Griffins’ win­ning streak hits 23, with Cor­bett’s help

Cor­bett gains 217 yards and scores a touch­down as Griffins run win­ning streak to 23 games

Daily Southtown (Sunday) - - Front Page - By Mike Clark mclark@tribpub.com Twit­ter @mikeclarkpreps

Jor­dan Cor­bett wouldn’t be the No. 3 run­ning back any­where else be­sides Lin­coln-Way East.

He’s ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing an of­fense for any­one, as he did Fri­day night in the Griffins’ 31-0 South West Sub­ur­ban win over vis­it­ing Bolingbrook.

With A.J. Hen­ning, the state’s top-ranked ju­nior, and team rush­ing leader Devon Wil­liams tak­ing the night off, Cor­bett took con­trol.

He ran 31 times for 217 yards and a touch­down as East (9-0, 7-0) pushed its win­ning streak to 23 games.

“We’re a com­pet­i­tive run­ning back group,” Cor­bett said. “If I get a big run, Devon wants to get a big run and A.J. wants to get a big run.

“That’s just fuel to my fire. If I see them get­ting big plays, I just want to do the same.”

Cor­bett hasn’t al­ways had that op­por­tu­nity, but he knew it was com­ing on Fri­day.

“I was ex­pect­ing to be the work­horse,” he said. “My coach gave me the green light for the start­ing job again.”

Next week, the Griffins open de­fense of their Class 8A state ti­tle and it’ll be all hands on deck.

“They’re go­ing to be ready,” Lin­coln-Way East coach Rob Zvonar said of Hen­ning and Wil­liams. “Play­off foot­ball, we should be at full force.”

That in­cludes a ver­ti­cal pass­ing game fea­tur­ing quar­ter­back Jack Baltz and re­ceiver Jack­son Ritter, who teamed up for a pair of TDs against Bolingbrook (7-2, 5-2).

Baltz threw for 145 yards. Ritter had five catches for 85 yards while set­ting the pro­gram sin­gle-sea­son record for re­ceiv­ing TDs with 13.

“He’s not even a reg­u­lar as of a year ago,” Zvonar said of Ritter. “Most teams, he plays as a ju­nior. We saw it in June — he was our leader. He­made ev­ery tough catch all sum­mer long so we knew he had it in him.”

Baltz’s first TD pass to Ritter, a 17-yarder, and Do­minic Dzioban’s 37-yard field goal put East up 10-0 at half­time.

The Griffins started pulling away in the third quar­ter be­hind Cor­bett, who had 176 yards on 21 car­ries after half­time.

“My of­fen­sive line is great,” Cor­bett said. “I think they’re the best in the state. Once they fixed their as­sign­ments, it’s easy.

“That was as good a quar­ter of foot­ball we’ve had,” Zvonar said. “Some of the best drives of the sea­son in that quar­ter.”

While the of­fense was revving up, East’s de­fense was shut­ting down the Raiders for its fifth shutout of the sea­son.

Bolingbrook’s An­thony Wil­liams Jr., a Michi­gan State com­mit, fin­ished with 5 yards on nine car­ries.

“Coach Z says play con­fi­dent and fast, and that’s what we did,” East de­fen­sive line­man Mick Stew­art said.

JON CUN­NING­HAM/DAILY SOUTH­TOWN

JON CUN­NING­HAM/DAILY SOUTH­TOWN

Lin­coln-Way East’s Jor­dan Cor­bett looks for an open­ing against Bolingbrook on Fri­day. He got 31 car­ries for the Griffins.

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