2016 IHSA Week 2 Recap
IHSA Week 2 Recap….
September 2, 2016
compiled by Prez Ro
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What a wonderful weekend for football in the Chicagoland area and many teams didn’t disappoint, while others are still trying to find their identity and a tough weekend for Southland Conference….
Tough weekend for Southland Conference continued Saturday as Rich East lost to visiting Tinley Park 45-32.
Junior quarterback Ryan Zientara sealed the game for the Titans (2-0) with an 87-yard touchdown run late in the contest. He also tossed three touchdown passes in the contest.
“I can’t do anything without the offensive line,” Zientara said. “I can’t make a pass, can’t make a run without them. They were great.”
Zientara finished the game going 11-for-18 for 227 yards and shared the touchdown love around to Justin Taylor on a 17-yarder, David Morgan on a 44-yarder and John Kopecky on a 63-yarder.
They also imposed their will on the ground behind junior running back Elijah Webster who ran for over 180 yards and two scores.
Rich East (1-1) did have some bright spots from running backs Tristan Page and Alexander Adams who combined to rush for over 350 yards and four scores. Page scored on a runs of 68 and 53 yards and Adams added TDs of 7 and 80 yards.
And what made this contest even more special was both schools honored Park Forest police officer Tim Jones, who sustained a gunshot wound to head during a suspected robbery in March. A 2009 Tinley Park graduate, Jones is recovering from the life-threatening injury. At halftime, Rich East athletic director Mike Laneve presented the Jones family with a check for $5,000.
Bremen 20, Perspectives-Leadership 8: Jovari Brown contributed two TD runs (5, 6 yards) and an interception to lead Bremen (1-1).
St Rita gets on track…
On this gorgeous football evening, it was St. Rita from the start as they dominated the visiting Southland Conference team, Rich Central, 56-19, primarily on the ground but both sides of the ball scored in this contest.
The Mustangs (1-1) scored first after an interception of Jyran Mitchells’ pass, a wonderful long run by Jack Quinn then a short run 4 yard run by junior Jake Zylman. Zylman finished with game with well over 150 yards on the ground and four scores. He ran for three and passed for another score.
Rich Central (1-1) countered on the next possession tying the game at 7 up with a 16 yard pass from Mitchell to Sean Tyler. But as the opening sentence states, the Mustangs responded on their next possession marching down the field, 92 yards on 11 plays that concluded with a 2 yard run by Zylman for his second touchdown. He scored for the third time in the second half from 7 yards out.
The visiting Olympians didn’t play their best game nor did they give up. Junior quarterback Mitchell showed wonderful offensive leadership in the contest despite the final score. In the second quarter, he called a QB keeper and tricked the Mustangs defense, and streaked down the field for a 54 yard score – the extra point failed getting the team within 8, 21-13.
But that’s as close as they would get, as on the next possession, senior Shaun Rule, broke at least 4 tackles for the score from the 11 yard line right before the half.
The second half was no different as the Mustangs was clearly the better team even as Rich Central scored for the final time on their opening possession in the second half on a 73 yard, 6 play touchdown – Mitchell to Hammond – making the score 28 – 19.
Mustangs’ Rule scored again, and so did sophomore Jake Stefanski, and the defense got on the board as well when they recovered a fumble, and Mark Mondesir returned it 40 yards really putting the contest away. The home team scored one more time, right after a kickoff-fumble recovery and one play later, it was Zylman, who tossed a short pass to Mike McMcDevitt, putting the final score on the board.
Rich Central had one more opportunity to score as they marched down the field, got the ball deep in the Mustangs REDZONE, but Mitchell fumbled it into the endzone and it was recovered by the defense.
You can visit the box score via MaxPreps by clicking here.
Up next for the 2-0 Mustangs is cross-town foe Providence Catholic; Rich Central travel to Kaneland (Maple Park, IL)
Crusaders cruise in victory Friday Night
After one week of play and lots of chatter over the summer, when you think of Brother Rice you think offense and Friday night didn’t let you down as the Crusaders (2-0) knock off tough-as-nails Crete-Monee (1-1) 61-44.
In this contest, the Warriors game plan was to limit the Illinois-recruit Ricky Smalling, in which they did, as he finished the contest with less than 60 yards, but they didn’t limit Xavian Valladay.
Senior running back Valladay rushed for over 260 yards and count them F-I-V-E touchdowns.
“I have to give it out to my O-line,” Valladay said being extremely humble. “They had a nice game and gave me room to run. I’m blessed to have scored five touchdowns.”
But believe it or not, the final score isn’t a good illustration of the game as it was high-scoring and close. Brother Rice put a lot of points on the board in the first half, 35, but the visiting Warriors fought back.
A late 1-yard TD run by Kevin Pate and a 9-yard touchdown by Xavier Ledet with 1:58 to go to close within 52-44. But Valladay, sealed the deal with his fifth score with 1:41 to go.
Lost in all of this, Pate, also scored five touchdowns — three rushing and two receiving.
Crete-Monee quarterback Isaiah Rucker, a 6-5 junior, showed off his powerful right arm. Rucker completed 30 of 53 passes for over 420 yards and three TDs.
NOTE: The 105 combined points were the most in Brother Rice history.
Up next for Brother is Aurora Christian Friday night; Crete-Monee will play West Lafayette.
Hillcrest soar during week 2…
When you think of Hillcrest, you immediately think of basketball… but this football team is balling!!!!
The Hawks soar over Oak Lawn Friday night 28-6 behind the fantastic play of receiver Marcus Garrett, who caught three touchdown passes in the first half Friday in the win.
“I really think I can be that player for this team that makes the big plays out there,” Garrett said .”I just came out focused and ready to play hard on every play.”
His coach, former NFL cornerback, Marquice Cole, gets to see him up-close and personal as well as on some one-on-one drills thinks the world of his play.
“We all know what Marcus can do,” Cole said. “For us, it’s more about making sure Marcus knows what he can do. I’ll play corner on him in practice. We challenge him during the week to go above and beyond, because he’s that type of player.”
He caught a 9-yard TD from James Lipscomb (4-for-8 passing, 62 yards; 7 carries, 42 yards). Then, after the Hawks recovered an onside kick, he caught a 45-yarder from Lipscomb on the next play from scrimmage. He added a 2-point conversion catch to extend the lead to 16-0.
Garrett’s third TD came on a 31-yard pass from RonRecus Griffin with 1:05 left in the first half.
Oak Lawn got on the board with 2:05 left in the third quarter on a 10-yard TD run from Jabari Clark (14 carries, 54 yards) and got into the Hawks’ red zone with a chance to get within one score early in the fourth.
However, Hillcrest’s Jalen Jenkins stopped Spartans quarterback Kyle McNamara for a two-yard loss on fourth-and-1 from the Hawks’ 14.
“We definitely have some things to clean up,” Cole said. “I was happy with the way they overcame the adversity.”
Hillcrest will be traveling to TF South next Friday night; Oak Lawn will play at Argo
Other games in our coverage area…
De La Salle 35, T.F. North 12: Devin Michicich had 22 carries for 154 yards and three TDs for De La Salle (2-0).
Eisenhower 41, Urban Prep-West 0: Tim Baity and Aaron Sanders scored TDs for Eisenhower (1-1).
Homewood-Flossmoor 54, Hammond (Ind.) 6: Herbert Hughes contributed TD runs of 76 and 62 yards for H-F (2-0).
IC Catholic 63, St. Laurence 49: Fayezon Smart had three TD runs for St. Laurence (1-1).
Lincoln-Way East 35, Belleville West 0: Jake Arthur threw a 74-yard TD pass to Jeremy Nelson and Nigel Muhammad scored twice for East (2-0).
Lincoln-Way West 40, Bloom 27: Justin LaBuhn had TD runs of 70, 12 and 28 yards to vault West (2-0). Juan Green threw four scoring passes for Bloom (1-1).
Mount Carmel 56, Gary (Ind.) West Side 6: Michael Kennedy scored on a TD run for Mount Carmel (2-0).
Oak Forest 51, Clemente 8: Watari Mason’s three TDs propelled Oak Forest (1-1).
Providence 28, Vianney (Mo.) 21: Jared Drake’s TD pass to Lucas Weaver with 2:10 remaining lifted Providence (1-1).
Reavis 48, Corliss 22: Mike Szuba’s 46 yard interception return for a TD sparked Reavis (2-0).
Shepard 42, Fenton 0: Jack Carberry had a pair of TD runs for Shepard (2-0).
Wheaton North 37, Joliet Catholic 7: Simon Grasshoff caught a 34-yard TD pass from Patrick Roth for JCA (0-2).
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