2013 weak-side defensive end Ruben Dunbar helped Glenbard West High School win the IHSA 7A State Championship this weekend. The Hilltoppers defeated the Lincoln-Way East Griffins, 10-8. Both the Hilltoppers and the Griffins entered the state championship with undefeated records.
The defense for the Glenbard West Hilltoppers played their best football against Lincoln-Way East. During the regular season, the Griffins averaged 35.3 points in nine games. They also averaged 37 points in their four playoff games leading up to the state championship.
The Hilltoppers played lights out defensively from the very beginning as they kept the Griffins scoreless through the first half. Lincoln-Way East did not score until the third quarter. With 2:47 left in the third quarter, Glenbard West let Lincoln-Way East score on a 35-yard run by Justin Corbett. However, the Griffins did not convert the extra point.
Lincoln-Way East might have ran for 167 yards in the state championship, but the Glenbard West defense made life hard for the Griffins passing attack.
The Hilltoppers forced Lincoln-Way East’s quarterback Tommy Fuessel to go 3-of-14 on the night with a total of 52 passing yards. They also sacked Fuessel a total of four times for 18-yards and forced him to fumble the ball once.
Ruben Dunbar is a three-star recruit. He is ranked 17th in the state of Illinois and 39th in the nation among weak-side defensive ends by 247Sports. The 6’3″, 250 pound athlete has offers from ten NCAA Division I teams.
Dunbar’s current Top 4 consists of Michigan State, Illinois, Missouri, and Oklahoma State. However, Michigan State has been Dunbar’s favorite since the end of July.
Editor’s note: Glenbard West also has offensive tackle Eric Schute from the 2014 class on their team.
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