Stevenson survived four early turnovers as its defense pitched a first-half shutout and the Patriots (4-2, 3-0) beat Warren (4-2, 2-2) 21-7 in a North Suburban Lake matchup to all but wrap up a playoff berth for the 25th consecutive year.
Down 8-0 late in the third quarter, Warren’s 12-play drive ended on downs on the Stevenson 23 when a fourth-and-15 pass was incomplete. On the ensuing possession, Stevenson QB Willie Bourbon hooked up with Matt Morrissey for a 73-yard TD pass on third-and-17 to make it 15-0.
Morrissey caught four passes for 121 yards, and his long TD pass reception forced Warren to chase to race the rest of the night. He also played DB and had a first-half pick in the end zone to kill a Warren red-zone drive.
BY THE NUMBERS
Junior QB Willie Bourbon finished 9-of-18 passing for 174 yards, 2 TDs and 4 first-half picks for the Patriots. He had 47 yards rushing. Conor Okmin rushed 9 times for 47 yards and the game’s only first-half score. For Warren, QB Andrew Nickell was 26-for-40 passing for 256 yards, 1 TD and 1 pick. Maxwell Sorby ran 9 times for 27 yards. Daniel Rockingham caught 5 passes for 109 yards.
“The first half was a battle, back-and-forth, back-and-forth. But our defense came up big. We overcame a lot of adversity and we caught a little life, hit some big plays and were able to control the ball. It was a total team win.” — Stevenson coach Bill McNamara