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MJ Ranieri looks to pass over Frencha Sanders of Morton.
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Willowbrook’s Freddie Clay (2) and Willowbrook’s Chris Diaz (21) celebrate a TD during the Glenbrook North at Willowbrook football, second-round playoff game Saturday.
Paul Michna | Staff
Willowbrook not done yet
Updated Nov 5, 2016 9:05 PM
Willowbrook could not have dreamed up a better start to Saturday’s Class 7A football second-round game.The Warriors played a nearly perfect first quarter and rolled past visiting Glenbrook North 49-21 in Villa Park and advance to the quarterfinals. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Willowbrook coach Nick Hildreth said. “We’ll take a little time, let it sink in. It’s a little hard to enjoy in the moment because we’re waiting to see what happens with East St. Louis and Glenbard North.”The No. 23-seeded Warriors (8-3) will continue the program’s best season since 1990 when they host No. 2 East St. Louis (11-0) at 2 p.m. next Saturday in the quarterfinals.“It’s a feeling that 26 classes before us haven’t felt, and it’s amazing,” said right tackle and co-captain Luke Halloran. “It’s something we worked for all year.”Willowbrook hit No. 7 Glenbrook North (9-2) hard from the start, figuratively and literally. The Warriors scored on their first five possessions, tearing through the Spartans’ defense with ease.“Every time we scored we got back to the sideline and we were just like, Oh, they can’t stop us. They can’t stop us,” said Halloran, confirming Saturday’s game as the best the Warriors have played this season. “And we just kept going. Never stopped, never quit.”“There’s a lot of times where as a coach you can’t sleep (after a game) because of scheme or calls or things like that,” Spartans coach Bob Pieper said. “This was just they were more physical than us. We didn’t tackle well. Too many three-and-outs on offense. It was kind of the perfect storm in a bad way.”The Warriors totaled 576 yards of offense even though they earned a running clock with 5:53 left in the third quarter when Chris Diaz ran for his second touchdown of the day for a 49-7 lead.“They knew what we were going to do, we knew what they were going to do and they executed better than us,” Pieper said. “They deserve all the credit. We’re not as bad as we played, they’re probably not as good as they played.” The Warriors were very good. Jack Jessen ran for 221 yards and 3 TDs on 28 carries. Diaz totaled 129 yards on 12 carries. “I would just block and turn around and (the running backs) would be 20 yards downfield,” Halloran said. Quarterback M.J. Ranieri completed 9 of 11 passes for 171 yards. Khalif Copeland intercepted two passes and Scott Tumilty picked off another.“They were more physical than us, and that’s really hard for a coach to say,” Pieper said.Follow Orrin on Twitter @Orrin_Schwarz
No. Name Class Height Weight Position
1 Kelso, Jonathan Senior 5-10 178 WR/DB
2 Clay, Freddie Senior 5-11 169 WR/DB
3 Dembowski, Mike Senior 6-1 180 K/WR
4 Copeland, Khalif Senior 5-10 186 WR/DB
5 Dobbins, Kevon Junior 6-0 183 OL/DL
6 Barksdale, Martique Junior 5-7 160 WR/DB
7 Findley, Eugene Senior 5-8 174 WR/DB
8 Smith, Marco Senior 5-10 168 WR/DB
9 Schuller, Will Senior 6-0 187 TE/DL
10 Jones, Brenton Freshman 5-8 155 RB/DB
11 Ceh, J.T. Junior 5-9 165 WR/DB
12 Ranieri, M.J. Senior 6-0 189 QB/DB
13 Zafar, Sikander Junior 6-3 178 WR/DB
15 Sabatino, Nick Junior 5-10 170 WR/DB
16 Taylor, John Junior 5-10 164 QB
17 Entwistle, Jacob Junior 5-11 171 WR/DB
18 Robinson, Kyrahn Junior 5-10 174 WR/DB
19 Neylon, Javeon Junior 6-2 187 WR/DB
20 Favela, Ryan Senior 5-8 140 WR/DB
21 Diaz, Chris Junior 5-9 171 RB/DB
22 Tumilty, Scott Sophomore 5-9 156 WR/DB
23 Ranieri, Dominic Senior 5-8 155 WR/DB
24 Jessen, Jack Junior 5-11 189 RB/LB
27 Mirza, Ali Senior 5-11 166 WR/DB
28 Owens, Devanta Senior 5-10 188 RB/LB
29 Cavanaugh, Chase Junior 5-11 181 LB/RB
30 Khort, Scott Senior 6-4 171 WR/DB
31 Skinner, Darryl Senior 6-3 179 WR/DB
38 Mendoza, Cesar Junior 5-9 168 RB/LB
39 Smith, Tarvies Junior 5-9 186 RB/DB
40 Lundstrom, Robert Senior 5-8 150 WR/DL
41 Moore, Anthony Senior 5-8 155 TE/LB
42 Sprovieri, Nate Senior 5-8 160 RB/LB
50 Halloran, Luke Senior 6-3 260 OL/DL
51 Guerrero, Tyler Junior 5-8 160 OL/LB
52 Dilger, Liam Junior 5-9 188 OL/LB
53 Loth, Brandon Junior 6-0 203 OL/LB
54 Worden, Dylan Senior 5-9 210 TE/LB
55 Morser, Ian Senior 6-0 212 OL/DL
56 Olson, Sean Junior 5-11 190 OL/DL
59 Knudtson, Matthew Sophomore 6-0 250 OL/DL
60 Coakley, Keion Junior 6-1 224 OL/DL
61 Crosby, Tremone Junior 6-0 255 OL/DL
62 Quintas, Edgar Junior 5-9 201 OL/DL
63 Tucker, David Junior 6-3 275 OL/DL
64 Washington, Christian Junior 6-1 224 OL/DL
66 Mora, Miguel Senior 5-11 260 OL/DL
68 Uczen, Caleb Freshman 5-9 240 OL/DL
70 Olson, Lucas Senior 6-2 260 OL/DL
71 Chavez, Emmanuel Sophomore 5-10 210 OL/DL
73 Holloway, Corey Junior 6-2 244 OL/DL
74 Walenga, Zak Senior 6-3 256 OL/DL
76 Young, Bailey Junior 5-10 217 OL/DL
77 Blackwell, Nick Junior 5-6 180 OL/DL
78 Edosio, Silver Junior 5-10 184 OL/LB
79 Sterling, Tyshawn Junior 6-0 223 OL/DL
92 Garrett, BettyAnn Junior 6-1 135 K
96 Perez, Miguel Senior 5-8 166 OL/DL
98 Robinson, Casey Junior 5-9 205 OL/DL
99 DeLuca, Anthony Junior 5-10 260 OL/DL
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Willowbrook’s Freddie Clay (2) and Willowbrook’s Chris Diaz (21) celebrate a TD during the Glenbrook North at Willowbrook football, second-round playoff game Saturday.
Paul Michna | Staff
Willowbrook not done yet
Updated Nov 5, 2016 9:05 PM
Willowbrook could not have dreamed up a better start to Saturday’s Class 7A football second-round game.The Warriors played a nearly perfect first quarter and rolled past visiting Glenbrook North 49-21 in Villa Park and advance to the quarterfinals. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Willowbrook coach Nick Hildreth said. “We’ll take a little time, let it sink in. It’s a little hard to enjoy in the moment because we’re waiting to see what happens with East St. Louis and Glenbard North.”The No. 23-seeded Warriors (8-3) will continue the program’s best season since 1990 when they host No. 2 East St. Louis (11-0) at 2 p.m. next Saturday in the quarterfinals.“It’s a feeling that 26 classes before us haven’t felt, and it’s amazing,” said right tackle and co-captain Luke Halloran. “It’s something we worked for all year.”Willowbrook hit No. 7 Glenbrook North (9-2) hard from the start, figuratively and literally. The Warriors scored on their first five possessions, tearing through the Spartans’ defense with ease.“Every time we scored we got back to the sideline and we were just like, Oh, they can’t stop us. They can’t stop us,” said Halloran, confirming Saturday’s game as the best the Warriors have played this season. “And we just kept going. Never stopped, never quit.”“There’s a lot of times where as a coach you can’t sleep (after a game) because of scheme or calls or things like that,” Spartans coach Bob Pieper said. “This was just they were more physical than us. We didn’t tackle well. Too many three-and-outs on offense. It was kind of the perfect storm in a bad way.”The Warriors totaled 576 yards of offense even though they earned a running clock with 5:53 left in the third quarter when Chris Diaz ran for his second touchdown of the day for a 49-7 lead.“They knew what we were going to do, we knew what they were going to do and they executed better than us,” Pieper said. “They deserve all the credit. We’re not as bad as we played, they’re probably not as good as they played.” The Warriors were very good. Jack Jessen ran for 221 yards and 3 TDs on 28 carries. Diaz totaled 129 yards on 12 carries. “I would just block and turn around and (the running backs) would be 20 yards downfield,” Halloran said. Quarterback M.J. Ranieri completed 9 of 11 passes for 171 yards. Khalif Copeland intercepted two passes and Scott Tumilty picked off another.“They were more physical than us, and that’s really hard for a coach to say,” Pieper said.Follow Orrin on Twitter @Orrin_Schwarz
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