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St. Edward helped its playoff chances and dealt Wheaton Academy a serious blow to its hopes Friday night.
The Green Wave became playoff eligible by beating the Warriors, 60-21, in Suburban Christian crossover action at Greg True Field for their fifth victory.
"If we don't make it with 42 or 43 (playoff points), that would be pretty freakish," Green Wave coach Mike Rolando said. "I think we're sitting pretty with five (wins) with the competition we play."
St. Edward (5-2) likely will have enough playoff points to make its first trip to the postseason since 2010. The Green Wave play at Marian Central and at St. Francis to finish the regular season in hopes of getting a sixth victory, which would guarantee a playoff spot.
Wheaton Academy (3-4) will have to win its final two games — at Chicago Christian and home against Marian Central — to get to five wins.
"We just told our guys it makes the road tougher," Warriors interim coach Brad Thornton said. "We've got to move on. We've got to learn from this."
Despite 81 points being scored Friday, the teams played a scoreless first quarter.
The Green Wave broke the scoreless tie on an 11-yard touchdown run from Mikey Castoro with 8:19 remaining in the second quarter.
Wheaton Academy answered on its next play from scrimmage as David Thrasher connected with Marino Costello for a 72-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7.
St. Edward scored the next 22 points, capped by a Danny Favela 85-yard interception return for a score and 2-point conversion run from Castoro with 1:11 remaining in the first half, to take a 29-7 lead.
Castoro finished with 171 yards on just 8 carries, including an 89-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Dwayne Allen had 161 yards and 2 scores on the ground and Davontae Elam added 145 and a touchdown as the Green Wave rushed for 502 yards.
"When Davontae gets his carries, teams are going to start keying on him," Castoro said. "Our line and my backs blocked for me and everything was wide open."
Thrasher threw for 334 yards on 12 of 22 passing. The sophomore's 3 touchdowns all went to Costello, who had 101 yards receiving. Sam Martinez had 3 receptions for 97 yards.
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