Glenbrook South beats Niles West behind Laurie’s big night
Niles West's Tommy Williams (2) upends Glenbrook South's Ose Ilenikhena (8) for a tackle in Skokie, Ill. on Friday, October 12, 2012. | Jon Durr~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 13, 2012 12:05AM
SKOKIE — Glenbrook South junior Brett Laurie scored three rushing touchdowns and the Titans held off a late Niles West rally in a 35-25 triumph in Friday’s CSL South contest.
The Titans (5-3 overall, 3-1 conference) got the win that will earn them playoff consideration, and playoff points should see them advance to the postseason regardless of what happens in next week’s season finale at Maine South.
“We didn’t finish quite the way we wanted to, but we’re in the playoffs,” Glenbrook South coach Mike Noll said. “I thought we blocked better tonight, our line has been getting better, Laurie has been getting better at tailback. That’s good. We need to do that, it gives us balance.”
Laurie scored on a first-half 2-yard run and then on runs of 49 and 77 yards in the second half. He also had an 85-yard kickoff return that set up the Titans first touchdown in the first quarter.
After trailing 7-0 early, Glenbrook South built a 21-7 halftime lead. The first half included 1-yard touchdown runs by Titans junior running back Matt Hoshaw and senior quarterback Max Cohen in addition’s to Laurie’s score.
Laurie’s two second-half touchdowns helped the visitors build a 35-10 advantage. But Niles West (5-3, 1-3) staged a fourth-quarter rally that included a 2-yard touchdown rush by sophomore quarterback Tommy Galanopoulos and a 31-yard run by senior tailback Anthony Underwood.
Wolves junior Nick Johnson recovered a first-quarter fumble and then a fourth-quarter onside kick.
“(Glenbrook South) is a good football team, our league is a good league,” Niles West coach Scott Baum said. “I’m glad we competed today, our kids deserve that, but I think our kids are a little better than they think (they are). We do (feel good about the late comeback), but I think we need to play with a purpose all the time and a sense of urgency.”
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper on Thursday to read more about the Glenbrook South and Niles West football teams.