Downers Grove North clips WWS, returns to quarters
WHEATON – In 2008, Downers Grove North came from behind to beat Wheaton Warrenville South by one point in the opening round of the playoffs.
On Friday, a similar scenario played out, albeit one round later.
Overcoming an early 7-0 deficit, the Trojans used a 17-yard field goal by Gareth Jones late in the fourth quarter to beat the Tigers 10-7 in the Class 7A matchup.
"That's as enjoyable as it gets," Downers Grove North coach John Wander said.
With the win, Downers Grove North advances to the quarterfinals for the second year in a row and will return home next week to play Mt. Carmel, which slipped by St. Rita 20-15 on Friday. Wheaton Warrenville South ended the 2013 season with an 8-3 record.
Linebacker Mike Dashut sealed the win for the visitors with an interception in the endzone with 45.5 seconds left on the clock.
The Tigers opened the scoring early in the first period on a 55-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Graham to Zack Moberg. The Trojans answered with a two-yard TD run by quarterback Sebastian Calvino in the second quarter.
The score remained tied at seven until Downers Grove North took over the ball at the Wheaton Warrenville South 29-yard line after a punt midway through the final period. The Trojans got the ball all the way down to the one-yard line but settled for a chip shot field goal from Jones.
The Tigers had one last chance, taking over at their own 20 with 4:27 left in the fourth quarter. The home team drove down to the 10-yard line before Dashut's pick.
"It was amazing," Calvino said. "We've been through those situations a couple of times, starting last year with Benet in the quarterfinals. This year we had three games that came down to the final seconds. We were finally able to pull one out."