Warren records 41-3 win over Stevenson

 
By Nicolas Moreano
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 9/25/2021 12:28 AM

In Warren's 41-3 North Suburban Conference victory over Stevenson, all three phases for the Blue Devils showed up on Friday.

It started, as it usually has for Warren this season, with the Blue Devils' offense giving their defense an early lead.

 

In four plays, Warren scored its first touchdown of the night. Senior quarterback Aidan Lucero's first pass of the game went for a 41-yard completion down the middle of the field to junior Justin Kretz.

Then, following a Stevenson offside penalty, senior running back Maurice Edwards punched in his first touchdown on a 6-yard run.

The Blue Devils' defense, despite giving up some yardage, kept the Patriots from scoring on their first possession. Stevenson came up short on a 42-yard field goal attempt.

Warren took over on its own 25 and then began to move the ball. Lucero scanned the field, connecting with five different targets on the drive before Edwards scored from the 2-yard line on fourth down.

The Patriots' offense put a good drive together following Edwards' second touchdown run and scored on a 27-yard field goal.

That field goal was the only points surrendered by the Blue Devils' defense in the last three games. Warren has outscored its last three opponents 139-3.

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With 7:17 remaining in the second quarter, the Warren offense and defense had done their parts up to that point. Now, it was time for special teams.

And junior Cassius Callahan delivered. Callahan took the kickoff following the field goal back for a touchdown.

Warren added to the lead with another Edwards touchdown on its next offensive possession to make it a 28-3 game at halftime.

Shortly after Callahan's kick return, it began to rain, but on the Blue Devils' first play of the second half, Edwards broke off a 95-yard touchdown run. He finished the game with 14 carries for 203 yards and 4 rushing touchdowns.

From there, the Blue Devils' defense forced multiple 3-and-outs, rallied to the ball carriers and applied consistent pressure on Stevenson quarterback Matt Projansky.

Callahan scored Warren's final points of the night, this time on a 45-yard punt return.

All three phases showed on a rainy night in Gurnee to elevate the Blue Devils to a 4-1 record.

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