Warren Township Football: 2022 Season Recap


Erich Packer, Sports Editor

The Warren Township football team had yet another great season of football in 2022, continuing the long tradition of great teams at the High School. Warren’s famous defense continued to shut down opponents, and a fast, explosive offense put up huge numbers on the board for the Blue Devils. The season may have ended earlier than many hoped, but it was still a season to remember.

The Blue Devil football team kicked off their season at home, against Barrington. Warren earned a 41-7 win over the Broncos in an explosive offensive game for the Blue Devils. Charley Thompson began his huge season on the ground with 189 yards and 4 touchdowns. Adams Behrens rushed for a touchdown and threw for 204 yards with one touchdown pass to Jailen Duffie. The defense held their ground only allowing one touchdown, coming in the 3rd quarter.

Warren’s second game of the season was a personal one. In the 2021 season, the Blue Devils fell to Maine South in a huge upset. The Maine South student section stormed Warren’s field and flew their flag across the turf. This year, Warren got the chance play them in Park Ridge. The Blue Devils were able to pull off a spectacular win, 19-17. Charley Thompson showed out for the second week in a row with 131 rushing yards and a touchdown. Jaden Turner had a huge game defensively, recording 10 tackles with 4 sacks. Jailen Duffie made a mark on both sides of the ball with a huge interception and a receiving touchdown.

The next week was an easier task for the Blue Devils, they rolled past Libertyville 42-8. Charley Thompson ran for 164 yards and Adam Behrens threw for 168 yards. Jailen Duffie and Cassius Callahan each had three receptions, combining for 143 yards.

The Blue Devils continued their streak of away games at Stevenson. The team picked up a 35-16 win, yet again dominating on the ground. Charley Thompson had 2 touchdowns and Justin Kretz had 1 rushing touchdown. Justin Kretz had a big effect on defense as well, recording 9 tackles. Taylen Curry also had a big defensive game with 6 tackles.

Warren returned back home for their homecoming matchup against Lake Zurich. The Blue Devils picked up a disappointing first season loss against the Bears losing 23-14. This was Warren’s first loss against an in-conference opponent in 5 years. This loss was also a key loss towards the Blue Devils playoff seed. Charley Thompson and Justin Kretz both were a silver lining in the loss. The offense attempted to mount a comeback in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to save the undefeated record.

Following the loss, Warren traveled to Mundelein to play the Mustangs. The Blue Devils got back on track winning 48-8. Charley Thompson dominated on the ground yet again with 164 yards. Adams Behrens threw 3 touchdowns to Cassius Callahan, Justin Kretz and Taylen Curry. Aiden Porreca had an impressive day on defense, recording 7 tackles.

The Blue Devils had an easy next 3 games. Warren first faced Waukegan at home, winning 47-0. Next, Warren played Lake Forest, where they won 28-0 led by a monster game from Charley Thompson, who recorded 282 yards and a touchdown. To conclude the regular season, Warren returned home to play Zion-Benton, where they earned 48-6 win against the Zee-Bees.

The Blue Devil football team kicked off their playoff campaign against Stevenson, at home. The challenge of the playoffs didn’t daunt the Blue Devils as they took the win 26-14. Defense was the story of the game as Warren recorded 5 interceptions from Quentin Reeves, Liam Wiley, Cassius Callahan and 2 from Dajhir Gordon. Donovan Mcneal recorded 6 tackles on defense and 22 total yards on offense.

The win against Stevenson meant that Warren would play in Tinley Park against Andrew High School. Warren’s strong run game once again took the Blue Devils to a win as they defeated Andrew 41-7. Charley Thompson rushed for 2 touchdowns, one being for 47 yards and Cassius Callahan had a 99 yard kick return for a Blue Devil touchdown.

The win at Andrew meant Warren would face their biggest challenge yet, their familiar foe from state 3 years ago, Lincoln Way-East. The Blue Devils took a tough loss in the quarter-finals 35-14 to end their playoff run. The Blue Devil offense struggled to get anything going and were down 35-0 early in the fourth quarter. The Blue Devils found a small spark at the end of a game with a blocked punt return by Jaden Turner and an Adam Behrens passing touchdown.

The Blue Devil football season came to an unfortunate early end, but the Blue Devils still found plenty of success throughout the season. Charley Thompson rushed for over 1500 yards earning himself a spot on the Lake County All-Area team along with Jailen Duffie and Cassius Callahan. Justin Kretz led the team in tackles earning himself an honorable mention on the All-Area team along with Jaden Turner and Kole Weinberg.

The Blue Devils ended their season with a 10-2 record, placing second in the conference and ranking among the top teams in the state.