Deerfield’s defense did not tackle as well as it usually does during Friday night's Central Suburban North opener, according to Coach Steve Winiecki. That lapse gave Spartan running back Grant Rushing the opportunity to rivet the Warrior defenders for 235 yards on the ground and 57 more on a pass reception while scoring four touchdowns.
“That’s what happens when you don’t tackle well with a good runner,” Winiecki said.
After holding Deerfield on the game’s first possession, Glenbrook North scored once in the first quarter and three more times in the second to take a 28-7 halftime lead. Though the Spartans’ pace slowed in the second half, the Warriors were unable to pick up the tempo enough to get back in the contest.
Rushing carried the ball for 235 yards including touchdown runs of 15, 49 and 78 yards. He also had 77 receiving yards including a 57-yard scoring pass. He always seemed to have an extra step on the Warriors.
“The offensive line helped me so much,” Rushing told the Sun-Times. “Without them, I wouldn’t be able to make those cuts. We work all week, all year (on creating space). I’m glad those guys were there for me.”
Rushing topped 200 rushing yards for the second time this season. He ran a career-high 295 yards in the Spartans' week 2 win against Lane Tech, according to the Sun-Times.