Glenbard North took the football field at Waubonsie Valley's Dick Kerner Stadium and something had to give.
"We were 0-1 last week, and being 0-1 and coming into a game where you're playing another 0-1 team, both teams are familiar to winning, both teams were good last year, so obviously both teams are going to be coming out firing," said Waubonsie quarterback Tanner Westwood.
Waubonsie (1-1, 1-1) fired efficiently in the first half, scoring all its points in a 21-7 DuPage Valley Conference win in Aurora. Glenbard North (0-2, 0-2) gained second-half momentum, but not enough of it.
"That's a great team, they put four quarters together," said Panthers Minnesota-bound receiver and defensive back Tyrik Henderson. "We only played two and only playing two quarters is not going to get it done against a team that's playing all four."
Waubonsie Valley established both run and pass in the first half, running backs Nate Ashford and Bryce Logan finishing with 134 yards rushing to go with Westwood's 132 yards passing.
The Warriors scored on their first three possessions. They motored right downfield and scored on Logan's tackle-breaking 31-yard run, then led 14-0 after the first quarter on a 14-play, 96-yard drive. Westwood set up the second score by throwing twice to Logan, then running it in from 9 yards out.
Next series Westwood converted on fourth down, then on third-and-14 from Glenbard North's 28-yard line waited for Harper Cole to clear the defense for a leaping touchdown grab. Cross Holmes' kick meant a 21-0 lead at 5:02 of the second quarter.
Brandon Guido made the first of 3 interceptions for Waubonsie Valley to thwart a late Glenbard North push and keep the score 21-0. Harvard-bound cornerback Derric Lee, protecting the red zone, and Nick Lamoso added second-half picks while Anthony Marre intercepted for Glenbard North.
"Having the pressure on the quarterback made him throw it up, gave our (defensive backs) a chance to pick it off and make plays," said Lee, crediting Warriors linemen Avante Rogers, Eric France, Kavion Reddic, Lach Lyons and Elijah Priovolos.
Second-half play was choppy, Waubonsie initially recovering a muffed punt at Glenbard North's 4-yard line only to have the play negated by a Warriors penalty.
The Panthers' Jayleen Fitzpatrick scored on a 1-yard run at 5:54 of the third quarter, then the Warriors fumbled it right back. Lee ended that series by breaking up a pass. Fitzpatrick, who also played linebacker, ran for 65 yards.
"We've got to keep drives going offensively and we have not been able to do that," said Glenbard North coach Ryan Wilkens. "Jayleen gave us a spark tonight -- ran good, looked good, then went over on the other side of the ball to play every down."