Guerin earns first conference winMelrose Park, 09/10/11--Walther Lutheran's Najee Toomer takes the opening kickoff back for a touchdown. Walther Lutheran HS hosted Guerin Prep HS in football Saturday afternoon. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 10, 2011 9:32PM
Other than the game’s opening kickoff, everything else went the way Guerin (2-1, 1-0) had hoped, as the Gators earned their first ever Suburban Christian Blue win with a 34-7 victory over Walther Lutheran (1-2, 0-1) on Saturday afternoon in Melrose Park.
Junior Najee Toomer returned the opening kick to give Walther a 7-0 lead. Guerin responded with a tying scoring drive, ending with senior quarterback Tommy Kelly’s touchdown pass to Justin Williams.
Williams scored on a 67-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage in the second half to increase the Gators lead to 21-7.
“The biggest thing is that we took a punch by them and came back,” Guerin coach Tony Pecoraro said. “I told them that it’s a long game and to stay confident and trust in us.”
Kelly threw a touchdown pass to junior wide receiver John Dabe one minute into the second quarter to establish the Gators’ first lead of the afternoon. On fourth-and-eight from the Walther 33, Kelly found Dabe at the five, and Dabe spun into the end zone for a 14-7 Guerin advantage.
The Gators sealed the game when Matt DeLeon and Matt Gallardo each scored rushing touchdowns, giving them a 34-7 lead with 2:17 remaining.
Guerin’s defense stopped the Broncos from scoring three times inside the red zone.