2016 IHSA Week 3 Recap
Week 3… separation week?
September 9, 2016
compiled by Prez Ro
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What a weekend of high school football in the chicagoland area! Two-top ranked conference foes face off during week 3 and we were at both games…
The SouthWest Surburban contest put two undefeated teams on the same field: Homewood-Flossmoor visiting Lincoln-Way East… Both teams area offensive powerhouses as the Griffins put up 84 points in the first two weeks, and the Vikings 110. In the end, it was the visitors, the Vikings who are still undefeated winning 35-30.
Before everyone could get in their seats good, the hometeam, Griffins, grab an early 14-0 lead. Quarterback Jake Arthur (13-for-19 ,162 yards) found Jeremy Nelson on a pair of TD passes. The first covered 28 yards and the second 41. But this game wouldn’t be settled in the first quarter.
Bryant Wright led an impressive comeback. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior hooked up with Tyrice Richie on TD passes of 40 and 44 yards. Bryant also contributed a 5-yard TD run and hit Richie with a 2-point conversion pass to create a 21-21 tie with 9:59 to go in the second quarter.
“We were down, but we knew it wasn’t over,” Richie said of the 14-0 deficit. “The coaches told us to keep fighting.”
Running back Herbert Hughes, transfer from CPS Stagg, gave H-F their first lead of 28-21 with 2:44 remaining in the first half. Hughes stutter-stepped at the line of scrimmage before sprinting up the middle through the secondary down the field.
Hughes finished the contest for over 160 yards on the ground on just 10 carries.
The Griffins, however, struck back. Randy Scianna’s 3-yard TD run with 5:12 left in the third forced a 28-28 tie and set up a nail-biting finish.
Vikings scored their final touchdown when Wright tossed another pass to Richie with 6:20 left to play. Richie caught 10 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns. Wright finished the game with over 275 yards and also rushed for a TD.
“I wanted to make a statement,” Richie said. “I felt like I was underrated coming into this season. This is a great win for us. A lot of people doubted us.”
The Griffins pinned H-F deep on the other side of the field and instead of punting, coach Buzea decided to take a safety, making the score 35-30, and take their chances on defense.
Lincoln-Way East (2-1, 0-1) had a chance to win, but H-F’s Dylan Duplessis came up with an interception near the Vikings goal line with 1:17 remaining and the Vikings (3-0, 1-0) just ran out the clock.
“I’m proud of our kids,” Buzea said. “They were resilient. Hat’s off to our defensive staff. After those first two drives, the defense really stepped up.”
It was an especially emotional win for H-F. Senior receiver/punter Tyler DeMartra suffered a compound right ankle fracture in the second quarter trying to catch a pass and had to be taken off the field by ambulance.
“We were waiting for this,” Buzea said. “Wright made some great reads. He’s just going to keep getting better and better. And Richie, all I’ll say is Northern Illinois got a steal.”
You will be able to relive this contest via Comcast Sports starting Saturday at noon. Check local listing for channel. In the meantime, you can watch some game highlights at via their YouTube channel.
H-F will play another undefeated team Lockport (3-0) next Friday night; LW East travel to Bolingbrook (2-1).
Loyola & Mount Carmel have been the gold standard of Illinois high school football every year. The Ramblers did just enough to stay undefeated Friday night at Gately stadium winning 35-28.
“[Mount Carmel] is a great team and [Thomas] is a hell of a player,” Holecek said. “We did just enough to win.”
The Ramblers jump out to an early two-score lead, 28-14 at the half, but the Caravan (2-1, 0-1 Catholic League Blue) found a spark when do-it-all athlete Alek Thomas took over at quarterback and even ran a couple of an unprecident trick plays with running back Michael Kennedy throwing a pair of halfback passes including one for a 33-yard touchdown to Phazione McClurge.
Thomas had 11 carries for 95 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown. He caught two passes for 16 yards and threw two passes for 64 yards. He played quarterback, running back and wide receiver for the Caravan (2-1, 0-1).
But Jake Marwede rose to the occassion and managed the game perfectly. He finished the contest going 69 yards on teh ground and three touchdowns.
“Overally offensively [we were] impressive,” Holecek said. “[Marwede] shows he’s the best kid in the state, to me.”
The Caravan had a chance at the end, but failed on a 4th and six from the Loyola 11 with 2:00 to play. Quarterback Dan Trudeau went for a receiver in the end zone, but the pass fell incomplete.
Loyola will play St. Francis next Saturday; Mount Carmel will play DePaul College Prep next Friday afternoon.
Other games in our coverage area….
Chicago ACE Tech Charter 48, Richards 6
De La Salle 47, Robeson 0
Oswego 7, Joliet West 3
Rich East 43, Chicago Vocational 14
St. Patrick 49, Joliet Catholic 35
Bremen 47, T.F. North 12: Roc Smith ran for two TDs (1, 25 yards) and Christian Williams scored on a 60-yard fumble return to spark Bremen (2-1, 1-0 SSC Blue).
Brother Rice 45, Aurora Christian 6: Dino Borrelli threw three TD passes to Ricky Smalling, the longest a 72-yarder, to pace Brother Rice (3-0).
De La Salle 47, Robeson 0: Dorian Woods (10-for-15, 144 yards) passed for three TDs and ran for another score to lead De La Salle (3-0).
Richards 38, Eisenhower 10: Pat Doyle scored four TDs for Richards (1-2, 1-0 SSC Red).
Lockport 16, Lincoln-Way Central 14: Porters (3-0, 1-0) came from behind Friday night for the victory. Tavares Moore led the way finishing the game with 168 yards on 31 carries.
St. Laurence 49, Bishop McNamara 7: Fayezon Smart had two first-half TD runs and also brought the second-half kickoff back 95 yards for a score to power St. Laurence (2-1, 1-0 Catholic White).
Shepard 24, Evergreen Park 7: Nieko Carter scored on an 81-yard kickoff return and a 29-yard reception to lift Shepard (3-0, 1-0 SSC Red).
West Lafayette (Ind.) 14, Crete-Monee 13: Creo Argue scored on an 84-yard interception return and Mileak Harper added a 51-yard TD run for Crete-Monee (1-2).
Wheaton Academy 46, Chicago Christian 6: Henry Light scored on an 8-yard TD run for Chicago Christian (1-2).
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