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Tragic Loss of Andre Smith

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


October 23, 2015


REVISED: October 25, 2015

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.


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.”

IHSA statement on the death of Bogan’s Andre Smith ~click here!

“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.”


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


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:

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.







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.





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.


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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