The Warriors' offense wasn't too shabby, either. Senior running back Mike McManus carried the ball 15 times for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His first score was Barry Sanders-esque, as he reversed field in the backfield, then outran a handful of defenders while sprinting to the end zone for a 45-yard score.
"Great blocking up front from our line, especially up the middle," McManus said. "They were creating some big holes that allowed us to really utilize our team speed. We run a spread offense, and our speed is our strength, so when guys give us that much room, it's off to the races sometimes."
Crowley (eight carries, 63 yards) and quarterback Patrick Breisch (10 carries, 80 yards) each had rushing touchdowns for the Warriors – who carried the ball 37 times for 351 yards.
Elgin (1-2) was limited to 164 yards of offense (126 rushing, 38 passing), with the vast majority of those yards coming late in the third and fourth quarters, when the Warriors had their backups in the game. Remarkably, 31 of Elgin's 42 plays went for 3 yards or fewer, and nine were for losses.
"There's still plenty we need to work on to be one of the area's elite teams," Zunkel said. "We made some mistakes despite what the final score showed, but that's what practice is for. And we're gonna keep at it and keep improving week after week. That's our goal as a team."