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Hidden in Joliet Central’s 54-6 loss to Bolingbrook was Steelmen defensive end Sharod Wilson.

Before he left with a leg injury late in the second quarter, Wilson dominated a wild sequence. He hit the Raiders’ backup quarterback, Quincy Woods, forced a fumble and recovered it. But Central fumbled the ball back to Bolingbrook on the next play.

Wilson hit Woods again and forced a fumble, but the play was dead. Then he forced another Woods fumble and recovered.

After the Central possession, Wilson chased down Bolingbrook’s Omar Stover and tackled him at the 3 after a nine-yard run, preventing a touchdown. He was injured on that play.

“Sharod always does a great job at outside linebacker, too, but we’re stronger with him at defensive end,” coach Brett Boyter said. “He’s a real good athlete. When he wants to turn it on, he can.”

Revenge is sweet

Revenge is a dish best served cold. And when the temperature dropped Friday at Plainfield Central, the Wildcats showed Romeoville a thing or two.

Plainfield Central shut out the Spartans 42-0. Jordan Ellingwood said this was nothing less than a revenge game. Romeoville beat Plainfield Central 49-46 in the 2011 regular-season finale and knocked Plainfield Central out of the playoffs. The Wildcats finished 5-4.

“We wanted to go balls to the wall after what they did to us last year,” said Ellingwood, who rushed for 144 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries.

A human shield

Plainfield Central nose tackle Bryce Douglas is 6-foot-2 and 320 pounds — and he makes for a great bodyguard.

“It’s like following a freight train; I can’t even see where I’m running,” Ellingwood said.

Douglas scored on a 1-yard run as time expired in the first quarter. The score, Douglas’ first, put the Wildcats ahead 21-0.

Douglas probably was trying to channel one of his older brothers, Brett and Brock, who were running backs at Central.

“He’s a handful,” coach John Jackson said. “He may be impossible to live with now. I feel for his mom and dad.”

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