CHAMPAIGN — The second trip of the season to Tommy Stewart Field went much better than the first for the Normal Community West High School football team.
The Wildcats used defense to bolt to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter as they rolled to a second straight shutout, a 45-0 triumph over Champaign Central in Big 12 Conference play on Friday night.
During a Week 1 visit to Stewart Field, West failed to hang on to a late lead before succumbing to Champaign Centennial. But there was no such fade against Central.
West quarterback Tyler Marcordes scored on a 4-yard run to take a 7-0 lead. Then the defense returned back-to-back fumbles for touchdowns, capped by Nick Fike’s 34-yarder.
Junior Cory Ortiz led West with 83 yards rushing on 13 carries. Marcordes, the Wildcats’ quarterback, completed 7 of 11 pass attempts for 51 yards.
West (2-1, 2-1) finished with 252 yards of offense, while holding Central (1-2, 1-2) to 162.