Glennon Leads Westfield to Huge Win

CHANTILLY, VA -- Mike Glennon and Westfield High entered tonight's game against Chantilly with a chip on their shoulder as the team returned nearly every starter from last year's squad that lost 26-21 to Chantilly in the state playoffs.

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    Westfield entered the game with a 3-0 record and the No. 1 ranking in the region, defeating its first three opponents by an average score of 41-4. Chantilly, No. 2 in the region, also had a 3-0 record and was coming off an eye-opening 49-0 win over local power Annandale.

    At Westfield, the Bulldog fans were in "Blackout" mode, as the home side of the stadium was all black. With what appeared to be 10,000+ fans in attendance, you couldn't find a better high school atmosphere.

    "The fans were great," said Mike Glennon. "The whole blackout thing was great.

    "What an atmosphere," added Westfield head coach Tom Verbanic.

    Chantilly jumped out to a 7-0 lead as quarterback Austin Decker broke free for a long touchdown run on its first play from scrimmage, silencing the raucous Westfield crowd.

    Playing in a pro-style offense eerily similar to the system used by NC State offensive coordinator Dana Bible, Glennon and Westfield methodically marched down the field and answered as Glennon connected with an open receiver on a 1-yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 7.

    "That's what we talked about a lot and that was one of his big reasons for choosing NC State," said coach Verbanic. "He likes coach O'Brien, and we talked about how similar the offenses are. We think we do a nice job with our offense here with what we do, and he's going to fit in perfectly at NC State."

    Both teams exchanged punts before Chantilly striked again with another long touchdown run, but the Chargers missed the extra point and led 13-7 in the second quarter.

    Glennon, who checks in at every bit the 6-foot-6 and 200 pounds he is listed at, continued to manage the offense superbly as he hit his slot receiver on a 5-yard slant for his second touchdown pass of the night. Following the extra point, Westfield led 14-13 at the half.

    Chantilly received the ball at the start of the third quarter but had to punt after failing to convert on its first third down. Westfield came back with the drive of the night, a possession that spanned the entire third quarter and ended with a touchdown run by tailback Brian Kennedy. The score extended the lead to 21-13, but Chantilly instantly started to drive in the fourth quarter. The Chargers ventured deep into Westfield territory but could only muster a field goal to pull within five points at 21-16.

    Now Westfield and Glennon knew that a touchdown would put the Chargers away. The coaches noticed throughout the game that the quarterback bootlegs would be open as Chantilly's defensive ends continued to crash down on running plays.

    "We thought we'd have a good chance with that because we had an idea of what the linebackers would do," said Glennon. "It's just a great feeling because no one gives me credit for my running ability, but I think I'm starting to open some eyes in the region with my running ability."

    "We could see it all game," said coach Verbanic. "We kind of saved that because we saw it... if we had to go to it sooner we would of, but we just knew that they didn't have him accounted for on the outside."

    Glennon had two crucial runs on the drive, including a 24-yard touchdown scamper that gave Westfield a 28-16 advantage with just three minutes remaining. The Bulldogs would hold on, improving to 4-0 on the season and avenging last year's season-ending loss.

    "It was a big win," Glennon remarked. "It was tough losing to them last year in the region. It's good to be back, but we've got to get ready for Robinson. We're not satisfied yet. We want to ultimately go 15-0."

    The NC State commitment finished the night completing 15-of-22 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns (1, 5 yards). He added 50 yards rushing on six carries, including the 24-yard touchdown run.

    He continued to make plays through the air, often extending drives on third down playing in Westfield's pro-style offense. Working entirely under center, Glennon showed the ability to put touch on fade routes, complete deep outs, curls, slants... nearly any pass you can ask a quarterback to make, he made tonight.

    "We did some things a little different tonight, and Mikey made some great throws tonight when he needed to make some great throws," coach Verbanic stated. "We're playing against bump coverage with some safeties behind... man-under two-deep... that can be tough to throw against and he did a great job."

    The key for Westfield was their ability to run the football and control the clock, eventually wearing down Chantilly's defense.

    "We had an idea that we would need to run the ball because we thought they were going to try and do to us what they did last year in the regional championship," said Glennon. "The offensive line did great. They opened holes, and I didn't get sacked one time. All the credit goes to them."

    Coach Verbanic raved about his star quarterback following the game.

    "We have a lot of seniors, but Mikey is our leader on offense," he said. "Just listen to him afterwards in his interview talk about how we gave up no sacks tonight and his offensive line did a great job. He brings so much to our team, but the other thing is he works so hard in practice."

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