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Lincoln-Way North’s Julian Hylton (21) weaves through the Thornton defense at Thornton, Saturday September, 15, 2012. | Ray Luna~For Sun-Times Media
Thornton quarterback JoWahn Brown competed 24 of 34 passes for 279 yards and five touchdowns. He hit D’Andre Fuller and Jason Towns with two scoring passes each. Brown’s performance overshadowed Lincoln-Way North’s Julian Hylton, who scored six touchdowns — four on the ground, a 40-yard reception from quarterback Ryan Arthur and a 90-yard kickoff return.
With the game tied at 42 and 1:32 to play, Thornton (3-1, 2-0 SouthWest Suburban Red) orchestrated a drive that culminated with Brown hitting D’Anthony Cross on a 39-yard scoring strike with 16.3 seconds remaining.
“The coaches just told us we have to take it one play at a time. They called the right plays and we executed them.” — Thornton’s Brown, on the Wildcats rallying from a 28-14 third-quarter deficit
When Hylton raced 67 yards for a score on the first series of the second half, Lincoln-Way North (2-2, 1-1) took a 28-14 lead. Taje Frazier’s pick-six covering 33 yards highlighted a 28-0 Thornton run that vaulted the Wildcats ahead 42-28. Hylton had 176 yards on 19 carries.