GLEN ELLYN – It took awhile for Jordan Getzelman to catch his breath.
After all, the Prairie Ridge junior had just run what felt like a half-marathon on a football field Saturday night.
Getzelman saw his 60-yard TD sprint in the first half get called back by a Wolves’ penalty only to chug all the way back to the end zone on a 70-yard score on the next play.
“I was very tired,” Getzelman said. “I got in the end zone and I turned around. I saw people walking back – that’s never something you want to see. But we did it again, guys made great blocks, and I just kept running.”
What amounted to a 130-yard trek for the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Getzelman (8 carries, 108 yards 2 TDs) gave Prairie Ridge some breathing room with an early 14-point lead.
The Wolves went on to score on five of their first six possessions en route to a 55-7 victory against Glenbard South in their IHSA Class 6A second-round playoff game.
“I knew the outside was going to be open,” Prairie Ridge coach Chris Schremp said of Getzelman’s journey. “He’s in good shape. But I didn’t think it’d go for that long.”
No. 2 seed Prairie Ridge (10-1) advances to face No. 3 Nazareth Academy (10-1) in the state quarterfinals Friday or Saturday in Crystal Lake. Nazareth took down
No. 6 Cary-Grove, 24-0, in the second round Saturday.
The Wolves burst out to the lead behind a couple of big runs by Connor Greenwald and a 15-yard option keeper by quarterback Nick Nissen (4 of 5 passing, 77 yards, TD) for the opening score 2:10 into the game.
The Raiders, who lost to Prairie Ridge, 55-12, in the season opener, looked as though they might challenge the Wolves this time.
Glenbard South running back Zach Smith (7 carries, 87 yards, TD) churned out 81 yards on four carries – including a 2-yard touchdown run – as the hosts answered right back to even the score with 6:20 left in the first quarter.
Greenwald carried the load again with a 22-yard run and a 3-yard TD plunge to key the Wolves’ second possession that gave them a 14-7 lead only 3:20 later.
Getzelman, who surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season, eventually found his second wind and raced in an easier 25-yard run to make it 28-7 with 5:55 remaining in the half.
Greenwald (8 carries, 91 yards, 2 TDs) added a 2-yard scoring run to push Prairie Ridge ahead by 35 points heading into the break.
Brad Simms barreled in to block a Glenbard South punt in the first half. Collin Corcoran scooped it up and ran it home from 10 yards out. It was Prairie Ridge’s second blocked punt in as many weeks.
“It’s something we’ve been stressing lately,” Schremp said. “We’ve got some good playmakers on defense and they made some plays.”
The Wolves’ defense settled in after the inauspicious start. Following the Raiders’ 72-yard march on their opening drive, Prairie Ridge allowed only 37 yards the rest of the half.
The Wolves’ stingy unit, which has surrendered only 95 points all season, also got involved in the scoring. Nick Lanaski picked off a Tyler Padera pass and returned it 45 yards to close out the scoring.