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Barnes' big day gives Willowbrook fourth straight win

Warrior running back paces 49-19 win at Morton

Published: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 11:24 p.m. CDT
(Matthew Piechalak – mpiechalak@shawmedia.com)
Willowbrook senior running back Jeremy Barnes follows his blockers during a game at Morton on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

BERWYN – Willowbrook’s offense continues to put up big numbers, and the numbers are coming from different players.

This week it was running back Jeremy Barnes who played the role of star in the Warriors’ 49-19 win Friday night at Morton for the Mustangs’ homecoming game.

Barnes ran for three touchdowns with over 200 yards on the ground and over 300 yards of total offense.

“He still is truly the heartbeat of our offense when things are going good,” said Willowbrook coach Nick Hildreth. “Regardless of our tempo or how many times we want to throw the ball we want to churn yards on the ground and that opens other things up.”

Willowbrook (4-1, 2-0 West Suburban Gold) took a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter and doubled that on an 11-yard run by Barnes with 4:23 left in the second quarter.

Morton answered (1-4, 1-2) with a 13-yard run by Anthony Stanciu, who came in at quarterback after Emilio Engle injured his left hand on Morton’s first drive.

The Mustangs received the second half kickoff down just 14-7, but fumbled the ball and David Harris recovered for the Warriors. It took just five plays for Brian Johnson to hit Devin Childress for an 11-yard fade route in the end zone.

Morton’s Marlon Hester scored to bring Morton within 21-13, but the Warriors scored touchdowns on the next three drives with two coming from Barnes. Johnson finished with three touchdowns through the air.

“They picked us for homecoming so I took that personally,” Barnes said. “I just had to show them something.”

Next week, the Warriors host Proviso East while Morton travels to Addison Trail.

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