IHSA Week 6 Summary
IHSA Conference play in full throttle…
October 2, 2015
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.
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.
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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