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.

Jul 15

You always remember your first

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

Coach John Thorne (center) and (left to right) Ben Klaas, Mike LaFido, Steve Schnurstein, Christian Olsen, Kasey Klaas, Phil Adler, David Brumfield, Coach Ron Muhitch, Joe Remes and Doug MacLeod celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their 1992 state title.

Jul 14

Growing Pains

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

1991 Tiger football captains and Coach John Thorne accept the Runner-Up trophy after the team’s heartbreaking 21-14 loss to Chicago Mt. Carmel in the Class 5A title game. The gut-wrenching, last-minute defeat would become the battle cry of the magical season that was to come.

Jul 12

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Bump and Run

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

Fullback Phil Adler grinds out yardage in the Tigers’ 28-6 victory over Joliet Catholic Academy in the 1991 playoffs. Adler shined on the day, amassing 141 yards on 18 carries and four touchdowns.

Jul 10

The Ghosts of Wheaton — The Agony of Defeat

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

Quarterback Jeff Thorne collapses to the frozen turf after his fourth-down overtime pass fell incomplete in the end zone during the Tigers’ 6-3 semifinal round 1989 playoff loss to Niles Notre Dame.

Jul 09

The Ghosts of Wheaton — The Thrill of Victory

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

Kicker Doug MacLeod, who not only kicked the field goal to send the 1992 Illinois Class 5A championship game to overtime — he kicked it twice, celebrates with Tigers of past immediately following the game.