[Mary Beth Nolan]
The first quarter ended with little fanfare as Wheaton North punted its first two drives, but had a clear emphasis to establish Singleton as early as often with seven rushes for 17 yards in the first quarter.
Singleton finished the first half with 86 yards on 18 carries.
To open the second quarter, Wheaton North used ideal field position and a methodical, all-run five-play drive to get on the board first 7-0 with 9:58 remaining. Singleton had 32 yards on the drive, but Netzer found a lane at the goal line.
On the ensuing possession, Batavia answered right back with a four-play drive that was aided on a crucial third-and-one rush by Urwiler, who ripped a 30-yard run. The next play, Cooper found Peterson in the end zone for a 29-yard answering score with nine minutes to go to tie it 7-7.
Wheaton North was cruising for another chance approaching the red zone, but a costly offensive pass interference stalled the drive. Facing third-and-23, Netzer got 14 yards back on a pass to tight end Jake Johnson, but Hegranes missed the go-ahead field goal with over one minute remaining – and the tie was preserved going into the second half.