Jun 23

The Ghosts of Wheaton — The Brown Bomber

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the Red Grange Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

Wheaton Central quarterback Jeff Brown launches a pass against Oak Lawn in the 1991 playoffs. The Tigers’ 34-0 victory was a crucial step to the Tigers’ march toward the 1991 Illinois Class 5A state championship game.

Jun 23

The Ghosts of Wheaton — That Next Step

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the Red Grange Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

Tiger linebacker Tom Cione (# 44) celebrates during Wheaton Central’s 7-0 victory over Deerfield in the semifinal round of the 1990 playoffs. The victory propelled the Tigers into their first-ever state championship game.

Jun 21

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Winning Combination

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the 'Red Grange' Tigers Conquered Illinois Football

After two decades as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator, Ron Muhitch took the reins of the proud program in 2002. His record as Tiger head coach stands at 118-29 record – an .803 winning percentage with three state titles and two second-place finishes.

Jun 21

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Taking the Next Step

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the 'Red Grange' Tigers Conquered Illinois Football

Wheaton Central/Wheaton Warrenville South Coach John Thorne took over an average football program in 1980 and by 1988 had turned it into an annual contender. Thorne retired from Tiger football after the 2001 season with a 181-65 record (a .736 winning percentage) and four state titles and two second-place finishes in 22 years.

Jun 20

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Championship Hardware

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the Red Grange Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

Wheaton Warrenville South defensive back Mike LaFido holds the 1992 Class 5A Illinois State Championship trophy after the Tigers’ 40-34 double overtime victory over Joliet Catholic Academy.

Jun 20

The Ghosts of Wheaton — End of an Era

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the Red Grange Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

Oct. 11, 1991, was the last time Wheaton Central and Wheaton North would meet on the gridiron. The Tigers marked the occasion with a 21-7 victory. The following season, it would be up to the Wheaton Warrenville South Tigers to fight the Wheaton North Falcons for city bragging rights in the Cross-Town Classic.

Jun 19

The Ghosts of Wheaton — In a Flash

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Fullback Phil Adler led the 1992 Tigers to the program’s first-ever state title as he ran for 186 yards on 24 carries (a 7.8-yard-per-carry average) and three touchdowns in the 40-34 double overtime victory over Joliet Catholic Academy. Adler rushed for 2,043 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns in the 1992 season and for 3,055 yards rushing and 40 touchdowns for his career. While Adler will never admit it, he has become the epitome of the Tiger football player.

Jun 19

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Lightening Strike

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the Red Grange Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

Wheaton Warrenville South running back Bobby Nelson breaks away during the 42-0 victory over Glenbard East in 1992 that gave the Tigers their first-ever uncontested DuPage Valley Conference crown. Nelson would lead the team in rushing on the night with 139 yards and three touchdowns.