2016 IHSA Week 1 recap
High School Football – Week 1
August 26, 2016
compiled by Prez Ro
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What a fantastic weekend for high school football! Perfect weather kicked things off Friday night across the Chicagoland area. A number of teams picked things off right where they left them, while others are trying to find their new identity. Let’s get things started……
Olympians put on an Olympic performance in the opener
Behind the offensive play of junior quarterback, Jyran Mitchell, Rich Central knock off Stagg 39-6. Yes, I did say Mitchell… this is the third son to come through the program. Shawn Jr. is now playing at Eastern Illinois and Jeremiah is at Austin Peay. And next month, they play against each other for the first time since, whew… for-e-v-e-r!
But back to the game at hand, Mitchell had two TD runs and also threw a 19-yard scoring pass to Glen Abram to guide Rich Central (1-0) in the opener. The Olympians scored on their first four possessions and never looked back. On the other side of the ball, the defense was nasty… stingy… and it seemed as if every player swarmed to the ball on each and every play. This contest definitely sent a strong message to their future opponents that they are a force to be reckon with.
The Olympians have a tough contest next week as they travel crosstown to St. Rita next Friday night. Should be a good one and we will be there!
Vikings picked up where they left off….
Homewood-Flossmoor’s Bryant Wright didn’t leave any questions unanswered as to his ability to take over the reins at quarterback for the Vikings as they dominated the game against Downers Grove South 56-6. He finished the contest going 8-for-13 for 206 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran four times for 57 yards and a TD.
Running back Tyler Nutall (8 carries, 105 yards) punctuated the Vikings’ second drive with a 23-yard TD.
Herbert Hughes, a transfer from Stagg, scored back-to-back TDs in the third quarter on runs of 55 and 8 yards.
To top it off, backup quarterback Kellyn Gerenstein also scored on a 94-yard run.
Crete knocks off TF South
Crete-Monee running back Datuan Carter wanted to win this game for his coach John Konecki, who’s father, died Tuesday and the team attended his funeral earlier Friday.
“We had to win this one for coach,” Carter said. “He had a bad week. We saw that he was down and we had to pick him back up. It meant a lot to us to get this win.”
T.F. South took an early 7-0 lead in the second quarter on a 27-yard TD pass from Reis Padjen (16-of-21, 160 yards passing) to Bron Hill (7 catches, 107 yards).
But Carter, a junior, helped make sure it would happen, running for two touchdowns and catching another Friday as the host Warriors scored 35 unanswered points in the second half for a 42-7 win over T.F. South.
“It’s a very emotional time, as it is for any man with his father,” Konecki said. “My family knew I was going to come here, though. They wouldn’t expect anything less. It meant the world to me to look out at the funeral and see my team there. Your players become family members, and they were there for me.”
Lemont squeaks’ passed Richards
Senior Steve Fleming made some crucial contributions Friday against Richards including a key 50 plus yard punt in the fourth quarter that pinned the Bulldogs deep in their own end which led to an Indians’ score for the victory, 13-7.
“I was thinking I needed to pin them deep,” Fleming said. “I was hoping that would give our defense a chance to get a big stop and lead to our offense getting good field position.”
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And in other games….
Rich East 46, North Lawndale 0: Here’s highlights from the contest care of MaxPreps.
Bloom 33, Andrew 12
Providence 3, East St. Louis 34
Marian Catholic 53, Urban Prep-Englewood 16: Christian Simmons (10 carries, 168 yards) scored on runs of 89 and 28 yards to lead Marian (1-0).
Franklin (Wis.) 24, Joliet Catholic 14: Clay Briscoe caught a 10-yard TD pass from Patrick Roth and Keenan Hailey added a 19-yard scoring run for JCA (0-1).
Hillcrest 32, Argo 0: Marcus Garrett’s 75-yard catch was among his three TDs for Hillcrest (1-0).
Lincoln-Way East 49, Adams (Ind.) 12: Jake Arthur threw two TD passes and Nigel Muhammad added a pair of scoring runs of 12 and 10 yards for East (1-0). Watch the CSN Chicago highlight video here: http://www.csnchicago.com/video/highlights-5-lincoln-way-east-49-south-bend-adams-12
Lockport 20, Downers Grove North 9: Ben Davis threw a pair of scoring passes for Lockport (1-0).
Reavis 51, Longwood 0: Devontta Wilson caught a 31-yard TD pass and also scored on a 40-yard run, both in the first half, to boost Reavis (1-0).
St. Laurence 31, Benet 21: Fayezon Smart’s 69-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter put St. Laurence (1-0) ahead for good. Kevin Williams tacked on two TD runs for the Vikings.
Shepard 38, T.F. North 18: Demetrius Harrison ran for 181 yards and a touchdown and also caught scoring passes of 53 and 28 yards to lead Shepard (1-0).
Thornwood 60, Phoenix 0: Jabari Howard contributed three first-half TDs, including a punt return, to spark Thornwood (1-0).
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