Palatine runs wild past Glenbrook South

Palatine runs wild past Glenbrook South

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2010
1:03 AM

By George M. Wilcox
YourSeason.com

Palatine's last scoring play Saturday is called "midget." The trick play was designed specially for 5-foot-6, 154-pound running back Terry Halloran.

"I'm the smallest guy on the team," said Halloran, who did not seem to mind the lack of political correctness behind the play's name.

But for Halloran, the trick play resembling a fumblerooski turned into an unlikely trip to the end zone. It also placed the final dagger into a Glenbrook South defense, which gave up 28 second-half points in a 42-14 loss Saturday in the second round of the Class 8A playoffs in Glenview. The matchup featured the state playoffs' only game between four-loss teams.

On fourth-and-1 at the GBS 31, 14th-seeded Palatine packed all of its lineman at the line of scrimmage. Halloran took a handoff to his left and pulled out of the grasp of linebacker John Heles to rumble 31 yards for a touchdown on just his second carry of the game.

Glenbrook South (6-5), a No. 11 seed, scored twice in the second quarter to tie the game at 14 at halftime, but Palatine quarterback Cody Bobbit (28 carries, 199 yards) scored two of his three rushing touchdowns in the third quarter to lead the Pirates (7-4). Bobbit suffered a leg cramp on the first play of the fourth quarter and did not return.

"We went back to running the ball," said Bobbit, who completed his only second-half pass attempt of seven yards. "That's our bread and butter."

Running back Jimmy Smearman (19 carries, 91 yards) played quarterback the rest of the game and scored on an 18-yard run early in the fourth quarter. Halloran's trick play ended an eight-play scoring drive with 3:51 remaining in the fourth.

"I was jumping for joy (before the play)," Halloran said. "I had to settle down for us to make sure where the defense was lined up. I had a lot of energy."

Palatine will host 24th-seeded and crosstown rival Fremd (6-4) or second-seeded Loyola (9-1) in the quarterfinals. Fremd defeated Palatine 17-16 on Oct. 8. The Pirates advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1997 and for the first time under coach Tyler Donnelly, who is in his sixth season.

"We said, 'Do you want to play next week or not?'" Donnelly said at halftime. "'Do you want to let this team beat you?' It was the seniors and we let No. 11 (Bobbit) take over."

GBS, which was hoping to make back-to-back quarterfinal appearances, had only 28 total yards and three first downs in the second half. Senior Matt Jenkins (4 of 15, 27 yards) threw two interceptions. The first turned into a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown by Palatine linebacker Lucas Rago to put the Pirates ahead 14-0. Bobbit ended the game's first possession with a 2-yard TD run to cap an 11-play, 78-yard drive.

"It was a tough act to follow after (quarterback) Mike Pullano last year," Jenkins said. "We had a hell of a year. I'm proud of us. We had a chance to go to the quarterfinals. Palatine played better than us."

Senior John Strickland (17 carries, 114 yards) scored both of the Titans' touchdowns on runs of 7 and 42 yards. He juked past three or four tacklers and then bowled over safety Dan Haze into the end zone to score his final TD with four seconds remaining before the half.

"He loves to play football," GBS coach Mike Noll said of Strickland. "He'll be a good college football player. I think he'll play defense. For us, he did a lot for us. Jeepers."

Morning Update: Dwyane Wade comes up clutch in close win vs. Kings

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It was a gift and the Bulls weren't going to look it in the mouth as Dwyane Wade was poised to finish off another one of his sterling defensive plays with a breakaway dunk with the game tied and Arron Afflalo and DeMarcus Cousins trailing.

Lightly touched by the small of his back by Cousins, Wade miscalculated his liftoff and missed the dunk but was bailed out by the refs for a foul with 14 seconds left.

Then, he bailed the Bulls out.

Wade had his fifth fourth-quarter defensive play, stripping Cousins on a steal on the ensuing possession with the Sacramento Kings having a chance to win, leading to a Michael Carter-Williams dunk and finishing a 102-99 win Saturday night at the United Center.

It was a clock-turning performance for Wade on both ends of the floor, even if his missed dunk is a reminder that he is 35 years old. 

"I took off too far as I look at the instant replay," Wade said. "I should've took maybe one more dribble. Can't say I felt 35, I just took off too far (laughs). But hey, sometimes you get calls, sometimes you don't. I'm a person who hasn't gotten a lot all year so I'm not gonna apologize for nothing."

Stripping Cousins on his spin move was the finale, but he swatted an Arron Afflalo corner triple in the fourth, smothered Ty Lawson at the rim twice for blocked shots to end the third and tortured Lawson again in the fourth for another steal that led to him following up a Jimmy Butler missed layup with a follow and foul.

"Just a read," said Wade on stripping Cousins. "We knew he was gonna go to DeMarcus at that point. Once we forced him left, I knew he had to come back to the right hand. And being in the right place at the right time, the ball was right there for me."

Wade played like a desperate and motivated man, putting up 30 with six rebounds and four assists on the second night of a back-to-back is proof positive he took Friday's loss to Atlanta personally and used his play to back up those feelings.

He took to twitter to apologize for the poor effort against the Hawks, producing his best all-around performance as a Bull.

"We've been good in desperate moments," Wade said. "We haven't been good in non-desperate moments, when we win three in a row or playing a team that we should beat. But (in) the desperate moments I like us."

He scored 13 in the fourth, along with the last of his four blocked shots and all three of his steals took place in the final 12.

"I thought he was terrific," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "He was aggressive all game long, taking the ball to the basket, getting to the line 15 times. He came up with two big plays."

Hoiberg threw out different lineups and rotations, playing Paul Zipser as a sixth man and having the second-round draft pick close the game. Zipser took advantage, hitting three triples and scoring 13 points.

"I thought it was night and day from last night," Hoiberg said. "Our energy was really good all night long. We got just enough stops to find a way to win."

Cousins dominated the game with 42 and 14 rebounds in 35 minutes, the only Kings player in double figures all night.

"He was pretty much unguardable for the majority of the game, Taj did a solid job on him," Hoiberg said. "When Robin was on him, they put him on the perimeter and let him shoot threes. He's a monster."

Back-to-back triples from Cousins gave him 40 and tied the game at 97, as a third one rimmed out with a little under two minutes left.

Cousins dominated the start of the third quarter, hitting midrange jumpers over Lopez and taunting the Bulls bench after hitting a jumper to put the Kings ahead, 70-63 midway through the third.

But the Bulls stayed close, with Hoiberg choosing to sit Rajon Rondo for the second half after playing him six minutes in the second quarter, using Wade as a point guard and going with Carter-Williams for defense, along with Zipser, who didn't look scared of the moment.

"I like the wrinkle coach put in there, putting him in early," Wade said. "He gave him an opportunity and he helped us big time."

Butler scored 23 with seven assists and five rebounds in 39 minutes, didn't have to play the hero for once and made fun of Wade's apology tweet.

"He was due for a big night," Butler said. "He can tweet again if he can come out again and give us 30 and some big steals and big dunks."

"I think that's what called of him, to score baskets and guard. It's kinda sneaky. You never really expect it until it happens."

It looked like the worst was over when the Bulls made a short run to end the third, surviving the onslaught from Cousins — and surviving their own experimenting with Zipser instead of going with Denzel Valentine, switching things up altogether.

But the tone was set by the leaders, who can only manufacture but so much urgency on a nightly basis.

"I like this team when we're desperate," Wade said. "A desperate team, we're not bad."