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BIG TEN Week 8

Posted on October 28, 2015. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Small week but lots of excitement….

October 24, 2015

Only a handful of games this week, and while there were some surprises on the national front, everything went about as expected within the BIG Ten.

Let’s recap….

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Michigan State 52, Indiana 26

Things didn’t start out well for the Hoosiers Saturday in East Lansing as senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld was picked off by Spartan safety Grayson Miller on the first play of the game. Sudfeld would settle down and put together a nice game against a banged-up Michigan State secondary, but it just wasn’t enough in the end. After being down just 21-20 at the half, the Hoosiers weren’t able to keep up in the final quarter.

The Sparty ground game struggled through much of the game but was able to get things going late in the second half. True freshman L.J. Scott continued to do L.J. Scott things, finding the endzone for the fourth week in a row. The Hubbard, Ohio native ended the day with eleven carries for 68 yards and the touchdown.

Senior quarterback Connor Cook had a career day as he completed 30 of 52 passes for 398 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Aaron Burbridge continues to be Cook’s go-to guy; the senior hauled in eight passes for 128 yards and a score which was especially confusing to ESPN’s Mike Patrick.

Sudfeld ended with 308 yards through the air and a trio of touchdowns. Wideout Simmie Cobbs Jr. caught five passes for 108 yards and a score. Junior running back Jordan Howard added 78 yards rushing and and found the endzone once.

 

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Ohio State 49, Rutgers 7
It was finally time for what many of us thought would happen from the start of the season — J.T. Barrett would lead the Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) offense out onto the field to start the game. Barrett got a lot of help from his teammates, but it was easily the Buckeyes’ most dominating performance of the season.

Rutgers entered the game riding high on the back of a huge road comeback win at Indiana in Kyle Flood’s return from suspension. The Scarlet Knights even had stud wide receiver Leonte Carroo back from an ankle injury (for a while). So they took the field with maximum swag on national television, after Flood proclaimed that it would be the country’s best atmosphere at kickoff.

But despite an early fumble, Barrett was brilliant, completing 14 of 18 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, and ran for 101 yards and two scores on 13 carries. Rutgers was just 2/12 on third down before Urban Meyer trotted all the backups out there. There was no trap. The line started slowly but got rolling as the game wore on.

Urban Meyer praised J.T. after the game:  “J.T. is a great leader, a great player and he made those around him better today.”

The Buckeyes have an open date next week and will return to action on Nov. 7 at the Horseshoe against Minnesota.

 

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Penn State 31, Maryland 30

Penn State’s game plan against the Terps seemed to revolve around Christian Hackenberg throwing the ball downfield. The junior threw for 315 yards despite only completing thirteen passes on the day. Chris Godwin and DaeSean Hamilton led the Nittany Lion pass-catchers; Godwin caught four passes for 135 yards and a score while Hamilton added five catches for 96 yards and a touchdown of his own. Junior wideout Geno Lewis only had one catch on the day, but it was a nifty 27-yard score that gave Penn State the lead in the fourth quarter.

True freshman tailback Saquon Barkley came back down to earth on Saturday, rushing for just 65 yards and a score on 20 carries. The Penn State running game could only manage 48 yards on the day thanks to a number of negative plays.

Turnovers were the story of the day for new interim head coach Mike Locksley and the Terps. Junior quarterback Perry Hills notched 349 yards of total offense with a pair of touchdowns, but also had five turnovers on the day; three interceptions and two fumbles.

Northwestern 30, Nebraska 28

The Wildcats were able to bounce back in Lincoln after back-to-back losses to Michigan and Iowa. Mike Riley’s fourth-quarter struggles continued as the Huskers were unable to hold Northwestern’s offense late in the game.

Freshman quarterback Clayton Thorson led the way for Pat Fitzgerald’s Wildcats, putting up 303 yards of total offense and a pair of touchdowns. Tailback Justin Jackson added 40 yards on 14 carries and 55 yards receiving. Senior wideout Dan Vitale caught five passes for 55 yards including a 37-yard touchdown.

Tommy Armstrong led the Husker offense with 291 yards passing and a touchdown, but also threw a bad pick-six in the second quarter. Running back Terrell Newby struggled on the day, totaling just 52 yards on 16 carries. Jordan Westerkamp and Brandon Reilly led the way in the passing game with 92 and 83 yards respectively.

Riley has now lost five games in his inaugural season at Nebraska. In his seven seasons in Lincoln, Bo Pelini never lost more than four. The Wildcats are now bowl-eligible.

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Wisconsin 24, Illinois 13

Senior quarterback Joel Stave exited with concussion-like symptoms after being sacked in the first quarter, but the Badgers were still able to fend off the Illini. Junior Bart Houston—who had only thrown four passes in his first two seasons—filled in for Stave and completed 22 of 33 passes for 232 yards and two scores. Wideout Alex Erickson led the Badger rushing attack with 81 yards on just four carries while also accounting for 96 receiving yards and a score.

The Illini once again elected to go with their hideous “Ghost Gray” alternate uniforms to pay homage to Red Grange. The Galloping Ghost certainly would have been disgusted with the Illinois offense on Saturday as they could only manage 55 yards on the ground. Running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn was the lone ball-carrier for the banged-up Illini; the bulk of those 55 yards coming on a 36-yard touchdown scamper in the third quarter.

Conclusion…
So it was a pretty ho-hum week within the conference. Some of the Top 25 did go down so one would think some Big Ten teams could get a bit of a bump. Not much of a change in my conference power rankings. What about yours?

The Buckeyes and Spartans both have a bye next week. Bye weeks are pretty awful for the fans, but definitely a good opportunity for some guys to get healthy. Week nine will see Penn State hosting Illinois, Iowa taking on the Terps, and the Wolverines traveling to Minnesota.

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Tragic Loss of Andre Smith

Posted on October 24, 2015. Filed under: Football, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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Bogan high school football player, Andre Smith (17), dies after being hit on final play in the final game of his senior year Thursday at Stagg Stadium.

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Smith started high school at Rich Central and transferred to Bogan last year.

“It was a kick return play,” Stagg Stadium announcer Jimmy Smith said. “(Smith) was running and a guy blocked him, hit him pretty good and that was it. He went down and he got back up and walked backed to the visitor’s side of the field.”

Garret Weston, the paramedic that first treated Smith, said he wasn’t sure what play Smith was injured on.

“I didn’t notice anyone come out of the game or anything like that,” Weston said. “I was on the home side of the field (Bogan was on the visiting side).

Weston said he was called over just as he was starting to walk out of the stadium.

“I was on my out and then they told me someone collapsed,” Weston said. “They told me he was hit in the helmet and he had a headache. He was unconscious by the time I got to him. I checked his vitals and gave him oxygen.”

The teenager “was unconscious but was breathing when he was taken in critical condition” to Advocate Christ, Langford said. He did not know the nature of the injury.

He was pronounced dead at 6:10 am Friday at Christ Hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office.

UPDATE: Andre Smith died of “blunt-force head injuries due to a football accident,” said the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

It appears that Smith was hit with a helmet-to-helmet blow on the final play of the game. His family says he had massive swelling of the brain.

“I don’t know what to do,” said Andre’s brother Erick smith, on Chicago’s ABC-7 news. “It just killed everything inside of me.”

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“For all of us at Chicago Public Schools, our hearts are heavy and saddened this morning to learn that one of our student athletes at Bogan High School has passed away,” CPS CEO Forrest Claypool said in a statement. “CPS grief counselors are on-site at Bogan to provide counseling for our students. We ask that you respect the privacy of the student’s family and keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”

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We remember this young fella from his early days back with the Matteson Youth Athletic Association, as he played multiple years. Dre loved the game and described him as a jokester.

“He was just an exciting kid,” Cantrell Davis, a good friend who played football with Smith at Rich Central, said. “He liked to go shopping more than anything. He always said that money comes and money goes so you might as well go shopping.”

Smith also played on the basketball team and ran track his first year of high school. He was hoping to walk on with the football team at Western Illinois next year.

Andre Smith is the seventh high school football player in the country to die from game-related injuries this season.

Please keep his mom, Jeanine and his brother Erick close to your heart and your prayers.

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IHSA Week 9 Game Summary

Posted on October 24, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , |

This is it…. final weekend of high school football

October 23, 2015

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So basically who did enough to get a spot in the Illinois High School Associations playoffs?  There are many teams on the bubble that need to win this week and will be glued to a TV set Saturday night as teams are announced.

Here is our final week recaps:

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Joliet Catholic 35, Marist 28
Joliet Catholic rebounded nicely in the final game with a 35-28 win against Marist in Joliet and ties for the ESCC title.

Zach Lukasik led the way with sacks on Marist’s final two possessions to help the Hilltoppers (8-1, 6-1) tie for the East Suburban Catholic title with Notre Dame.

Joliet Catholic went ahead 28-21 with 2 minutes, 45 seconds to play on Michael Johnson’s 3-yard touchdown run and never looked back.  Johnson finished with 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The RedHawks did add a late score, but did not recover an onside kick.

 

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Lincoln-Way North 28, Lincoln-Way West 21

Lincoln-Way North caps their dream regular season with stunning win sending a message as their school may be closed next year… and yes, The Phoenix are UNDEFEATED!

The Warriors (7-2, 5-2) went up 21-7 with touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second half, on a Gabe Montalvo run and Lowman’s 19-yard pass to Jake Mauney, but North (9-0, 7-0) rallied back in the fourth quarter when Jake Arthur first went to Drew Slager from 7 yards to cut the deficit to 21-13 but missed the PAT.

“Even when we were down by two scores (in the fourth quarter), there were only positive thoughts and remarks on the sideline,” said North quarterback Jake Arthur, whose 10-yard pass to Drew Slager on the opening drive of overtime was the winner. “This is just a great win for the team, the school and the community.”

And for dramatic fashion, with a little over 90-seconds left to play, North perfectly executed a hook-and-ladder pass, with Arthur passing 15 yards to Slager, who then pitched it to a streaking Jaylin Branch, who raced untouched for 23 more yards down the left sideline. Arthur and Slager hooked up again for the tying two-point conversion.

“It’s kind of funny,” Branch said. “We practice that play every day and it never works. So we definitely picked a good time for it to pay off.”

West’s attempt to tie fell short, as Connor Lowman’s fourth-and-goal pass from the 5 was incomplete.  What a game…

Besides the 9-0 slate, the victory also earned North the outright Southwest Suburban Red crown.

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Brother Rice 37, St. Rita 21
Julian Blain recorded 191 yards and two touchdowns from scrimmage as visiting Brother Rice (8-1, 3-1) defeated St. Rita (3-6, 0-4) in Catholic League Blue action. Shaun Rule scored a pair of TDs for St. Rita.

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St. Francis 23, Fenwick 14
Will Purdom scored two TDs (one passing, one rushing), as John Brundage had 17 carries for 96 yards for St. Francis.

Notre Dame 25, Carmel 13
Notre Dame is ESCC champ for the first time since 1981.

 

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Big Ten Week 6 Recap

Posted on October 11, 2015. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Tenth month of the year brings….

October 10, 2015

… a lot to the table: football, Halloween, lovely weather, pumpkin flavored beverages and of course, homecomings…

And yesterday was a wonderful fall afternoon/ evening for some for Big Ten football. And in the end, things went just about as expected on Saturday, but few anticipated the dominance displayed by our rivals to the north. But first let’s acknowledge one team right away –  MICHIGAN is FORREAL!!!

Let’s recap….

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 Illinois 20 – Iowa 29
The Hawkeyes remain unbeaten after holding off the Ilini Saturday afternoon. Kirk Ferentz relied heavily on running back Jordan Canzeri who carried the ball 43 times, a new Hawkeye record. Canzeri ran for 256 yards on the day, including a 75-yard touchdown. The senior added a 17-yard touchdown reception as well.

Junior quarterback Wes Lunt led the Illini offense as he threw for 317 yards and a score. Geronimo Allison, the Big Ten’s leading receiver, continued his impressive season with eight catches for 148 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Ke’Shawn Vaughn rushed for 67 yards a score but also had a costly fumble late in the fourth quarter.

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Northwestern 0 Michigan 38  
The Wolverines were razor sharp and totally focused out of the gate on Saturday as Jehu Chesson took the opening kickoff 96 yards for a score. Jim Harbaugh and Co. refused to take their foot off the pedal as Michigan dominated Northwestern from start to finish – STATEMENT GAME.

“We’ll move on even more quickly than usual because it is such a good and worthy opponent,” Harbaugh said after the victory. “And, we’ll be looking forward to it.”

What else can be said about the Michigan defense? DJ Durkin has turned the unit into one of the nation’s elite. The Wildcats’ offense met the same fate as BYU and Maryland as they were unable to put up a single point against the Wolverine defense. Michigan has now allowed 31 points through five games, and 17 of those points came in the opener against the fifth-ranked Utes.

The Northwestern offense could only manage 168 yards on the day. Justin Jackson rushed for 25 yards while quarterback Clayton Thorson threw for 106 before the backups took over in the fourth quarter. The Michigan defense recorded four sacks and forced eight punts.

Jake Rudock had an efficient outing, connecting on 17 of 23 passes for 179 yards. The Michigan ground game put up 203 yards on the Northwestern defense. De’Veon Smith led the way with 59 yards on eight carries. Derrick Green added 47 yards and a score. The tight ends accounted for most of the receiving game as Jake Butt and AJ Williams combined for seven receptions and 88 yards.

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Wisconsin 23  Nebraska 21
Nebraska’s late-game struggles continue to be the theme of the Huskers. Husker fullback Andy Janovich scored on a 55-yard touchdown run to give Nebraska the lead with less than four minutes to play. Things were looking fine for them until Wisconsin kicker Rafael Gaglianone missed a field goal with just over two minutes left. Nebraska was then forced to punt, and with less than a minute left, the Badgers drove down the field to set up the game-winning field goal attempt.

Joel Stave led the Badger offense as he tallied 322 yards and a score. Dare Ogunbowale added 117 yards on 18 carries; getting most of the workload after starting running back Taiwan Deal went out with an ankle injury. Senior wideout Alex Erickson hauled in seven passes for 113 yards.

Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong ended the day with 179 yards and two touchdowns. Janovich and junior tailback Terrell Newby each notched 59 yards rushing on the day.

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Michigan St. 31 Rutgers  24
The Scarlet Knights have had recent success when donning the all-black uniforms—defeating Michigan last year and Arkansas in 2013—but they fell just short against the Spartans on Saturday night. Rutgers kicked a field goal to tie things up with just over four minutes left in the game, but they were unable to stop Michigan State on the ensuing drive as L.J. Scott scored the go-ahead touchdown with less than a minute left. Rutgers got the ball back and drove into Sparty territory when quarterback Chris Laviano elected to spike the ball on fourth down rather than throw a hail mary. Bold strategy.

Connor Cook completed 23 of 38 passes for 357 yards with two scores and one interception. Despite sitting out much of the game, L.J. Scott led the ground game with 42 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Aaron Burbridge led all wideouts with nine grabs for 146 yards.

Laviano led Rutgers with 208 yards passing and three touchdowns. The Sparty secondary struggled to contain senior wide receiver Leonte Carroo who ended the night with seven receptions for 134 yards and three scores.

Maryland 28 Ohio St 49  

Minnesota 41 Purdue 13 

Indiana 7  Penn St. 29  

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Conclusion…
So what did we learn this week? Not a lot, really – just pure confirmation. The Wolverines continue to be on the rise and will have another tough opponent next week as they face cross-town foe – Spartans. This game should be fun to watch. Michigan State struggled on the road, but like we said, Rutgers tends to rise to the occasion in these games each year. The Big Ten’s bottom-feeders still look pretty awful; though we have to give credit to Maryland quarterback Perry Hills for that gutty performance.

Besides the big one in Ann Arbor next week, you’ll want to keep an eye on Iowa traveling to Northwestern and—of course—Black Saturday in Columbus.

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IHSA Week 7 Summary

Posted on October 10, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Power move week… who made it? who didn’t?

October 9, 2015

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The tenth month of the year brings a lot to the table: football, Halloween, lovely weather, pumpkin flavored beverages and of course, homecomings…

Here is our week 7 recaps:

LW East 3, H-F 28
With the Southwest Suburban Blue title in sight, Homewood-Flossmoor (7-0, 5-0) knocked off cross-town foe Lincoln-Way East pretty handily 28-3 Friday night.

We are so used to those twins, Devonte and Deante Harley-Hampton, being the focal point but last night it was the defense that raised up allowing only a little over 200 yards and a several force turnovers that stopped impressive drives including a fumble recovery and 69 yard touchdown run by sophomore Justin Hall. His score gave the Vikings a 14-3 lead in the second quarter. They also sacked quarterback Brandon Bauer three times while limiting him to 81 passing yards and 50 rushing yards.

Offensively, the Vikings Devonte Harley-Hampton carried the ball 21 times for 133 yards and two scores. Kendric Pryor caught five passes for 134 yards and a touchdown

NOTE: Brother, Deante, was limited due to injury.

“I knew I had to pick up the slack and felt the pressure with my brother out,” Devonte Harley-Hampton said.

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Nazareth 35, Joliet Catholic 38

Talk about doing just enough to win a game… Joliet Catholic did just that Friday night against Nazareth – squeaking out a 38-35 win.

The Hilltoppers (7-0, 5-0) overcame 11 penalties and an outstanding comeback that was led by quarterback Carson Bartels, who threw for over 300 yards and five touchdowns in the second half, but the Roadrunners couldn’t stop the one-two punch of the backfield of the ‘Toppers.

Ke’Von Johnson ran for 213 yards and four scores, three of which came in the first half, put the home team ahead early with a 31-0 lead. One of his runs was for 49 yards that set up a 6-yard scamper by backfield buddy Michael Johnson, who scored shortly after that. Johnson finished the game with 30 carries for 99 yards.

“They were flowing really, really hard whenever he went in motion,” Ke’Von Johnson said. “I just had to be that counterpunch tonight.”
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Lincoln-Way North 28, Thornton 26

Lincoln-Way North (7-0, 5-0) wins their six game of the season. An opportunistic defense carried the weight Friday night as they forced four turnovers, three in their red zone, to help snag the victory in the Southwest Suburban Red conference over previously unbeaten Thornton. But, the win wasn’t sealed until the Wildcats’ last-minute two-point pass try sailed through the end zone.

“A lot of games can be won on defense with changes in momentum like the ones we had tonight,” said Lincoln-Way North linebacker Dave Lux, who had the first of two fourth-quarter interceptions of Thornton quarterback Sam Taylor III. “We had to keep up with their speed and continue to hit them hard, even when they were marching down the field.”

Thornton’s last-minute effort at tying the game culminated with Taylor’s 32-yard scoring toss to Tionte McDaniel with 28 seconds remaining. Trailing 28-26, the Wildcats (6-1, 4-1) were forced to go for two, but Taylor’s pass to the right corner of the end zone was too strong for Master Powell to reel in.

Lincoln-Way North went up 28-20 four minutes earlier on Joe Peters’ 30-yard run, his second rushing score. That drive started after the Phoenix’s fourth takeaway, an interception by cornerback Aric Feller. Peters finished the game with 33 carries for 138 yards and a pair of scores. Taylor finished the game going 16-for-21 passing for 226 yards and three scores. He also ran for 115 yards on 13 carries.

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Marist 41, Marian Catholic 7
Brendan Skalitzky passed for four TDs for Marist (5-2, 4-1), two apiece to Ryan Glascott and Darshon McCullough.

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De La Salle 28, Marmion 7
Gerald Carter had 18 carries for 112 yards and a TD for DLS (3-4, 2-1). Tom Duddleston threw for 252 yards and 2 TDs. Eric Brennan had 10 catches for 96 yards and a TD, and Sixto Avila had a 16-yard interception return TD and 10 tackles.

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IHSA Week 6 Summary

Posted on October 3, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

IHSA Conference play in full throttle…

October 2, 2015

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Brother Rice 34, Mount Carmel 14

After this big win there shouldn’t be any questions about the yong men at Brother Rice as they are 5-1 after knocking off Mount Carmel Friday night 34-14.

Behind the fine play of Cam Miller and Ricky Smalling continued their offensive attack. They connected 13 times for over 160 yards and three touchdowns.

His first score can on a 22-yard pass-and-throw from Miller as the Crusaders took an early 7-0 lead. His second score, he took a short pass and bolted through the Caravan secondary, creating an extraordinary amount of space along the way to give Rice the lead for good at 14-7.

“This feels great,” Smalling said. “It is amazing. We played as a team. It was a wonderful thing, just us playing our game. We have a great rivalry with Mount Carmel. We had to prove we can play with the big dogs.”

And his final score came with the score of 24-14 and less than three minutes to play, as he snagged a quick out and hit the ‘X’ button, the Square button and L1, as he embarrassed two Caravan defenders, stiff-arming the first to the ground and badly juking the second for a 17-yard score that put its second straight victory over the Caravan on ice.

“Oh my God,” Miller said. “He is ridiculous. I can’t even explain it. The kid is out of this world.”

Miller finished the contest going 21-for-30 passing, 254 yards and 3 TDs.

On the other side of the ball, A.J. Ries ran the ball very well on 21 carries for 95 yards and two scores.

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Loyola 31, Providence 7

Seems like a broken reocrd but Loyola is undefeated again and alone atop the Catholic League Blue as they defeated Class 7A champs Providence Friday night handily 31-7.

The Ramblers (6-0, 2-0) dominated the contest with the fine play of Dara Laja, who rushed for 169 yards on 25 carries including a 74-yard touchdown run.

“We just want to keep getting better and better,” Laja said. “Every game we go into is as important as any other.”

The Celtics (2-4, 1-2) got on the board on a 93-yard kickoff return by Mike Markasovic.

“It’s always tough to play here,” Loyola coach John Holecek said. “They had some momentum on their side. If we’re healthy, we could beat anybody. We have to make sure we keep getting better.”

It is being reported that Laja is only 301 yards shy of the Loyola career rushing record. If he continues to play like this, he’ll easily get this before the end of the season.

The Ramblers  are the only team without a conference loss after Mount Carmel fell to Brother Rice.

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Joliet Catholic 53, Marian Catholic 9
Michael Johnson had 10 carries for 142 yards and 2 TDs, Ke’Von Johnson had 74 rushing yards and a TD, and Cade Earl threw for 103 yards and a TD for JCA (6-0, 4-0).

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Big Ten Week 5 Recap

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Conference play time… time to make a move!

October 3, 2015

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With non-conference play done for the season, it’s finally time to test each other and figure out who is the best in the Big Ten this season. These are the real games where every win and loss will determine who will be making that trip to Indianapolis in December, and that first step begins this weekend.

Conference upsets? Mmmmmmm… Let’s take a look at how things transpired.

There are three pivotal games in the Big Ten this weekend.

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Coach Harbough has these guys believing in each other as well as the system as them steamrolled Maryland and shut them out at home.

The Wolverines were solid on both sides of the ball and senior QB Jake Rudock controlled the tempo and finished the contest going 16 of 32 for 180 yards with one touchdown.

The Michigan defense forced three turnovers as the Terps’ quarterback situation continues to look disastrous. Junior Caleb Rowe was picked off three times before being benched for the second straight week. Rowe has now thrown 12 interceptions on the season.

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The Wildcats pitched a shutout while only allowing just 173 yards to the Gophs’ offense. Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner was held to just 72 yards passing and one interception on the day. Can you say defense?

The Wildcat offense was led by quarterback Clayton Thorson and tailback Justin Jackson. Thorson threw for 128 yards and added another 24 yards and two scores on the ground. Jackson rushed for 120 yards on twenty carries.

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Nebraska has had some major issues in the waning minutes of its games thus far, and that continued Saturday in Champaign. The Illini scored the game-winning touchdown with just seconds left on the clock; something that is becoming all too familiar to Husker fans. Talk about disappointment.

The Illini (4-1, 1-0 in Big Ten) defense stopped the Cornhuskers (2-3, 0-1) on a fourth-and-7 at their own 27-yard line with only 51 seconds to play to give Wes Lunt one last shot at winning the drive. At that point, on three straight plays, Lunt went to his favorite target, Geronimo Allison. Twice Allison caught the ball, only it was out of bounds. But the Nebraska secondary also interfered with Allison to move the ball to the 1.

Lunt finally hit Allison in bounds, low and just inside the end zone for the game winner with 10 seconds to play.

Lunt led the way for the Illini as the junior threw for 251 yards and a pair of scores, while Allison finished with eight passes for 91 yards and a score.

Tommy Armstrong struggled just about all day for Nebraska, completing just 10 of 31 passes for 105 yards and an interception. True freshman tailback Devine Ozigbo ran for 70 yards and a touchdown on just seven carries.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak in Big Ten openers, and was Illinois’ first victory against Nebraska since 1924.

Attendance: 40,138

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Upset? Naw… just slow, sloppy game. The Badgers held Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard to just 77 yards passing but the Hawkeye defense forced four turnovers in leading the way to the victory.

Jordan Canzeri led the way again for the Iowa offense, rushing for 125 yards on 26 carries. The lone touchdown of the contest came just before halftime as Beathard connected with tight end George Kittle for a one-yard score. The Hawkeye offense managed just 221 yards on the day and failed to put up any points in the second half.

For the Badgers, senior quarterback Joel Stave did not have his finest day. He threw for 234 yards with two interceptions while also losing a pair of fumbles.

This lose snapped Wisconsin’s ten-game home winning streak.

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Moral victory or did the Spartans play down to the Boilermakers and took their feet off of the gas pedal?  State was up 21-0 halftime and Purdue’s running back Markell Jones caused all kinds of fits for the Spartans. The true freshman rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Quarterback David Blough added 136 yards and a score through the air. Late in the fourth quarter with a chance to pull off one of the season’s biggest upsets, but they failed to convert on fourth down, allowing the Spartans to remain among the unbeatens.

Connor Cook threw for a meager 138 yards and a touchdown, but the Michigan State running game continues to lead the way on offense. True freshman L.J. Scott had the best game of his young career, rushing for 146 yards and two touchdowns on just 18 carries. Madre London added 97 yards on the ground while Cook chipped in another 48 yards.

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Army 14,  Penn State 20

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It was a bit of an ugly week for the conference as Ohio State and Michigan State both struggled but they snagged the ‘W’ – no one will care how they won in November. Northwestern and Iowa continue put together some impressive performances and the Hawkeyes should find themselves ranked this week. And Michigan’s defense continues to look like one of the top units in the country as Jim Harbaugh has the Wolverines on the up and up.

Next week we’ll all be watching as the Buckeyes host Maryland amidst all the homecoming festivities. Indiana travels to Happy Valley for what could be an intriguing matchup. The game of the week will take place in Ann Arbor where Michigan will take on Northwestern.

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