Willowbrook coach Nick Hildreth sidestepped the notion that his team's 62-49 upset of Lyons on Friday night turned a team that went 0-9 two seasons ago into the favorite to win the West Suburban Gold.
But if Brian Johnson manages just half of his Friday night production on a weekly basis, the Warriors will be the team to beat.
Upon further review of game film, Johnson did not throw for a state-record 660 yards against Lyons, as was initially reported.
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He threw for a state-record 675 to go along with seven touchdowns. The former record of 590 yards was set by former Rochester quarterback Wes Lunt in 2011. Johnson also sits fifth on the national all-time list, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.
"I had no idea it was that many yards," said Johnson, who was 40-for-52. "I knew we were moving the ball well, but I didn't expect to hear that. When I heard after the game that I broke the record, it was, 'Holy Cow.' I wasn't thinking about anything like that."
Johnson, whom Hildreth described as "an awesome kid," was quick to credit his teammates and coaches.
Hildreth said the yardage was a combination of downfield passes and bubble screens that went for big plays.
"The line was doing a really good job," Johnson said. "It just came down to the line, and the coaches got us really prepared for that game. We just executed perfectly."
Hayden Adams had 15 catches for 263 yards and two touchdowns.
Tough break: After scoring six touchdowns in the first six quarters of the season, Benet running back Porter Ontko suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury Friday night in the No. 13 Redwings' 41-12 victory over South Elgin.
"We're waiting to hear the results of the MRI, but it doesn't look too good," Benet coach Pat New said. "The doctor usually assesses these things right, and he was thinking it's a torn ACL and MCL. The thing that really kills me is he is one of those kids who loves to play and dedicates himself to being great."
Ontko, who played a key role in Benet's breakthrough 2012 season, was the star of the Redwings 21-0 Week 1 victory over Downers Grove South. He's being recruited by colleges from various levels and has a scholarship offer from North Dakota.
"If it is an ACL tear, the bright side is technology these days is amazing," New said. "He will play (college football) somewhere."
Three early showdowns: Warren raised eyebrows by rallying for a 42-35 triple-overtime victory over Lyons in Week 1, then scoring 35 by halftime of its 42-6 victory over New Trier on Friday night.
The Blue Devils would really make a statement if they could match that production in an early season North Suburban Lake showdown against Lake Zurich on Friday night.
The Bears are coming off consecutive shutouts, as is Downers Grove North, which will host Glenbard West in West Suburban Silver action Friday night.
Wheaton Warrenville South will not get a breather after opening the season by beating Glenbard West and Maine South. The Tigers will host their biggest rival, Wheaton North, in a game that undoubtedly will impact the DuPage Valley Conference race.
No offense: Fifth-ranked Lincoln-Way East hasn't lost a Southwest Suburban Blue game since 2009, but the Griffins may need to find more offense if they're going to finish ahead of Bolingbrook and Homewood-Flossmoor for the fourth consecutive year.
Last year's Class 7A runner-up did not score in the first half of their 17-12 victory over Lincoln-Way Central on Friday night after going scoreless in the first half of its 17-7 victory over Carmel in Week 1.
The Griffins' two touchdowns against Central came on a 91-yard return of the second-half kickoff and a 1-yard QB sneak following a blocked punt.
0 and who? Maine South, Stevenson and Cary-Grove posted a combined record of 32-5 last season, are a stunning 0-6 between them after two weeks.
While all three are still good bets to make the playoffs based on their schedules, Lyons and Carmel are going to have tougher times recovering from 0-2 based on the strength of their conferences.