DOWNERS GROVE – With starting quarterback David Edwards out for the second straight game, it was next man up for Downers Grove North’s football team.
That next man was Kyle Leto.
It was Leto who proved to be the key difference-maker during the Trojans’ 28-7 victory over York on Friday as he rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns, including a 40-yard run to open the scoring and a 55-yard dash later in the game.
“It was great to see Kyle get [more] involved in our offensive game plan,” Downers Grove North head coach John Wander said. “He has big-play potential and is capable of contributing on a regular basis.”
Leto’s performance and North’s win, which improved its record to 4-3 overall and 1-3 in the West Suburban Silver, was especially crucial for a team trying to run the table and secure a playoff berth.
With their backs against the wall, the Trojans reeled off their second consecutive win in convincing fashion on Friday, riding a dominant ground game en route to the victory.
Senior quarterback David Edwards did not play for the second straight week after suffering a leg injuring during a Week 5 loss to Lyons Township. In his absence, Vontae Diggs and Sebastian Calvino have split time under center.
Lined up as a wing back in the Trojans’ triple-option formation, Leto gave North a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when he took a pitch, split the defense and sprinted 40 yards for a touchdown.
Later in the first half, two way starter Diggs padded the Downers Grove North lead, capping off a long drive with a 9-yard touchdown run.
In the second half, Leto added two more touchdowns, including a 55-yarder and a 1-yard plunge which put the game out of reach.
“It seems like we are finding guys to step up in key moments,” Wander said. “Last week, it was Sebastian [Calvino], this week it was Leto.”
Wander added that, even after three straight losses in September, the team never gave up or got down on themselves.
“We were happy to see the calendar turn to October,” Wander said. “But their mood was always positive – they put in a lot of work at practice and we are now seeing the results.”