By Jim Hagerty
ROCKTON – The dream of winning a state championship was dashed for previously unbeaten Hononegah as the Indians were shocked by Wheaton Warrenville South 20-17 in the second round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs here Saturday.
Down 14-3 in the third, Wheaton Warrenville South orchestrated scoring drives that hushed the large crowd expecting to see Hononegah advance. After the Indians took the 11-point lead, Wheaton Warrenville South quarterback Noah Henkel broke free for a 34-yard run to set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Jake Arthus to make it 14-10.
The Tigers stopped Hononegah’s next drive and got the ball back on their 20-yard-line. On the first play, Henkel escaped a sack before connecting with Jason Haw on a cross-field pass. The 80-yard touchdown put South up 17-14 with 10 minutes left in the game.
Hononegah had a chance to roar back but a fumble fell into the arms of the Tigers and they returned it to the 2-yard-line. A field goal made it 20-17.
The Indians moved the ball to the WWS 34 with 2 minutes to go but lost the ball on downs to end the game.
Wheaton Warrenville South (10-1) faces St. Charles North (8-3) Saturday in the quarterfinals.
In Class 5A action Saturday, the Boylan Titans stayed alive in the IHSA tournament by downing Wheaton St. Francis 34-21. Boylan (10-1) faces Sterling (10-1) next week at Sterling High School. R.
ROUND 2 SCORES
Forreston 22, Milledgeville 20 (OT)
Dakota 14, Marquette 12
Lena-Winslow 49, Orr 14
Eastland-Pearl City 48, Chicago Christian 14
Sterling Newman 46, Illini West 14
Byron 28, Princeton 0
I.C. Catholic 31, Stillman Valley 0
Richmond Burton 19, Genoa-Kingston 0
Marengo 41, Urban Prep/Bronzeville 6
Boylan 34, St. Francis 21
Sterling 55, Brooks 12
Montini 21, Sycamore 17
Wheaton-Warrenville South 20, Hononegah 14
#4 Lena-Winslow at #9 Aurora Christian–TBA
#10 Dakota at #6 Forreston–TBA
#3 Eastland/Pearl City at #2 Orion – Saturday Nov. 10, 1 p.m.
#1 Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley at #4 Sterling Newman – Saturday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m.
#4 Lisle at #1 Byron – Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m.
#5 Marengo at #1 IC Catholic – Saturday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m.
#3 Boylan at #2 Sterling – Saturday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m.