WHEATON, Ill. -- In what was supposed to be the Tigers’ first true test of the season, Wheaton Warrenville South reminded all just how dominant they can be with a 41-13 win over Naperville North.
“The coaches and players all did a great job preparing for them and tonight it really showed,” Tigers senior quarterback Reilly O’Toole said.
Prepared they were, even when the Huskies took a quick 7-0 lead on the game’s second play, thanks to a 77-yard Matt Lacosse touchdown run.
The Tigers answered right back as O’Toole completed one of his three touchdown passes the very next play, this one 63 yards to Travis Kern. The following drive O’Toole was at it again, hooking up with 6-3 Titus Davis to extend the lead to 13-6. Davis finished the night with five catches for 100 yards.
“Reilly did a great job of spreading the ball around, especially in the first half,” Davis said.
Another Lacosse touchdown run tie the game, but the Tigers’ offense refused to slow down, scoring 14 answered points to end the first half.
Wheaton Warrenville South (5-0) opened the third quarter in similar fashion, putting together an 11-play, 80-yard drive that was capped off by Matthew Rogers’ 1-yard touchdown run. Rogers, who ran for over 140 yards, fueled a second-half rushing attack that wore down the visiting Huskies (4-1).
“We have a very balanced offense,” Rogers said. “Once Reilly and the receivers get going and start spreading the defense out, then it’s time to run the ball.”
The Tigers finished with more than 400 yards of total offense.
Player of the game: Reilly O’Toole, QB Wheaton Warrenville South. The senior signal caller was phenomenal all night, but especially in the first half, completing 9 of 12 passes for 192 yards and three scores.
Stat of the game: The normally stout Naperville North defense was torched by the Tigers’ offense, giving up over 250 yards in the first half alone.
It was over when… Wheaton went 80 yards in 11 plays to start the second half, extending its lead to 21.
Quote of the night: “Everyone is just doing a great job making big play after big play that it’s a special thing to be a part of.” --O’Toole