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Big Ten Week 4 Recap

Posted on September 27, 2015. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , |

Solid weekend for the BIG Ten

September 26, 2015

BIG TEN week four saw the last big non-conference slate of the season – clap clap clap… and the conference performed admirably. The conference’s ranked teams kept up their winning ways and a few others are making a case for the Top 25 but we’ll see….

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Michigan 31, BYU 0

It took four weeks for Michigan Wolverines to look like a complete football team while facing a solid opponent. Senior quarterback Jake Rudock put up 14 of 25 for 194 yards and one touchdown; also adding 30 yards on the ground with a pair of scores. De’Veon Smith led the way for the Michigan ground game. The junior rushed for 125 yards including a nifty 60-yard touchdown.

The Wolverine defense continued its strong play on Saturday. The Cougars didn’t surpass the 100-yard mark until their final drive of the game as quarterback Tanner Mangum was held to just 55 yards passing.
Michigan State 30, Central Michigan 10

Central Michigan scored on their opening drive on a 42-yard pass and catch. The Chippewas’ drive ended with a blocked field goal – one of two blocks for the Michigan State special teams. Madre London put the Spartans on the board in the first quarter and Connor Cook later found Josiah Price to give Michigan State a 17-0 lead.

The Chippewas outgained the Spartans on the day as their pass defense continued to struggle. Junior quarterback Cooper Rush completed 26 of 39 passes for 285 yards and a score. CMU ended the day with 340 yards of total offense.

Connor Cook completed 11 of 19 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown. Madre London and L.J. Scott continue to lead the way on the ground. London ran for 73 yards and a score while Scott added 54 yards on eight carries. Sophomore running back Gerald Holmes scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to help the Spartans pull away.

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Northwestern 24, Ball State 19

The Wildcats got started Saturday night with a slow star and found themselves trailing Ball State at halftime, but they were able to shake if off and rallied with 17 third-quarter points to regain the lead and never gave it up again.

Clayton Thorson threw for 256 yards and three scores while adding another 45 yards on the ground. Running back Justin Jackson had a huge night rushing for 184 yards on 33 carries. “Superback” Dan Vitale led all Wildcat pass-catchers with five catches for 108 yards and two scores.

The bad news for Northwestern? They were hit with a rash of injuries. Tight end Garrett Dickerson, offensive tackle Geoff Mogus, and safety Godwin Igwebuike all left the game in the first half and would not return. Igwebuike was replaced by Kyle Queiro who would also leave the game, reportedly with a broken arm.

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Indiana 31, Wake Forest 24

The Hoosiers are UNDEFEATED!!!!
Quarterback Nate Sudfeld threw for 205 yards and a couple scores. Junior tailback Jordan Howard led the way on the ground with 168 yards and a touchdown. Simmie Cobbs Jr. caught seven passes for 75 yards and a score.

The Deacons rallied after finding themselves down 31-10 with just ten minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Wake Forest quarterback Kendall Hinton ran for a touchdown and threw for another to trim the lead to just seven. After a late onside kick recovery, Wake had a chance to tie things up but failed to convert on a fourth-down pass to the endzone.

The Hoosiers are now on their longest winning streak of the last 28 years. They’ll host the Buckeyes next week as two of the conference’s unbeatens face off.

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Illinois 27, Middle Tennessee 25

The Illini managed to pull out an ugly come-from-behind win at home against the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee. Trailing 25-24 with just over two minutes left to play, Taylor Zalewski nailed a 51-yard field goal to put the Illini back on top. The Blue Raiders then drove down the field and attempted a go-ahead field goal of their own, but kicker Cody Clark was unable to convert.

Quarterback Wes Lunt finished going 29 of 49 for 238 yards and a touchdown. Josh Ferguson and Ke’Shawn Vaughn led the ground game for the Illini. Ferguson rushed for 83 yards while Vaughn added 80 yards and a score. Geronimo Allison had another big day; the senior wideout hauled in ten passes for 128 yards.

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Bowling Green 35, Purdue 28

The Boilermakers continued to struggle on Saturday, falling at home to Bowling Green. Purdue kicker Paul Griggs missed a 32-yarder with the game tied and just under three minutes remaining. The Falcons then drove 80 yards with running back Travis Greene scoring the game-winner with just nine seconds left on the clock.

Redshirt freshman David Blough made his first start for Purdue and completed 28 of 39 passes for 340 yards and a pair of scores. Gregory Phillips and DeAngelo Yancey each caught four passes and found the endzone.

Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson – the nation’s leading passer – threw for 402 yards and a touchdown. Gehrig Dieter hauled in ten passes for 96 yards. The Falcons outgained the Boilermakers 539 to 426 on the day.

The win gave Bowling Green their second victory of the season, both of which have come against Big Ten opponents.

West Virginia 45, Maryland 6

Wisconsin 28, Hawaii 0

Minnesota 27, Ohio 24

Penn State 37, San Diego State 21

Iowa 62, North Texas 16

Nebraska 36, Southern Miss 28

Rutgers 27, Kansas 14

In closing, Big Ten went 12-2, so I guess overall it was a solid weekend. Five teams still have yet to lose, but that number will go down next weekend as the Buckeyes will travel to Bloomington to kick off their conference schedule. Other games to watch for? Iowa will look to stay unbeaten as they go to to Camp Randall, Minnesota travels to Northwestern, and Michigan takes on the Terps.

But it was definitely good to see Michigan firing on all cylinders against a ranked BYU squad. Could the Wolverines find themselves in the Top 25 soon? They are getting our vote….

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IHSA Week 5 Game Summary

Posted on September 26, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Conference play time….

September 25, 2015

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Thornton 35, Lincoln-Way West 28

The Wildcats turned away Lincoln-Way West three times inside the red zone and had two takeaways en route to a 35-28 Southwest Suburban Red win in New Lenox.

Mr. Remi Simmons’ interception with 1 minute, 40 seconds left in the game sealed the win for Thornton (5-0, 3-0), which opened a 35-7 lead and held off a furious Warriors comeback.

West’s first two drives ended with a missed field goal and a turnover on downs at the Thornton 3-yard line. Then in the second quarter, McDaniel intercepted Lincoln-Way West quarterback Connor Lowman at the Warriors’ 35 and returned it 14 yards.

On the next play, Tionte McDaniel scooted around left end for a touchdown that made it 28-7. That was the fourth TD in a stretch of 2:17, three of them by Thornton.

“I looked forward to (playing both ways) this year because I knew we didn’t have that many numbers,” McDaniel said. “I had to step up and be a leader.”

Gabe Montalvo for Lincoln-Way West led the team offensively with 28 carries, 196 yards, TD; Joe Mauney, kick return TD, receiving TD.

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Providence 28, St. Rita 0
Jared Drake completed 15 of 15 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns to lead Providence (2-3, 1-1) to a 28-0 win over St.Rita (1-4, 1-2) in a Catholic League Blue showdown.

Joliet Catholic 41, Marian Central 3
Michael Johnson carried the load for the Hilltoppers  with a big victory. He finished the game with 216 yards on 32 carries, including scoring a 9-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter, including 3 touchdowns.

“I worked all summer and (last) winter for this moment,” Johnson said. “I didn’t play basketball. Football is my dream. We trained for this, working hard to be strong in the fourth quarter.”

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Benet 29, Marist 25
Benet’s Robert Bordignon had 172 yards and 2 TDs on eight catches.

Nazareth 49, Marian Catholic 7
Carson Bartels (17 passing yards, 4 TDs, 2 INT) and Julian Love (6 carries for 81 yards, 3 catches for 119 yards) led Nazareth (4-1, 2-1).

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BIG Ten Week 3 Recap

Posted on September 19, 2015. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

BIG Ten Week 3….

September 19, 2015

All four of the conference’s ranked teams were victorious this weekend, but there’s been a shake-up in the bottom half of the power rankings. Here’s how things went…..

VIRGINIA TECH 51, Purdue 24

We were LIVE in West Lafayette covering the matchup between Purdue and an ACC powerhouse, Virginia Tech Hokies.  What a sign of two-halves….

Coach Frank Beamer looks at his team as they warm up to play…

Both teams started out 1-1 and this is a non-conference game, both teams are desperate to win for many reasons and looking and for some momentum for the season.

In the end, the Boilermakers’ passing game struggled on Saturday, totaling only 121 yards and zero touchdowns to go along with a pair of interceptions. Hokies’ fullback, Sam Rogers, did better than the Boilermarks actual QB, as he threw two passes – including a touchdown. Thus, the overwhelming score in the loss.

Junior Austin Appleby completed nine of 28 passes for 110 yards and two interceptions. Backup David Blough was three of seven for 11 yards. Markell Jones led the Purdue running game with 90 yards and a touchdown on just six carries. Virginia Tech quarterback Brenden Motley finished the day 15 of 23 for 220 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a rushing score.

Beamer Ball was alive and well as they played their very first game in the fine State of Indiana on Saturday as the Hokies scored a touchdown off a blocked punt. Both defenses also found the endzone by way of fumble recoveries.

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NORTH CAROLINA 48, ILLINOIS 14

After a nice start to the season for the Illini, things came crashing down in Chapel Hill this weekend. The Illi running game seemed to be the only bright spot as they had a total of 227 yards and two scores on the ground. Junior quarterback Wes Lunt completed 15 of 32 passes for 140 yards and an interception.

Senior Josh Ferguson rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.

NORTHWESTERN 19, DUKE 10

For the Wildcats, Clayton Thorson struggled throughout the day. The redshirt freshman was 9 of 23 for just 70 yards and a pair of interceptions. Tailback Justin Jackson added 120 yards on 35 carries. Backup running back Warren Long led the way for Northwestern. While the junior only touched the ball three times, he recorded a 55-yard touchdown run and recovered a punt late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory for the Wildcats.  Winning ugly is part of a good season. Come November who will actually care how ugly this win was as long as a W was in the right place…

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INDIANA 38, WESTERN KENTUCKY 35

The Big Ten’s leading rusher led the way for the Hoosiers this weekend as Jordan Howard ran for 203 yards on 31 carries. Quarterback Nate Sudfeld threw for 355 yards and a trio of touchdowns as the offense continued to have its way with opposing defenses. When all was said and done, the IU offense had amassed 639 yards.

MIAMI 36, NEBRASKA 33

A wild comeback by the Huskers forced overtime, but they ended up falling just short after an errant pass by quarterback Tommy Armstrong. The Hurricanes got off to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, and with just over eight minutes left in the fourth, that lead had grown to 23 points. Nebraska then answered with 23 unanswered points to tie the game at 33-33 and force overtime.

On the first play of overtime, Miami defensive back Corn Elder picked off Armstrong. An ugly late hit by Nebraska offensive tackle Alex Lewis gave the Canes great field position which ultimately led to a chip-shot field goal.

Armstrong tossed four touchdown passes on the day – three of which came in the fourth quarter to help lead the comeback. He threw for 309 yards but also added three costly interceptions.

PENN STATE 28, RUTGERS 3

The Penn State ground game was too much for Rutgers as Big Ten play kicked off on Saturday night. The Nittany Lions rushed for 330 yards, most of which came from Saquon Barkley and Akeel Lynch. Barkley, a true freshman, continues to make an early impact as he rushed for 195 yards and two scores. Lynch added 120 yards and a touchdown of his own.

On the other side of the ball, the Nittany Lions defense continues to be stingy as they allowed less than 300 total yards and forced three turnovers. Rutgers’ quarterback Chris Laviano threw for 213 yards and a pair of interceptions.

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NORTHERN ILLINOIS 13, OHIO STATE 20

MICHIGAN STATE 35, AIR FORCE 21

MICHIGAN 28, UNLV 7

IOWA 27, PITTSBURGH 24

WISCONSIN 28, TROY 3

MINNESOTA 10, KENT STATE 7

MARYLAND 35, SOUTH FLORIDA 17

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Overall, it wasn’t a very impressive from the standpoint of the boxscore this week for the Big Ten, but they went 9-3 including the multiple games with ACC teams.

Nebraska and Illinois both suffered bad losses. The Buckeyes and Spartans weren’t up to snuff against inferior opponents while Minnesota and Indiana barely squeaked by.  But a win is a win right?

What’s on the itinerary for week four? Michigan faces off against BYU – whew! The Hoosiers will be on the road at Wake Forest. Maryland takes on an undefeated West Virginia squad. And the Buckeyes’ offense will look to get back on track against Western Michigan. See yall then…..

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IHSA Week 4 Game Summary

Posted on September 19, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Conference play meets Mother Nature…

September 18, 2015

Mount Carmel 35, St Rita 14

Catholic conference battle like none other… Mustangs vs Caravan at Gately Stadium… WHEW!!!!

In the end, it was the young men from Mount Carmel on top, 35-14, over cross-town foe St. Rita.

The Caravan defeat the Mustangs primarily on the ground behind the fine play of A.J. Ries, who rushed for 170 yards and a score, and with A.J. Lewis, who scored twice inside of the redzone. But one pivotal moment occurred when senior Terrell Greer picked a pass and took it 70 yards for a touchdown to seal the victory.

“I told my guys that I was going to get one,” Greer said. “I told everybody. … And I guess I was right.”
On the other side of the ball, St. Rita fault back especially on the defensive side of the ball, where they scored both its touchdowns on interception returns, by Joe Doweiko (30 yards) and Marc Mondesir (53 yards).  The Mondesir interception tied the score 14-14 early in the third quarter.

Lewis answered with scoring runs on consecutive possessions for Mount Carmel, and Greer finished the scoring with his interception return.

“We had to step up today,” Lewis said. “There were no ifs, ands or buts about it. At the time we needed to we came out and played Mount Carmel football.”

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Brother Rice 46, St. Francis 33

Whew… survival on Friday night is what it was like for the young men at Brother Rice, as they snagged a 46-33 victory against St. Francis.

The Crusaders jumped out early and put up 14 points in the first 93 seconds of the contest. On their first drive, they went 72 yards on five plays, capped by a 17-yard touchdown run from Xavian Valladay.

Then, while on defense, St. Francis’ Pete Fassnacht’s first pass of the game was intercepted by Evan Webster. That led to a 51-yard pass from Cam Miller to Ricky Smalling to set up a 1-yard touchdown run for Clifton Taylor to make it 14-0.

And they really stretched out before halftime to 28-7 lead on touchdown runs of 18 and 25 yards from Julian Blain.

“We really wanted to come out fast after getting shut out last week,” Brother Rice receiver Julian Blain said. “We knew (St. Francis) was a good team and we had to come out ready to go from the start. We had some great opportunities offensively, because our line came out and blocked great and our receivers were blocking, too.”

Early in the third quarter, the Crusaders continued their scoring ways as Miller and Blain connected again on a 13-yard touchdown pass making the score 36-7.  Miller finished going 18-for- 26, 180 yards, 2 TDs.

But as things played out, the crossover Catholic league foe, Spartans (3-1), stormed back, with three touchdown passes from Fassnacht to Brian Gorsky, and one to William Purdom for a 65-yard score.

Gorsky’s third touchdown got St. Francis within 43-33 with 8:37 to go, but the Crusaders forced an incompletion on the two-point conversion.

Brother Rice intercepted Fassnacht three times, with Brian Olsen coming down with two of them. Fassnacht finished going 26 of 37 passing, 323 yards, 5 TDs.

“Our guys came out ready to play and did a lot of good things in the first half,” Brother Rice coach Brian Badke said. “They made some adjustments and we gave up some big plays in the second half. We’ll fix that, though. We’re a good football team. They’re a good team, too, but I knew they weren’t going to come in here and beat us.”

Blain finished the contest with 4 carries for 68 yards and two scores on the ground, and four catches for 47 yards plus a score.

Crusaders’ Clifton Taylor led the ground game with 24 carries for 136 yards.

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Marist 49, Notre Dame 42
What a BIG win for the RedHawks over the ranked Dons, 49-42, in the East Suburban Catholic.

Senior quarterback Brendan Skalitzky showed up and showed out tossing four touchdown passes that all went to Liam Keffer, who caught 12 passes for 249 yards.

Skalitzky threw two interceptions in his first 14 attempts before settling down to complete 19 of his final 23. Keffer hauled in TDs of 74, 63, 26 and 22 yards, while Seamus Glascott added eight receptions for 93 yards.

“We trusted each other,” Skalitzky said. “We turned it on late, and Liam got open. I’m so happy for him that he had a great game.”

The RedHawks (3-1, 2-0) finished with 522 total yards. The Dons (3-1, 1-1) netted 387 yards, with senior quarterback Tyler Tsagalis passing for 327 and four touchdowns.

Notre Dame scored two late touchdowns to pull within seven points, but Marist recovered an onside kick with 26 seconds left.

Notre Dame’s quarterback, Tyler Tsagalis, a Western Illinois recruit, also overcome a slow start to nearly top Skalitzky’s numbers. Tsagalis passed for 39 yards in the first half, but tossed all four of his scoring passes after halftime. He finished the contest going 22-for-36 passing for 327 yards and 4 TDs.

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Montini 38, De La Salle 0
Prince Walker (120 rushing yards, 2 TDs) and Justin Blake (163 passing yards, 2 TDs) led Montini (4-0, 1-0).

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Big Ten Week 2 Recap

Posted on September 13, 2015. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Now that’s how BIG TEN Football is suppose play….

September 12, 2015

Michigan 35, Oregon State 7

Oregon State jumped out first on a 79-yard touchdown drive to open up the game, but the Wolverines’ defense buckled down and the offense woke up. De’Veon Smith led the way on the ground with 23 carries for 126 yards and three scores and quarterback Jake Rudock, went for 18 of 26 passes for 180 yards and one interception.

But again, it was Michigan’s defense really clamped down after the opening drive, allowing a total of 138 yards on the day. Two players from the Buckeye state made their presence felt; defensive end Taco Charlton forced a fumble that was recovered by linebacker Joe Bolden. Coach Jim Harbaugh gets his first win as Michigan’s lead man – period!

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Michigan State 31, Oregon 28

The Spartans pulled off the conference’s signature win Saturday night on both sides of the football.

A pair of Ohioans led the way for the Spartans’ offense. Senior quarterback Connor Cook threw for 192 yards and two scores. True freshman running back LJ Scott continues to look like a force to be reckoned with, putting up 76 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Redshirt freshman running back Madre London added 103 yards on 18 carries as Sparty’s stable of running backs continued to look mighty impressive.

On Michigan State’s biggest recruiting weekend of the year, head coach Mark Dantonio had a message to those future recruits that were in attendance “come to Michigan State” he shared in a postgame interview.
Wisconsin 58, Miami (OH) 0

The Badgers bounced back from last weekend’s loss to Bama with a dominant performance against the Redhawks. Senior quarterback Joel Stave threw for 236 yards and three touchdowns while backup quarterback Bart Houston added another score through the air. Corey Clement didn’t play due to a groin injury, but that didn’t stop the ground game. Junior running back Dare Ogunbowale ran for 112 yards and a score. The Badgers’ offense totaled 451 yards on the day despite taking most of their starters out in the second half.

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Minnesota 23, Colorado State 20

Overtime was needed in order to decide this contest, and in the end, the Gophers snagged a close victory over the Rams. For the most poart, defense dominated the game until late in the fourth quarter when both teams seemed to find some rhythm. Quarterback Mitch Leidner led the Minnesota offense down the field for the go-ahead touchdown with about a minute left on the clock. Colorado State answered with a nice drive of their own – with some help from a questionable interference call – kicking a field goal to tie things at 20-20 and force overtime.

On the first play of overtime, Minnesota defensive tackle Scott Ekpe stripped Rams’ running back Dalyn Dawkins and the Gophs recovered. Minnesota kicker Ryan Santoso then connected on an 18-yard field goal to give the Gophs their first win.

Iowa 31, Iowa State 17

The Hawkeyes and Cyclones were knotted up at 17 going into the fourth quarter, but two late touchdowns helped Iowa get past their in-state rivals. The Iowa offense was led by quarterback C.J. Beathard and tailback Jordan Canzeri. Beathard threw for 215 yards and three scores while adding another 77 yards on the ground. The Iowa ground game yielded 260 yards; Canzeri led the way with 124 yards and a score.

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Nebraska 48, South Alabama 9

The Huskers recovered from last week’s heartbreaker with a solid performance against the Jaguars of South Alabama, giving new head coach Mike Riley his first win in Lincoln. Tommie Armstrong Jr. threw for 270 yards and two scores. Running back Terrell Newby added a career-high 198 yards on the ground, 39 yards receiving, and three total touchdowns. The Huskers threw for 303 yards and added another 258 on the ground.
Northwestern 41, Eastern Illinois 0

The Wildcats’ defense clamped down on Saturday en route to a shutout against the Panthers of Eastern Illinois. EIU was only able to manage 68 yards through the air and 70 on the ground. Redshirt freshman quarterback Clayton Thorsen threw his first career touchdown pass and added a rushing touchdown as well.

Northwestern had three players rush for at least 50 yards. Justin Jackson led the way with 78 yards and a touchdown. Warren Long added 72 yards and a score of his own. The Wildcats’ ground attack amassed 344 yards. Thorsen didn’t put up spectacular numbers, but he was efficient, completing 11 of 16 passes for 152 yards and the aforementioned touchdown.

Illinois 44, Western Illinois 0

It was another dominant performance for the Illini as they continue to fire on mostly all cylinders. The defense stymied Western Illinois, allowing just 141 yards of total offense and forcing two turnovers. Trenton Norvell and Sean McGuire both saw time at quarterback for Western Illinois but were only able to manage 43 yards on 24 attempts. Illinois safety Taylor Barton led the way with a pair of interceptions. Through two games, the Illini defense has given up only three points.

The Illinois offense was impressive as well, putting up 500 yards on the Leathernecks. Quarterback Wes Lunt threw for 316 yards and a score while the Illini ground game notched 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns, though they only averaged 2.9 yards per carry. Illinois wide receiver Geronimo Allison led all pass-catchers with eight receptions for 124 yards. Special teams got in on the action as well, blocking a punt and returning it for a touchdown.

Purdue 38, Indiana State 14

The Boilermakers bounced back from last weekend’s loss with a win over the Sycamores of Indiana State. Purdue quarterback Austin Appleby threw for 289 yards and four touchdowns while also notching 50 yards on the ground. After throwing four interceptions against Marshall last week, Appleby responded with a mistake-free game. The Purdue offense featured a balanced attack on Saturday, netting 251 yards on the ground.

Indiana State quarterback Matt Adam threw for 194 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Adam also led the ground attack for the Sycamores, adding 88 yards rushing.

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Ohio State 38, Hawaii 0

Indiana 36, Florida International 22

Penn State 27, Buffalo 14

Bowling Green 48, Maryland 27

Washington State 37, Rutgers 34

Overall, it was a better week for the Big Ten as Michigan State knocked off Oregon and for a solid collision course to possibly face The Ohio State Buckeyes as top dog. The biggest disappointment had to be in Maryland as the Terps were unable to slow down Bowling Green’s offense.

What’s on the docket for next week? Ohio State will take on unbeaten Northern Illinois, Nebraska travels to Miami to battle the Hurricanes, Iowa faces Pitt at Kinnick Stadium, and conference play will kick off as Rutgers travels to Happy Valley.

 

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IHSA Week3 Football Summary

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Week 3 often labeled adjustment week was just that…

September 11, 2015

Mount Carmel 13, Providence 0
CHICAGO – Can you believe it, three quarters of a scoreless contest between these two schools? Not to mention, it was a perfect, fall evening of play… in the end it was the Caravan on top behind the fine play of A.J. Ries, who carried the ball 17 times for 61 yards and a score. On the other side of the ball, the Caravan’s defense forced five turnovers and finished with five sacks on the night.

And again, who would have ever thought the Celtics would be 0-3 at this time? Still a lot of football left in this tough conference.

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Montini 38, St. Rita 7

Montini controlled this contest from start to finish as they roll 38-7 in Chicago Catholic League crossover.

Broncos (3-0) were led by Justin Blake, who tossed 12-for-16 for 122 yards and one TD. Another key performer was Reed Taylor, who snagged a 78-yard interception return.

The Mustangs (1-2) just seem to come up short and the best way to explain this is trailing by three touchdowns and facing a fourth-and-goal at the Broncos 4-yard line, Connor Kelly tossed a nice spiral pass to Kurt Zeiger at the goal line that appeared to bring the Mustangs to within two scores, but instead, he was stopped short by junior linebacker Christian Pirog with 52 seconds remaining in the half.

“Sometimes we come out slow, but as soon as someone makes a big play, something just clicks and it seems unstoppable,” Pirog said. “It’s like no one can stop us.”

And on top of that four turnovers by the Mustangs, including two in the first half, put them in a hole they couldn’t dig out of.

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Richards 28, Lemont 24

The Bulldogs trailed the Indians by 14 points early but then got a spark and ran off four-straight scores to secure the win.

Lemont’s defense ruled the first half, as it held Richards (1-2) to two first downs and seven total yards while taking a 14-0 lead. The Bulldogs’ rally was forged through the air, as quarterback Jake Moran had touchdown passes of 27, 76 and 77 yards to three receivers before Anthony Quinn’s winner.

“We knew we just had to keep coming at them,” said Quinn, whose 2-yard plunge with 58 seconds left was the winner. “As bad as it looked, everyone on the team had faith.”

Two second-half fumble recoveries also helped build momentum. The first led to Moran’s 27-yard pass to Jared Moore midway through the third quarter that got Richards on the board. A Spencer Nagel sneak put Lemont ahead 21-7, but the Bulldogs outscored the Indians 21-3 the rest of the way.

Moran finished the contest going 9-for-18 passing for 222 yards and 3 TDs.

On the other side of the ball, Lemont’s Jake Kirkman finished with 24 carries, 105 yards.

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Loyola 28, Brother Rice 0

The Ramblers set the tone of this contest early on the legs of Dara Laja, who ran 31 times for 205 yards and a pair of touchdowns Saturday afternoon as Loyola opened Catholic League Blue play with a 28-0 shutout of No. 14 Brother Rice in Wilmette.

All the scoring came in the first half, when Laja caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Emmett Clifford and ran for scores of 2 and 46 yards. Clifford also threw a 17-yard TD pass to Jonah Isaac.

“Going into the game, we knew we were going to run the ball a lot,” Laja said. “We were practicing a lot of different looks. We were going to trap, we were going to pull a lot.”

He had 11 carries in the first quarter and 24 in the first half, both unusual totals for Loyola (3-0), which likes to spread the touches.

On the other side of the ball, Loyola’s first-team defense, which has 10 new starters this season, still hasn’t given up a point. The Ramblers forced Rice (2-1) to abandon the run game, which produced 29 yards on 17 carries. Crusaders quarterback Camren Miller was 28-for-49 passing for 193 yards.

“That’s a terrific offense,” Loyola coach John Holecek said of Rice. “Their scheme’s good, their skills are good. No. 2 (Ricky Smalling) is a special player. To keep them out of the end zone is impressive.”

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Lincoln-Way West 28, Lincoln-Way Central 0
NEW LENOX – Gabe Montalvo rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns and the Lincoln-Way West defense came up big Friday night in a 28-0 SouthWest Suburban Red victory over Lincoln-Way Central.

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BIG Ten Week 1 Recap

Posted on September 8, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

BIG Ten week 1… improvements!

September 6, 2015

The Big Ten football season kicked off this weekend, and there were a lot of improvements, but it’s difficult to ignore the conference’s struggles from the 2014 campaign. While a 7-5 record may not sound especially awful, you have to consider the quality of the opponents. Let’s take a look at how things transpired…

UTAH 24, MICHIGAN 17

Things got started Thursday in Salt Lake City as head coach Jim Harbaugh made his highly-anticipated Michigan coaching debut on FoxSports1. As expected this was going to be a tough test for the Wolverines but despite the final score, they were able to keep it reasonable. Now on the other side of the ball, UM’s D was pretty tough as they held running back Devontae Booker to just 69 yards on 22 carries.

ALABAMA 35, WISCONSIN 17

The Badgers were able to hang around early against the Crimson Tide, but the Bama was just too much especially on the ground. Derrick Henry ran for 147 yards and three scores while averaging over eleven yards per carry. Kenyan Drake added another 77 rushing yards and a touchdown of his own. Robert Foster led the way for the Bama receivers, hauling in four passes for 50 yards and a score.

Joel Stave was a bright spot for Wisconsin as he threw for 228 yards, two touchdowns, and a late-game interception. The biggest issue for the Badgers was their lack of a running game.

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NORTHWESTERN 16, STANFORD 6

Upset? Sure according to the analysis but the Wildcats are forreal. And their defense came to play on Saturday, holding the Cardinal offense to 240 yards and forcing two turnovers. The Northwestern offense was led by redshirt freshman quarterback Clayton Thorson and sophomore tailback Justin Jackson. While Thorson didn’t put up huge numbers – 105 yards passing and 68 rushing – he ran for a 42-yard touchdown in the second quarter and, most importantly, didn’t turn the ball over. Jackson added 134 yards on 28 carries.

TCU 23, MINNESOTA 17

The Gophers were looking to avenge last season’s loss to the Horned Frogs, but two costly first-half fumbles ruined that. Quarterback Mitch Leidner fumbled the ball on the Gophs’ second possession which would ultimately lead to a Trevone Boykin touchdown run. After a promising second-quarter drive, Minnesota running back Rodrick Williams Jr. fumbled at the TCU one-yard line; the Horned Frogs recovered in the endzone for a touchback.

BYU 33, NEBRASKA 28

The most heartbreaking loss of week one undoubtedly took place in Lincoln as Mike Riley’s Nebraska debut was spoiled by a BYU hail mary.

MICHIGAN STATE 37, WESTERN MICHIGAN 24

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IOWA 31, ILLINOIS STATE 14

The Hawkeyes kicked things off against a highly ranked FCS team and defending runner-up Illinois State Redbirds. Iowa’s defense shut down the Redbirds’ rushing attack, allowing a mere 35 yards on the ground. The Hawkeye offense was led by quarterback CJ Beathard and running back LeShun Daniels Jr. Beathard threw for 211 yards and one score while also adding two touchdowns on the ground. Daniels Jr., a Warren, OH native, rushed for 123 yards.

ILLINOIS 52, KENT STATE 3

After Friday night’s scheduled showdown was postponed due to lightning, the Illini faithful had to wait a day to dominated the Golden Flashes. The start of the Bill Cubit era featured a much-improved, opportunistic defense that forced four turnovers while holding the Kent State offense to just 59 yards rushing.

On the other side of the ball, Junior quarterback Wes Lunt tossed four touchdown passes and senior tailback Josh Ferguson rushed for 76 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns. When the game got out of hand and some of the younger players began to see the field, true freshman running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn added 43 yards on the ground and a touchdown of his own.

INDIANA 48, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 47

After suspending nine players for the season opener, the Hoosiers were barely able to fend off the Salukis of Southern Illinois – surviving only after a failed two-point conversion attempt. The Indiana defense gave up a whopping 659 yards as the Hoosiers found themselves down 32-21 at the half.

Offensively, the Hoosiers looked to be in mid-season form. Senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld threw for 351 yards and a score. Running back Jordan Howard, a transfer from UAB, rushed for 145 yards and three scores in his Hoosier debut. While the suspensions definitely played a part in their performance, head coach Kevin Wilson has a lot of work to do on the defensive side of the ball.

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TEMPLE 27, PENN STATE 10

MARYLAND 50, RICHMOND 21

RUTGERS 63, NORFOLK STATE 13

Bottom line? The Big Ten needs to perform better, especially in its more prominent non-conference matchups. There is still a lot of football left – things worked out pretty well after last season’s rough start, wouldn’t you say?

 

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2015 IHSA Week2 Summary

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FOOTBALL… Back to the Basics weekend

September 4

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OLYMPIA FIELDS – Plainfield Central held a one-point lead at the half, 7-6, but after a few adjustments, aka SPECIAL TEAMS, Rich Central jumped out quick with two touchdowns to open the second half and control the scoreboard the rest of the game winning 40-27.

“A lot of those guys (on special teams) don’t play offense defense,” said coach Terrell Alexander after talking about his special teams play. “They come out and that’s their time to shine.”

Indeed they did!!!!

Plainfield Central (0-2) received the second-half kickoff, but nobody picked up the loose ball and the Olympians recovered. They scored three plays later. The Wildcats fumbled away the ensuing kickoff, and Rich Central scored one play later on a 30 plus yard run by Khaleeq Hammond to lead 20-7.

The Olympians (2-0) first score came from sophomore quarterback Jayran Mitchell’s 4-yard touchdown run with 47 seconds left in the first half.

Sophomore Jyran Mitchell barks the signals before scoring...

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Wildcats didn’t just lay down behind the fine play of quarterback Marcus Hayes, who rushed for 169 yards in 17 carries and two touchdowns and completed 4 of 10 passes for 64 yards and a score, as the team got things back close to a one-point game, 28-27 in the fourth. But it was not enough.

Senior Deshawn Jones takes the ball in for his second score in the contest on a nicely, executed counter play…

Sr. Deshawn Jones scores from 18 yards against Plainfield Central

Sr. Deshawn Jones scores from 18 yards against Plainfield Central-click picture to play video

The icing on the cake, the Olympians scored again with only a few seconds left in the contest.

“Just a fighting team… these guys will play for each other” said coach Alexander. “We are humble and have a lot of work to do still.”

Being 2-0 I don’t think the Olympians are any longer “a team no one knows who they are.”

Rich Central will be at Kaneland next Friday night for a 7:15p kickoff.

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OSWEGO – In a historic meeting between two ranked teams Friday night, it was the Panther defense that stood firm to lift Oswego to a 14-13 victory over Providence and give the Panthers their first win of the season.

Providence (0-2) created the one-point margin with an early third-quarter touchdown drive, capped off with an 11-yard connection from quarterback Stephen Simowitz to Mike Markasovic with 7:25 on the clock.

Both teams came up with an interception, but neither could convert the turnovers into points and Oswego missed a field goal in the fourth quarter, building pressure into the final minutes.

Providence kicker PJ Kowalkowski’s punt pinned Oswego back to its own 2-yard line with 5:13 to go, but two personal fouls on the Celtics allowed the Panthers to march a combined 30 yards and enter Providence territory. Facing fourth-and-3 at the Providence 41, Oswego’s Steven Frank was stopped on his quarterback sneak to turn the ball over to the Celtics with 2:56 remaining.

Providence running back Richie Warfield (11 carries, 110 yards) ran the ball three times to put the Celtics at midfield, but on fourth-and-3 Warfield was stopped by a wall of Panthers to turn the ball over on downs with 1:20 left.

Frank took a knee on the next possession, sealing the Oswego victory.

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JOLIET – Things were looking up for Joliet Central’s football team after they scored on the initial play of the second quarter to grab a 12-6 lead over Rich South. But the Stars (1-1) took control by scoring the final 18 points of the first half and then broke things open with three more touchdowns to start the final half as they went on to capture a 46-20 nonconference victory over the Steelmen.

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BOLINGBROOK – Bolingbrook went back to basics during its annual Valley View School District rivalry game against Romeoville on Friday in Bolingbrook.

The Raiders (1-1) ran for eight touchdowns in a 55-6 nonconference victory over Romeoville. Five different players scored touchdowns for the Raiders. The Spartans dropped to 0-2.

Jeremiah Lebron ran for three touchdowns to spearhead the Raiders. Lebron’s runs were from 6, 34 and 24 yards. Jaylen Griffin ran for two touchdowns in the first half from 6 and 1 yards out. Lucas Warren (1-yard run), Michael Freeze (12-yard run) and Sammy Nasca (1-yard run) also reached pay dirt for Bolingbrook.

Romeoville’s lone touchdown came on the final play of the first half. Jordan Nettles scooted through the Bolingbrook defense for a 70-yard touchdown run to make it 35-6 at the half.

NOTE: Bolingbrook had two players ejected.

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LINCOLNSHIRE – Homewood-Flossmoor over an hour north to play a rematch from last season Class 8A state championship game, and you have to assume Deante Harley-Hampton looked at this hands the entire ride thinking “hold the ball guys…”

Well, he ran the ball 20 times for 226 yards and four touchdowns. His 33-yard touchdown run with 1:15 to play sealed No. 1 Homewood-Flossmoor’s 43-29 win over the Patriots.

“It feels real good,” Deante Harley-Hampton said. “I’ve been working hard in the offseason preparing for this game. I wanted it real bad. I wasn’t going to lose today. I still have to get that ring, that’s all I want. But we have to take it game by game.”

His twin brother, Devonte, finished with 161 yards on 14 carries and 85 yards on six receptions, he scored on a 26-yard pass reception and a brilliant 70-yard touchdown run.

The Vikings (2-0) returned most key players from last season’s state-title runners up. Stevenson (1-1) was pretty much starting fresh this season. Considering that, the Patriots’ performance was impressive.

Homewood-Flossmoor led 29-22 at the half. The Vikings held Stevenson scoreless in the second half.

“We didn’t have any tape on Sorenson and he was really a load,” said Homewood-Flossmoor coach Craig Buzea. “We had to make some adjustments in the locker room at halftime. I’m really proud of the coaching staff and the kids for the way they came out and shut down a great team and a great player in the second half. That’s what championship teams do.”

Jack Sorenson, Stevenson’s quarterback, was injured after the first play in Week 1. He’s a converted receiver, but you would not have known it Friday. Sorenson ran for 129 yards and was 15-for-32 for 208 yards passing with two interceptions. He was the Patriots’ top threat throughout the game.

Kedzie Krazies have been waiting for revenge for nine long months and they showed up and showed out.

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Joliet Catholic defeats  Wheaton North 20-7!

Michael Johnson has caught a scoring pass of 5 yards and run in for another TD from 22 yards. Johnson gained 180 yards on 14 carries in the first two quarters.

JCA rushed to a 20-point lead. The Falcons finally got on the scoreboard on a 22-yard pass from Luke Anthony to Marcus Gustaveson with 1 minute 19 seconds left in the second quarter.

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