Naperville Central decided to set the offensive tone early on Friday against Warren. The Redhawks’ opening play was a bomb to Iowa-bound receiver Emmanuel Rugamba, who hauled it in for a 45-yard gain.
Running back Luke Brady ran it in from the 2-yard line two plays later. Naperville Central was unstoppable early, jumping out to a quick 21-0 lead and hung on to beat Warren 49-28 on Friday in Gurnee.
The Redhawks (10-1) move onto the Class 8A quarterfinals next week against the winner of Waubonsie Valley and Neuqua Valley.