Despite rolling for 459 yards – 169 rushing and 290 passing – the Arrows could not overcome 9-Man’s No. 3 ranked Wheaton-Herman-Norcross, falling 54-28 Friday night.
“It was a long, frustrating night against Wheaton,” said head coach Andy Campbell. “We game-planned all week to make defensive stops and we simply didn’t execute.
“Our hats go off to their kids and coaching staff as they are always ready to play.
“We had our chances in the game, but blew them with poor execution,” he said. “We let their offensive line and running backs dictate the pace of the game, and we didn’t make enough plays in their offensive backfield.
“When you go on the road to take on a state power, you can’t give them any momentum, any spark.”
The Arrows had three touchdown passes from quarterback Blake Ohren to Reed Hanson, who also threw one interception.
Ohren finished the day with 290 yards passing on 23 of 39 attempts, and he also rushed 23 times for 83 yards.
Hanson tallied a total of 148 yards on seven receptions for his three TDs.
Gage Olson ran the ball 18 times for 81 yards and pulled down five catches for 31 yards.
Defensively, Hunter Fick had 12 tackles, Dylan Barry six tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception, and Jeff Berglund had seven tackles.
The Ashby defense also caused a pair of fumbles and made a pair of recoveries and had four quarterback hurries in the game.
“We lost a few seniors to injury in the game, which really showed our inexperience and lack of numbers in depth, where Wheaton was able to make wave after wave of substitutions,” said Campbell. “Nonetheless, our kids battled hard all night and played a tough, physical game, and I am proud of them for that.”