Stevenson football coach Bill McNamara faced his son Connor for the first time, and dad was the winner.
The host Patriots defeated Vernon Hills 52-7 in a North Suburban Conference crossover game Friday night.
"It was fun and it was special," said Connor, Vernon Hills' sophomore quarterback. "There was no trash talk between us. Everything was calm all week."
Dad sneaked a peek to see how his son was doing.
"It was a special night for me," said McNamara, whose Patriots improved to 3-2 with their third straight win. "It was a good football game.
"The relationship was more of helping each other than any trash talk among each other."
Patriots starting quarterback Willie Bourbon ran for 2 touchdowns and passed for 2 touchdowns, both to Matt Morrissey.
"(The game) was good," said Bourbon, who completed 6 of 9 passes for 170 yards. "Our offense really got going and we were able to run the ball, and then we put our second team in and they scored at the end."
Arron Sapir ran in a score from 25 yards out and Mike Gambino kicked a 21 yard field goal.
Backup quarterback Jake Rutsakiati ran for 131 yards and scored his first 2 varsity touchdowns.
After the Patriots scored 31 unanswered points, the Cougars scored thanks to Mason Geick's run from 3 yards out.
Vernon Hills fell to 1-4.