Breaking it Down: Under second-year coach Dan Starkey, made strides in the regular season, improving to 6-3 after a 5-4 record a year ago. But it will have to wait another season to take the next step in the playoffs.
Glenbrook South took it to the Trevians in Glenview on Friday night, bursting out to a 20-0 halftime lead and holding on for the 27-0 shutout to advance to the second round of the playoffs. New Trier has now lost in the first round of the playoffs in each of the last three seasons.
New Trier struggled on offense and could never get a consistent running attack going. Danny Olaniyan and Michael Thomas never broke any long runs and QB Jack Nykaza was shadowed by Glenbrook South’s linebackers.
The Trevians had opportunities, but couldn’t capitalize when its defense came up with big plays. New Trier forced and recovered a fumble on the third play of the game, but the offense didn’t pick up a first down and was forced to punt.
Turnovers hurt New Trier in the second half as the Trevians fumbled twice and Nykaza was picked off once. Down 20-0, Christian Carr looked like he had a big return on the opening kick of the second half, but fumbled and Glenbrook South recovered. The Titans scored five plays later and the Trevians never threatened from then on.
The Trevians also lost 21-10 to Glenbrook South in the regular season.
Patch’s MVP: Kevin Schroeder, Glenbrook South. Schroeder may be the toughest runner in the North Shore. He routinely picked up four or five yards after contact and continued to be the Titans’ workhorse. Schroeder got better as the game went on as his physical style of running wore down New Trier’s defense.
Glenbrook South Stat Pack: Zabriskie finished the night 6-for-9 passing for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Schroeder led the Titans with 111 rushing yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns. Ose Ilenikhena had three catches for 58 yards and a touchdown.
New Trier Stat Pack: Nykaza was 15-for-36 passing for 138 yards with an interception. He also had 14 carries for 58 yards rushing. Michael Thomas had seven carries for 26 yards rushing.
Quotable I: “It just seemed like tonight we made some positive things happen and then something bad would happen either the next play or a couple plays later,” New Trier coach Dan Starkey said.
Quotable II: “This is what we needed. Maine South was a really tough loss…but we came back in this game, win, and showed everybody that we mean business,” Glenbrook South RB Alex Leet said.
Team Records: Glenbrook South is now 8-2 on the year while New Trier finishes the season at 6-4.
What’s Next: Glenbrook South moves on to the second round where it will face Lyons on the road. New Trier’s season is finished.