It was all about offense as Deerfield High School’s football team outpointed and out produced Maine West, 62-40, Friday in Des Plaines in a game that saw more than 100 points scored and nearly 1,000 yards of total offense.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Deerfield Coach Steve Winiecki said. “It was very, very unusual.”
The numbers tell the story. In scoring the Warriors nine touchdowns, three players—Landen Hinds, Sam Modro and Alex Williams—rushed for more than 100 yards as Deerfield piled up 537 yards of total offense to Maine West’s 436. Hinds had 119, Modro 142 and Williams 104.
“We had all those yards and (we threw) only two passes,” Winiecki said. Both passes were from Anthony Ranallo to Modro. Both were for touchdowns, one for 43 yards and the other for 22. With 88 yards on the ground and 75 through the air, Ranallo joined the 100-yard club in total offense as well with 163.
Modro, who was injured against Highland Park Sept. 27 and was taken to the hospital in n ambulance, was cleared to play late this week. He responded with 142 yards on the ground and 75 more in receptions for three touchdowns.
Hinds got the offense going in the first half sprinting for the Warriors first two scores on runs of 21 and 25 yards. Then it was Williams with four touchdowns and Modro with his three that finally put the game out of reach for Maine West.
“When they (Maine West) stopped our fullback (Hinds), the quarterback (Ranallo) and pitch men (Modro and Williams) took over,” Winiecki said.
Though the Warriors scored first, Maine West kept coming back. Except for a two-touchdown lead late in the second half that lasted less than a minute, Deerfield was not able to shake a pesky Maine West offense until midway through the fourth quarter.
When it was needed, Colton Emmerich’s four sacks and all around defensive play stopped a productive Maine West offense. “He should be the defensive player of the year in the conference (Central Suburban League),” Winiecki said. “I don’t know of anyone else who makes such an impact in a game.”
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