Willowbrook blows out Curie
There is no denying that Willowbrook lost a lot of offensive weapons from a year ago, none bigger then 2,000-yard rusher Jack Jessen.
But the Warriors have gained one in Sam Tumilty.
A starting cornerback last fall, the junior also has taken over at quarterback. He put forth a sparkling debut in the Warriors 41-0 win over Curie on Friday night in Villa Park.
Tumilty rushed for a pair of scores while also throwing two touchdowns to older brother Scott.
"We've been working hard all summer," said Sam Tumilty, who played QB as a freshman before taking only a few snaps under center in 2017. "Obviously we lost some great talent from last year, but we have had a lot of newcomers step up. We just want to go out there and work hard and try our best and continue to get our offense down and then execute it in the game."
Sam Tumilty's first touchdown was a 22-yard keeper that capped off the opening drive of the game. A short TD run by Franshun Jordan followed before the Tumilty brothers connected on a 9-yard strike.
Another scoring run by the junior QB increased the margin to 28-0 by halftime.
After D'onte Gholston found paydirt from 1-yard out in the third quarter, the Tumiltys brought on the running clock with a 5-yard connection in the fourth.
"It kind of goes back to our youth days," said Scott Tumilty, when asked about catching passes from his younger brother. "It's a lot of fun and we are always each other's biggest fans.
"We came out with a chip on our shoulders. A lot of projections had us going 4-5. Guys were ready to go. We don't have a lot of returnees from last year, but guys were ready to step up."
Both Sam and Scott also saw double duty on a defensive unit that held the Condors to just 4 first downs. C.J. Harris and Kevin Fitzgerald each had interceptions, and Jordan, Anthony Yannoti, Sergio Ayala and Michael Navarro had sacks.
Place-kicker Zoe Ericson-Staton made five extra points. Sam Tumilty rushed for 87 yards and threw for 45 more while Jordan had 84 yards on 9 carries.
"I'm happy with how we played physically," Willowbrook coach Nick Hildreth said. "And I was happy with the general energy. It got sloppy in spots, but that's a product of Week 1 and new guys. Plus Curie is a big and physical football team."
Willowbrook will play a West Suburban Conference crossover game against Hinsdale Central next week.