Tigers Fail To Connect In Final Drive

Positively Naperville article: With a 2-4 record with three games to play, Metea Valley coach Ben Kleinhans made no bones about the fact his team just needed a win – no matter who the opponent was. But despite Wheaton Warrenville South carrying a five-game losing streak and a 1-5 record when Metea Valley came calling at Red Grange Field last week, Metea Valley’s 12-6 victory spoke volumes. “I told the guys after and I told the coaches – I don’t care what their record is,” Kleinhans said. “To beat Wheaton Warrenville South at Wheaton Warrenville South is big for our program. We didn’t take that lightly.” Senior quarterback Conner Lovely and Ben Loutsis connected for both of the Mustangs’ touchdowns against the Tigers while the defense held Matthew Dohse and the Tigers’ offense scoreless until the fourth.

“For the program, it’s just great,” Lovely said. “Last year, we had a year of firsts. We had our first winning season. We had our first playoff run. But this year, we also have a year of firsts. It’s our first time beating Waubonsie. It’s the first time beating some DVC opponents we’ve never played before. So we’re definitely moving in the right track. We just got to clean up some things in the ensuing weeks. “Wheaton Warrenville South’s a perennial state powerhouse. They’ve won more state championship games than we’ve been in the playoffs. They’re one of those historically great football teams. Coming out of Red Grange Field with a victory is just huge for our program.”  

Full article link from Positively Naperville – BLAKE BAUMGARTNER TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2015: http://www.positivelynaperville.com/2015/10/13/football-notes-metea-valley-going-through-another-year-of-firsts-in-2015/48793