By Liz Stroh

The Woodstock North varsity football team posted a shutout victory in its first game of the season Aug. 26, thumping Chicago’s UIC College Prep at home 66-0.

“UIC comes from a league not quite the caliber that we have, but they threw some unique defensive adjustments at us, and our team handled it well,” said Thunder coach Jeff Schroeder. “Our team had a lot of contributors who stayed focused and didn’t lose intensity regardless of the score.”

WNHS senior Colin Ritter was the evening’s standout on defense. Ritter broke the school record for most interceptions in one game, tallying three in the second half.

The Thunder’s offense was equally strong. Schroeder highlighted senior running back/linebacker Casey Dycus and senior quarterback Matt Zinnen, as well as junior running back/linebacker Collin Mergl as anchoring the team’s huge offensive effort. The offensive line, too, came up big for the Thunder.

Schroeder, in his ninth year as coach for the Thunder, said he expects good things from his team this season. It is WNHS’ first season in the newly formed Kishwaukee River Conference.

“If we continue to improve each week, we will be formidable competition,” Schroeder said. “… We are maturing as a team. We are very businesslike at practice, and the team is focused on the fact we have goals and would like to achieve them.”

WNHS will travel to nonconference Round Lake for a game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2.

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