Saturday, Nov. 7, 2010
By Steve Tucker
Playing catch, Glenbard Wests 6-4 Mark Hiben stood and delivered.
Hiben finished with 12 catches for a state record 319 yards and four touchdowns as the host Hilltoppers started fast and rallied late to knock off Lincoln-Way East 42-28 in a second round Class 7A playoff battle Saturday in Glen Ellyn.
Hiben's last catch, a 19-yarder over a defender in the end zone, allowed his total receiving yards to eclipse the 317 yards by Hinsdale Centrals Pete Bylsma against Evanston in 1971.
Daver Glawe, Glenbard Wests quarterback and I saw some things and we had a chance to throw the ball, Hiben said. We noticed that their safety liked to come up and help on run support and that opened things up over the top. The last one was a hitch and go and I got a perfect ball to catch.
This is special because Glenbard West is not known for its passing. I never thought, in a million years, that Id have a chance to do what we did.
And how about Daver putting the ball where he did. He just dialed it in, Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet said. Mark is an amazing kid who has a quiet confidence. I felt we could do things with our passing game. We were very good in 7-on-7 leagues in the summer, but we got away from.
After Lincoln-Way East (9-2) tied the game at 28 in the third quarter, the Hilltoppers reclaimed the lead on a 72-yard scoring strike from Glawe to Hiben. In the fourth quarter, Glawes 19 yarder to a leaping Hiben in the end zone put a cap on the victory.
The Hilltoppers (10-1) came out smoking. On the first play from scrimmage, Nick Burrello went 79 yards, but a penalty brought it back, but it started a 13-play drive capped by a two-yard scoring run on fourth down by Kendall Johnson. The Griffins first drive was capped by a 40-yard field goal by William Will that made it 7-3.
After a five-yard penalty for a false start, Glenbard struck again with an 84-yard option pass from Justice Odom to Hiben. And it was 21-3 after a 41-yard pass from Glawe-to-Hiben that capped a five-play drive.
Lincoln-Way East got in the end zone on a two-yard run by lineman Kevin Bayer and a 22-yard Will field goal that cut it to 21-13. Late in the half, the Hilltoppers marched 84 yards capped by a 26-scoring pass from Glawe to Burrello for a 28-13 lead.