After a very entertaining game before it, the Class 7A title game featured the Glenbard West Hilltoppers and the Lincoln-Way East Griffins. This for me gave me a chance to see someone from my past with West coach Chad Hetlet being one of my teachers in high school in the Chicago suburbs. I also knew that it was going to be a low-scoring affair and it definitely was in the first half with the lone touchdown coming on a pass from Henry Haeffner to Nathan Marcus to give West a 10-0 halftime advantage. East deserved to be in this game though with a talented offense but saw quarterback Tommy Fuessel go down on the last play of the half.
Fuessel returned and East would score in the third quarter but Fuessel’s last ditch effort came up short as Glenbard West won a hard-fought 10-8 game to capture the Class 7A title. These two teams played and left everything on the field without a doubt with hard hitting all the way through. When you get two teams that come in undefeated for the season and you end up with a game like this, you get what you wanted to see. I couldn’t be more pleased that I watched this game.
Glenbard West has had some great seasons ended early in the playoffs in past seasons but this game proved just how good the Hilltoppers really are and they got a much-deserved title in the process in a game that will be remembered in Illinois for a long time.