CHICAGO – Sebastian Calvino’s list of football firsts keeps growing longer.
The Downers Grove North tight end turned quarterback started his first varsity game in place of injured senior David Edwards on Oct. 4, leading the Trojans to a victory over Downers Grove South and recording the first multi-rushing touchdown performance of his career.
Since his three-score game against South, Calvino has won three out of four games as starting quarterback and helped clinch a postseason birth.
In North’s first round playoff game versus Whitney Young, Calvino again carried the load, rushing for 128 yards and two touchdowns and guiding the Trojans to a 28-0 victory.
“It was a really great feeling to help the team get a win and move on to the second round,” Calvino said. “Our line and the other backs opened some big holes and I just lowered my shoulders and kept my feet moving.”
Calvino opened the scoring late in the first quarter, dragging a pile of Dolphin defenders 15 yards into the end zone to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead. Following a North fumble recovery less than two minutes later, he added a 3-yard rushing score.
Downers Grove North head coach John Wander continues to heap praise on Calvino.
“He’s a tough young man and we like to call him our mini Tim Tebow,” Wander said. “We would rather spread out the offense a little more, but that isn’t Sebastian’s style. He runs hard, eats up yards, breaks tackles and holds onto the football.”
With Calvino working out of the option, the Trojans’ offense leaned solely on the run game to finish off the Dolphins on Friday.
Junior tail back Charles Creamer gashed the Whitney Young defense for a 76-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and running back Kyle Leto capped the scoring with a 57-yard sprint in the third quarter.
Downers Grove North will remain on the road and play Wheaton Warrenville South in the second round of the 7A playoffs on Friday
In its first round matchup, Wheaton Warrenville South dismantled Dunbar, jumping out to a 42-0 second quarter advantage in the second quarter then cruising to a 48-16 win.
The Tigers scored on every possession in the first half while the defense forced three turnovers. Dual threat quarterback Ryan Graham leads an offense whose biggest threat – running back Isaiah Campos – is fully recovered from an injury.
Meanwhile, the Trojans remain hampered by injuries. Quarterback David Edwards hasn’t played since suffering a bone bruise against Lyons Township while two-way starter Vontae Diggs injured his ankle in the first quarter on Friday and did not return.