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Losing skid continues for football team

Despite a valiant effort, the Glencoe-Silver Lake football team lost its fifth consecutive game with a 21-0 defeat against visiting Annandale – the eighth-ranked team in Class AAA – on Friday, Oct. 12.
A scoreless first quarter was highlighted by a goal line stand from the GSL defense, which kept the Cardinals at bay from the one-yard line and forcing a turnover on downs.
The Panthers’ best offensive thrust of the contest immediately followed, with GSL driving from the shadow of its own end zone all the way to the Annandale 29-yard line before stalling and giving the ball back over to the Cardinals on downs.
From there, it only took one play for the visitors to take the lead for good as a 71-yard touchdown run up the eastern sideline put Annandale up 7-0.
The score remained 7-0 into halftime before the Cardinals briefly appeared to score on an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the third quarter.
That play was called back due to a penalty. However, the infraction only delayed the Cardinals for a few minutes as they drove the field to take a 14-0 advantage midway through the frame.
Annandale added one final touchdown in the fourth quarter to bring the score to the eventual 21-0 final.
GSL mustered up just 102 yards of total offense in the game, most of that total coming on the Panthers’ first/second quarter possession that came after the goal line stand.
Will Higgins rushed for 35 yards to lead the host offense. He was followed by Korey Johnson and Jacob Stifter, both of whom ran for 21 yards, and Riley Ruzicka’s 20 rushing yards.
Dane Schwirtz led the defense with eight total tackles – six of which were solo. Mitchell Brenhaug had seven total tackles.
With the loss, GSL swooned to 2-5 on the season and also dropped the Panthers to the No. 4 slot in the Section 2AAA seedings behind Rockford.
GSL closes out the regular season on Wednesday with a trip to Litchfield. The Dragons enter the game with a 3-4 record after a 20-13 loss at Delano on Friday.