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Balogh leads rushing attack for Glenbard West

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Balogh leads rushing attack for Glenbard West

Friday, Sept. 9, 2011
Posted: 11:37 p.m.

By Mike Clark
YourSeason.com

You knew it was going to be a good night for Glenbard West when Avery Balogh kept ripping off long runs.And you knew it would be a great night for the Hilltoppers when Tommy Schutt came up with their third interception of the night.Big plays on both sides of the ball added up to a31-3 romp for Glenbard West over host Lyons Friday night in a WestSuburban Silver opener in Western Springs.Balogh ran 12 times for 191 yards and threetouchdowns for the No. 2 Hilltoppers. Glenbard West (3-0, 1-0) heldLyons without a first down till the final two minutes of the first halfand limited the Lions to 33 yards on 22 rushes.The win avenged a loss to Lyons in Week 9 of lastseason that cost Glenbard West sole possession of the West SuburbanSilver title.Weve been thinking about this game for a long time, Balogh said.Schutt, a big body on the defensive line for theHilltoppers, has been thinking for a long time about picking off apass. Early in the fourth quarter, his dream came true.We had a couple good screen reads today, saidSchutt, a Penn State recruit who is heading out to see the NittanyLions play Alabama Saturday. That was one I picked out and I read thequarterbacks eyes. ... A score would be nice, but Ill take aninterception for sure.Balogh got the scores as well as the yards.Our offensive line just played outstanding, hesaid. I cant thank them enough. We were trying to establish the pass,but we took what they offered us.Avery is playing unreal right now, Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet said. Hes got good vision.Balogh gave the Hilltoppers a 14-0 first-quarterlead with a pair of scoring runs. He sprinted 41 yards down the rightsideline for the first touchdown with 5:26 left and then twisted andturned his way for a 39-yard scoring carry with 50.7 seconds left.Dan Cavazos pushed the Glenbard West lead to 17-0with his 38-yard field goal at 8:16 of the second quarter. Lyons got onthe board with 15.7 seconds left in the half when Luke Nelson kicked a22-yard field goal.Balogh gave the Hilltoppers a 24-3 lead with histhird touchdown run, a 50-yarder at 1:25 of the third quarter. JoeZitos 14-yard scoring run made it 31-3 with 8:07 to play.Mike Marston and Matt Marston also had interceptions for Glenbard West.For Lyons (1-2, 0-1), quarterback Connor Onion was 16-of-35 passing for 170 yards with three interceptions.

The Bears' defense is ahead of its offense, but Matt Nagy doesn't see that as a problem

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The Bears' defense is ahead of its offense, but Matt Nagy doesn't see that as a problem

Asking players about how the defense is “ahead” of the offense is a yearly right of passage during OTAs, sort of like how every baseball team has about half its players saying they’re in the best shape of their life during spring training. So that Vic Fangio’s defense is ahead of Matt Nagy’s offense right now isn’t surprising, and it's certainly not concerning. 

But Nagy is also working to install his offense right now during OTAs to build a foundation for training camp. So does the defense — the core of which is returning with plenty of experience in Fangio’s system — being ahead of the offense hurt those efforts?

“It’s actually good for us because we’re getting an experienced defense,” Nagy said. “My message to the team on the offensive side is just be patient and don’t get frustrated. They understand that they’re going to play a little bit faster than us right now. We’ll have some growing pains, but we’ll get back to square one in training camp.”

We’ll have a chance to hear from the Bears’ offensive players following Wednesday’s practice, but for now, the guys on Fangio’s defense have come away impressed with that Nagy’s offense can be. 

“The offense is a lot … just very tough,” cornerback Prince Amukamara said. “They’re moving well. They’re faster. They’re throwing a lot of different looks at us and that’s just Nagy’s offense. If I was a receiver I would love to play in this offense, just because you get to do so many different things and you get so many different plays. It just looks fun over there.”

“They’re moving together, and I like to see that,” linebacker Danny Trevathan said. “We’re not a bad defense. They’re practicing against us, so they’re getting better every day, and vice versa. It’s a daily grind. It’s going to be tough, but those guys, they got the right pieces. I like what I see out there. When somebody makes a play, they’re gone. Everybody can run over there. It’s the right fit for Mitch, it’s the right fit for the receivers, the running backs.”

Still, for all the praise above, the defense is “winning” more, at least as much as it can without the pads on. But the offense is still having some flashes, even as it collectively learns the terminology, concepts and formations used by Nagy. 

And that leads to a competitive atmosphere at Halas Hall, led by the Bears’ new head coach. 

“He’s an offensive coach and last year coach (John) Fox, I couldn’t really talk stuff to (him) because he’s a defensive coach and it’s like Nagy’s offense so if I get a pick or something, I mean, I like to talk stuff to him,” Amukamara said. “He’ll say something like ‘we’re coming at you 2-0.’ Stuff like that. That just brings out the competition and you always want that in your head coach.”

95 Days to Kickoff: Waubonsie Valley

95 Days to Kickoff: Waubonsie Valley

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O'Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we'll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Waubonsie Valley

Head coach: Paul Murphy

Assistant coaches: Ron Griffin, Tom Baumgarnter, Chris Genslinger, Brad Caldwell, Josh Cuttone, Noel Soto, Ryan Voitik, Duane Butts and Ken Anderson

How they fared in 2017: 4-5 (4-4 DuPage Valley Conference). Waubonsie Valley failed to qualify for the IHSA playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Oak Park-River Forest

Aug. 31 vs Libertyville

Sept 7 @ Neuqua Valley

Sept. 14 @ Edwardsville

Sept. 21 vs Naperville North

Sept. 28 vs Neuqua Valley

Oct. 5 vs Prairie Ridge

Oct. 12 @ Naperville Central

Oct. 19 @ Metea Valley

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Biggest storyline: It's all about the schedule. Can the Warriors survive a challenging lineup --which includes playing Neuqua Valley twice-- and make the playoffs?

Names to watch this season: WR Julian Cain and DL Avante Rogers

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors will have several new faces on both the offensive and defensive lines in 2018. 

EDGY's Early Take: It's not often that veteran head coach Paul Murphy and his Warriors view the playoffs from home. But that's what happened last year. They were the first Waubonsie team since 2006 to do just that. Look for the Warriors to rely on a strong group of receivers to bounce back this fall. They also feature a good group of underclassmen ready to step up. Also, they will need to get used to life in the newly-realigned DuPage Valley Conference. The 2018 schedule includes two games against big district rival Neuqua Valley and a loaded non-conference slate which includes some heavy hitters.