Shortly after their week one defeat at Barrington, the light went on for the Warren defense.
"In the Barrington game we found some things we needed to work on, and when you go up against a guy like Ray Niro, he has proven he can do some things," Warren coach Bryan McNulty said. "We knew it was a good group and their confidence didn't waver."
After two impressive performances against New Trier and Libertyville, the Warren defense took its show on the road against Lake Forest and the performance was more of the same.
Led by senior Teddy Lowe and a secondary that forced a pair of turnovers, Warren picked up its third consecutive win 36-7 at Lake Forest on Friday night. The win moves the Blue Devils to 3-1 on the season and 2-0 in the North Suburban Conference. The victory also sets up a first-place showdown in Gurnee against unbeaten Lake Zurich next Friday night.
"We are playing as all 60, every game," Lowe said. "There is just great communication. Our linebackers help the line. Our safeties and corners help the linebackers -- it's one big family."
The defense also got a nice boost from the offense.
Notre Dame-bound Warren senior Micah Jones posted another solid game. He had 2 touchdown catches, including a 23-yarder in the third quarter to help Warren open up a 22-7 advantage.
"We have so many targets," said Warren senior quarterback Ian Schilling. "If teams choose to double Micah we have a lot of guys we can get the ball to."
Schilling, too, had another solid night, finishing with 226 yards passing and 4 touchdowns.
"This is a real tight group," McNulty said. "This is a special group to me, too, because they were freshmen when I came on board, so this is an important group for me."
Warren opened the scoring on its second drive of the night. On a key third down, Schilling found Caden Fox from 9 yards out and the Devils held a 9-0 advantage.
Just before halftime, Schilling found Jones for a 13-yard strike and Warren had a two-score advantage into the break at 15-0. Jones ended up with 9 catches for 110 yards.
Defensively, Warren held the Scouts to only 96 total yards from scrimmage. Lake Forest found the end zone midway through the third quarter on a 46-yard screen pass from Jack Mislinski to Bryan Ooms.
Lake Forest had just 7 first downs.
"We played fast and downhill," Lowe said. "That's how we like to play."
Warren added touchdowns from Jaden Quartey, and from Tavion McCarthy on an 8-yard scoring run.