Football: Anthony Napolitano judged to be true Warrior for Waubonsie Valley
By Rick Armstrong firstname.lastname@example.org September 9, 2013 7:58PM
Oswego's Trevor Matczak breaks away from Waubonsie Valley's Christian Gibbs. | Terence Guider/ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 11, 2013 6:21AM
The heat was on in more ways than one Friday night at Waubonsie Valley.
Coach Paul Murphy had seen his Warriors’ 20-point lead over Oswego shrink to six points early in the third quarter. And thanks to the warm temperature and high humidity, three of his players had just been helped off the field in a span of four plays thanks to cramping issues.
“You bet I was worried. We had a bunch of guys cramping, including our starting center (Anthony Napolitano),” Murphy said. “We had a sophomore center and that’s why we went under center. I didn’t want to take a chance with a bad snap. We went under center (with quarterback Jack Eddy) to keep it safe.”
Murphy briefly thought he’d gotten some breathing room on the possession after Oswego cut the lead to 27-21 with 8:34 left in the third quarter.
Waubonsie Valley drove to the Oswego 23 but stalled. Jason Polhill came out for a 40-yard field-goal attempt and made it, only to have it nullified by a false-start penalty. Pushed back to the 28, Polhill tried a 48-yard attempt, but it came up short.
Meanwhile, Napolitano was chillin’.
“I give (him) a lot of credit,” Murphy said. “He went to the locker room with the trainer and sat in an ice bath for 10 minutes. He came back and finished the third quarter and played the whole fourth until we put the juniors in at the very end. The warrior (Friday) was Anthony Napolitano.”
Napolitano also starts on the defensive line.
“My legs just started cramping up, both of ’em, the whole way,” he said. “My whole body always cramps up. I don’t know why. I drank enough water. … I was in there most of the third quarter, just took my cleats off and jumped right in. Cramps were gone when I got back.”
Oswego looks to regroup
The 0-2 Panthers have another tough one this week when they open league play against Minooka. Both should be in the hunt for the Southwest Prairie Conference title.
“We’ve learned we’ve gotta stop shooting ourselves in the foot,” said Oswego coach Brian Cooney, whose team had eight penalties for 65 yards. “At times, we’re our own worst enemy.
“We’re looking forward to conference. Geneva and Waubonsie are just two totally different teams. … Our kids really saw two different schemes thrown at ’em.”
Waubonsie Valley is struggling with penalties. The Warriors have been flagged nine times for 80 yards and have 184 penalty yards this season.
“The thing that went right is we ran our offense the way we’re capable of running it,” Murphy said. “People saw our speed, finally. We had a couple long runs and long passes. If we can stay healthy and execute, we have a chance to pretty much score from anywhere on the field.”
Week 2 highlights
Quarterback Tyler Kennedy ran for one score and passed for two more to lead Oswego East to a 33-0 win over Glenbard East. It was just the second shutout ever for the program, which is in its eighth year. The Wolves beat Romeoville 7-0 in the sixth week of the 2008 season.
Sandwich’s Kody Randa rushed for 61 yards, including a 39-yard second-quarter TD that staked the Indians to a 7-0 halftime lead in an eventual 13-7 loss to Wilmington, which is ranked third in the state in the AP Class 3A poll.
Plano piled up 494 yards rushing and 548 overall in its 72-42 win over Westmont on Friday. Weslye Brown ran for 125 yards and Collin Seyller 109 for the Reapers, who built a 51-8 halftime lead. Plano defenders picked off three Westmont passes and limited the Sentinels’ spread attack to 136 yards passing.
Marmion quarterback Brock Krueger completed 7-of-11 for 158 yards and one TD in Friday’s 45-0 pasting of Ottawa. The Cadets’ defense held the Pirates to 180 yards of total offense and recorded its first shutout since the second game of the 2011 season, a 6-0 win over Fenwick.