WHITING | It wasn't exactly the homecoming game the Oilers had planned on Friday night, but they came through at the right times.
After scoring just six points through three quarters, Times No. 9 Whiting came from behind by scoring twice in the fourth in their 20-14 Greater Southshore Conference win over South Central.
With eight minutes left, Whiting junior running back Ethan Young scored on a 8-yard run to make it 14-12.
"We really needed Ethan to run the ball tonight," Whiting coach Jeff Cain said. "We were excited at halftime and we're continuing to play 48 minutes."
However, the dramatic sequence came when the Oilers (4-0, 2-0 GSSC) converted on a fourth-and-3 when senior quarterback AJ Veloz connected on an 8-yard pass to sophomore receiver Mitch Alicea.
Then with 2:43 left, Young scored on an 11-yarder set up by another Alicea catch on a fourth down when he made a diving catch while going out of bounds and dragging his feet in bounds.
"Those plays gave me inspiration to run harder," said Young, who ran for 115 yards on 30 carries. "Some of the plays he (Alicea) makes are ridiculous."
South Central (0-4, 0-2) had the ball in the red zone on its first four possessions and finally broke through on the third one on a fourth down from a Kyle Sturdy 2-yard scoring run.
"It was a helluva challenge for the defense because we kept giving them the ball and a short field," Cain said. "(Defensive coordinator) Brett (Jennings) has done an outstanding job with the group."
After a second Veloz interception, the Satellites converted their second on a broken play when Sturdy scrambled then threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to receiver Robert Miller, who set up the first touchdown on a 61-yard interception return.
The Oilers were finally able to get on the board on their last possession of the first half when Veloz hooked up with Keegan Rooke on a 20-yard score that was set up by a Brett Gibbons 25-yard catch and a Satellite 15-yard penalty.
In its first drive of the second half, Whiting drove all the way down to the Satellite 7, but they failed to score after two consecutive incompletions.
The Satellites had a shot after Miller got behind the defense, but Sturdy overthrew him as both teams failed to score in the third, leaving it 14-6.
"Our kids played hard, but we made a couple too many mistakes," South Central coach Dan Klimczak said. "We played good defensively and Robert Miller had an outstanding performance. I couldn't be more proud of his effort."