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Naperville North keeps putting up big numbers

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  • Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.comRyan Marrano, Naperville North varsity football player during practice on August 14, 2017.

    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.comRyan Marrano, Naperville North varsity football player during practice on August 14, 2017.

  • Video: Naperville N 43, Wheaton N 25

 
 

Want the good news or the bad news, Naperville North football fans?

Ok...the "bad" news: For the first time this season the Huskies didn't score 50 points.

The good news? It didn't matter.

Naperville North stayed unbeaten with Friday's 43-25 DuPage Valley Conference victory over visiting Wheaton North.

The Huskies' offense still looked terrific as quarterback Drake Davis completed 17 of 25 passes for 291 yards and 4 touchdowns. Brett Zdrubecky, Ameir Wilbourn and the ground game kicked in another 121 yards.

"We obviously just try to put a lot of points on the board," said Huskies receiver Nick Calcagno, who caught 3 touchdown passes. "We don't really look at the scoreboard during the game. It just comes naturally. Hopefully, we can keep it up."

The best news came on defense, where all-DVC linebacker Ryan Marrano saw his first action of the season and the Huskies (3-0, 2-0) corralled Sam Singleton and Wheaton North's power run game just enough. While Marrano had a team-high 13 tackles, Jared Saad snared 2 interceptions.

"The defense really stepped up this game and did a great job," Saad said. "And we got put in a good position because the offense was also doing its job."

The teams traded scores through most of the first three-plus quarters. Wheaton North (2-1, 1-1) tied it at 22-22 early in the third quarter on a 4-yard scoring run by Singleton, who rushed for 155 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Naperville North answered late in the third quarter with a Davis scoring strike to Calcagno, and the Huskies led for good at 29-22. Trenton Hegranes booted a 33-yard field goal for the Falcons but Naperville North responded with a pair of touchdowns, the second set up by Saad's second interception.

"In the third quarter they turned the tables on us," said Wheaton North coach Joe Wardynski. "We talked about us controlling the clock and us getting drives down the field, and in the third quarter I think we had six snaps. But credit to them. They have a good team."

Huskies receiver Ryan Laurenzo had 7 catches for 122 yards. Rhett Netzer threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Johnson that gave Wheaton North a 15-14 halftime lead.

"I'm happy for our offense, they really got it going in the second half," said Huskies coach Sean Drendel. "And it was nice to get Ryan Marrano back on the field. He's our emotional guy and our leader."

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