Jun 28

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Giant Slayers

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Tiger kicker Chris Johnson (#23) celebrates his game-winning field goal against nationally ranked Oak Lawn Richards in the 1991 playoffs. The 17-15 victory propelled the Tigers to a semifinal round matchup with Joliet Catholic Academy.

Jun 27

The Ghosts of Wheaton — What Dreams are Made Of

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

Tiger offensive lineman Chris Kirby cradles what he and his teammates had dreamed about for years — the Illinois Class 5A State Championship trophy after their 40-34 double overtime victory over Joliet Catholic in 1992.

Jun 26

The Ghosts of Wheaton — A New Grange Field

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

Tiger captains Pete Economos and Christian Olsen at the Dedication of Red Grange Field at the new Wheaton Warrenville South High School in 1992. The Tigers did Grange proud with a 34-19 victory over Glenbard South.

 

Jun 24

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Tiger Mania

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

Wheaton Central fans cheer on their team during the Tigers’ 7-0 victory over Deerfield in the 1990 semifinal playoff round. The victory would send the program to its first-ever state title game against Chicago Mt. Carmel.

Jun 24

The Ghosts of Wheaton — One-Two Punch

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

Fullback Phil Adler (#32) clears the way for running back Bobby Nelson (#2) during the Tigers’ 16-0 semifinal round playoff victory over Rockford Boylan that earned Wheaton Warrenville South a trip to the 1992 Illinois Class 5A state championship game. The rest, as they say, is history …

Jun 23

The Ghosts of Wheaton — The Brown Bomber

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

Wheaton Central quarterback Jeff Brown launches a pass against Oak Lawn in the 1991 playoffs. The Tigers’ 34-0 victory was a crucial step to the Tigers’ march toward the 1991 Illinois Class 5A state championship game.

Jun 23

The Ghosts of Wheaton — That Next Step

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

Tiger linebacker Tom Cione (# 44) celebrates during Wheaton Central’s 7-0 victory over Deerfield in the semifinal round of the 1990 playoffs. The victory propelled the Tigers into their first-ever state championship game.