HARVEY | As Thornton Township coach Bill Mosel put it, it was just another Saturday afternoon in Harvey, Illinois.
The Wildcats won a wild game against Southwest Suburban Red Conference foe Lincoln-Way North, and this was not just another day or game.
With the game tied at 42 and time winding down, the Wildcats' JoWahn Brown connected on a 39-yard touchdown strike to D'Anthony Cross with 16 seconds remaining for the the 49-42 win.
Both teams squandered double-digit, second-half leads, setting the stage for the late game heroics.
"Saturday afternoon in Harvey, that's all I can say," Mosel said. "We were chasing 14, then we get up 14 and let them bring a kickoff back. It was just one of those games. We're just trying to get the ball to our playmakers in space and let them make plays."
Brown did a masterful job of distributing the ball to six receivers throughout the game, and the Wildcat offense was able to keep the Phoenix defense guessing throughout. Brown finished 24-of-33 for 280 yards and five touchdowns.
"I have to give a lot of the glory to my receivers," Brown said. "They were making big plays. I gave them the ball, they made a couple people miss and they made plays. The line blocked great, too."
The Wildcats trailed 21-14 at the half before a 68-yard Lincoln-Way North run opened up the lead to 14. Two Brown touchdown passes, a Jamal Towns scoring run plus a 31-yard interception return by Ronnie Cross gave Thornton a brief 14-point lead.
"They were trying to stop the pass and then we went to the run," Jamal Towns said. "It opened up wide holes for us to run the ball."
Jason Towns had touchdown receptions of 8 and 46 and 8 yards, plus he also had a big game in the Thornton secondary by breaking up numerous deep balls.
"We had to keep them off balance," he said. "They're a pretty good team on the defensive side. We had to mix it up on them. That's when we started getting the big pop plays."