Photo Gallery: Varsity football defeats West

The Ironmen improved their season record to 2-0 after defeating cross-town rivals Normal Community West 49-27.

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  • 1st year head coach heads to the locker room alone before Normal Community took on cross-town rival West – both teams entered the match-up with 1-0 records.

  • The Normal West Wildcats gather in the far endzone as a team after completing their pregame preparations.

  • The Ironmen student section arrived an hour before the game to cheer on the senior members of varsity football, band, and the cheer team in honor of senior night.

  • In response to the Ironmen students “blackout”, the Wildcat students dressed in all white to support their team.

  • The officials replace their hats after the conclusion of the national anthem. In week one, the Ironmen began the game with a 15-yard penalty for a uniform violation. The rule had been clarified with the IHSA for week 2.

  • The varsity cheer squad stretches a banner for the team to enter through before the rivalry game begins.

  • Seniors Jermaih Glenn Louis Charles (7) and Isaac Hackward (17) lead the Iron onto the field.

  • After a turnover on their first offensive drive that lead to a Wildcat TD, Dishon Hall II (32) powers his way to 6 after making a catch. After the extra point, the Ironmen would not trail again in the game.

  • The Iron Studs cheer after on the Community players from the bleachers as their team tied the game.

  • Varsity cheer performs for the Community stands during an NCHS time-out.

  • After running a reverse on their kickoff return and a large gain on a scrambling pass play, West had worked their way down to the goal line. OLB Jordan Allen (4) came up with a 3rd down stop of the Wildcats ball carrier to force a field goal attempt.

  • The West kicker (9) and holder (10) watch as the 3 point attempt goes wide left – keeping the game tied at 7.

  • DB Michael Showers (26) makes an open field tackle for the Ironmen that drew cheers from the home stands.

  • Glenn Louis Charles (7) wraps up West’s QB in the backfield for a sack.

  • After two big defensive stops and an incomplete pass, West was forced to punt on 4th down.

  • Jordan Allen (4) is able to get a hand on the ball, blocking the punt.

  • Connor Lay would score as a result of the blocked punt to give the Ironmen a 13-7 lead after missing the extra point.

  • With 2 minutes to play in the 1st quarter, Jake Hileman runs down the sideline to set up another Iron TD,

  • Fans look on from the near end zone gate behind the newly completed Iron Warrior Memorial Walkway, in honor of NCHS graduate and former Ironmen football player Joshua Rodgers. Rodgers, a US Army Ranger, was killed in action serving his country in 2017.