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

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.

 

Jun 18

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Laying it on the Line

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

Wheaton Central receiver Chris Johnson pulls in a spectacular catch in the Tigers’ 28-6 semifinal round victory over Joliet Catholic Academy in the 1991 Illinois Class 5A playoffs