WHITING | Whiting's offensive firepower can result in touchdowns in a hurry. Blink, and you may miss a score.
Less than 90 seconds into the game, Whiting quarterback AJ Veloz threw a strike to receiver Keegan Rooke for a 16-yard touchdown and a 6-0 lead over Calumet, a prelude to an offensive showcase for the Oilers in the first half.
Though the Times No. 9 Oilers allowed a 60-yard touchdown pass from Quentin Harris to Miguel Rodriguez in the first quarter and two late touchdowns against the reserve defense, Whiting held on for a 41-22 Greater South Shore Conference win.
“We've been playing hard for 48 minutes, to be quite honest,” Whiting coach Jeff Cain said. “The last two weeks we've come out and scored some points early. We're a lot like the group we had last year.”
It wasn't just Veloz that got the offense rolling for the Oilers. Running back Ethan Young rushed 11 times for 175 yards and three touchdowns, just in the first half.
“As good as Ethan is and Ethan is a great back, the offensive line has been blocking very well,” Cain said. “We're starting to put the whole thing together. We want to be able to run the ball.”
Young, who ended with 225 rushing yards and four scores, also credited his offensive line for his immense rushing performance.
The Oilers put up yards in bunches all game long. Whiting (7-0, 5-0 GSSC) rushed for 253 yards and passed for 229, about as balanced as can be.
“We like to stay balanced,” Cain said. “When you become predictable, you become easy to defend. We've just got to keep getting better in all three phases.”
Young also recognized how important it was to get off to a fast start. The Oilers led 21-6 after one quarter and 34-6 at halftime.
“It's what we've been wanting to do all year,” he said. “These last few weeks we've really been getting back to getting our offense going early.”
Calumet (2-5, 1-4) passed for 166 yards and three touchdowns, including two TD catches by Harris.