SANDWICH – Wilmington jumped to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and outscored Sandwich, 27-0, in the third quarter to capture a 48-13 victory in its season opener.
The defending state champion Wildcats collected 361 yards on the ground on 36 carries, with Nick Hawkins leading the way with 133 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns.
Other top rushers for Wilmington were Tyler Brimer (11 carries for 89 yards) and Owen Weaver (three carries for 77 and two scores).
Hawkins scored on runs of 29 and 60 yards, while Weaver had touchdown runs of 20 and 53 yards. Weaver also returned a fumble for a score on defense.
Jake Capwell and Weaver had seven tackles each, while Hawkins had 5½ stops and a pickoff. Brett McWilliams and Keaton Hansen returned interceptions for scores.
L-WAY EAST FALLS
Oak Park-River Forest 14, Lincoln-Way East 13: East led, 13-7, midway through the fourth quarter but couldn’t record its first win of the season.
Oak Park-River Forest stormed back, driving 80 yards on seven plays to the end zone. The Griffins were stopped on a big fourth-down play, and it was over.
Quarterback Brandon Bauer and running back Liam Morrissey led the Griffins’ offense. Bauer ran for 30 yards on 10 carries and went 8 for 17 passing for 62 yards with an interception. Morrissey ran for 105 yards on 28 carries. Nicholas Jenig kicked field goals of 26 and 30 yards.