Football preview: New coach leads Wheaton Academy
AT A GLANCE
Coach: Brad Thornton
2012 record: 4-5
Conference: Suburban Christian Gold, 4-3, T-1st
Taylor Johnson sr. OL/DL
Daniel Sedjo sr. OL/DL
Nathan Lopez sr. QB/DB
Camden Meade jr. RB/LB
John Gemmel sr. RB/LB
Luis Ramos jr. RB/DB
Scottie McLean jr. RB/LB
Marino Costello jr. TE/DE
Josh Dutton jr. OL/DL
Aug. 30 at Westminster, MO, 5 p.m.
Sept. 6 Noble Street Charter, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13 Montini, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 at Aurora Christian, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 Walther Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 Guerin, 1 p.m.
Oct. 11 at St. Edward, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 at Chicago Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25 Marian Central, 7:30 p.m.
w-l conf. playoffs
'12 4-5 4-3 DNQ
'11 1-8 0-5 DNQ
'10 5-4 3-2 DNQ
'09 6-5 3-2 2nd round
'08 4-5 3-3 DNQ
BY THE NUMBERS
16: Rushing touchdowns scored in 2012 by John Gemmel, who gained 872 yards on 131 carries for an average of 6.7 yards per attempt
41.6: Average points given up by Wheaton Academy in its five losses last fall; during their four-game winning streak, the Warriors yielded only 19.7 points per contest
WEEK 1 MATCHUP
Who: Wheaton Academy vs. Westminster Christian (Mo.)
When: 5 p.m. Friday
Where: Town & Country, Missouri
2012 records: Wheaton Academy 4-5
Outlook: The Brad Thornton era begins with a familiar foe in Westminster, which Wheaton Academy has opened with the past two seasons. The Warriors are looking for their first win in the series, having dropped a 38-19 decision last year at home after falling, 27-14, in 2011. Wheaton Academy returns eight starters on offense, including an experience O-line, and five starters on defense. Nathan Lopez takes over at quarterback.