DuPage County week one football roundup
Addison Trail, York and Wheaton Academy were among the winners in DuPage County on the opening weekend of the 2022 high school football season.
Here's a look at some of the week one highlights.
Addison Trail 49, Maine East 6:
After a scoreless first quarter Friday night, the Blazers scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to take command. Gio Long opened the scoring with a 6-yard TD run, which was followed by Demarius Allen's 1-yard TD and then a 58-yard scoring pass from Long to Anthony Reed.
Long finished the night 11-for-21 for 217 yards and 3 TDs, with Reed catching two of the TDs and totally 83 yards on 4 receptions. Eddie Franczak added 4 receptions good for 110 yards and a TD, while Addison Trail added a score on special teams when Adam Lesniak recovered a fumble in end zone after a bad snap on a Maine East punt attempt. Sophomore Casey Carlson capped off the game's scoring with a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.
York 49, Schaumburg 6:
York's first team defense was dominant and only gave up one first down in the first half while the Dukes' offense scored on its first 7 possessions en route to a big win on Friday.
The defense allowed less than 10 yards in the first half. York, meanwhile, finished with 417 yards of total offense which included 321 rushing yards. Quarterback Matt Vezza was 7-for-9 for 90 yards and threw 4 TDs, while Kelly Watson rushed for 107 yards on 7 carries which included touchdown runs of 59 and 22 yards for the Dukes (1-0). Anthony Mancini (3 catches, 28 yards) and Charlie Specht (2 catches, 49 yards) each had a pair of TD catches in the game.
Jake Melion chipped in well with 6 runs for 69 yards and 1 TD, while Cole Ostendorf had a great game on defense for York with 6 tackles -- including a trio for losses -- and 1 pass break-up.
Wheaton Academy 48, Marian Central Catholic 14:
Wheaton Academy jumped out to a quick 21-point lead in the first 9 minutes of play Friday in a key Week one matchup with MCC. Sophomore running back Stephen Fellowes (8 carries for 62 yards, 2 TDs) punched in the first Warrior score of the evening. Senior QB Belay Brummel (12-for-18, 218 yards, 3TDs), who totaled 5 touchdowns on the night, followed shortly after with an 18-yard option keeper into the end zone. Senior WR Breck Peacock (7 catches, 82 yards, TD) then hauled in a 16-yard pass from Brummel.
The Warriors would go into the half with a 35-0 lead. Senior RB Gavin Pedone (10 for 53 yards, 2 TDs) added a pair of TDs of his own in the second and third quarters.
A key to Wheaton Academy's success Friday night was defensively shutting down MCC's four star, multiple D1-offered WR Christian Bentancur, limiting the senior WR to only 4 receptions for 24 yards. "He rarely got a clean look at the ball all night. Depending on the formation Christian lined up in, we dedicated a different defender to cover him. You could say the plan defensive coordinator Justin Swider created worked well," Warriors head coach Jim Johanik said of his defense's achievement.
Defensively the Warriors were led by safety Peacock, who in addition to his offensive production, tallied 8 tackles and the game's only interception on defense. DT Jaret Jawor made an impact in the interior with four tackles, one for a loss and a fumble recovery.
The Warriors (1-0) travel to Elmhurst University next Friday to take on Christ the King (0-1) at 7:30 p.m.