GLEN ELLYN – As the player who keys Prairie Ridge’s triple-option offense, quarterback Nick Nissen wants to be certain his side holds up its end of the bargain.
“We’re trying to be an offense that comes out strong,” said Nissen, a senior who made his first varsity start in the Wolves’ 55-12 win against Glenbard South on Friday. “We feel like we have an offense that can really represent this team and complement the defense well.”
For the most part, the offense ran like a machine in Friday night’s opener against Glenbard South. The Wolves scored on their first three possessions as they routed the Raiders in their non-conference win.
Prairie Ridge (1-0) showed why it is ranked No. 2 in The Associated Press’ first Class 6A poll by racking up 480 total yards. There were a few hiccups – two lost fumbles and an interception – but other than that, the Wolves were almost unstoppable.
“We stopped ourselves if we didn’t score,” Prairie Ridge coach Chris Schremp said. “We have some new guys learning how to play and keep that focus going. You have to keep that adrenaline going and make the next play better.”
Prairie Ridge led, 28-6, at halftime and scored on its first two plays from scrimmage in the third quarter. Running back Jordan Getzelman (six carries, 135 yards) scored his second touchdown on a 45-yard run. Nissen then recorded his second score on a 20-yard run.
On the game’s first series, Glenbard South (0-1) drove to the Prairie Ridge 14 before they were turned away by the Wolves’ defense. Five plays later, Nissen found tight end Nick Margiotta wide open for a 58-yard touchdown. The two hooked up again in the second half for a 72-yard score.
“Nick [Margiotta] has been getting more consistent and he’s showing us he can be a threat in our passing game,” Schremp said.
Glenbard South had 236 yards at halftime, only 26 behind the Wolves, but Prairie Ridge’s defense stiffened in the second half. When Wesley Sanders scored on a 71-yard run for the Raiders, it was against some of the Wolves’ second-team defenders.
“We had a few breakdowns, but we played disciplined and really shut them down in the running game,” linebacker Collin Corcoran said. “Our [pass] coverage was a little sloppy, but we had three picks.”
Linebacker Brad Simms had a pair of sacks and two other tackles for losses. Defensive backs Corey Barcoft and John Borst and defensive lineman Austin Nirva had interceptions.
“There’s no doubt, they have more horsepower than we do,” Raiders coach Jeremy Cordell said. “They have all one-way guys and we have several going both ways, and that catches up with you. We need to play more fundamentally on defense. The score tonight doesn’t show it, but we’re better than we were last year at this point.”