NEW CHICAGO | River Forest upset Whiting 30-20 Friday after the Oilers lost quarterback AJ Veloz at halftime and gave up five turnovers.
The Ingots (5-3, 4-2) handed the Oilers (7-1, 5-1) their first defeat for the season and their first loss in Greater South Shore Conference play.
Running back Malachi Sali had a big night for the Ingots, racking up 179 yards of total offense and scoring on a 48-yard run. He also picked up a huge 12-yard rushing gain on a third and nine late in the fourth quarter, allowing the Ingots to hold onto the ball and run out the clock.
River Forest quarterback Brandon Lass threw for a touchdown and ran for another. Ingots running back Louis Cordero ran for a 29-yard touchdown and caught a 22-yard touchdown pass that gave the Ingots the lead in the third quarter.
The game started out as a wild shootout in the first half, but the Oilers lost momentum after losing Veloz, who was hit in the head late in the second quarter. Whiting then fumbled the ball five times, including during a failed attempt to punt, and committed a few delay of game penalties.
On the initial kickoff, Whiting returner Martin Petruf found a hole and ran 60 yards, setting the Oilers up at the 17-yard line.
Running back Ethan Young marched Whiting down to the end zone, moving the chains on a fourth down and then scoring from three yards out.
The Ingots answered right back, scoring on their second play from the line of scrimmage. Sala got to the outside and sped 48 yards to the end zone. River Forest faked an extra-point conversion kick, but a pass into the end zone was broken up.
Whiting marched down the field, mixing pitches to Young with down-field passes. Young ran in a second touchdown with 4:53 left in the first quarter.
The Oilers and Ingots then traded turnovers. Petruf picked off a deep pass by Laas on the 10-yard line, but Young was stripped of the ball near midfield.
River Forest quickly capitalized on the turnover. Their drive came close to stalling, but they went for it on fourth down and converted. On the next play, Cordero ran a reverse 29 yards for a score, dragging a defender, who had a fistful of his jersey, into the end zone.
In the second quarter, River Forest's Chance Young picked off Veloz and ran it back 40 yards, setting up a three-yard Terrell Stottlemire rushing touchdown.
Veloz suffered a helmet-to-helmet hit in the red zone after no receivers were open and he opted to scramble. He was taken out of the game and replaced by freshman backup Stuart Glascow.
Glascow's first pass was a 16-yard touchdown strike to Petruf, giving Whiting a 20-18 lead at the half after the two-point conversion failed.
Veloz did not return in the second half, and the Oilers struggled offensively. Glascow was able to move the ball downfield but threw two interceptions. Lass made a leaping one-handed pick with less than a minute left in the third quarter. The second pick came late in the fourth quarter, after Whiting got down to River Forest's 15-yard line.
Whiting never got the ball back. River Forest was able to move the chains with its running attack and burn out the remaining clock.