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.

Jul 06

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Signature Win

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

Offensive guard Chris Kirby and quarterback Ben Klaas celebrate near the end of the Tigers’ 34-14 dismantling of 6A 5th rated DVC foe Naperville Central in the 1992 regular season.

Jul 05

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Dominating Defense

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the 1992 'Red Grange' Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

Tiger defenders Steve St. Meyer (#4), Christian Olsen (#44) and David “Moose” Mickelsen (#92) stop a Lake Forest running back for a loss during the 1992 playoffs. During the 1992 regular season, the Tiger defense allowed only six offensive touchdowns and trailed only once – for three-and-a-half minutes – while outscoring opponents by an average of 30-6. “I’ve never been on a team that had that level of motivation,” team captain and starting fullback Phil Adler said. “We never worried about anything but the next play. We never thought in terms of winning or losing. We only thought about dominating the football game. We never had to worry about our guys not giving every ounce of effort.”