It was the first offensive drive of the football season for Lake Forest and Charlie Reinkemeyer, in his 1st career Varsity start, faced a 3rd and long. The ball was snapped to the senior, who scanned the defense and fired a long pass down the left side of the field. The pass fell into the hands of sophomore wide receiver Ryan Cekay, also in his first Varsity start, who was then off to the races for a 63 yard touchdown.
The long score set the tone for a big, 30-6 opening night win for the Lake Forest High School football team. The win came over the Glenbard East Rams, a west suburban school and member of the Upstate Eight Conference, and an unfamiliar foe for the Scouts. The Scouts had few problems on either side of the ball putting on great performances. The offense was led by Reinkemeyer, who passed for 211 yards and 2 touchdowns, the second of which was a 58 yard strike to senior tight end Reed Thomas. Reinkemeyer also tallied a rushing touchdown.
Unfortunately, however, the Scouts lost starting running back junior Jack Van Hyfte who hurt his ankle on the first offensive play from scrimmage. Defensive backs Andrew Athenson and Liam Pooler each ran some plays on offense at running back to make up for the absence of Van Hyfte. The Scouts offense, coordinated by Assistant Coach Phil Dewald and Head Coach Chuck Spagnoli, will have to continue to compete in the coming games since Van Hyfte’s ankle injury will keep him sidelined for 2-8 weeks.
On the defensive side of the ball, Lake Forest did a masterful job containing the Glenbard East offense. The Rams were held to just one score all game and had very few explosive plays. The highlight of the night for the defensive unit was an interception by junior Chris Cavalaris that was returned for a touchdown. Senior cornerback Andrew Athenson noted that Friday night was, “definitely a good first step for us but we have to keep getting better if we want to be successful.”
The Scouts will keep their minds set on the future as they look forward to this weekend’s game, a showdown against the Niles North Vikings. The home opener will be played at 7:30 on Friday Night at Varsity Field. Last season the Lake Forest beat Niles North 44-22. The Scouts will look to repeat the results of last year’s contest Friday Night.
Injury Report: Alex Svigos (ankle): 1-2 weeks, Jack Van Hyfte (ankle): 2-8 weeks