West Aurora to host winless Wheaton Warrenville South
By Rick Armstrong email@example.com September 6, 2012 6:04PM
West Aurora quarterback Quintez Jones tries to fend off St. Charles East defenders Mike Eyre (6) and Anthony Sciarrino (13). | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
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It may be déjà vu all over again, but Wheaton Warrenville South coach Ron Muhitch is quick to point out that wasn’t the plan.
For the second year in a row, his Tigers are 0-2 heading into their DuPage Valley Conference opener — Friday on the road against what he calls Nate Eimer’s “up-and-coming program” at West Aurora — after starting the season with losses to No. 3 Glenbard West (28-7) and No. 1 Maine South (19-13).
In 2011, WW South made the Class 7A playoffs at 6-3 and reached Champaign, losing the title game to Rockford Boylan.
“As you can imagine, I didn’t attempt to do it that way a year ago, nor am I young enough to want to try it again,” Muhitch said.
Inconsistency, especially on offense, has cost his team, but “to be fair with the kids, if we clear up some mistakes, we can be pretty good.”
The Tigers have five starters back on the offensive line. Junior QB Ryan Graham has thrown for nearly 300 yards but has been intercepted twice in each game.
The young QB missed eight of nine sophomore games his freshman year due to a concussion and was limited to eight games after starting last season as the varsity backup.
“It’s hard to get that experience unless you’re thrown in the fire,” said the coach. “He needs to make a little better reads and improve the accuracy of his throws.”
West “gave us a battle, they had a really good defense last year,” said Muhitch, who doesn’t know if this year’s edition is quite as good but is concerned with the Blackhawk skill players.
“They could just as easily be 2-0 as 1-1,” he said. “Both these teams are a work in progress and both will be better by the end of the year.”