LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. -- All week long, the Antioch coaching staff reminded their players, and each other, of the year 2000: the last time the Sequoits beat Libertyville. What they didn't tell their kids, was that it had been 28 years since Antioch won on the Wildcats' home turf.
After a dominant display on defense and a three-touchdown, 179-yard effort from running back Danny Arden, everyone on Antioch's sideline -- coaches, players, parents and fans -- jumped, clapped and cheered the Sequoits' 21-0 road shutout on Friday.
"I've been hearing the history all week and quite honestly, it's always been a tough history for Antioch going against Libertyville," said Antioch coach, Brian Glashagel. "I don't know if I could have predicted this. I was thinking it could come down to overtime like Libertyville did against Barrington. But for all of our coaches and our boys, this was just a great game for them. It means so much to me and to them. It's outstanding."
Despite an interception and lost fumble, both in Libertyville's end zone, Antioch was able to limit the Wildcats' offense -- the Sequoits held Libertyville to just 35 yards rushing and 160 yards of total offense.
Arden, who had 33 carries, first reached the end zone on his team's second possession of the game, sprinting 28 yards up the middle. He added 4- and 5-yard touchdown runs in the second and fourth quarters, respectively.
"I saw something in their defense, that their two linebackers weren't able to cover enough ground off tackle when I went up the middle, and we just took advantage of that," Arden said. "This was our first shutout of the year and the first time we've scored in the second half this year, and that's what our offense was determined to do. Our defense had the goal of a shutout, so we both accomplished what we wanted to tonight and came out with a win."
Hunter Herchenbach completed 13-of-23 passes for 125 yards for Libertyville, which was without starting receivers Justin Guarnaccio and Austin Williams. His fourth-quarter interception was the final piece of the Sequoits' winning puzzle. Junior Brian Swift led Libertyville with 35 yards rushing.
Although many will find Friday's outcome shocking, Glashagel thinks otherwise.
"I don't think this surprises people," he said. "For those who know football in Lake County, they know we were capable of pulling off a win like this."
Player of the game: Antioch Sr. RB, Danny Arden: 179 yards on 33 carries, 3 TDs
Stat of the game: Friday marked the first time in 28 years that Antioch defeated Libertyville on the road.
It was over when: Arden capped off a 16-play drive with a 4-yard fourth quarter touchdown. The drive, which started late in the third quarter, lasted 9:47.
Quote of the night: "We got together last week and decided to post some articles in the locker room of the last time we beat Libertyville. We wanted to give the kids some motivation. Every one of the coaches thought it was a great idea, so we went through with it and our guys were going crazy reading through everything at the beginning of the week. They ate it up." -- Antioch assistant coach Jeff Petersen, who played for the Sequoits the last time they beat Libertyville in 2000.