Despite loss against Lake Forest, Warren looks ahead to Saturday game

Published: Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 10:27 a.m. CDT
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(Candace H.Johnson)
Candace H. Johnson Marching Blue Devil senior Jessica Blumberg, 17, of Gurnee plays her trombone at half-time during the first home varsity football game against New Trier at Warren Township High School in Gurnee.

Warren Township High School had a chance to get a home playoff game. The Blue Devils
needed to topple a good Lake Forest squad on Friday night to do that. It
didn't happen. Both teams entered this game at Lake Forest with identical
6-2 marks. And the Scouts moved to 7-2 with a 31-19 victory. High-scoring
Warren was held down in this loss. It didn't help to have star
running back Max Sorby sidelined with an injury. He was fresh off a nearly
300-yards rushing game the week before in a romp over Mundelein.

The Devils fell down by a pair of touchdowns early, but responded. Just
before halftime, quarterback Andrew Nickell hooked up with receiver Javon
Charleston with a short touchdown pass and the Devils were down 14-7.

The Scouts took over from there and pushed their advantage to 31-7. Warren
fought back as Nickell rang up TD passes to Danny Rockingham and Caleb
Reams.

Missing Sorby hurt badly as Warren's rushing offense didn't crack the
20-yards mark. Nickell was forced to throw the ball most of the game.
Rockingham was Nickell's favorite receiver as he collared eight passes.
Reams had 4 catches and Charleston had 3 receptions.

And now, Warren Township football fans finally have a Friday night free. You can
leave all the Halloween candy at home and take in a movie. However, put your
Saturday night plans on hold.

It's a 6 p.m. start in Glenview come Saturday night. For all the marbles.
It's time for a Class 8A football playoff game. Warren (6-3) will take on
Glenbrook South that night. It's simple now. Win and move on in the
playoffs. Lose and football season is over.

The Titans and Blue Devils had one common foe during the season. It was 5-4
New Trier. Both clubs pounded the Trevians. That's the same New Trier team
that Warren dominated earlier in the campaign. The Blue Devils had a 42-0
lead after three quarters. Warren won that game 42-6.

Glenbrook South played just four games against teams with winning records.
On the other hand, Warren's three losses came against teams that are headed
to the playoffs with a combined record of 22-5.

Does that make Warren a slight favorite? Will Warren be at full force come
Saturday night? Will the offense be able to put up points like it did
earlier in the campaign?

Throw out the records. It will come down to the team that wants it more.
Warren must get healthy this week in preparation for this big game. The
winner of this game draws the Evanston-Barrington winner the following
weekend. Glenbrook South dropped a 17-14 decision to Evanston in the middle
of the season.

The players to watch for Glenbrook South include running backs Brett Laurie
and Michael Gentile. The GBS quarterback is Fitz Stadler. The Titans, who
have made eight straight playoff appearances, are coached by former McHenry
head coach Mike Noll.

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