IHSA Week 7 Recap
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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.”
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.
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
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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