By Stan Goff – Daily Herald Correspondent – Updated 9/6/2019 11:21 PM
The Wheaton Warrenville South football staff may have to come up with a new term for “broken plays” if the Tigers quarterback and his receiving corps keep coming up big results out of nowhere.
In Friday’s nonconference contest at Lockport, the Tigers prevailed 41-20 after quarterback Parker Brown connected with his buddy Kaleb Clousing on a 10-yard scoring pass on a broken play in the first quarter. They then orchestrated a 56-yard TD drive in the final minute of the first half after the Porters had closed to within 17-13.
“We work on the two-minute drills all week and the offensive line was great all the way down,” said Brown, who capped a big first half with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Matt Cochran with five seconds left in the half.
That last-minute drive was set up by a nice kick return by Jake Arthurs and then a 33-yard pass to Jack Olsen, an all-state kicker who also booted a 52-yard field goal. But earlier in the half Brown was having fun hitting Clousing on a regular basis, including a rollout pass to the junior wideout in the end zone that opened the night’s scoring.
“Me and Parker have been best buddies since we started throwing the ball around in Rams (youth football) games,” said Clousing, who had 7 catches for 106 yards as WW South improved to 2-0. “That touchdown came on a broken play and I just came across and Parker found me on the run. We know each other so well that we’ve gotten pretty good at broken plays.”
While the Tigers’ offense clicked for a second straight week, the defense was also solid, aside from a couple of big runs from Porters quarterback Marcus Voulgaris, who had two short TD runs in the first half, each set up by long runs of his own — one for 50 yards and another for 70. But Voulgaris missed the second half with an injury and the Tigers’ offense pulled away behind a pair of Arthurs scoring runs.
Brown expects big things out of an offense that includes Arthurs and Prince Lankah running hard and an aerial attack that features weapons like Clousing and the deceptively fast Olsen.
“We have a lot more to work on on offense, but it’s great to also have Olsen as a weapon,” said Brown, who completed 15 of 25 passes for 204 yards at Lockport. “He’s a very big part of our offense. He’s fast and he has great hands.”
Coach Ron Muhitch loves Olsen’s ability to kick the ball through the uprights, but his almost automatic touchbacks on kickoffs and his part in the passing game add a lot to his big value to the team.
“He’s a weapon for us in so many ways,” Muhitch said. “He’s a weapon on kickoffs and he’s a weapon in the offense. We’re now heading into tough conference games, but I’m happy we’re 2-0.”