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Warriors crush Addison Trail 45-0 in District 88 showdown

Willowbrook travels to Hinsdale South this week

 The Willowbrook football team maintained possession of the District 88 Trophy with Friday’s emphatic 45-0 thumping of Addison Trail in Villa Park. The Warriors dominated the visiting Blazers in the annual meeting between the rival schools, seizing a 31-0 lead by halftime.
Willowbrook improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in West Suburban Gold Conference play. The Warriors will battle Hinsdale South (also 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference) in this Friday’s showdown in Darien.
The Warriors raced to a 24-0 lead over Addison Trail (2-2 overall, 0-1 in the conference) after the first quarter. Senior quarterback John Taylor and senior running back Jack Jessen provided touchdown runs in the opening period. Senior kicker Betty-Ann Garrett added a 22-yard field goal to push the lead to 17-0. Sophomore Sam Tumilty increased the lead when he intercepted a Blazer pass and returned it nearly 90 yards for a touchdown. Garrett’s conversion kick raised the lead to 24-0.
“I saw the quarterback looking, and I just made a play,” said Tumilty, a first-year varsity player, of his interception return for a touchdown. “I just saw a lot of green and took off.”
Senior Chris Diaz ran for a second-quarter touchdown to boost the Warriors’ lead to 30-0. Jessen turned in a short touchdown run in the third quarter. Taylor completed a touchdown pass to senior Jacob Entwistle in the fourth quarter to trigger a running clock for the rest of the game.
“I don’t think we were surprised,” said Willowbrook coach Nick Hildreth after the team’s dominant effort. “Our expectation was to come out and do the things we had focused on.”
Tumilty, who made his first interception of the season in the Warriors’ 20-13 win at Leyden on Sept. 8, made a pair of interceptions against Addison Trail. He followed his touchdown return in the second quarter by picking off another pass in the third quarter.
“It’s really fun,” said Tumilty of his first varsity season. “Everyone’s always working hard, and the coaches are putting a lot of time in. The whole program is really devoted.”
“He’s got amazing instincts,” said Hildreth of Tumilty. “There are things that are tough to teach. He just has those instincts. His football sense is great. He’s doing a good job.”
Hildreth wasn’t thrilled with the team’s performance in its win at Leyden. He said the Warriors worked on their tempo during the week of practice leading up to their matchup with the Blazers.
“We needed to bounce back and just play better,” Hildreth said. “Getting back to playing well was the focus for us.”
Entwistle, sophomore Deandre Holliday and junior C.J. Harris also contributed interceptions during the win, which allowed the Warriors to keep possession of the District 88 Trophy—also known as “The Lady”—for another year. The Warriors have now won two straight meetings against the Blazers.
“I think our kids regularly have a chip on their shoulder,” added Hildreth when asked if his team has earned enough respect. “That’s our general approach. Our goal is to earn respect and represent our program and our school appropriately every week.”

Broncos rally for a
thrilling last-minute win

The Montini football team pulled out a dramatic 29-28 victory over Brother Rice on Friday night in Lombard. Trailing 28-21 late in the game, the Broncos drove 70 yards to score a touchdown with less than one minute to play to cut Brother Rice’s lead to 28-27. Montini attempted and converted a two-point conversion to grab the lead.
Montini improved its overall record to 3-1 with the thrilling win. The Broncos will face Marmion (4-0) this Friday in Aurora.
Senior quarterback Nick Orlando scored the late touchdown on a short run. Orlando completed the conversion pass to senior Matt Quaglia to put the Broncos in the lead with 33 seconds to play.
Senior Rian O’Connor sealed the victory when he intercepted a Brother Rice pass in the closing seconds.
The Broncos opened the scoring after Brother Rice fumbled on the game’s second play from scrimmage. Senior Jalen Slater of the Broncos recovered the fumble near the Crusaders’ 35-yard line. Moments later, Orlando threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Quaglia. Senior Michael Cooney added the extra-point kick to give Montini a 7-0 lead with over nine minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Brother Rice (1-3) scored on its next offensive drive to tie the score at 7-7, but Montini responded with its own touchdown drive. Orlando completed a 37-yard pass to Quaglia during the drive, which ended with Orlando’s 2-yard scoring run with about one minute to play in the first quarter. Cooney added the extra-point kick to give the Broncos a 14-7 lead.
Orlando added another touchdown run with about three minutes left in the first half. Brother Rice kicked a field goal with less than one minute to play in the half. The Broncos held a 21-10 lead at halftime.
The Crusaders, who pounded Montini 42-7 in last year’s meeting, unleashed an 18-0 run in the second half to take a 28-21 lead in Friday’s game.

Rams suffer narrow
loss to the Blackhawks

Glenbard East dropped to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in Upstate Eight Valley Conference play after Friday’s 26-20 loss at West Aurora. The Blackhawks moved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
The Rams, who never held the lead against West Aurora, tied the Blackhawks at 20-20 in the third quarter. Senior quarterback Jared Rech completed a touchdown pass to junior Jeremy Johnson, and junior Dominic Tenca added the extra-point kick to even the score.
The Blackhawks scored what turned out to be the winning touchdown later in the third quarter.
Rech completed 27 of 43 pass attempts for 408 yards and three touchdowns. He threw three interceptions. Rech’s first scoring pass of the night was a 47-yard connection with senior Matt Shockey in the first quarter. The touchdown cut the Blackhawks’ lead to 7-6. The Rams missed the extra-point kick.
The Rams trailed West Aurora 20-6 in the second quarter, but Rech’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Johnson, followed by Tenca’s conversion kick, reduced the Blackhawks’ lead to 20-13.
Rech and Johnson hooked up on a 19-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to trim West Aurora’s edge to 20-19. Tenca then booted the extra-point kick to tie the game. The Blackhawks took a 26-20 lead when they scored a touchdown with about one minute left in the third quarter.
The Rams drove the ball inside the Blackhawks’ 5-yard line late in the game but couldn’t convert the drive into points. A miscue on a third-and-goal play from the 2-yard line left the Rams in a fourth-and-goal hole at the 18-yard line.
Johnson finished the night with 10 receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior Kenny Adams made eight receptions for 145 yards. Shockey contributed eight receptions for 133 yards and a touchdown.
The Rams’ season continues with this Friday’s game at St. Charles North of the Upstate Eight River Conference. The North Stars will enter the game with an overall 3-1 record.

Tough loss for the Rams
The Glenbard East football team fell to 0-4 overall with Friday night’s 26-20 Upstate Eight Valley Conference loss at West Aurora. Senior quarterback Jared Rech threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns. Senior Kenny Adams and senior Matt Shockey each made eight receptions for the Rams. Adams provided 145 receiving yards, while Shockey had 133 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Warrior golfers win title at Leyden quad

The Willowbrook boys golf team won Saturday’s Leyden Eagle Quad at White Pines Golf Club in Bensenville. The Warriors turned in a season-low team total of 342 in the four-team event. Fenton placed second with a score of 349. Leyden produced a team score of 359. Maine East (414) placed fourth.
Willowbrook juniors Joey Guthrie and Taylor Sarovich both fired 18-hole scores of 85 on the par-70 course. Senior Buddy Martens and sophomore Logan Rattana both shot rounds of 86 to contribute to the Warriors’ team score of 342.
Earlier in the week, Willowbrook won a West Suburban Gold Conference dual meet against Morton. The Warriors defeated the Mustangs 171-182 in the Sept. 13 meet at Fresh Meadow Golf Club in Hillside. Martens earned overall medalist honors at the meet by shooting a 9-hole score of 39 on the par-36 course. Guthrie (42), Rattana (44) and Sarovich (46) rounded out the team’s contributing scorers.

Junior Rams girls tryouts take place next month
The Junior Rams girls basketball program will hold tryouts for its upcoming seasons on Tuesday, Oct. 3, and Thursday, Oct. 5. The tryouts—for girls in fifth, sixth and seventh grade—will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the field house at Glenbard East High School.
For more information, contact Don Finnie at donald_finnie@glenbard.org.