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.”

Jul 03

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Sportsmanship

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

One of the moments that truly defines Tiger football came after the Tigers won the 1992 Class 5A title when they welcome DuPage Valley Conference (DVC) foe Naperville North (a team they had defeated 30-6 during the regular season) onto the field for the Huskies’ Class 6A title tilt against Loyola Academy. The unscripted salute stands today as one of the ultimate examples of sportsmanship and camaraderie in Illinois high school football.

Jul 02

The Ghosts of Wheaton — The World

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

Tiger linebacker and team captain Christian “The World” Olsen returns an interception against Niles Notre Dame during the 1992 playoffs. The 52-0 domination of the Dons avenged the ghost of the Tigers’ devastating 6-3 “Snow Bowl” defeat during the 1989 playoffs that denied the program its first-ever title game appearance.

Jul 01

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Climbing That Hill

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

The Tiger defense defends against the Joliet Catholic Academy offense during the 1991 playoffs. The 28-6 victory over the Mike Alstott-led Hilltoppers gave the Tigers their second shot at Chicago Mt. Carmel in the state title game.