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IHSA Week 9 Recap

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This is it weekend…

WEEK 9

All of the summer drills and hot, intense practices come down to this week – week 9 – the final week of Illinois High School Association (IHSA) football. And on top of that, Mother Nature provided the area with beautiful weather for football, as many teams make a strong run for a playoff spot.  

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Friday, October 24

Mount Carmel 10, Loyola 7
The Caravan (5-4, 1-3) clinched their 29th straight playoff berth Friday night against conference foe Loyola, 10-7 at Gately Stadium.

In this game, it wasn’t the play of the offense, as the score states, it was the defense which kept the Ramblers off-balanced the entire game. The Caravan D had two takeaways, an interception by Avery Saffold and a fumble recovery by Patrick O’Shea, plus a couple of perfectly timed sacks, led by junior Foster Williams.

“They had a couple timely blitzes,” Loyola coach John Holecek said. “[Williams] coming off the edge, with their speed — he hurt us a few times.”

The Caravan got on the board right before halftime after a 39-yard pass from Anthony Thompson to Steven Wirtel, which put the ball on the one-yard line. One play later, Anthony Ries, took it in.

Ries finished the game with 10 carries for 91 yards and that one touchdown, A.J. Lewis added 18 carries for 76 yards. The game was sealed with a 33-yard field goal by Zach Mirabelli with 3:30 in the third.

“You work so hard in the offseason, coming in January at 5:30 in the morning [for] lifting,” Lewis said. “You know it’s all going to pay off.”

The Ramblers got on the board late on a two-yard run by Jack Loper, but the Caravan recovered the onside kick and ran the clock out.

This team doesn’t look like MC teams of the past but they did just enough to make other teams say, ‘I hope we don’t pull them in the first round.

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Brother Rice 28, St Rita 21

The Crusaders take a share of the Catholic Blue title after defeating St Rita 28-21 Friday night.

Rice jumped out early to a 21-7 halftime lead but later in the contest including taking advantage of a fake punt, and four plays later Marcus Jones (16 carries, 66 yards, TD) scored the first touchdown on the night. Then, on the next possession, Greg Bernier, recovered a fumble by Rita and ran it in. Yup – two scores in the 19 seconds in the Catholic Blue…

They never looked back but had to turn things over to their stingy defense that stood strong stopping the Mustangs on two must-have plays.

“We knew it was going to be a dog fight. We were in a good position last week against Providence and let it go,” said senior defensive end Kevin Furlong, who had a tackle for loss and sack.

Alex Alarcon finished the game 15-for-25, 170 yards and a touchdown. St. Rita’s Tyre Lee had 24 carries, 132 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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Oak Lawn 28, Shepard 3
Oak Lawn (3-6, 2-4): Joe Robinson 2 rushing TD; Joe Cosenza 2 TD passes; Alec McCarthy, Tyler Loehr TD catch each; Mitchell Gonsch 2 fumble recoveries

Benet 66, Marian Catholic 7
Benet (6-3, 4-3): Brad Sznajder 3 TD runs

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2014 Big Ten Week 8 Recap

Posted on October 19, 2014. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Week 8…

October 18, 2014

Week 8… not sure how to describe it – you are either a fan of the B1G Ten or not. For me, this weekend was like going out on a second date, to a mediocre restaurant, and the check comes, and it’s a little more than you thought it would be – expectations were not met.

On the flip side, two B1G TEN teams did stamp their eligibility on for a bowl game. I guess this is when games start to really matter.

 

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Nebraska 38, Northwestern 17

Each team made a fashion statement: Northwestern with its alternate Gothic jerseys, Nebraska fans by taking over Ryan Field. Northwestern’s Justin Jackson made his own statement with two touchdown runs, and the Wildcats defense contained Nebraska en route to a 17-14 halftime lead.

Nebraska’s Blackshirts adjusted in the second half, shutting out Northwestern and limiting them to 30 yards of offense. Ameer Abdullah broke free for 146 rushing yards and four touchdowns, and Tommy Armstrong made you believe a large man could fly.

It’s a tough loss for Northwestern, which had shown some fight after a rough start to the season. Beyond the emergence of freshman running back Justin Jackson (who would be performing like Abdullah or Melvin Gordon if he had a better offensive line), not much is going well. To make a bowl, the Wildcats have to sweep Michigan, Purdue and Illinois or else pull an upset. As for the Cornhuskers, this finally looks like the year Bo Pelini loses fewer than four games.

 

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Minnesota 39, Purdue 38

Is Minnesota for real? Well Saturday they proved they deserve a seat at the table like everyone else.

It was sloppy but it’s a ‘W’ period.

The Gophers took the lead on Ryan Santoso’s 52-yard field goal. On Purdue’s final drive, Cedric Thompson intercepted Austin Appleby to preserve the win.

Purdue played a solid game in the first-half behind the play of running back, Raheem Mostert, who had 100 rushing yards after two carries, and Appleby’s second touchdown pass put the Boilermakers up 31-20 at the half.

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Maryland 38, Iowa 31

Hawkeyes got things started frist and jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but the home team, fought back behind the fine play of Stefon Diggs, who finished the day with 9 catches, 130 yards. And in the fourth, bam… a pick-six which sealed the victory.

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Michigan State 56, Indiana 17

The Spartans continue to dominate including three straight touchdown drives let the Spartans put the game out of reach by halftime, and then Mark Dantonio added three more in the fourth quarter for good measure.

Week 9 in the Big Ten, which has Rutgers-Nebraska, Maryland-Wisconsin, Minnesota-Illinois and Michigan-Michigan State going for it.

 

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IHSA Week 8 Recap

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Stretch run…

WEEK 8

Illinois High School Association (IHSA) put lots of hard conference games on the schedule for week 8 as many teams are fighting to get that minimum 5 victories for a hope and prayer for a playoff berth. And as Mother Nature begins the to turn the corner, these games were hot and interesting…

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Saturday, October 18

Mount Carmel 42, Hales 16
Caravan (4-4) get a BIG win Saturday night and still keep their eyes on another playoff run.

“Every week is a new week,”  Mount Carmel coach Frank Lenti said. “It’s always going to be win or go home from here on out. We’re not making too big a deal out of it. It’s in the kids’ hands. Everybody’s all excited about, ‘what do we have to do,’ but I say we have to play well against good competition, that’s all it really comes down to.”

DePaul Prep 35, St. Joseph 0
DePaul Prep (4-4, 2-0): Paulie Rivas 2 rushing TD, 80-yd TD pass; Marwan Smith TD; Chris Jerome Smith 2 rushing TD

Friday, October 17

Homewood-Flossmoor 68, Lockport 21

Wonder twin power activated again as the Vikings win BIG against Lockport Friday night.

The Harley-Hampton brothers — Deante and Devonte – combined for the first six touchdowns in the first half of the 68-21 win. They are nicknamed for their speed: Devonte is nicknamed “Squirrel” and Deante is nicknamed “Rabbit”.

“We both ran a 4.47 40,” said Deante, who scored from 76 yards out on the Vikings first offensive play. “Great execution by the team and good blocks.”

“Once he seen the opening he pushed it,” Devonte said.

Deante finished with seven carries for 175 yard and three TDs. Devonte had the same number of carries for 46 yards and three TDs — one receiving.

With this win, the Vikings (6-2, 5-1) keep pace for the SouthWest Suburban Blue title.

 

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Providence 45, Brother Rice 42

Talk about an offensive game where both teams put up lots of points and over 1,000 yards of offense… but in the end, the Celtics held off the Crusaders to snag a 3-point victory.

Things got started when Richie Warfield returned a 94-yard kickoff return, and from that, each team went back-and-forth throughout.

The Celtics’, Justin Hunniford, completed 22-of-34 passes for 364 yards and five touchdowns – three of those touchdown passes were a part of a first-half that saw the Celtics (7-1, 3-1) build a 28-7 lead at intermission.

As the score states, the Crusaders did not give up, they only needed just 11 minutes to turn a three-touchdown deficit into a 28-28 tie. Rice’s biggest weapon was quarterback Alex Alarcon, who finished 33-of-46 for 430 yards. Sophomore Ricky Smalling caught 11 of those passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns, covering 61, 31 and 22 yards. It was the duo’s 31-yard score with one minute remaining in the third quarter that tied the game 28-28. Alarcon rushed for scores of nine and two yards in the fourth quarter.

Hunniford converted a 27-yard field goal at 10:43 of the fourth quarter that gave Providence a 31-28 lead. This lead they would not relinquish, though Rice did score two mroe times.

“I’d say the fans got their money’s worth,” Providence coach Mark Coglianese said. “It was a wild one, that’s for sure.”

Rice needs to beat St. Rita on Friday to earn a share of the Blue title with Providence.

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Lincoln-Way East 23, Bolingbrook 9

Liam Morrissey did it all in this Friday night contest including rushed for 173 yards on 38 carries and touchdowns to lead East to a BIG conference win over Bolingbrook.

“It was a direct reflection of how good our line is this year,” Morrissey said. “They’re doing some amazing things. They’re all great.”

With this victory, the Griffins clinched atleast a tie for the conference title.

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Crete-Monee 25, Rich Central 12
Crete-Monee (5-3, 4-1): Clint Ratkovich 21 carries, 163 yards, 2 TDs.

Lemont 57, Tinley Park 20
Lemont (8-0, 5-0): Ryan Dawson 12-for-20, 276 yards, 7 TD; Flynn Nagel 5 catches, 170 yards, 2 TD.

Argo 31, Oak Lawn 10
Argo (4-4, 3-2): Diamonte Mallory 3 catches, 122 yards, TD; 84-yard kick return TD.

St. Laurence 28, Leo 6
St, Laurence (4-4, 3-1): Alex Martinez 10-for-12, 241 yards, 4 TD; Fayezon Smart 20 carries, 137 yards; Carlos Baker 4 catches, 123 yards, 2 TD.

T.F. South 34, Reavis 14
T.F. South (6-2): Torian Lewis 19 carries, 120 yards, TD; Sterling Smith 18 carries, 89 yards, TD; Cody Petrich 4-of-7, 2 TD.

 

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2014 Big Ten Week 7 Recap

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Week 7…

October 11, 2014

No ranked games for any BIG TEN teams… Really? Wow… Well, at least every game was competitive. As a sidebar, I’m still a little confused on Big Ten football…

 

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Wisconsin 38, Illinois 28
Although the Illini took an early lead against the Badgers, 14-7, but it wouldn’t be for the entire game, of course. The Badgers dominated much of the second and third quarters behind Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement’s 339 rushing yards, but the Illini scored twice in the fourth quarter to make the final line more respectable.

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Michigan State 45, Purdue 31
The Spartans were just too much for the Boilermakers. There one-two punch of Connor Cook and Tony Lippett resembled an NFL-caliber quarterback-receiver duo.

The Boilermakers did make it a game beind for 21 in the fourth. The Boilermakers got the ball back with three minutes and a chance to tie, but pressure from the Spartan defense (which harassed Purdue QB Austin Appleby all game) forced an errant throw Darien Harris picked off and returned for a touchdown to seal the win.

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Michigan 18, Penn State 13
Close but necessary victory for Michigan.

The Nittany Lions led 13-10 at the half thanks to a Devin Gardner pick turned into a touchdown. From this, they were only able to score 3 points, and the Wolverines hit two field goals. Facing fourth and long in its own territory, Penn State took an intentional safety and attempted a last-ditch onside kick. They recovered it, only for a bogus offside penalty to wipe it out. Yawn….

Minnesota 24, Northwestern 17
Gophers keep doing just enough to win games and on this Saturday they improved to 2-0 in conference play. This is the first time in a decade. Way to go!!!

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Iowa 45, Indiana 29
In the first quarter, Iowa exploded for four touchdowns to take a 28-7 lead. The Hoosiers got it close, pulling within seven at 28-21, but returning Hawkeye quarterback Jake Rudock propelled Iowa to a couple more scores to ensure he could wear his plaid victory cap.

Running-back Tevin Coleman (15 carries, 219 yards) is doing all he can to buoy the Hoosiers, busting out for three 40+ yard touchdown runs, but he can’t save the season all by himself.

NOTE: Iowa is just one win away from bowl eligibility.

Week 8 features four Big Ten games outside of the Ohio State-Rutgers game: Purdue-Minnesota, Iowa-Maryland, Michigan State-Indiana and Nebraska-Northwestern. I recommend Iowa-Maryland for its delicate combination of crab and corn and Purdue-Minnesota for the gleeful uglyball the Gophers will play. See you all then.

 

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IHSA Week 7 Recap

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Playoff run begins now….

WEEK 7

Just a few more weeks left – who’s make a stand? who’s fighting to win 5…

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Friday, October 11

Bloom 35, Rich Central 28

Rich Central came out on Friday ready to move into a first place tie with Bloom Township in the Southland Conference. The Olympians scored twice in the first 4 minutes on their opening possessions when quarterback DeQuan Richie (20 for 41, 347 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT) tossed a pair of touchdowns. The first went to Jordan Fuqua (3 TDs) from 17 yards out. The next came a minute later to Deshon Kelly from 29 yards away.

After this, the Blazin’ Trojans scored the next 35 points on their way to a 35-28 win in Olympia Fields.

The play that turned the game around came early in the third when Kyle Pugh recovered a fumble at the Olympians’ 7-yard line. After an offside penalty and a 3-yard run by Emmanual Williams, quarterback Jordan Benavides punched it in from 9-yards out for a 28-14 lead with 5:30 left in the third.

“We never gave up on each other and we knew we would come back and make our plays,” Bloom coach Tony Palombi said. “We kept our focus today and they are on a mission.”

Williams scored the first three touchdowns on runs of 60, nine, and nine yards. He added his fourth from 29 yards out with 2:19 left in the third to give his team a 35-14 lead. The 5-5 senior finished with 193 yards on 24 carries.

“We are one and we protect each other,” Williams said. “My line blocked beautifully tonight. We have one things on our mind— one game at a time.”

Fuqua pulled the Olympians within 35-28 on a 2-yard TD run with 7:07 left in the fourth and a 5-yard TD catch with 34 seconds remaining. An onside kick was recovered by the Olympians on the ensuing kickoff but on the first play Richie threw and interception to Johnson to end the comeback bid.

“There is a lot of football left to play for us,” Rich Central coach Terrell Alexander said. “Our kids played their hearts out to the end and I respect my kids and I love them to death.”

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St. Rita 55, St. Joseph 14

St. Rita running back Tyre Lee piled up 129 rushing yards and three touchdowns as host St. Rita rolled to a convincing 55-14 win over St. Joseph on Senior Night in a Catholic League crossover.

“I leave it up to my linemen. They go up there and do everything for me,” Lee said with a smile. “They work so hard for me that I’ve got to put some stats up for them. Just keeping it going running, just keep pushing.”

St. Rita improved to 6-1 overall, clinching a playoff berth for sure with the victory.

The road does not get any easier for the Mustangs, who close the season on the road at Loyola and Brother Rice with the Catholic League Blue title still very much up for grabs.

St. Joseph fell to 2-5. Armone Elem rushed 14 times for 119 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown run in the first quarter for the Chargers.

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Homewood-Flossmoor 35, Bolingbrook 28

Vikings hold off the stingy Raiders 35-28 in a different way than everyone expected… through the air.

Things finalized when Jared Sharp hit Bryce Gray for two long touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. Gray’s 80-yarder to Sharp with 9:00 left gave the Vikings a 28-21 lead. But the Raiders were not done… Quincy Woods returned the kickoff 66 yards to the HF 4-yard line and Julian Huff scored from a yard out two plays later to tie the score at 28.

But just like that, Gray and Sharp hooked up again, this time for a 39-yard touchdown with 6:18 remaining for the final lead change in a wild second half.

It was sweet redemption for H-F (5-2, 4-1), which let double-digit leads slip away in losses to Stevenson and Lincoln-Way East.

“We knew we’d face adversity,” Gray said. “We started off slow. All we wanted to do was execute our game plan, and we knew if we did that, we’d win the game.”

Deante Harley-Hampton finished the game with 21 carries and 133 yards, and 1-touchdown. Twin brother, Devonte, also scored scored in during the contest

“Our kids persevered,” H-F coach Craig Buzea said. “They’re growing up. We could easily be 7-0 and the No. 1 team in the state. I think we hit some bumps in the road and we learned from it.”

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St. Laurence 31, Aurora Christian 28
St. Laurence (3-4, 2-1): Alex Martinez 14-for-23, 2 pass TD, rush TD

T.F. South 48, Oak Forest 22
T.F. South (5-2, 4-1): Sterling Smith 2 TD; Cody Petrich 32-yd TD pass, 9-yd TD pass; Tylon Dantzler 48-yd TD run; Nate Sanders 30-yd interception for TD

Tinley Park 41, Hillcrest 0
Tinley Park (5-2, 3-1): Jamari McDonald 12 carries, 87 yds, 4 TD; Quinn Kelly 18-for-27, 193 yds, TD; Tyrone Davis 5 sacks, 9 tackles, blocked punt

Richards 32, Reavis 6
Richards (6-1, 4-0): Ryan Willett 3 catch, 115 yds, 2 TD; Pat Doyle 14 rush, 120 yds, TD

 

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2014 Big Ten Week 6 Recap

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Week 6…

October 4, 2014

What an EPIC college football weekend as five top-10 teams lost in the same week for the first time ever, and two others barely survived. The Big Ten was just as strange and after six weeks of play, the best conference record belongs to Northwestern. Who knew….

 

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Purdue 38, Illinois 27

Purdue coach Darrell Hazell promoted QB Austin Appleby to starter which lead to an efficient performance. The Boilermakers, led by Appleby and Akeem Hunt, exploited Illinois’ horrid rush defense for 551 yards of offense, 349 of those on the ground.

Illinois was never able to dig out of a 7-11 point hole, and quarterback Wes Lunt left the game late with a leg injury. Only receiver Mike Dudek (eight catches, 200 yards) was a bright spot for the Illini.

The Boilermakers won their first Big Ten game since 2012.

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Northwestern 20, Wisconsin 14

Northwestern pulled off a Big Ten stunner for the second week in a row, taking down a ranked Wisconsin team in Evanston for the fourth time since 1999.

It was Miles Shuler who put the Wildcats up 17-7 in the third quarter, and Godwin Igwebuike had three interceptions to move Northwestern to 2-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 2000.

Melvin Gordon had a career high 259 rushing yards, but Wisconsin’s quarterbacks were worse than ever. Tanner McEvoy was so ineffective that he was pulled for Joel Stave, who is battling the yips. The Badgers are afflicted by Le’Veon Bell Syndrome, which occurs when a team relies on a star running back so much that the rest of a team’s offense becomes ineffective (see Michigan State, 2012).

Michigan State 27, Nebraska 22

The Spartans jumped out early with a 27-3 lead until the tables turned… The Spartans had three giveaways in their own territory, two of them in a row, and Nebraska still couldn’t score.

A good punt return gave Nebraska strong field position, which it converted into an Abdullah power-rush touchdown. Nebraska again pounded Abdullah for a rushing touchdown, and a 62-yard return by De’Mornay Pierson-El after a MSU punt made it a one score game. Michigan State’s field goal attempt with a minute left hit the upright; Nebraska advanced to the MSU 37, but an interception by Trae Waynes sealed the game.

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Rutgers 26, Michigan 24

The Scarlet Knights defeated Michigan to move one win away from bowl eligibility and send the Wolverines to 0-2 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1967. Michigan had a chance to take the lead late in the fourth quarter, but Kemoko Turay blocked a 56-yard field goal to preserve the win for Rutgers.

This was a classic good news/bad news game for Michigan. The good news: the rush defense is stout, the Wolverines averaged 4.5 yards a carry, and Devin Gardner was nearly good enough to guide Michigan to an upset of Rutgers. The bad news: Devin Gardner was not quite good enough to guide Michigan to an upset of Rutgers, and 2-10 is a real, horrifying possibility with Northwestern and Indiana looking spry.

Indiana 49, North Texas 24

Indiana has to be the Big Ten’s most hot-and-cold team. They were hot on Saturday, trouncing North Texas.

The Hoosiers used a short field and a timely onside kick to race out to a 21-0 lead, which they maintained for the rest of the game. The maligned defense, led by Donovan Clark, contained the Mean Green to 348 yards. Tevin Coleman, the Big Ten’s leading rusher, added 150 yards and a touchdown to seal the win.

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Week 7 will put some interesting matchups on the same field including Northwestern-Minnesota, Indiana-Iowa, and Penn State-Michigan among others. Hhhhmmmmm see you next week!

 

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IHSA Week 6 Recap

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It’s Homecoming week….

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Definitely a spirited homecoming week for many as Mother Nature turned down the heat….

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Saturday, September 4

Bloom 8, Crete-Monee 7

The Blazing Trojans ended the Warriors streak last season, but fell short 12-7 on Saturday afternoon.

Crete-Monee was about to score on the Bloom’s 1-yard line with two seconds remaining in the first half, when quarterback Frank Douglas rolled to his right looking for a receiver. Instead, Bloom cornerback Trenton Gilbert stepped in front of Douglas’ pass at the goal line and raced 100 yards to pay dirt as time expired for a 6-0 lead at intermission.

“It was a big play,” Gilbert said. “I saw the pass come my way and I tried to make something happen.”

As luck would have it, Bloom returned the favor on its first possession of the second half. Quarterback Jordan Benavides’ (rushed 36 times for 93 yards and completed 3 of 12 passes for 29 yards) ill-advised pass was intercepted by the Warriors’ Drew Harvey, who returned it 18 yards for a touchdown. Carlos Soto added the PAT for a 7-6 Crete-Monee lead at 9:26 of the third quarter.

And this game came down to one play… a bad snap on a Crete-Monee punt attempt that forced punter Clint Ratkovich to run out of the end zone for a safety with 7:21 left in the fourth quarter. The two points turned a 7-6 deficit into an 8-7 lead for Bloom (5-1, 2-0).

“I’ve been on the other side of those things happening,” Crete-Monee coach John Konecki said. “You see a lot of different things. We had multiple opportunities to put some points on the board.”

This was Crete-Monee’s first conference loss in nearly seven full seasons. Its previous Southland loss was 20-15 to Rich East in 2007.

Reavis 20, Argo 14

Reavis (6-0, 4-0): Calvin Jordan 16 carries-81-yards, 3 TD

Depaul Prep 47, Juarez 6

Depaul Prep (3-3, 1-2): Chris Jerome-Smith 3 TD; Markhavis Ross 2 interceptions TD returns, 24-yards, 68-yards

Friday, September 3

Rich Central 25, Kankakee 12

It was homecoming night for the Olympians as they were able to celebrate with a big conference win against Kankakee 25-12. The victory didn’t come easy as the Kays fought back and made things tough on each possession. They got on the board first with short run by Dyrrah Christon in the first quarter 6-0.

The Olympians answered and tied the score (6-6) in the second quarter on a nice 37-yard pass from DaQuan Richie to Dejaris Taylor. The Kays answered with a 60-yard screen pass from 6’3″ sophomore quarterback Malcolm White to Martavious Laster with 2:50 left before half (12-6). This resulted in the last score in the contest.

Home team Olympians tied the game back up at 12 with 18 seconds before half with another long pass from Richie, but this time to Jordan Fuqua, who was wide open on a blown defensive coverage.

In the second half, it was all Rich Central as they Richie and Dudley connected again on a 46 yard pass (19-12). The final score on the evening came from Mr. Jordan, who ran the ball in from 19 yards out with 52-seconds left in the contest.

You can follow the game play via MaxPreps by clicking here.

The Olympians play host to Bloom next Friday night.

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Brother Rice 26, Mount Carmel 17

Alex Alarcon led the Crusaders on the Friday night win, as he  ran for two touchdowns and passed for another which snapped a 10-game losing streak in the Catholic League Blue series.

“We faced some ups and downs in this game, but we stayed [together] as a family and came out with the ‘W’,” Alarcon said.

Rice jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first half until A.J. Lewis took the ensuing kickoff back 45 yards which set up his own 31-yard touchdown run. He also scored with less than 2 minutes before halftime from 16-yards out. Then Zach Mirabelli’s 22-yard field goal with 6.6 seconds remaining in the half gave the Caravan a 17-14 lead. But the Caravan never scored again in the contest as the Crusaders on the other hand scored twice.

The loss also pushed Mount Carmel (2-4, 0-3) to the brink of playoff elimination. The Caravan hasn’t missed the postseason since 1985. But they will have to win out – against Leo, Hales and Loyola – to earn an IHSA playoff berth

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Homewood-Flossmoor 47, Sandburg 18

Wonder twin power activated as the Harley-Hampton twins, who combined for six rushing touchdowns and nearly 300 yards in offense in the victory Friday night.

“Our whole game plan was to finish strong,” Devonte Harley-Hampton said. “[Deante] and I have the vision. We might have started slow, but we wanted to finish strong and plan to do that the rest of the year.”

The Junior backs finished the game as follows: Deante Harley-Hampton (17 carries, 149 yards, 3 TD) and Devonte (14 carries, 101 yards, 3 TD, 5 receptions, 44 yards).

With the win H-F (4-2, 3-1) stays in the hunt for the conference title heading into next week’s showdown at Bolingbrook. Sandburg (3-3, 2-2) will have to win two of its final three games in order to qualify for the playoffs for the seventh straight season.

Richards 39, Oak Forest 14

The Bulldog’s stepped up and played a full-game and sealed a victory 39-14 Friday night. Spencer Tears scored twice on pass plays of 96 and 9 yards. Quarterback Hasan Muhammad-Rogers got the party started early when on fourth-and-inches, he ran a QB sneak which resulted in a 47-yard run and score. Muhammad-Rogers finished with 172 yards in the air.

Then there next possession, Muhammad-Rogers flipped a pass to Spencer Tears, who broke a tackle and left two defenders in his wake as he raced 96 yards.

From this, they never looked back.

“We just came out ready to play,” Muhammad-Rogers said. “We just jumped on our opponent out of the gate. You get them down early, they’re not going to be wanting to come back.”

JaRon Johnson and Troy Hadagus scored the two touchdowns for Oak Forest.

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T.F. South 34, Tinley Park 19

T.F. South (4-2, 2-1): Torian Lewis 8 carries, 128 yds, TD; Tylon Dantzler 13 carries, 75 yrds

Bremen 12, Hillcrest 8

Bremen (2-4, 1-3): Chrisean Noble 80 passing yds, TD; Chris Ramos 3 rec, 62 yds, TD; Kyle Ramos 16 tackles, 2 forced fumbles

Oak Lawn 22, Eisenhower 14

Oak Lawn (2-4, 1-3): Joe Robinson 2 TD; Ryne Melnik TD

 

 

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