-1 on this young season. Touchdown drives were orchestrated by both QBs— Chairs and Carr in this one. A couple of picks by Jenkins and Unseld also helped to derail a good red devil passing offense. Morton high school is up next for the hornets in the conference opener.
Week 2 vs. Proviso West
Varsity The Hornets defeated Proviso West Friday to beat a crossover opponent from the WSC silver. The score was 35-14. Marquese Garret accounted for 5 touchdowns. He ran 3 and threw 2. The recipient of the 2 passing touchdowns was Jaylon Smith. Kerry Glimco kicked multiple extra points and as a female she may be the first female in the history of the school to score points in a varsity football game. The defense held well all night with big hits by Jeremiah Kinsey. Luke Terrell had another impressive performance with 2 interceptions and played well on both sides of the ball.
Freshman The freshmen hornets improved to 1-1 in this young season defeating proviso west 28-8. Several sacks recorded by Griffin Carr set the panthers back early and some nifty runs by Amari Chairs, as well as a couple of touchdown tosses to Anthony Montez and Robby Spang resulted in a route by the third quarter. Hinsdale Central is up next for the hornets in a tough matchup.
Week 1 vs. Kaneland
Varsity The Hornets opened against Kaneland Friday in the cornfields of Maple Park. Friday night lights was new to many and it showed as the we lost to a quality team 48-0. We beat ourselves plenty but all our goals are still attainable as long as we learn the lessons the game can teach us. This will galvanize our team. We look forward to showing our growth week 2 at Proviso West.
Sophomore The Sophomore Hornets travel an hour up to maple park on Labor Day to play the Knights. The first drive of the game resulted in the hornets taking an 8-0 lead. However, It was all Kaneland from that point on. South scored three touchdowns, two of which were by RB Iyron Young and the third was by Jaylin Steele. End score 48-21
Freshman The freshmen hornets lost 38-18 on Friday night vs Kaneland. It was a pretty sloppy game for the hornets overall, with several turnovers. It wasn’t all bad however as big plays by QBs Griffin Carr and Amari Chairs each engineered scoring drives. Some nice catches by Wade Brossard and Calvin Jenkins also moved the ball well and Gary Smothers ran hard overall. Proviso West is next for the hornets.
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