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Libby, Wheaton Academy get back on winning track

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By Tim Young

With six minutes left in Friday night's game, Kai Libby's night was over.

The Wheaton Academy running back/defensive back got a chance to enjoy the rest of the game from the sidelines as his teammates finished off the 35-6 Suburban Christian Conference road victory in Palos Heights.

"It was important for us to get our drive back (after losing for the first time this season in Week 5) and to get back on track," Libby said.

No one made sure of that more than Libby. The senior rushed for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns and caught 5 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown against the Knights (1-5, 0-3 Suburban Christian Gold.)

"Kai makes plays happen," said senior quarterback Tommy Decker, who, along with Libby, was too much for the Chicago Christian defense to handle.

Decker used both his arm and legs against the Knights, giving Wheaton Academy (5-1, 3-1) a dual threat in the backfield.

"The offense needs to get better every week," Decker said after the Warriors' offense scored a season-low 23 points last week against St. Francis.

"It was a sloppy start (to the game), but we responded well to the adversity we faced last week," said Wheaton Academy coach Ben Wilson. "We knew what we had to do, and we couldn't take Chicago Christian for granted."

Not only was the offense clicking on all cylinders, the Warriors' defense was able to control the Knights' offense. Defensive lineman Seth Gasick and defensive back/wide receiver James Johnson both had interceptions, and Sam Cote, Josh Bergquist, Jake Heidorn and Tyler Bosse all had sacks.

"The defense played well and only gave up one big play," Wilson said. "We need to play like this through the end of the year."