It took some doing, but Waubonsie Valley running back Jon Fizer managed to steal the spotlight from teammate Tony Durns Friday night.
Durns grabbed the early honors by taking the opening kickoff at West Chicago 91 yards for a touchdown and later grabbed a 30-yard scoring pass from quarterback Jack Eddy as the Warriors opened a 28-0 first-quarter lead on the Wildcats.
But before the night came to a close, Fizer had 153 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns as Waubonsie Valley (3-1, 2-0) claimed the Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division win 56-7.
"No, I've never scored 4 touchdowns in a (high school) game," said Fizer, a senior. "And usually in a game like this we have so many more running backs get in, but we had some backs out with injuries and it was one of those things where you have to step up being a senior."
Fizer stepped up time and time again on Friday. He gained 20 yards on his first carry of the night and then broke off a 43-yard touchdown late in the first quarter for a 28-0 lead for the Warriors, who will face a tough Valley Division stretch the next three weeks with games against Bartlett, South Elgin and Neuqua Valley.
Also in that opening quarter, Devin Strickland busted off a 38-yard touchdown run and Eddy had a 3-yard run into the end zone to go with Durns' big kickoff return.
"That first quarter was probably our best quarter so far," said Fizer, who hadn't reached the end zone this often in a single game since his days in the Naperville Youth Football League. "We played well in the first quarter and we moved the ball well and had some big plays."
The defensive of West Chicago (0-4, 0-2) settled down a bit in the second quarter. The hosts got on the board following a 44-yard run by quarterback Jordan Lelito that set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Danny Lazzerini that made the score 28-7.
But before the half, Fizer added a 2-yard touchdown run and Durns turned a short screen pass from Eddy into a dazzling 30-yard score after he broke three tackles on his way to the end zone. Fizer had 107 yards in the half and then added scores of 4 and 12 yards in the second half to cap off his big night.
"We got the opening kickoff and we got the 28-0 lead but then you could feel on our sideline that we relaxed," Warriors coach Paul Murphy said. "It's the first quarter and you can't relax."
Despite the slight hiccup Waubonsie Valley and Fizer finished strong.
"He answered the call," Murphy said of the back. "We had one play called to the right and he stops, cuts back and takes it to the house. We could have gotten him a fifth touchdown at the end but we weren't trying to run it up."