DOWNERS GROVE – A stingy defense was not enough to power the Downers Grove North football team into the state semifinals on Saturday.
Although the Trojan defense surrendered just seven points to Mt. Carmel on Saturday, the North offense could not move the ball, gaining only one first down en route to a 7-0 loss.
The defeat knocks Downers Grove North out of the 7A football playoffs and ends the Trojans' season.
After back-to-back road upsets over Whitney Young and Wheaton Warrenville South, the North could not replicate the feat at home on Saturday.
The Trojans rarely breached Mt. Carmel territory on Saturday. The home team's best chance to score came with 10 minutes left in the second quarter, when lineman Richard Olekanmna pounced on a Mt. Carmel fumble.
But Downers Grove North gave the ball back on the next play, as a Sebastian Calvino pass was picked off by an opposing defensive back.
Later in the quarter, Mt. Carmel capped a 38-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to go up 7-0.
The seven points proved to be more than enough and North only manufactured only one first down down in the next two quarters.