How good is Mikale Wilbon now that he's added 15 pounds of muscle and dropped his 40-yard dash time by two-tenths of a second?
"He's the best I've seen since [Corey] Rogers at Leo," Gordon Tech coach Bill Jeske said, referring to the Lions' 1990 All-Stater. "We're real young, but he's for real."
Wilbon ran nine times for 170 yards and three touchdowns and also caught a 24-yard scoring pass Thursday as De La Salle rolled by Gordon Tech 34-0 at Lane Stadium.
The 5-9, 190-pound junior didn't have to work as hard as last week, when he ran for 327 yards and four scores on the same field in a win over Lane. He had just one carry after the Meteors (2-0) took a 27-0 halftime lead.
Though he made plays by breaking tackles and simply outrunning the Rams, Wilbon deflected the credit to his line: center Jonah Amos, tackles Javon Burrus and Jamarco Jones, guards Rich Collins and Aaron Roberts and tight end Kyle Malan.
"They help me out a lot," Wilbon said. "They really win the game every time I touch the ball so I give it up to my linemen, all my blockers like my receivers and my fullback. That's how we score, that's how we win."
But the Meteors won't keep winning if they have to rely too much on Wilbon. So coach Dan O'Keefe was glad to see quarterback Shelby Spence complete 6 of 10 passes for 118 yards and a score.
"We can't be a one-trick pony, be one-dimensional offensively," O'Keefe said. "Especially with the teams we've got coming up.
"I'm happy with the two wins. But we haven't seen anything like what we're going to see next week [in Mount Carmel]. They're top 5 for a reason. It's nice to have multiple threats on offense."
Wilbon had De La Salle up 14-0 in the first quarter with scoring runs of 15 yards around the right side and 74 yards down the left sideline. Two plays after Malan recovered a Gordon Tech fumble, Wilbon burst through the right side for a 35-yard TD run midway through the second quarter. His 24-yard scoring catch from Spence made it 27-0 with 1:38 left before halftime. Michael Conley ran five yards for the Meteors' final score with 4:20 remaining in the third quarter.
Gordon Tech (1-1) ran for 164 yards, getting 75 on 14 carries from George Ortiz and 51 on nine rushes (all in the second half) by sophomore David Holiday.
"We're just trying to get better every week," Jeske said.