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 16

The Ghosts of Wheaton — The Red Grange Tigers

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

With his players surrounding him in the first practice in the summer of 1992, Tiger Coach John Thorne explained that they were no longer the Wheaton Central Tigers. He also understood that they might not be ready to call themselves the Wheaton Warrenville South Tigers. “So maybe instead this season, we can just be the Red Grange Tigers,” Thorne told them.

Jun 15

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Up & Over

1992 NC - Klaas scores-a

Wheaton Warrenville South quarterback Ben Klaas goes airborne to score in the Tigers’ 34-13 victory over undefeated Class 6A 5th-rated Naperville Central during the 1992 regular season.

Jun 15

The Ghosts of Wheaton: A Ticket to History

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

It cost only $6 in 1992 to watch the Wheaton Warrenville South Tigers make history.

A ticket to witness not only the 1992 Wheaton Warrenville South Tigers Beat Joliet Catholic Academy 40-34 in double overtime in the Illinois Class 5A state title game for the program’s first state title in the school’s 80-year history as well as Naperville North’s 21-11 victory over Chicago Loyola Academy in the 6A title game cost only $6. Talk about a bargain!