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Despite loss against Lake Forest, Warren looks ahead to Saturday game

Published: Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 10:27 a.m. CDT
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(Candace H.Johnson)
Candace H. Johnson Marching Blue Devil senior Jessica Blumberg, 17, of Gurnee plays her trombone at half-time during the first home varsity football game against New Trier at Warren Township High School in Gurnee.

Warren Township High School had a chance to get a home playoff game. The Blue Devilsneeded to topple a good Lake Forest squad on Friday night to do that. Itdidn't happen. Both teams entered this game at Lake Forest with identical6-2 marks. And the Scouts moved to 7-2 with a 31-19 victory. High-scoringWarren was held down in this loss. It didn't help to have starrunning back Max Sorby sidelined with an injury. He was fresh off a nearly300-yards rushing game the week before in a romp over Mundelein.

The Devils fell down by a pair of touchdowns early, but responded. Justbefore halftime, quarterback Andrew Nickell hooked up with receiver JavonCharleston with a short touchdown pass and the Devils were down 14-7.

The Scouts took over from there and pushed their advantage to 31-7. Warrenfought back as Nickell rang up TD passes to Danny Rockingham and CalebReams.

Missing Sorby hurt badly as Warren's rushing offense didn't crack the20-yards mark. Nickell was forced to throw the ball most of the game.Rockingham was Nickell's favorite receiver as he collared eight passes.Reams had 4 catches and Charleston had 3 receptions.

And now, Warren Township football fans finally have a Friday night free. You canleave all the Halloween candy at home and take in a movie. However, put yourSaturday night plans on hold.

It's a 6 p.m. start in Glenview come Saturday night. For all the marbles.It's time for a Class 8A football playoff game. Warren (6-3) will take onGlenbrook South that night. It's simple now. Win and move on in theplayoffs. Lose and football season is over.

The Titans and Blue Devils had one common foe during the season. It was 5-4New Trier. Both clubs pounded the Trevians. That's the same New Trier teamthat Warren dominated earlier in the campaign. The Blue Devils had a 42-0lead after three quarters. Warren won that game 42-6.

Glenbrook South played just four games against teams with winning records.On the other hand, Warren's three losses came against teams that are headedto the playoffs with a combined record of 22-5.

Does that make Warren a slight favorite? Will Warren be at full force comeSaturday night? Will the offense be able to put up points like it didearlier in the campaign?

Throw out the records. It will come down to the team that wants it more.Warren must get healthy this week in preparation for this big game. Thewinner of this game draws the Evanston-Barrington winner the followingweekend. Glenbrook South dropped a 17-14 decision to Evanston in the middleof the season.

The players to watch for Glenbrook South include running backs Brett Laurieand Michael Gentile. The GBS quarterback is Fitz Stadler. The Titans, whohave made eight straight playoff appearances, are coached by former McHenryhead coach Mike Noll.

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