By Bob Narang, Chicago Tribune – Article link – http://trib.in/1CqELHZ
Four losses in the first five games inspired Wheaton Warrenville South wide receiver Keishawn Watson to find some inspiration for his teammates.
Leading up to Friday’s road contest against Naperville North, Watson found motivation from watching ESPN’s “30 for 30” special on Michigan’s Fab Five basketball team from the early 1990s.
“Every time we break the huddle I tell the guys, ‘Shock the world,’ ” Watson said.
Watson’s words must have sunk in. The Tigers played without starting quarterback Josh Prueter, and running back Michael Campos played limited snaps Friday, but they defeated the Huskies 41-0 to improve to 3-4 overall and 2-1 in the DuPage Valley Conference.
“It was a big game and win for us,” Watson said. “It will help with our confidence going into the final two weeks of the (regular) season.”
Watson, a Western Michigan recruit, fueled the Tigers to their second consecutive victory with six receptions for 80 yards, 32 yards rushing. He also tossed a 36-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter.
“We had a good game (Friday),” Watson said. “Our running game has struggled lately, but they started off good. Our offensive line played great.”
The status of Prueter and Campos for Friday’s game against Glenbard North is uncertain. Prueter missed the Naperville North contest because of a concussion. The Tigers have to win their final two games to become playoff eligible and avoid missing the playoffs for the third time since 1988.
The Tigers don’t have to contend with Northwestern standout Justin Jackson, but the Panthers (3-4, 1-2) are also fighting for their playoff lives. The Panthers have lost two of their last three.
“We know that Glenbard North on offense is going to do what they do best: Pound the ball,” Watson said. “Offensively, we have the talent to make plays and have to keep them off the field.”
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