2015 IHSA Football Semifinals
winners head to S-T-A-T-E!
November 21, 2015
Loyola 24, Palatine 22
Loyola is headed to NIU!!!!
The top-ranked Ramblers subsequently ran out the final 2 minutes, 33 seconds, allowing them to hold on for a 24-22 Class 8A semifinal road win and advance to Saturday 7 p.m. state final against Marist in DeKalb.
The Ramblers (13-0) scored a touchdown with 5:46 left to play to lead 24-9 but “quit” has not been in the Palatine vocabulary this year.
Palatine drove 81 yards in 14 plays to make it 24-16 with 3:42 to left.
Zach Oles completed seven passes in the drive, six of which went to Johnny O’Shea, including a 1-yard scoring strike. Oles finished the game going 18-for-32, 210 yards, 2 total TDs.
After a failed onside kick, the Palatine defense came up big again for the Pirates.
Led by Mikey Williams, Dillon McHugh, Ethan Senner, McKenzie Balanganayi and Ben Riddle, the Pirates forced a punt from the Loyola 46.
And for the second time in the game, the Loyola long snapper sailed his snap over the punter’s head.
The ball slid on the slick turf to the Loyola end zone, where Senner was credited with falling on it for a Palatine touchdown.
Trailing 24-22 with 2:36 to play, Palatine was forced to go for a 2-point conversion. However, Oles’ jump pass was tipped by a Loyola defender and was incomplete.
Loyola took over the ball at its own 45 and was able to run out the clock. The team was lead by ground game of Dara Laja who carried the ball 34 times for 209 yards and a score, followed by Emmett Clifford, who tossed the ball 16-for-20 for 174 yards and a TD.
Marist 31, Waubonsie Valley 16
Marist punched their ticket to State finals!
Brendan Skalitzky and the Marist passing attack shined brightly defeating Waubonsie Valley 31-16 to advance to the Class 8A State Finals next week. Skalitzky rushed for 186 yards and threw his 37th and 38th touchdown passes.
The RedHawks took the lead on its first possession and kept it all night, going up 17-9 at halftime on a pair of Skalitzky touchdown passes to Liam Keffer. And in the second half, he attempted only seven passes in the second half as the RedHawks ran lead draw time and again.
“We saw at halftime we were going to run more,” Skalitzky said. “We spread them out and left the middle of the field open. I told Coach I wanted to run more; I wanted to whatever I could to help us win this game.”
Skalitzky finished the semifinal game going 10-for-20 for 103 yards and two scores in the air, and he ran the ball 22 times for 186 yards and an additional score. During the contest, he also went over 3,500 passing yards and rushed for over 1,000 yards this season.
Waubonsie Valley was led by Max Ihry who rushed 17 times for 118 yards and QB Jack Connolly tossed teh ball for over 120 yards and a score.
After slipping into the playoffs with a 5-4 record and winning its first three playoff games by three points apiece, Marist (9-4) will take on Loyola (13-0) for the title at 7 p.m. Saturday in DeKalb.
Crete-Monee 42, Hinsdale 37
Comeback road win for the Warriors!!!
Hinsdale made a late charge with a little over 90 seconds left in the contest when Xavier Ledet ran the ball in from 8-yards out. Shortly after that Warriors senior Kevin Pate made an exception late play to seal the 42-37 victory as he intercepted a pass.
But first, Crete-Monee senior Clint Ratkovich fueled the Warriors’ victory with his play at running back and quarterback. He carried the ball 38 times for 227 yards and scored on first-half runs of 30 yards and 56 yards.
The Hornets moved the ball at will, but four turnovers spoiled their opportunity for their first state appearance since finishing second in 1980. Sean McCormack passed for 199 yards and two touchdowns, and Robert Hall had eight receptions for 189 yards and a touchdown.
Crete-Monee junior defensive back Juawan Treadwell turned the momentum around in the second quarter with a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown.
In the fourth quarter, Pate intercepted a wobbly pass by Hinsdale South quarterback McCormack ended a back-and-forth contest. Pate said it was his first interception of his high-school career.
“I’ll do whatever I need to help the team win, whether on offense or defense,” Pate said. “We practiced watching that play all week, and we knew (McCormack) would try and sneak out, and I knew exactly where he would go to. I was ready to make a play.”
The Warriors (11-2) advance to the 6A state final, where they will play Montini (13-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.
People also read the following…
Be sure to bookmark our site, as well as follow us on Social Networks below…