Joliet West tops West Aurora as school dedicates Ormond Stadium

  • Marty, left and Neal Ormond III acknowledge the crowd during a ceremony to name the stadium for the Ormond family Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora.

      Marty, left and Neal Ormond III acknowledge the crowd during a ceremony to name the stadium for the Ormond family Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Neal Ormond III is greeted by District 129 school board president Rich Kerns during a ceremony to name the stadium for the Ormond family Thursday in Aurora.

      Neal Ormond III is greeted by District 129 school board president Rich Kerns during a ceremony to name the stadium for the Ormond family Thursday in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Neal Ormond III speaks to the crowd during a ceremony to name the stadium for the Ormond family Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora.

      Neal Ormond III speaks to the crowd during a ceremony to name the stadium for the Ormond family Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • West Aurora cheerleaders get their fans riled up Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora.

      West Aurora cheerleaders get their fans riled up Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • West Aurora's Jamarion Bailey (84) moves past Joliet West's Dylan Pangrazio (12) Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora.

      West Aurora's Jamarion Bailey (84) moves past Joliet West's Dylan Pangrazio (12) Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • The West Aurora marching band dances to YMCA before their game against Joliet West Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora.

      The West Aurora marching band dances to YMCA before their game against Joliet West Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Joliet West's Marion Starks (14) leaps over West Aurora's Samuel Stone (1) on a punt return Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora.

      Joliet West's Marion Starks (14) leaps over West Aurora's Samuel Stone (1) on a punt return Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • West Aurora's Ezekyel Brooks (5) punches the ball from Joliet West's Marion Starks (14) causing a fumble and touchdown Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora.

      West Aurora's Ezekyel Brooks (5) punches the ball from Joliet West's Marion Starks (14) causing a fumble and touchdown Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • West Aurora's Samuel Stone (1) celebrates a touchdown on a fumble recovery against Joliet West Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora.

      West Aurora's Samuel Stone (1) celebrates a touchdown on a fumble recovery against Joliet West Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • West Aurora's Andrew Kollch (2) tries to reel in a pass over Joliet West's Billy Bailey Jr. (2) Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora.

      West Aurora's Andrew Kollch (2) tries to reel in a pass over Joliet West's Billy Bailey Jr. (2) Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • West Aurora's Andrew Kollch (2) moves the ball up the sideline as he id brought down by Joliet West's Cael Karczewski (6) Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora.

      West Aurora's Andrew Kollch (2) moves the ball up the sideline as he id brought down by Joliet West's Cael Karczewski (6) Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • West Aurora's Jordan Derrion (13) moves around Joliet West's Carl Bartolo (15) Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora.

      West Aurora's Jordan Derrion (13) moves around Joliet West's Carl Bartolo (15) Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Joliet West's Carl Bew (1) and Parker Schwarting (10) celebrate a touchdown against West Aurora Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora.

      Joliet West's Carl Bew (1) and Parker Schwarting (10) celebrate a touchdown against West Aurora Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Joliet West's John Wyzkowski (34) looks for running room against West Aurora Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora.

      Joliet West's John Wyzkowski (34) looks for running room against West Aurora Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Joliet West's Carl Bew (1) stiff arms West Aurora's Mason Rogers (8) Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora.

      Joliet West's Carl Bew (1) stiff arms West Aurora's Mason Rogers (8) Thursday September 15, 2022 in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 9/15/2022 11:10 PM

Joliet West seemed to have its initial win of the still-nascent football season well in hand.

It appeared statistically impossible for the Tigers to drop their Suburban Prairie Conference crossover against West Aurora Thursday night.

 

But 16 first-half Tiger infractions completely altered the complexion of the game.

Joliet West found a way to circumvent enough mental mistakes to last a season, though, as Carl Bew eluded two defenders in his backfield to score his fourth touchdown of the game.

The 4-yard run with 23 seconds to play allowed Joliet West to reverse its third deficit of the game to earn a hard-fought, utterly unpredictable 36-31 victory in Aurora.

In the first half, Joliet West starting quarterback Bew was directly responsible for 250 of the Tigers' 305 total yards.

The senior signalcaller had three rushing touchdowns on the ground, including a 69-yard jaunt on the Tigers' first play of the game, in the first half.

The opening 24 minutes of game action in Aurora almost defied description.

The Blackhawks were adrift offensively the entirety of the first two quarters.

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Joliet West was in a different kind of football red as the Blackhawks had negative-10 yards of offense on 24 combined rushing and passing attempts.

Miraculously for West Aurora, however, the Blackhawks were still alive and kicking on the basis of twin scores on special teams.

West Aurora took 7-0 and 14-7 leads as Samuel Stone opened the scoring by returning a fumbled punt 10 yards.

But Rashard Wright had the individual highlights-reel play of the game. Wright not only blocked a 24-yard field goal but also had the presence of mind to scoop up the ball and rumble 89 yards the other way.

New had the antidote to the two unconventional scores by calling his own number on scoring runs of 12 and 15 yards.

The Tigers (1-3) doubled their cushion to 28-14 on their opening second-half drive as Bew found Jovon Johnson from 4 yards away.

But West Aurora quarterback Gino Martino engineered a 17-point unanswered burst by hitting highly athletic wideouts Andrew Kollich and Terrence Smith on 32- and 56-yard scoring strikes.

The Blackhawks were in a position to climb back to .500 on the season, only to give Bew one last chance with a key stop.

Ninety-yards later, and the fourth Bew ground score on the night broke the ice for the Tigers.

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