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The Wheaton Warrenville South Tigers pounded the Dunbar Mightymen, 48-16, in an opening-round game of the IHSA Class 7A playoffs Friday at Gately Stadium.
The Tigers' defense roughed up the Mightymen with 3 interceptions and held the Dunbar offense to 129 yards in the first half.
The Tigers (8-2) were delayed getting to the stadium due to a traffic accident on the Dan Ryan expressway that halted northbound traffic and backed up local streets. The delay forced the Tigers to shorten their pregame routine.
"We may change our warm-up routine," said Tigers' coach Ron Muhitch. "We got off the bus, got dressed and got out here to play football. The team didn't have a lot of time to think about it.
"We got off to a really good start. Turnovers really hurt them. We had everybody back healthy for the first time."
The Tigers had several players back from injuries in the lineup including Isaiah Campos, who led the Tigers with 3 touchdowns and 72 yards rushing in 13 carries.
"Coach told us they were going to be a fast team and really physical," said Campos. "We told our offensive line that we had to come out really fast and be physical. We came out here and showed them that we can really control the line of scrimmage. Now that everyone's back we're just skyrocketing our play."
The Tigers scored on every possession in the first half. The 3 interceptions led to three scores, including a 52-yard return for a touchdown by Ben Jackson.
Campos scored two of his touchdowns on the Tigers' first two possessions, capping off drives with runs of 2 yards and 1 yard.
Ben Jackson picked off a Jayton Dorsey pass for a 55-yard return for a touchdown. Campos scored his third touchdown on a 3-yard run and Michael Horton put the game out of reach with a 29-yard run to make it 42-0 at the half.
Jon Johnson finished the scoring for the Tigers with an 18-yard run in the fourth quarter.
The Mightymen (8-2) came back in the second half with touchdowns by Antoine Clark and Deomoria Harris.
"We don't quit, just keep fighting," said Dunbar coach Glenn Johnson. "We were kind of outmanned out there."
The Tigers move on to play Downers Grove North, a 28-0 winner Friday over Whitney Young.