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Luke Domask leaps to make a great touchdown catch for Glenbard West. | Patrick Gleason ~ For Sun-Times Media
Who needs Joe Zito or Nathan Marcus? Not Glenbard West, at least not on Saturday afternoon in Glen Ellyn.
Zito, the Hilltoppers' veteran running back, was dressed but didn't play against Oak Park-River Forest. Marcus, the Vanderbilt-bound tight end, saw limited action after getting hurt a week ago against Hinsdale Central.
The Hitters also were missing injured middle linebacker Contrell Silmon, which might seem to be a problem against a team that came in averaging 40 points a game.
But one thing we learned from the first four weeks of the season was that the Hitters' big-name players are among the best around. And the takeaway from Saturday was this: Glenbard West's lesser-known guys are pretty good too.
Henry Haeffner threw a pair of touchdown passes to Luke Domask, the Hitters' defense forced a pair of first-quarter turnovers that led to quick scores and it all added up to another dominant win for Glenbard West, 49-0 in West Suburban Silver action.
Domask, a junior, caught four passes for 69 yards, including touchdown catches of 49 and five yards in the second quarter that gave Glenbard West a 28-0 halftime lead.
"He's been great," Haeffner (10-of-12, 125 yards) said of Domask. "He's playing behind a D-1 receiver — or playing with one. It's hard for me not to look Nathan's way first, but he's an incredible receiver, an incredible asset and I think we saw that today."
Also on display was a relentless Glenbard West defense. Grant Greeno recovered an Oak Park fumble on the game's first play from scrimmage and Deon Dumas ran 33 yards up the middle for a touchdown on the next play.
A little later in the first quarter, Tyler Dayton picked off a Huskies pass and on the next play from scrimmage, Scott Andrews (12 carries, 59 yards) ran three yards for a 14-0 Hitters lead.
When Glenbard West's defense wasn't getting takeaways, it was still bottling up Oak Park's offense. Jakari Cammon, who ran for 300 yards in last week's win over York, finished with 17 yards on nine carries.
"Coach emphasizes running to the ball and getting to the ball quick," said Greeno, who moved to inside linebacker from outside, where Ted Burns stepped in. "So it's a pretty fast defense and we just flew to the ball today."
"They've got a lot of speed over there," Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet said of the Huskies (3-2, 1-2). "Their running back [Cammon] is a stud.
"You know what, I'm very proud of our defense. We've been playing decent, we haven't been playing great. And we played great today against a team that's put up a lot of points this year. The kids did a good job of [playing] assignment football on defense [which has to be done] when you play an option team."
After halftime, Glenbard West kept the foot on the gas, Jermon Kindle-Joyner broke a 55-yard touchdown run on a reverse, backup quarterback Drew Vogg ran five yards for a score and Nathan DeBorde had a three-yard TD carry.
Next up for Glenbard West (5-0, 3-0) is a Friday game at Proviso West. The Hitters won't be looking past the Panthers (4-1), who lost by nine to Hinsdale Central, the team the Hitters beat 28-23 a week ago.
Zito and Marcus might be needed then. "Joey could have played today probably," Hetlet said. "He was dressed and ready to go if we needed him. Nathan's fine. He didn't get hurt today, we [just] pulled him
And has been the case most of the season, the Hitters didn't skip a beat.