GLEN ELLYN — Lincoln-Way East could not beat the combination of Glenbard West senior quarterback Daver Glawe and senior wide receiver Mark Hiben on Saturday at Duchon Field.
Glenbard West's dynamic duo combined for four touchdowns and 319 yards as the No. 2-seeded Hilltoppers beat the No. 3 Griffins 42-28 to advance to the 7A state quarterfinals.
Glenbard West improved to 10-1, while Lincoln-Way East closed out its season with a 9-2 mark.
Hiben had 12 catches for 319 yards and four touchdowns. His 319 receiving yards set a state record.
Griffins head coach Rob Zvonar said he was not surprised by Hiben's performance.
"He's an all-stater," Zvonar said. "We knew that going in. The problem is they had a lot more than (Hiben). He's been doing that for them the last couple years. He is a great player."
Zvonar said he takes responsibility for not having Lincoln-Way East's defense 100 percent prepared to face Glenbard West's explosive offense.
"You have to give Lincoln-Way East credit," Hiben said. "They stacked up the line and stopped our run, so it gave Daver and me an opportunity to throw the ball and we took advantage of it.
"We knew all week that it could be special from what we saw in the film, and our coaches did a great job exploiting their weaknesses."
Glawe was superb again in filling in for senior starting quarterback Mike Matthews, throwing 14-for-22 with 355 yards and five touchdowns.
"We've been playing together for a while and played together on the JV level last year to get to know each other," Glawe said of his rapport with Hiben. "We've had our timing down since last year. He's a great target with the best hands in the state. You know you have a sure catch with Mark Hiben."
Glenbard West's first play saw senior running back Nick Burrello run for a 79-yard touchdown. However, the Hilltoppers had an illegal block in the back to negate the touchdown and reduce the run to a 30-yard gain and a 10-yard penalty.
Glawe hit Hiben for three first-down passes and sophomore running back Kendell Jackson punched in a 2-yard touchdown for a 7-0 Glenbard West lead.
Lincoln-Way East came on strong as senior running back Max Bayer had a 37-yard run, with Hilltoppers senior linebacker Andrew Garwood tackling Bayer to prevent a score.
Then, Griffins junior quarterback Blake Winkler was sacked on consecutive plays by junior linebacker Tommy Alt and senior defensive end Zack Marshall. Lincoln-Way East junior kicker William Will hit a field goal to make it 7-3.
Glawe threw an 84-yard touchdown pass to Hiben for a 14-3 edge. The Griffins' offense was held to a three-and-out, and Glawe quickly beamed a 41-yard score to Hiben for a 21-3 Hilltoppers lead.
Lincoln-Way East junior running back Tyler Starke made 43-yard and 15-yard receptions to get the Griffins' going. Senior defensive lineman Kevin Bayer punched in a rushing touchdown to close the gap 21-10.
Glenbard West then struggled in a three-and-out. The Griffins proceeded to march down the field on three Hilltopper personal fouls. Lincoln-Way East got to the Hilltoppers' 5-yard line, but junior linebacker Andrew Larkin made two key tackles and the Hilltoppers' defense held the Griffins to a field goal.
Glenbard West senior fullback Beau Warden converted a key fourth down to prolong his team's offensive drive. Glawe rushed 25-yards on a play and had a 26-yard touchdown completion to Burrello for a 28-13 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Winkler connected with senior wide receiver Kyle Buchbach for a 73-yard score even though the Hilltoppers' Marshall was being held.
"(Buchbach) just got open," Winkler said. "They blew some coverage and we took advantage of their mistakes. Buchbach ran a great route and the line held up awesome."
The Griffins tied the game at 28 when Starke ran 44 yards for a touchdown and made the 2-point conversion.
Lincoln-Way East's defense forced Glawe to throw an incomplete pass and batted down another pass. But the Glawe-Hiben tandem remained hot as the quarterback hit his favorite target in open field for a 72-yard touchdown and Hilltopper 35-28 lead.
The Griffins botched a punt to bring the ball to their 1-yard line. Within two plays, the Hilltoppers appeared to reach the end zone, but no score was called and the Griffins got a fumble recovery.
After a failed drive, history was made when Hiben caught a 19-yard score, putting Glenbard West up 42-28 in the fourth quarter. The previous state record was 317 receiving yards in a game.
The Griffins had two more drives left in them, but Marshall, Warden and senior linebacker Justin Mesch all sacked Winkler.
"They were a great defense," Winkler said. "They played an unbelievable game. They came prepared. We made a few adjustments at halftime … but then we fell short at the end."