Wheaton North quarterback John Peltz
Wheaton North 56 Glenbard East 12
Quarterback John Peltz ran for four touchdowns and threw for one more as the high-flying Falcons of Wheaton North defeated Glenbard East 56-12 Friday night in Wheaton.
The five touchdown outburst was another strong overall performance from the Falcons’ junior quarterback.
“Johnny Peltz has done a great job for us,” said Wheaton North (4-1, 3-0) coach Joe Wardynski. “When we’ve asked him to carry the ball, he’s a tough kid and gets positive yards for us, and he’s making good decisions with the ball, we’re not turning it over with him back there right now.”
Wheaton North faced an early 6-0 deficit after Glenbard East (1-4, 0-3) quarterback Joe Kotch threw an 85 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Fahey on the Rams’s third snap of the game.
“It was frustrating because we know they like to run that route, we practiced it all week and we still had a kid bite on a slant route right there, which was unfortunate,” said Wardynski.
However, the Falcons struck back in resounding fashion with 56 unanswered points.
Quarterback John Peltz’s one yard touchdown run capped off a long drive on the Falcons’ first possession of the game. Kicker Marcin Gawlak’s point after gave the Falcons a 7-6 lead.
Peltz added three more touchdown runs, including an 80 yard scamper to the end zone in the third quarter. Peltz also connected with wide receiver Johnny Daniels on a 32 yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Running back Mikey Sammer, who is filling in for injured starter Patrick Sharp, had 16 carries for 113 yards and one touchdown. His 43-yard touchdown run in the second quarter put the Falcons up 14-6.
The Wheaton North defense dominated after giving up the early touchdown. The Falcons picked off Kotch three times, including interceptions by Falcons cornerback Jaylen Howze on back-to-back drives. Kotch has thrown three interceptions in each of his last two games.
Howze returned his second interception of the night 20 yards for a touchdown, putting the Falcons up 28-6 in the second quarter.
“The touchdown was huge, any pick for the defense is huge, and it was because of my team,” said Howze. “There was good coverage over the top which allowed me to have the interception.”
The blowout loss was Glenbard East’s third consecutive loss by more than 40 points.
[10:36] GE Joe Kotch 85 yard pass to Mike Fahey (PAT no good) – 6-0 GE
[7:54] WN John Peltz 1 yard run (PAT good) – 7-6 WN
[2:44] WN Mikey Sammer 43 yard run (PAT good) – 14-6 WN
[0:44] WN John Peltz 2 yard run (PAT good) – 21-6 WN
[0:03] WN Jaylen Howze 20 yard interception return (PAT good) – 28-6 WN
[9:09] WN John Peltz 32 yard pass to Johnny Daniels (PAT good) – 35-6 WN
[4:01] WN John Peltz 4 yard run (PAT good) – 42-6 WN
[11:38] WN John Peltz 80 yard run (PAT good) – 49-6 WN
[8:40] WN Colton Hrgich 10 yard run (PAT good) – 56-6 WN
[10:19] GE Joe Kotch 5 yard run (2-pt attempt no good) – 56-12 WN
I wrote this story for the Chicago Sun-Times. It also appears on yourseason.com