Absorbing back-to-back losses was a ghastly way to start the season for Stevenson, a team that entered 2013 shouldering high expectations internally and externally.
Blowout wins the last two weeks, however, have been much more palatable for the Patriots, the second of which came Friday night, 49-3 against North Suburban Lake rival Libertyville.
"We've got a couple (wins) under our belt and now we're starting to get rolling," said junior QB Willie Bourbon, who accounted for 348 yards of offense and four touchdowns in just over a half of play. "We can only get better from here."
The host Patriots (2-2, 2-0) couldn't have been much better Friday, finding the end zone on their first three drives on runs from Bourbon and Jack Joseph and Bourbon's 45-yard pass to Cameron Green. Their 28-0 halftime lead came via a 3-yard Bourbon sneak. Tim Vestuto's two third-quarter rushing scores triggered a running clock.
Libertyville (2-2, 0-1) was stonewalled, going three-and-out on its first three drives and failing to pick up a first down without the benefit of a penalty until its fifth possession.
Since their two losses came in nonconference games, the Patriots are positioned to be major players in the league race, which could be decided in the season finale when Lake Zurich comes to Lincolnshire.
"Our goals are still intact; we just have to keep moving on to the next week," Morrissey said. "You never forget (the losses), but maybe they'll be healthy lessons down the road."
Player of the game: Willie Bourbon, Stevenson, 13-for-21, 257 yards, 2 TDs; 10 carries, 91 yards, 2 TDs.
Key performers: Stevenson — Cameron Green, 4 catches, 132 yards, 1 TD; Matt Morrissey, 4 catches, 69 yards, 1 TD. Libertyville — Anthony Monken, 16-for-30, 163 yards; Jake Mansfield, 7 catches, 62 yards.Copyright © 2015, RedEye