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Guerin's Stephen Swiecicki (66) tries to bring Walther Lutheran's Najee Toomer down by grabbing his ankle. | Jon Langham~For Sun-Times Media
Walther Lutheran's Najee Toomer could have called it a day after the first 30 minutes.
Toomer and the Broncos, used their speed to pass by Guerin 60-0 Saturday in Melrose Park.
Both teams entered the game being shutout last week.
“We played better,” Walther Lutheran coach Bruce Tuomi said. “We’ve been getting hammered too. They’re struggling over there and they're young too. At this point, any win is good and needed for our kids.”
The Gators opened the game with a nine play drive which stalled at the Broncos’ 27-yard line and that would end up being their best offensive possession.
Walther Lutheran took no time to take the ball back the other way and ended its opening drive with a Justin Tolbert 18-yard touchdown run to make it 8-0.
From that point on, it was all Broncos (1-3).
Toomer intercepted a ball and returned it 50 yards for the score and a 16-0 lead.
After a fumble ended the next Gators possession, quarterback Joe Lomnicki hooked up with tight end Jon Fuqua for a 47-yard touchdown pass.
Toomer ended Walther Lutheran’s next two possessions with 60 and 23 yard touchdown runs to extend the lead to 36-0 and returned another interception for a touchdown.
“Offensively, we came out with a game plan and we ran the ball right down them,” Guerincoach Tony Pecoraro said.
“Defensively, we’re a young team and that’s a fast team and they're just better than us today. We couldn’t stop them and there was nothing that we could do.”
In the end, Toomer ran for 87 yards on four attempts with two rushing touchdowns and two defensive scores. Lomnicki wrapped up the win 5-for-6 passing with one touchdown and one 40 yard scamper into the endzone. For Guerin (1-3), quarterback Gavin Byrne threw for 37 yards and three interceptions on 4-for-20 passing.
Senior running back Kevin Doyle ran the ball 19 times for 55 yards and one fumble.
Both teams will be back in action next Saturday as the Broncos will host Wheaton Academy and the Gators will host Chicago Christian.
“Hopefully this will bring us up more and we can build on it,” Tuomi said. “We’ll practice this week and hopefully we’ll have more hop in our step. We actually think we can win a couple games down the road.”