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Warren defense stands tall late to hold off Hinsdale Central in Class 8A playoffs


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2018/11/04

By Jon J. Kerr

Junior Juan DelaCruz knew what was needed to change Warren’s playoff luck.

“I talked to the juniors and I said, ‘Hey this is it. If we are going to do something, we have to get to know these dudes,’” DelaCruz said. “Relationships are key. You have to have a bond and trust in one another and I feel like the offseason created that.”

Now the Blue Devils are headed to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2001 after beating Hinsdale Central 17-14 on Saturday night. Warren (10-1) travels to Brother Rice (11-0) next weekend.

An opportunistic offense, staunch defense and timely special teams play made the difference for Warren in the second-round win.

“This was a whole team effort at its fullest,” senior running back Martin Walker Jr. said.

The Blue Devils never trailed, but could not shake Hinsdale Central (8-3), which shared the West ... READ FULL STORY
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