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Wheaton North routs West Chicago
By Mike Krizman | Daily Herald Correspondent
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Published: 9/15/2012 1:24 AM

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Wheaton North has maintained an undefeated record using a two-quarterback rotation.

It’s a plan that suits coach Joe Wardynski just fine.

Senior John Peltz, who is being recruited by North Dakota, started and completed all six of his pass attempts, while junior Clayton Thorson connected on his two pass attempts, including a 35-yard touchdown to Peltz.

The two combined to throw for 147 yards and 3 touchdowns on just eight attempts in leading the Falcons to a 52-0 DuPage Valley Conference victory over visiting West Chicago Friday night.

“We’re so fortunate to have two great quarterbacks,” Wardynski said. “It’s nice that we’re winning. We know that if we start to struggle, there’s going to be questions about what we’re doing, but for now, we feel that both quarterbacks are qualified to be out there.”

Additionally, the Falcons (4-0, 2-0) running game clicked on all cylinders as senior Patrick Sharp led the way with 93 rushing yards and 3 touchdown runs on just 10 carries.

We’ve really come together as a team,” Peltz said. “Our offensive line, running backs, receivers and our defense have all done a great job. Hopefully, that continues and we keep winning.”

The Falcons scored on their first seven possessions for 6 touchdowns and a field goal.

Matt Biegalski started the scoring on a 48-yard wide receiver screen pass from Peltz just 1:46 into the game.

On his team’s next possession, Peltz led the Falcons on an 8-play, 52-yard scoring drive, culminating in a 6-yard touchdown pass to Dee Alexander as the senior rolled right and found the junior running back open in the flat.

A 3-yard touchdown run by Sharp put Wheaton North up 21-0, and the final touchdown of the first quarter came on the aforementioned throw from Thorson to Peltz down the middle of the field.

“I saw that (Peltz) got behind the safety and I just threw it up for him to catch it,” said Thorson, who is being recruited by Iowa and Northwestern.

Two more touchdown runs by Sharp put the Falcons up 42-0 heading into halftime, guaranteeing a running clock in the second half.

Senior running back Jimmy Harris had 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for the game’s final score.

It was a long night for West Chicago (0-4, 0-2), especially offensively where only eight of the Wildcats’ 21 first-half plays from scrimmage gained positive yardage. They only managed two first downs.

“We need to find an identity on offense,” West Chicago coach Bill Bicker said. “We’re starting off at first-and-15 or first-and-20 due to penalties and false starts. Obviously, I need to do a better job during the week to fix that and get it right.

“And defensively, we need to make plays when they’re there. When you play teams like Wheaton North, if you give them an inch, they’re going to take a mile.”