Aug 04

That Extra Yard

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

Fullback Phil Adler scrambles for extra yardage in the Tigers’ 24-20 playoff victory over the Lake Forest Scouts in 1992.

Aug 03

Carrying the Load

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

Fullback Phil Adler breaks away during the Tigers’ 40-34 double overtime victory over Joliet Catholic Academy in the 1992 Illinois Class 5A state title game.

Aug 02

The Bowling Ball

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

Fullback Phil Adler (dubbed the Bowling Ball by teammates) churns out the yards during the Tigers’ 1992 Championship season. On the season, Adler would churn out 2,043 yards and score 28 touchdowns in leading the Tiger football program to its first-ever state title.

Aug 01

In the Mud

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

Fullback Phil Adler gets down and dirty during the Tigers’ 16-0 semifinal round victory over Rockford Boylan in 1992.

Jul 31

Running with Authority

Fullback Phil Adler takes the handoff from quarterback Ben Klaas during the Tigers' 1992 championship season.

Running back Jim Johnson takes the handoff from quarterback Ben Klaas during the Tigers’ 1992 championship season.

Jul 30

The Mud Bowl

Running back and team captain Phil Adler fights for yardarge in the Tigers' 16-0 victory over Rockford Boylan in the 1992 semifinals. The win would give the Tigers their date with destiny in the 1992 title game.

Running back and team captain Phil Adler fights for yardarge in the Tigers’ 16-0 victory over Rockford Boylan in the 1992 semifinals. The win would give the Tigers their date with destiny in the 1992 title game.

Jul 18

Title Town, Illinois

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

The Tigers celebrate their double overtime victory over Joliet Catholic Academy to win the 1992 Illinois Class 5A title.

Jul 17

Champion in the Making

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

The 1992 Illinois Class 5A State Champion Wheaton Warrenville South Tigers

Jul 16

The Price of Watching History

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

Entrance to the 1992 Class 5A and 6A football title games costs a mere $6 for the opportunity to watch history being made as Wheaton Warrenville South outdueled Joliet Catholic Academy 40-34 in double overtime while DVC rival Naperville North topped Loyola Academy 21-11 for the 6A title — the first time two teams from the same conference had both won state titles.