IHSA Week 4 Game Summary
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.”
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.
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.
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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