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Glenview Friday 9-7-12 Glenbrook North's #2 Nick Cox runs into Glenbrook South's #81 Robert Sirianni during their game at Glenbrook South in Glenview Friday evening 9-7-12. | Kevin Tanaka~for Sun-Times Media.
With one determined, powerful run, Grant Rushing helped the Glenbrook North football team defeat Glenbrook South for the first time in eight years on Friday night.
Rushing, who ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third against the Titans, capped off the Spartans’ game-winning drive with a 16-yard scamper. Rushing broke at least three tackles on his way to the end zone. The touchdown, scored with 44.7 seconds remaining, gave the Spartans a 21-14 victory.
“I’ll put it to you simple: I don’t want anything for my birthday and nothing for Christmas,” said Glenbrook North quarterback A.J. Spitz, when asked what beating Glenbrook South meant to him. “That was the sweetest thing on earth.”
While Rushing (15 rushes, 89 yards) didn’t put up gaudy statistics like in Week 2 when he ran for 295 yards, he made scoring plays when it mattered the most. Glenbrook South (1-2) scored the game’s first touchdown on a 41-yard pass from Max Cohen to Brett Laurie, but Glenbrook North (2-1) answered on the next drive when Rushing’s halfback pass connected with Nick Cox for a 67-yard touchdown.
The Spartans added a touchdown before halftime. They held a 14-7 lead until Glenbrook South’s Cody Carroll (6 catches, 124 yards) caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Cohen to tie the game with 7:02 remaining in the fourth quarter, a moment which set the stage for Glenbrook North’s offense to end the Spartans’ losing streak against its biggest rival.
“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Rushing said of beating Glenbrook South.
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper on Sept. 13 to read more about the Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South football teams.