How this sophomore QB fueled Quincy to historic playoff win at Chatham Glenwood

Bill Welt
State Journal-Register
With just over Three minutes left in the game Glenwood High School's Quarterback Jack Knudson is sacked for a loss by a Quincy defender during the game Friday Oct. 29, 2022.

CHATHAM — Quincy had just a little more firepower.  

The No. 9-seeded Blue Devils outlasted No. 8 Chatham Glenwood 49-42 in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs on Friday.  

Quincy (8-2) advances to the second round against top-seeded Lemont, which remained unbeaten at 10-0 following a 55-14 victory over No. 16 Blue Island Eisenhower. 

The Blue Devils not only recorded their second-ever playoff win in program history and first since 2013 but also dabbled with a couple of offensive records in the process. 

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Bradyn Little, Quincy

Little to doubt

Sophomore quarterback Bradyn Little, son of head coach Rick, completed 23 of 26 passing attempts for 432 yards and four touchdowns to unofficially set a new 6A playoff record for passing yards in a game. Quincy also tied the previous 6A playoff record with 33 first downs.  

“We knew our defense was struggling a little bit, so the best defense is a good offense. We just kind of had to make plays and get on the scoreboard,” Little said. 

Little especially simmered in the first half. He completed his first 12 passing attempts and went 20-of-23 for 356 yards and three TDs in the first half en route to a 35-19 halftime advantage. 

The gaudy fireworks just didn’t quite match Springfield High’s zany 94-72 playoff win over Rock Island last season. 

“They were kind of shutting our run game down early, so we kind of had to answer with it,” Little said. “It caused us to have to throw the ball more often and we were able to find fun windows to throw and receivers to hit. 

Rick said his son only continues to get better and still has room to improve with two more years left in high school. 

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“We know Chatham's got some good ones for sure,” Rick said. “We've heard a lot about them and guys kind of forgot about our guys, so we kind of took that to heart how talented those guys are. Obviously, they make plays all the time and he obviously does a really good job of hitting them.” 

Junior wideout Jack Mettenmeyer totaled eight receptions for 118 yards while sophomore Tykell Hammers followed with six catches for 97 yards and two TDs. Sophomore Caeden Johannessen nabbed five grabs for 116 yards and one TD. 

Glenwood High School's Galashky Blaise runs the ball during the game against Quincy Friday Oct. 29, 2022.

Hammers had a stellar 25-yard touchdown grab to even the score, 7-7 at the start of the first quarter. 

“They all did a great job of just catching the ball and making things happen,” Little said. 

Sophomore tailback Jeraius Rice helped shoulder the offense in the second half and ran for 149 yards and three TDs on 27 carries in addition to four catches for 84 yards and one TD. 

Titans don't quit

The Titans (7-3) trailed 42-19 early in the third quarter but rallied within striking distance. 

Becklin Anderson recovered the onside kick following Galashky Blaise’s 11-yard TD run and senior QB Jack Knudson threw a 3-yard TD pass to senior receiver Miles Stapleton to pare down the deficit 42-35 with 2:54 left in the third period. 

Glenwood High School's Becklin Anderson recovers an onside kick in the second half of the game against Quincy Friday Oct. 29, 2022. Glenwood then went on to score, but where unable to catch up before time ran out and lost the game.

“We always had a mentality if we're going to go out, we're going out shooting and I think that's what we did tonight,” Knudson said. “We came out in the second half, let it air out a little bit. They played great, their offense was great. We just came up a few points short, that's all it is.” 

Glenwood coach David Hay said his team just dug itself in too big of a hole.  

“The whole senior class is a special group,” Hay said. “They played their hearts out, not only tonight but in every game this season. They led our team and I appreciate all their work.” 

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Knudson also dissected the secondary.  

He completed 22 of 34 passing attempts for 342 yards and five TDs with two interceptions. Senior receiver Tyzhon Randell had six catches for 170 yards and a score while fellow senior Miles Stapleton had seven for 69 yards and three TDs.  

Glenwood High School's Logan Tomlinson catches a pass and then runs for a touchdown during the game against Quincy Friday Oct. 29, 2022.

Senior Logan Tomlinson hauled in a 66-yard TD pass from Knudson midway through the second quarter for a 28-19 deficit and finished with three grabs for 87 yards.  

Blaise finished with 17 carries for 102 yards and one TD.

Knudson said the scoreboard never demoralized the team — perhaps quite the opposite. 

“They're all great,” Knudson said of his connection with the receivers. “I've been playing with them since I was in second grade, so we're all buddies. We all laugh, hang out and we've put a lot of work in the offseason. We've got a great chemistry out there.”  

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Glenwood High School's Miles Stapleton runs the ball during the game against Quincy Friday Oct. 29, 2022.