Wheaton Warrenville South was stuck in a scoreless battle at halftime against Lake Park Friday night.
For senior quarterback Ryan Graham, the plan heading into the second half was simple: stick to the run.
Graham orchestrated a 7-play, 80-yard scoring drive, all on the ground, to start the third quarter, eventually leading to a 28-0 Senior Night shutout of the Lancers in DuPage Valley Conference action.
"The game plan called for us to run (the ball) and pass over the top," Graham said. "Some of the passes we didn't hook up on, but we stuck to the game plan. At halftime we drew up some plays that we thought would work and on that first drive they worked."
Lake Park (1-6, 0-5) had a chance to go up early in the second quarter, but the Lancers fumbled the ball at the Wheaton Warrenville South 7-yard line, where it was recovered by the Tigers' Cain Bialis.
The Lancers' Antonio Shenault ended Wheaton Warrenville South's ensuing drive with an interception to keep the Tigers off the scoreboard heading into halftime.
"I think the first half was the best football we've played all year," Lake Park coach Chris Roll said. "That turnover down on the goal line hurt us, but for five weeks I've asked our team to get better and I feel right now we hit our peak. I hope there's one more peak left to reach."
Wheaton Warrenville South (6-1, 4-1) began the second half with the 80-yard drive that took place with nine running plays.
Isaiah Campos set up Zack Moberg's 1-yard touchdown run by taking a toss from Graham and running 32 yards down the visitor's sideline to the Lake Park 1-yard line.
Campos was injured on the play and did not return, paving the way for Moberg to handle the majority of the carries the rest of the night.
"Both Campos and Moberg are interchangeable," Graham said. "They've both gotten a lot of carries this year and are capable of getting the job done."
Graham put the Tigers up 14-0 with a 32-yard quarterback scramble with 45 seconds left in the third quarter.
He followed with a 1-yard keeper up the middle with 4:40 left in the game. The scoring drive was set up by a Noah Westerman interception.
It was one of 3 second-half picks for the Tigers as Ben Jackson added an interception on the Lancers' previous possession.
The final score came when Jake Schultz intercepted a Lake Park pass and returned the ball 41 yards into the end zone with 3:49 left.