ROSELLE – When Wheaton North’s football team lost to Wheaton Warrenville South in Week 3, coach Joe Wardynski hoped his Falcons’ team would build off their two fourth-quarter touchdowns in the game.
The Falcons have done just that, notching back-to-back victories ahead of Friday’s matchup with Glenbard East.
Led by a five-touchdown performance from quarterback Clayton Thorson, the Falcons defeated DuPage Valley Conference foe Lake Park 42-17 Friday to improve to 4-1 on the fall (2-1 DVC).
“We realized that the first three quarters of the South game, we weren’t playing the way we usually play,” Thorson said. “But we really felt that in the fourth quarter we played a lot better. We never wanted to have a game like that again. We wanted to play complete games the rest of the year.”
The loss also proved to be a learning experience for Wheaton North.
“Some things happened in those first few quarters, some little details,” the quarterback said. “What we took away from that is we really had to pay attention to details in practice. And we had to work everyday like we were at the bottom of the DVC.
“Obviously we want to be the best team. Every team wants to be the best team in the state and in the DVC. I think we realized how much work we have to put in every single day.”
Against Lake Park, Thorson was able to reconnect with senior wideout Matt Biegalski, who hauled in two touchdowns. Biegalski had three touchdowns in the first two weeks before being limited against WWS and Naperville North.
“With South and Naperville North, they were keying on him,” said Thorson, a Northwestern recruit who played in front of NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald the week prior. “He is a great wide receiver and he deserves all of the attention he gets. But it was nice to get him going a little more.”
With Glenbard East next up, the Falcons can’t afford a letdown.
“Their DVC record the past few years is not that great but they have some athletes,” Thorson added. “In our conference, you can’t look past any opponents. I think it will be a good game for us.”