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