HARVEY | Thornton Township's Cavion Clanton sure didn't seem phased by the 24 hour delay to the Wildcats season opener.
Clanton rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, and the Times No. 3 Wildcats shut out visiting Morgan Park 34-0 to open the season with a win. Wildcats quarterback JoWahn Brown threw for 148 yards and two touchdowns on 12-21 passing. Brown also rushed for a touchdown in the win.
"It just made us more mentally ready," Clanton said of the day wait. "It just prepared us more for the game."
The Wildcats started the scoring early, when Brown found Jauan Wesley for a 62-yard strike at 9:52 of the first quarter. Brown then added his lone rushing touchdown, and Clanton took a 59-yard carry in to give the Wildcats a 20-0 first-quarter lead.
"We played together and we played as a team," Clanton said. "That's all we practice is teamwork. There's no one-man show."
Halfway through the second quarter, D'Andre Fuller caught and took a 20-yard Brown pass in for a Wildcats score, and the rout was on. Later in the quarter, Clanton rushed for his second touchdown of the game on a 19-yard scamper to give the Wildcats the 34-0 advantage going into the half.
"I've got to give Cavion some credit because he's the one who opens up the passing game for me," Brown said. "The line did a good job blocking, and I have what I think is the best receiver group in Illinois. Everybody helps out."
The game, originally scheduled for Friday night, was delayed a day because of bad weather, and Wildcats head coach Bill Mosel said he was worried how his team might come out Saturday night, but his worries were soon answered with a 34-point first half.
"Emotionally, we were ready (last night), and you're just not sure what they're going to bring to the table the second night," Mosel said. "But they did well."
After managing 338 yards of offense in the first half, Thornton Township gained only 90 yards of total offense in the second half, but Mosel said he wasn't worried with the lack of second-half production.
"We had some different backs in there and stuff," Mosel said. "We really weren't trying to throw the ball or do anything like that, and that allowed them to blitz us. It's no big deal."