Wheeling has no answer for Glenbrook North

  • Wheeling's Simon Micula gets tackled by Glenbrook North's McCartney Kalmar during Friday's football game in Northbrook.

    Wheeling's Simon Micula gets tackled by Glenbrook North's McCartney Kalmar during Friday's football game in Northbrook. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook North's McCartney Kalmar tumbles into the end zone for a touchdown as he is tackled by Wheeling players including Joseph Mitroi, left, during Friday's football game in Northbrook.

    Glenbrook North's McCartney Kalmar tumbles into the end zone for a touchdown as he is tackled by Wheeling players including Joseph Mitroi, left, during Friday's football game in Northbrook. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook North's Quinn Clarke breaks a tackle by Wheeling's Gabe Guzman during Friday's football game in Northbrook.

    Glenbrook North's Quinn Clarke breaks a tackle by Wheeling's Gabe Guzman during Friday's football game in Northbrook. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook North's Marco Atallah gets a hand on leaping Wheeling ball carrier Joseph Mitroi during Friday's football game in Northbrook.

    Glenbrook North's Marco Atallah gets a hand on leaping Wheeling ball carrier Joseph Mitroi during Friday's football game in Northbrook. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Wheeling quarterback AJ Marchetti gets tackled by Glenbrook North's Patrick Mahoney during Friday's football game in Northbrook.

    Wheeling quarterback AJ Marchetti gets tackled by Glenbrook North's Patrick Mahoney during Friday's football game in Northbrook. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook North quarterback Murphy Mulvihill carries the ball for a first-quarter touchdown during Friday's football game in Northbrook.

    Glenbrook North quarterback Murphy Mulvihill carries the ball for a first-quarter touchdown during Friday's football game in Northbrook. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Wheeling quarterback AJ Marchetti throws a pass during Friday's football game against Glenbrook North.

    Wheeling quarterback AJ Marchetti throws a pass during Friday's football game against Glenbrook North. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Wheeling's Brandon Roman, left, gets tackled by Glenbrook North's Nathan Weissler during Friday's football game in Northbrook.

    Wheeling's Brandon Roman, left, gets tackled by Glenbrook North's Nathan Weissler during Friday's football game in Northbrook. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook North's Ryan Henschel scores a touchdown during the first quarter of Friday's football game against Wheeling.

    Glenbrook North's Ryan Henschel scores a touchdown during the first quarter of Friday's football game against Wheeling. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook North's Quinn Clarke (33) recovers a Wheeling fumble during Friday's football game in Northbrook.

    Glenbrook North's Quinn Clarke (33) recovers a Wheeling fumble during Friday's football game in Northbrook. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook North's Dylan Weiss celebrates after his team recovered a Wheeling fumble during Friday's football game in Northbrook.

    Glenbrook North's Dylan Weiss celebrates after his team recovered a Wheeling fumble during Friday's football game in Northbrook. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbrook North's Ryan Henschel makes a catch ahead of Wheeling's Patrick Tinsley as the Spartans go the length of the field for a touchdown during the closing seconds of the second quarter during Friday's football game in Northbrook.

    Glenbrook North's Ryan Henschel makes a catch ahead of Wheeling's Patrick Tinsley as the Spartans go the length of the field for a touchdown during the closing seconds of the second quarter during Friday's football game in Northbrook. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
By John Bumbales
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 9/10/2021 10:25 PM

It was a great first half of football for host Glenbrook North when the Spartans met Wheeling in nonconference action Friday night.

With senior quarterback Murphy Mulvihill leading the way, Glenbrook North stormed to a 27-0 lead after one quarter before a miraculous 96-yard touchdown pass by Mulvihill with just four seconds left in the second quarter gave the Spartans a commanding 41-0 halftime lead.

 

From there, Glenbrook North (2-1) rolled to a 48-9 victory while the Wildcats' record fell to 1-2 in the early stages of the 2021 season.

Mulvihill got the Spartans' offense going right away with a 39-yard TD run just 2:05 into the contest before teammate Michael Cosentino's extra point made the score 7-0.

On the next possession, Mulvihill had a 26-yard keeper followed by a 2-yard keeper for the touchdown on a short 28-yard scoring drive and a quick 14-0 advantage.

An 18-yard TD pass from Mulvihill to McCartney Kalmar going over the middle boosted the lead to 21-0 before Mulvihill (5-for-9, 155 yards passing) connected with senior teammate Ryan Henschel for a 10-yard TD pass and a 27-0 lead late in the first quarter.

Glenbrook North's Reese Marquez scored on a 7-yard TD run to boost the lead to 34-0 before Wheeling started to move the ball on the ensuing possession.

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But on fourth-and-goal from the Spartans' 2, running back Simon Micula (129 yards on 19 carries) was stopped cold, giving the ball back to Glenbrook North.

Then on second down, Mulvihill (123 yards on 9 rushes) hit Henschel in stride bolting down the left sideline for a 41-0 lead against the shellshocked Wildcats.

"We stepped up. Wheeling gave us a challenge in the beginning and it was really an impressive win for us to come out early and score a lot of points," said Mulvihill. "(Henschel) had a good mismatch there, we've been working on it all week, we wanted to take a shot, and that's what happened."

Glenbrook North's John Stocking threw an 8-yard TD pass to Connor Durst for a 48-0 lead in the third quarter before Wheeling got a safety to break up the shutout late in the fourth quarter. Micula scored on a 2-yard TD run with 38 seconds left to account for the final score.

"Murphy threw a great ball and Ryan ran a great route," said Glenbrook North coach Matt Purdy, who said Henschel is heading to Rhode Island to play college baseball.

"Murphy is just growing so rapidly as our quarterback. Last year he was a free safety, he just grabbed the knowledge of our offense, and he continues to climb each week. The game is starting to slow down for him, he's seeing past the first read, and he's on to his second and third read."

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