Perfect Catch: Hiben sets record in Glenbard win

Perfect Catch: Hiben sets record in Glenbard win

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2010
12:58 AM

By Steve Tucker
YourSeason.com

Playing catch, Glenbard Wests 6-4 Mark Hiben stood and delivered.

Hiben finished with 12 catches for a state record 319 yards and four touchdowns as the host Hilltoppers started fast and rallied late to knock off Lincoln-Way East 42-28 in a second round Class 7A playoff battle Saturday in Glen Ellyn.

Hiben's last catch, a 19-yarder over a defender in the end zone, allowed his total receiving yards to eclipse the 317 yards by Hinsdale Centrals Pete Bylsma against Evanston in 1971.

Daver Glawe, Glenbard Wests quarterback and I saw some things and we had a chance to throw the ball, Hiben said. We noticed that their safety liked to come up and help on run support and that opened things up over the top. The last one was a hitch and go and I got a perfect ball to catch.

This is special because Glenbard West is not known for its passing. I never thought, in a million years, that Id have a chance to do what we did.

And how about Daver putting the ball where he did. He just dialed it in, Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet said. Mark is an amazing kid who has a quiet confidence. I felt we could do things with our passing game. We were very good in 7-on-7 leagues in the summer, but we got away from.

After Lincoln-Way East (9-2) tied the game at 28 in the third quarter, the Hilltoppers reclaimed the lead on a 72-yard scoring strike from Glawe to Hiben. In the fourth quarter, Glawes 19 yarder to a leaping Hiben in the end zone put a cap on the victory.

The Hilltoppers (10-1) came out smoking. On the first play from scrimmage, Nick Burrello went 79 yards, but a penalty brought it back, but it started a 13-play drive capped by a two-yard scoring run on fourth down by Kendall Johnson. The Griffins first drive was capped by a 40-yard field goal by William Will that made it 7-3.

After a five-yard penalty for a false start, Glenbard struck again with an 84-yard option pass from Justice Odom to Hiben. And it was 21-3 after a 41-yard pass from Glawe-to-Hiben that capped a five-play drive.

Lincoln-Way East got in the end zone on a two-yard run by lineman Kevin Bayer and a 22-yard Will field goal that cut it to 21-13. Late in the half, the Hilltoppers marched 84 yards capped by a 26-scoring pass from Glawe to Burrello for a 28-13 lead.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Jason Benetti stops by to talk the future of the White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Jason Benetti stops by to talk the future of the White Sox

There's a lot of buzz around the future of the White Sox.

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti joined SportsTalk Live on Wednesday to discuss the team's exciting young prospects and how soon they'll be making their way to the South Side.

Also joining Pat Boyle on this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast are the Tribune's David Haugh, Pro Football Weekly's Hub Arkush and WGN Radio's Sam Panayotovich.

The guys also react to Mike Glennon's recent comments and Kevin White’s uncertain status at OTAs.

Plus, they wonder if Kyle Schwarber has finally found his spot in the Cubs' lineup.

Take a listen to the latest episode below:

Preview: Confident Fire face tough test vs. FC Dallas Thursday on CSN

Preview: Confident Fire face tough test vs. FC Dallas Thursday on CSN

The Chicago Fire are on a three-game winning streak, but those wins have come against struggling teams. FC Dallas, Thursday’s opponent, provides a different level of opposition.

Dallas won the Supporters’ Shield and the U.S. Open Cup last year and was the last team in Major League Soccer to lose this season, only getting knocked off for the first time Saturday against San Jose.

The Fire host Dallas at Toyota Park on CSN with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. with Fire Pregame Live. The Fire (6-3-3, 21 points) have more points, but Dallas (5-1-4, 19 points) has played two fewer games.

“You can test yourself against one of the best teams in the league and kind of gauge where you’re at,” Fire defender Brandon Vincent said. “We’re confident and we want to go out there and battle with them.”

Vincent has been part of a defense that has two straight shutouts, although those came against the two-worst goal-scoring teams in the league in Colorado and D.C. Dallas’ attack isn’t the most prolific in the league (14 goals in 10 games), but is very dangerous on the counter.

“They have a ton of attacking talent,” goalkeeper Matt Lampson said. “They’re actually just a solid team throughout and we expect a very hard game, but we are a completely different team. I think we’ve started to prove that and it’s going to be a very good game.”

While the defense will be busy containing Maxi Urruti (6 goals, 2 assists), midfielder Kellyn Acosta has been a crucial two-way player for Dallas. The 21-year-old has become a key player in the middle with playmaker Mauro Diaz, who was third in MLS with 13 assists last year, still out with an Achilles tendon injury.

Dallas has allowed the fewest goals in the league this season, seven through 10 games. Both centerbacks, Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman, have emerged as national team prospects for the U.S.

Dallas has the talent, experience and credentials of a top team. The Fire are new to being a contender. Vincent and Lampson, both in their second years with the Fire, said they haven’t seen the team have this much confidence since they joined the team.

“This is something special,” Lampson said. “That just proves that guys like Juninho, Dax (McCarty) and Bastian (Schweinsteiger) coming in, the culture has completely changed and we have guys who will do anything to win. When you have every guy on the team that’s like that, then you’re going to get results, you’re going to have confidence when you play well and everybody on the field is going to play for each other.”

Chicago Fire vs. FC Dallas

Where: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill.

TV: CSN Chicago

When: Coverage begins 7 p.m. Thursday with Fire Pregame Live

Records: Fire (6-3-3, 21 points), FCD (5-1-4, 19 points)