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.

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.

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.