Football: Whiting wraps up undefeated regular season
By Kevin O’Keefe Post-Tribune correspondent October 12, 2012 11:50PM
Updated: November 14, 2012 3:13PM
WHITING — Whiting’s 10 seniors were honored during Friday’s Senior Night festivities. But after the game ended, they were awarded something even better — the Greater South Shore Conference trophy.
The Oilers capped off a perfect 9-0 season, including a 7-0 mark in conference play, with a 33-8 win over Lake Station. It’s the first GSSC crown for Whiting, which had seen Wheeler win it every year of its existence.
Senior running back Noe Torres had three touchdown runs on the night and Whiting turned three Eagles turnovers into scores.
“We’re pretty good if we have our hands on the ball,” said Oilers coach Jeff Cain. “We’ve done a really good job taking care of the football this year and it all starts with this guy (quarterback A.J. Veloz).”
Veloz completed 17-of-26 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown and no interceptions.
“It all starts with my line,” Veloz said. “They have confidence in me and I obviously have confidence in them.”
Veloz got the Oilers on the board first with a 9-yard bootleg with 2:13 left in the first quarter. The run capped an eight-play, 66-yard drive. The Oilers then capitalized on a Lake Station fumble, with Torres running it in off right tackle from 3 yards out with 5:32 left in the half.
Just when it looked like the half would end 12-0, Veloz found Rudy Wanek wide open from 20 yards out with just 8 seconds left. The Rene Calderon kick made it 19-0 at the half.
Torres notched his second 3-yard TD run with 5:59 left in the third.
The Eagles finally got on the board as Kody Lemley hooked up with Kyle Gooch from 8 yards out and hit J.D. Bastin for the 2 point conversion. Torres’ third touchdown run of the night from 20 yards out with 1:15 left.