VILLA PARK – After playing to a low-scoring tie through the first three quarters, the York football team saw Willowbrook score three touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the Warriors beat the Dukes, 28-13, Sept. 20.
“[Willowbrook] made the plays they needed to,” York head coach Steve Nye said.
The Dukes fell to 2-2 heading into a home game against West Suburban Silver foe Oak Park-River Forest (4-0) this week.
Fullback Dominic Ravenna ran for both of York’s touchdowns on the night.
The first was a 5-yard run in the second quarter that tied the game at 7-7.
York turned the ball over three times, including on their first two possessions, but only one resulted in a score for Willowbrook (3-1). However, the one score came at an inopportune time for the Dukes.
After Willowbrook scored a touchdown to take a 14-7 lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter, York quarterback Charlie Rose threw his second interception of the night to Willowbrook’s Hayden Adams, who ran it back 65 yards for a touchdown.
“That broke our back right there,” Nye said.
It was Adams’ third touchdown of the night.
He also caught two touchdown passes.
York scored in its next possession on a 2-yard Ravenna run.
Trying to position themselves to take the lead if they scored another touchdown, the Dukes went for a two-point conversion on a fake kick.
But the attempt was stopped short of the goal line.
“We’ve got a better chance to go for two now and catch them by surprise,” Nye said of his decision, adding that he knew he still could go for a two point conversion to tie the game if the Dukes scored another touchdown.
An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the failed attempt gave Willowbrook good starting field position on its ensuing drive.
The Warriors capitalized with a scoring drive ending with a 3-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Devin Childress.
It is the second year in a row Willowbrook has knocked off the neighboring Dukes, following last year’s 28-23 win in Elmhurst.
York scoring plays
• Dominic Ravenna 5-yard run
• Ravenna 2-yard run
Week 5: York vs. Oak Park-River Forest
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Clarence D. East Football Field, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst
Records: York 2-2 (0-1 WSS), OPRF (4-0, 2-0)
Outlook: The Dukes need to get back on track after back-to-back losses. Meanwhile, the Huskies have emerged as a contender in the West Suburban Silver after their 16-10 overtime win over Downers Grove North, a run-heavy team like the Dukes, last week. OPRF quarterback Lloyd Yates and running back Jamal Baggett give the Huskies a dangerous running game, but Yates is also a competent passer.