Willowbrook mows down Morton

THE SKINNY

Willowbrook senior quarterback Brian Johnson continued his torrid offensive output by throwing for 263 yards and three touchdowns as the visiting Warriors scored 28 unanswered second-half points in ruining Morton’s homecoming with the 49-19 victory Friday in Berwyn.

TURNING POINT

The Warriors (4-1, 2-0 West Suburban Gold) led just 14-7 to start the third quarter when junior David Harris recovered a fumble on the second-half kickoff. Five plays later, Johnson connected with Devin Childress for a 12-yard touchdown pass.

THE STAR

Senior running back Jeremy Barnes rushed for a career-high 220 yards on 27 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs of 11, 2 and 3 yards as Willowbrook broke the game open with three touchdowns in a five-minute stretch. He carried 17 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns in the second half.

BY THE NUMBERS

Johnson, who threw for a state record 675 yards in a game against Lyons, finished 15-of-31. He completed 10 of 20 passes for 214 yards in the first half. He opened the scoring with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Childress. He also threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rushing. Senior running back Marlon Hester gained 100 yards on 21 carries and scored on a 6-yard run for the Mustangs (1-4, 1-2). Junior Anthony Stanciu, replacing injured starter, Emilio Engle, ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass.

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“The fact that they scheduled us for their homecoming, I took that kind of personally. I guess I wanted to show them what I could do. Getting that many carries definitely got me into a good running rhythm.” — Barnes

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