2015 IHSA Week2 Summary
FOOTBALL… Back to the Basics weekend
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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