Palatine runs wild past Glenbrook South

Palatine runs wild past Glenbrook South

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2010
1:03 AM

By George M. Wilcox

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."

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White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

Brett Lawrie and Avisail Garcia will both return to the White Sox in 2017.

The team announced it reached deals with both players shortly before Friday’s 7 p.m. CST nontender deadline. Lawrie will earn $3.5 million next season and Garcia received a one-year deal for $3 million.

The club didn’t tender a contract to right-handed pitcher Blake Smith, which leaves its 40-man roster at 38.

Acquired last December for a pair of minor leaguers, Lawrie hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 36 RBIs in 94 games before he suffered a season-ending injury.

Lawrie produced 0.9 f-WAR when he suffered what then-manager Robin Ventura described a “tricky” injury on July 21. Despite numerous tests and a lengthy rehab, Lawrie never returned to the field and was frustrated by the experience. Last month, Lawrie tweeted that he believes the cause of his injury was wearing orthotics for the first time in his career.

He was projected to earn $5.1 million, according to and earned $4.125 million in 2016.

Garcia hit .245/.307/.385 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 453 plate appearances over 120 games. The projected salary for Garcia, arb-eligible for the first time, was $3.4 million.

The team also offered contracts to Miguel Gonzalez and Todd Frazier, who are eligible for free agency in 2018, first baseman Jose Abreu and relievers Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka, among others.

The White Sox have until mid-January to reach an agreement with their arbitration-eligible players. If they haven’t, both sides submit figures for arbitration cases, which are then heard throughout February.