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

Jun 17

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Oh Captain, my Captain

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

1992 Wheaton Warrenville South football Captains Christian Olsen, Phil Adler, Pete Economos and Ben Klaas enter the stadium in search of gridiron glory.

Jun 14

“The Ghosts of Wheaton” Mud Games

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Wheaton Central Tiger linemen E.J. Claflin and Nick Economos confer during the Tigers’ tough 19-13 quarterfinal round playoff loss to their archrival, the Wheaton North Falcons, that ended the team’s 1988 breakout campaign.