WHEATON – Matt Biegalski said it’s always exciting when Wheaton North meets up with Glenbard North.
And that’s when there is nothing on the line.
This time around, the DuPage Valley Conference title will be hanging in the balance when the Falcons and Panthers collide in Wheaton on Friday. Glenbard North clinched a share of the championship a week ago but Wheaton North would move into a tie for first place with a win.
“Having them come here this year will be fun, just having that home atmosphere,” said Biegalski, a senior wideout who leads the Falcons with 647 receiving yards and seven touchdown catches. “I’m expecting it to be a very good game. I know they will play hard.”
Additionally, it will be the Falcons’ senior night.
“We are going to try to not get too amped up,” Wheaton North quarterback Clayton Thorson said. “We want to go out there and play another complete game and get a share of the DVC championship.”
Wheaton North will have its hands full on both sides of the ball.
Glenbard North running back Justin Jackson has already rushed for 2,196 yards and 29 touchdowns this fall while the Panthers’ defense held Wheaton Warrenville South to one touchdown until late in the fourth quarter last week.
“They always have a solid defense,” Thorson said, “And obviously they have Justin (Jackson), and he creates problems for any opposing defense. Their linebackers are good and their D-line is physical so it should be a good matchup for us.”
Biegalski concurred with his quarterback’s opinion.
“Defensively, they play very well together as a group,” he said. “They are fast, they fly to the ball and they play together as one.”
The Falcons are coming off a 31-17 win over Naperville Central. Thorson threw touchdown passes to Matt Biegalski, Dom Garza and Hank Bowen while rushing for another score. Nick Cairo added a 26-yard field goal.
“It was really a great team win,” Thorson said. “The defense did a good job getting stops and the offense did a good job when we needed to score some points.”
The squad has now won five games in a row after a Week 3 loss to Wheaton Warrenville South.
“After that game, everyone took a look at themselves,” Biegalski said. “We came together the weeks after that, we came together as one. Everyone is buying in and it’s exciting to see.”