Boidanis’ play pivotal in the final minute (+ Glenbrook North team page)
Glenbrook North's Paul Boidanis (right) prepares to block Glenbrook South defensive lineman Jacob Suter (left) during Friday's game. | Kevin Tanaka~for Sun-Times Media.
BOYS and GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
At Warren Invite, 9 a.m.
Hosts Evanston, 7 p.m.
Hosts Maine West, 4 p.m.
At Wheeling Invite at Chevy Chase C.C., 8 a.m.
At Glenbrook South, 4 p.m.
At Highland Park Invite at Sunset Valley G.C., 10 a.m.
Hosts Hersey, 4 p.m.
At CSL Conf. Invite w/New Trier at Sunset Valley, 8 a.m.
Hosts Niles North, 7 p.m.
Hosts Highland Park, noon
At Maine West, 7 p.m.
At Deerfield, 7 p.m.
Hosts Sprint Classic, 9 a.m./1 p.m.
Hosts Maine West, 4:30 p.m.
At Power 8 (Prospect) Invite, 8:30 a.m.
Hosts Niles North, 4:30 p.m.
At Lake Forest, 4:30 p.m.
At Maine East, 4:30 p.m.
Hosts Maine East, 6 p.m.
At Maine West, 6 p.m.
Updated: October 14, 2012 1:03PM
GLENVIEW — Running back Grant Rushing’s status as Glenbrook North’s hero was indisputable after the Spartans’ dramatic 21-14 victory over Glenbrook South.
Rushing had a hand in all three of Glenbrook North’s touchdowns. The 6-foot-1 senior threw a 67-yard touchdown and ran for two scores, including the game-winning touchdown with 44.7 seconds left. But Rushing wasn’t the only three-year starter who played an integral role in Friday’s victory.
Glenbrook North’s Paul Boidanis made two crucial plays in the final minute against the Titans.
The Spartans constantly shift their offensive linemen before the snap to get Boidanis and guard Brady Nagel on the strong side of the formation. Boidanis shifted to left tackle on Rushing’s game-winning touchdown. He helped open a hole for Rushing, who broke three tackles on his way to the end zone for the score.
“We ran a draw — fake pass, draw,” Boidanis said of the game-winning play. “I took my pass set, he came at me and I just drove him right out (of the hole). Grant went up into the hole, broke a couple tackles and put it right in the end zone. ... I’m never going to be able to play GBS ever again in my life, so it feels great coming out with a boom.”
Boidanis wasn’t done there. Glenbrook South’s high-powered offense had a little less than 40 seconds remaining to drive 75 yards for the game-tying score. Boidanis, who also plays on the defensive line, was able to overpower Glenbrook North’s left tackle and sack Titans quarterback Max Cohen on the first play of the drive.
The sack turned out to be extremely important. Glenbrook South was driven back to its own 15-yard line on the play and had to use a timeout, but the Titans advanced to Glenbrook North’s 29-yard line before Cohen was sacked as time expired.
After the game, Rushing, quarterback A.J. Spitz and Boidanis — all three of whom are senior leaders — each touched upon the deaths of Kyle Caraher and Billy Garrity during the summer. Both would have been Glenbrook North seniors this fall. Caraher was a returning starter on the offensive line while Garrity was expected to play wide receiver and defensive back.
“We’ve gone through so much and our goal is to never quit,” Rushing said.
“We let them get back into it, but we said that we’re not going to let them beat us,” said Boidanis when asked what was said in the huddle after Glenbrook South tied the game in the fourth quarter. “We said we were going to keep pushing the line and keep our heads up. We’ve got our boys up there and we’ve got a lot to play for.”
Boidanis’ leadership, standout play and trustworthy nature were important reasons why Glenbrook North (2-1) was able to defeat Glenbrook South for the first time since 2004.
“Paul is just an unbelievable athlete,” said Spitz, a first-year starter. “He provides me with so much time back there. He’s a guy that I can always look at and just trust. He’s an incredibly trustworthy kid, and every time I go into the huddle and call a play, I can count on him.”
Names and Faces
Noteworthy efforts: Emmert not only led the Spartans girls volleyball team in kills (37) at Saturday’s Vernon Hills Invite, but the junior middle blocker also finished with an eye-popping 49.2 hitting percentage as Glenbrook North won the tournament.
Noteworthy efforts: Cox snuck behind the Glenbrook South defense and caught a 67-yard touchdown pass from Grant Rushing in the first quarter of the Spartans’ 21-14 win over the Titans. Cox, a junior wide receiver/defensive back, made six receptions for 92 yards in Friday’s game.
6-0 | Glenbrook North tennis player Nicole Rosenwasser won the third set of her second-round match Saturday in the Deerfield Invitational 6-0. The senior then beat Lake Forest’s Margaux Miller 6-0, 6-0 to win the Deerfield Invitational’s No. 3 singles title.
“In a game like this, I just can’t stop. I could see that end zone and just had to keep running.”
-Glenbrook North senior running back Grant Rushing regarding his game-winning touchdown against Glenbrook South on Friday.
Friday Football: Evanston at Glenbrook North, 7 p.m.
Football: Evanston at Glenbrook North, 7 p.m.
TuesdayBoys Golf: Glenbrook North at Glenbrook South, 4 p.m.
Glenbrook North has proven itself to be the class of the Central Suburban League this season. But this is a rivalry match and the Titans will try to pull off an upset.
Culture Grid: Stephanie Domijan
Domijan is a junior swimmer at Glenbrook North:
Have you been out of the country before? “Yeah, I have. I’ve been to Switzerland, Berlin and Costa Rica. Switzerland and Berlin were both for skating competitions.”
Did you like the book or the movie more? “The book. I saw the movie first, and then I read the book, and then I saw the movie again. But I still kind of like the book the most.”What’s your favorite aspect of swimming? “Getting to know my teammates and coming together as a team. We have a different connection every year. Getting to know everyone throughout the season is the best part.”
What’s your favorite holiday? “Christmas. Definitely. It’s when I get to see my family because they all come in to town for it. And there’s no school for two weeks, so that’s fun.”
What’s the last good book that you read? “ ‘The Hunger Games.’ ”