CHICAGO – For a half of football Willowbrook looked like it could upset St. Rita, but the second half was a different story.
The Warriors scored first to take the lead in the second quarter and trailed by just one point at halftime. Then the Mustangs pulled away to show the quality of a team that shared the prestigious Chicago Catholic Blue title this season and won 34-6 in a Class 7A first round playoff game.
“We put ourselves in bad spots in the second half,” Willowbrook coach Nick Hildreth said. “We had opportunities to score and move the ball in the first half and we didn’t. We had big drops, misses in spots and could never really get the run game going. Ultimately it hurt us.”
Willowbrook (7-3) recovered a fumble in St. Rita territory early in the second quarter and capped off a 32-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Brian Johnson to Hayden Adams.
The lead was short lived. After Willowbrook failed on the extra point attempt the Mustangs (9-1) scored on a 3-yard run by quarterback Tommy Mister.
Mister finally gave Rita some separation with a highlight-reel caliber 34-yard touchdown run to make the score 17-6 with 3:42 left in the third quarter. Mister scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak in the fourth quarter and the Mustangs capped off the scoring on a blocked punt with 5:53 remaining in the game.