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2016 BIG Ten Week 10 Recap

Posted on November 6, 2016. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports |

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November 5, 2016

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Yesterday was a one that could be summed up a number of noteworthy performances including number 4 ranked Texas A&M getting knocked off by Mississippi State. Plus the Illini defeated the Spartans for the first time in forever.

Illinois 31, Michigan State 27

It honestly still feels weird to see Michigan State (2-7, 0-6) this bad, and losing to Illinois (3-6, 2-4) is taking it to a whole different level as Sparty has now fallen in seven straight games.

Tyler O’Connor and Damion Terry were back under center for the Spartans after Brian Lewerke suffered a broken tibia last week against the Wolverines. O’Connor threw for 265 yards while Terry added 50 yards and a touchdown. Gerald Holmes led the way on the ground with 78 yards and a score. L.J. Scott added 50 yards on 14 carries.

Lovie’s Smith Fighting Illini were led by freshman quarterback Jeff George Jr. and junior tailback Kendrick Foster. George threw for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Foster rushed for 146 yards and found the endzone twice.

 

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Michigan 59, Maryland 3

The Michigan offense did pretty much whatever it wanted to do against the Terps on Saturday. Wilton Speight threw for a career high 362 yards and a pair of scores while De’Veon Smith ran for 114 and a trio of touchdowns. Jehu Chesson hauled in five passes for 112 yards and a score while Amara Darboh also found the endzone.

All in all, the Wolverine offense amassed 660 yards and got out to a 35-0 halftime lead that D.J. Durkin simply wasn’t going to overcome against one of the nation’s top defenses.

The Terps used three quarterbacks with senior Caleb Rowe seeing the bulk of the playing time. Rowe completed 12 of 23 passes for 203 yards but was picked off twice by safety Delano Hill. The Maryland ground game was unable to get anything going, rushing for 78 yards on 38 carries.

Penn State 41, Iowa 14

Penn State was shockingly ranked 12th in the first College Football Playoff Rankings, but maybe that wasn’t quite as silly as some thought. The Nittany Lions routed Iowa yesterday and continue to be one of the hottest teams in the country. How strange is it to see a Penn State squad that has a competent offense and non-statuesque quarterback?

It was the Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkely show in Happy Valley as the duo accounted for all but one of the Nits’ scores. The sophomore quarterback threw for 240 yards and two scores while adding another 40 yards and a touchdown with his legs. Barkley rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown and added another score on his lone catch of the day—a 44-yarder.

Iowa’s offense was bad and Kirk Ferentz should feel bad. C.J. Beathard threw for 204 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but the ground game just couldn’t get it going. Akrum Wadley, LeShun Daniels Jr., and Beathard combined for just 30 yards on 26 carries. That is a problem.

Ohio State 62, Nebraska 3

Ohio State rolled Nebraska on Saturday night, 62-3, in front of a crowd of 108,750, second-highest in Ohio Stadium history.

Quarterback J.T. Barrett finished 26-for-38 passing for 290 yards and four touchdowns — three of which went to Curtis Samuel. The two linked up for a 75-yard touchdown strike on the very first play of the second half. Samuel finished with 178 total yards on 13 touches.

The Buckeyes…. whew, what can be said except BE-WARE!

 

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Wisconsin 21, Northwestern 7

The Badgers didn’t need a whole lot from their quarterbacks as the offense relied heavily on senior tailback Corey Clement. Freshman Alex Hornibrook and senior Bart Houston combined to go 13 of 22 for 143 yards through the air. Clement ended the day with 32 carries for 106 yards and a score. Jazz Peavy chipped in with a 46-yard rushing touchdown as well.

The Badger rush defense was stout as the Wildcat running game was held to just 39 yards on 19 carries. Justin Jackson could only manage 42 yards on the day while Clayton Thorson recorded negative yards thanks to a pair of sacks. Wideout Austin Carr followed up his eight-reception performance against the Buckeyes with a 12-catch showing against the Badgers. The senior recorded 132 yards and a touchdown on the day. At some point, you gotta think someone may start covering him.

Minnesota 44, Purdue 31

Indiana 33, Rutgers 27

Next week there’s not a whole lot to get too excited about. Ohio State travels to Maryland to do battle with a familiar foe in D.J. Durkin. Michigan makes its way to Iowa while Indiana will host Penn State. The week’s most intriguing matchup may be in Lincoln when the Gophs come to town.

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2016 IHSA Week 7 Recap

Posted on November 6, 2016. Filed under: Football |

Week 7…

October 8, 2016

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Let conference play begin….. 

The Warriors Dominate conference foe

The Olympians scored on their first play from scrimmage and that was just about it.

Senior defensive lineman Creo Argue didn’t particularly enjoy watching Rich Central score a touchdown Friday on its first play from scrimmage against Crete-Monee.

Those were the first points the Warriors had allowed after posting three straight shutouts.

As it turned out, those were the last points Crete-Monee’s first-string defense would allow on the night during a dominant 52-15 Southland Conference win.

The victory assured the Warriors of at least a share of their 10th straight conference championship.

“It hurt,” Argue said of the early TD. “It’s been our goal to shutout every team. We knew at that point we had to shut them out the rest of the game.”

Other than a TD late in the fourth quarter against the reserves, the Warriors defense did just that.

Crete-Monee’s front four of Argue, Deion Harry, John Mitchell and Karon Stampley constantly had Rich Central quarterback Jyran Mitchell on the move.

The Warriors (5-2, 4-0) limited the Olympians (4-3, 2-2) to 197 yards.

“We knew we returned a lot of guys and it all starts with the front four,” Crete-Monee coach John Konecki said. “They’ve done a great job all year.”

While the defense was doing its part, the Warriors offense scored on five of six possessions in the first half to grab a 36-7 lead.

The Warriors spread the wealth between Da’Taun Carter, Kevin Pate, Mileak Harper and Xavier Ledet and wound up rushing for 178 yards.

Pate (9 carries, 48 yards) scored four TDs in the first half, finding the end zone from 6, 2, 1 and 1 yards.

“We’re just going out and playing football,” Pate said. “We knew what we needed to work on all week at practice and we executed it. It comes down to team work.”

Harper (8 carries, 40 yards) had a 31-yard TD run and Carter (13 carries, 57 yards) added a 1-yard score. Quarterback Isaiah Rucker hooked up with Marcus Kidd on a nifty 28-yard TD pass to complete Crete-Monee’s scoring.

Rucker, a junior, completed 11 of 18 passes for 194 yards.

“Rucker is a wonderful talent,” Konecki said. “He’s getting a lot of interest from colleges.”

Rich Central felt good after Mitchell scampered 59 yards for a TD that gave the Olympians a quick 7-0 lead. It was all downhill from there as the Olympians had just one first down in the first half.

Mitchell (5-for-17, 125 yards) connected with Glen Abram on a 6-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter.

“We have to play better in these situations,” Rich Central coach Terrell Alexander said. “We knew we had to block Crete-Monee up front and we didn’t do a good job of doing that.”
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For the quarterbacks, it was a wild pass-a-thon.

For Lemont senior Steven Fleming, it was a matter of putting a 24-yard kick between the uprights when it counted the most in Friday’s South Suburban Blue showdown against visiting T.F. South.

The distance? Not a problem.

But there was something to think about. Or, maybe, to not think about.
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“I just can’t really think about it too much,” Fleming said. “Sometimes I overthink it and I will make a mistake. I was just like, ‘I have to make this kick and overcome the pressure.'”

There was no mistake. Fleming’s kick with 3:43 left to play was true and strong, and gave Lemont a 30-28 victory.

Fleming added two field goals of 27 and 28 yards and had nine catches for 147 yards. Quarterback Spencer Nagel completed 20 of 36 passes for 299 yards as Lemont (7-0, 4-0) took over sole possession of first place in the conference.

Reis Padjen was 17-for-34 for 320 yards for T.F. South (5-2, 3-1).

The Rebels took a 28-27 lead with 11:19 remaining on a 34-yard TD run by Johnt’e Crawford and a PAT kick by Mike Vasquez.

Nagel had the final say, though, when he engineered a 56-yard drive that included passes of 14 yards to Bret Bolin and 22 yards to Fleming.

“I thought I needed to step up there,” Nagel said. “I wasn’t having a hot start in the second half. But my line just gave me all the time in the world. I just had to put it where my receivers could get it. And they got it and gained yards.”

Fleming’s first field goal gave Lemont a 3-0 lead. The Indians defense then stepped up when a ferocious hit by Frankie Montalto forced a T.F. South fumble. Jordan Brown made the recovery and ran the ball in from the Rebel 18.

Lemont’s two-week shutout streak came to an end late in the first quarter when Padjen and split end Bron Hill combined for an 80-yard TD pass play. The PAT kick by Vasquez made it 10-7.

Nagel got his passing game in gear for Lemont in the second quarter during a 75-yard drive that featured completions of 21 yards to Matt Slee and 36 to Fleming.

Fleming landed on the T.F. South 1 after making an acrobatic catch. Anthony Martin punched the ball in from there.

T.F. South was in a deep hole with a first-and-28 from its own 25 when Padjen found Hill for a 23-yard gain. A roughing the passer penalty on Lemont tacked on 15 more yards. The Rebels scored on a 2-yard run by Johnt’e Crawford and closed within 17-14.

Matt Slee extended Lemont’s lead just before the half with a one-handed grab on a line drive toss from Nagel for a 39-yard TD.

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Reavis over Shepard
Brantrell Seymore must carry an extra battery pack.

The Reavis senior certainly didn’t run out of juice Friday night in a South Suburban showdown at Shepard.

Seymore took the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and managed to find the end zone four more times, the last coming on a 17-yard jaunt to ice the game with less than three minute to play as Reavis outlasted Shepard 39-29.

“(Seymore) has shined in every single game and we’re in Week 7,” Reavis coach Tim Zasada said. “For him to keep doing it, he’s like a man among boys right now. Every week he does the same thing. He’s just phenomenal.”
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Seymore rushed for 148 yards and two TDs and added 201 yards and two TDs on seven receptions for the Rams (6-1, 4-0).

If that’s not enough, he also played defense and logged two tackles for a loss to limit the Astros (4-3, 2-2).

“I played every snap,” Seymore said. “Oh wait, I caught a cramp and had to take a couple plays off. I took two or three off and got back out there.”

Reavis needed him. With only 27 players dressed and eight going both ways, Seymore on the sidelines would have spelled bad news.

“We don’t have a lot of players — we don’t have a lot of depth,” Zasada said. “But I’ll tell you this, we have a lot of pride. We work hard and stay the course, and nothing gets us down.”

Despite falling into a 26-7 hole after an 88-yard TD run from Seymore, Shepard never quit. Jack Carberry completed 15 of 27 passes for 300 yards and three TDs to lead the Astros.

Carberry hit playmaker Demetrius Harrison for TDs of 66 and 3 yards and Rishard Blake for an 80-yard score that cut Reavis’ lead to 26-21.

The Rams answered in what turned out to be an explosive fourth quarter as quarterback Bailey Boyd hit Mike Szuba for a 43-yard TD.

Boyd was accurate from the pocket, and he also intercepted Carberry late in the fourth quarter. On the very next play from scrimmage, Seymore dashed 17 yards for his fifth TD.

“The offensive line did all the work,” Seymore said. “I was just the one carrying the ball. I just try to give it my all. Everyone on the sideline is ready to go both ways if they’re called on.”

Benet 38, Joliet Catholic 21: Patrick Roth had a pair of scoring runs for JCA (0-7, 0-5 ESCC).

Brother Rice 63, St. Joseph 7: Dino Borrelli threw a school-record seven TD passes, three to Ricky Smalling, to lead Brother Rice (7-0).

Elmwood Park 47, Chicago Christian 7: Jon Griffin caught a 65-yard TD pass from Henry Light to aid Chicago Christian (2-5, 1-2 MSC Red).

Fenwick 35, Providence 28: Jared Drake threw two TD passes to Richie Warfield (67, 52 yards) and Gaosh Williams scored on a 99-yard kickoff return to pace Providence (3-4).

Hillcrest 44, Tinley Park 10: James Lipscomb threw three TD passes for Hillcrest (5-2, 3-2 SSC Blue).

Homewood-Flossmoor 50, Thornridge 7: Bryant Wright contributed three scoring passes and a TD run to propel H-F (7-0, 5-0 SWSC). Tyrice Richie had TD receptions of 45 and 44 yards.

Lincoln-Way East 64, Sandburg 16: Nigel Muhammad had three first-half TD runs (1, 10, 57) for East (6-1, 4-1 SWSC).

Loyola 51, Leo 8: Aamir Holmes’ 32-yard TD pass to David Moore was the big play for Leo (2-5).

Marist 44, Nazareth 14: Morgan Taylor contributed two TD runs and also tossed a pair of scoring passes to Colin Meehan to spark Marist (6-1, 5-0 ESCC).

Marmion 21, St. Laurence 12: Kevin Williams scored one TD and Romello Washington passed for another to lead St. Laurence (5-2).

Mount Carmel 56, De La Salle 6: Jordan Cousert scored two TDs and Alek Thomas added a 70-yard scoring run for Mount Carmel (4-3).

Oak Forest 59, T.F. North 12: Watari Mason scored four TDs, including an 85-yard kickoff return to start the second half, to lead Oak Forest (4-3, 2-2 SSC Blue). Sean Davis rushed for 145 yards and two TDs.

Richards 59, Evergreen Park 7: Pat Doyle ran for 107 yards and three TDs to lead Richards (5-2, 5-0 SSC Red).

St. Rita 27, Bishop McNamara 0: Shaun Rule had three TD runs, the longest a 54-yarder, to boost St. Rita (4-3). Gavin Mottl added a pair of field goals.

Thornwood 58, Stagg 24: Jamar Howard passed for three TDs and added a scoring run for Thornwood (4-3, 1-3 SWSC)

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Kays spoil Olympians Homecoming

On this wet Friday night in Olympia Fields, District 227s Rich Central played host to their southern foe, Kankakee, who a week ago played Crete-Monee very tough in a lost. But, tonight the Kays were able to spoil the Olympians homecoming with a 21-12 victory.

Kankakee (3-3, 2-1) got on the board first with a rare error by junior QB Jyran Mitchell who tossed a pick 6 to Franklin Levelle, in which he returned it for 84 yards making the score 7-0 with 4:13 in the 1st and never looked back even though the Olympians would keep the game close. On the kickoff, Brendan Hutton took it 91-yards to the end zone but the extra point failed, making the score 7-6.
Kays would score again in the second quarter, this time on a special teams effort that blocked a punt that they recovered in the end zone. Extra point failed – 13-6.

With their never give-up attitude, Rich Central (4-2, 2-1) responded 4 minutes later Kamari Vassar scored – 2-point conversion failed. Score now was Kankakee 13, Rich Central 12. This would be the last time the home team found the end zone in the contest.

Bad field conditions and a slow sideways rain kept both teams from scoring in the third quarter, but the patience of the Kays would pay when Deandre Caldwell scampered through the Olympians defense for an 88-yard score which was the winning touchdown. On top of it, they went for two and was successful.

Up next for Kankakee travels to Bloom for a Saturday noon game, while Rich Central travels over two towns to play Crete-Monee next Friday night.

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Crusaders continues to cruise…

Senior Dino Borrelli put on another wonderful performance Friday night against conference foe Mount Carmel, as the Crusaders won 49-42. He finished the contest going 25 of 34 passes for 387 yards and four touchdowns and added a rushing TD.

“Dino every week has gotten better,” Brother Rice coach Brian Badke said. “He’s a winner.”

The entire offense seemed to be on the same page as they racked up over 500 yards of productivity.

Ricky Smalling, an Illinois recruit, caught 10 passes for 175 yards and two TDs. His 55-yard TD reception with 20.6 seconds left in the third quarter forced a 35-35 tie and will not soon be forgotten.

Mount Carmel did have a chance to tie the game as they moved the ball down the field to ‘Rices 26 yard line with 31.2 seconds left but quarterback Alek Thomas was intercepted by Aarion Lacy at the 5 to seal the victory.

Thomas, a junior, completed 13 of 21 passes for 219 yards and three TDs. Jordan Cousert had two TD catches, and Phazione McClurge had one TD reception for the Caravan.

Thomas also rushed for 93 yards and a TD. His 5-yard rushing TD at 7:09 of the fourth quarter created a 42-42 tie.

Senior running back Michael Kennedy rushed for 148 yards and a TD. Kennedy also fired a 70-yard halfback-option pass to Cousert for a TD that tied the game 21-21 in the third quarter.

It was the third straight time Rice (6-0, 2-0) has beaten the Caravan. Three turnovers doomed Mount Carmel (3-3, 0-3).

Lemont wins big!

The Indians dominated the Hawks in a complete shutout, 27-0, in the South Sub Blue conference game Friday night.

Lemonts’ D held Hillcrest to just 67 total yards in the contest.

Put it this way, they got a nice long run by quarterback RonRecus Griffin on the first play from scrimmage. They didn’t pick up another first down until late in the fourth quarter after the Indians (6-0, 3-0) had wrapped up the victory.

Offensively, Lemont quarterback Spencer Nagel finished going 10-for-18 for 253 yards.

“Defensively, we did a lot of good things,” Lemont coach Bret Kooi said. “Offensively, we need to take advantage of that a bit more. We had the ball in good field position a lot of times and didn’t convert.”

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Marist defeats St. Patrick

A fast start is just what the RedHawks drew up as they defeated top-knotched St. Patrick Saturday afternoon 41-13. And they did it behind the fine play of running back Delonte Harrell, who scored on three occasions…. TD runs of 1 and 18 yards and added a 6-yard TD catch. He finished with 117 yards on 22 carries.

“It was huge,” Harrell said of the early lead. “It’s hard to bounce back from 14 points and having your opponent score on two straight possessions to start the game.”

played a big part in helping the RedHawks achieve that goal.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound junior accounted for two touchdowns on Marist’s first two possessions as the RedHawks cruised to a 41-13 East Suburban Catholic Conference victory at Hanson Stadium.

Marist (5-1, 4-0) quarterback Morgan Taylor completed 10 of 13 passes for 171 yards and two TDs and added 45 yards rushing. Taylor hooked up with Turon Ivy on a beautiful 69-yard TD reception that stretched the Marist lead to 21-0 with 9:14 remaining in the second quarter.

Any chance the Shamrocks (4-2, 2-2) had of cutting into a 21-7 deficit in the second quarter evaporated as RedHawks intercepted a pass on a fake-punt attempt.

Other scores for around the league…

Loyola 35, St. Rita 3: Kyle Rock, 18 carries, 102 yards, 2 TDs; Tommy Herion, 14-26 passing, 179 yards, TD; rush TD. St. Rita — Shaun Rule, 13 carries, 88 yards; Gavin Mottl, 40-yard FG

Benet 56, Marian Catholic 7: Cameron Thomas’ 87-yard TD pass to Joe Stith was the big play for Marian (1-5, 0-4 ESCC).

Bolingbrook 27, Lockport 22: Austin Hoffman caught two scoring passes of 4 and 19 yards from Ben Davis for Lockport (4-2, 2-2 SWSC).

Bradley-Bourbonnais 27, Lincoln-Way Central 17: Mike Morgan contributed a 46-yard TD run for Central (4-2, 2-2 SWSC).

Lemont 27, Hillcrest 0: Spencer Nagel threw TD passes of 91 and 26 yards to his brother Austin to pace Lemont (6-0, 3-0 SSC Blue).

Lincoln-Way East 49, Andrew 7: Nigel Muhammad had first-half TD runs of 64 and 62 yards for East (5-1, 3-1 SWSC).

Montini 34, De La Salle 6: Devin Michicich posted a 1-yard scoring run for De La Salle (5-1, 1-1 Catholic Green).

Normal 17, Lincoln-Way West 7: Trey Telez had the TD for West (4-2).

Reavis 43, Evergreen Park 14: Bailey Boyd threw three TD passes to Brantrell Seymore and also returned an interception 65 yards for a score to lead Reavis (5-1, 3-0 SSC Red).

Richards 48, Argo 0: Jake Moran threw two TD passes and Pat Doyle added a pair of scoring runs to power Richards (4-2, 4-0 SSC Red).

St. Laurence 28, Leo 8: Kevin Williams had a pair of TD runs, and Tori Clinton tacked on an 81-yard TD to lift St. Laurence (5-1).

Shepard 42, Eisenhower 7: Demetrius Harrison ran for 230 yards on 25 carries and two TDs to boost Shepard (4-2, 2-1 SSC Red).

Thornwood 25, Thornton 12: Kevin Harris was among those contributing TDs for Thornwood (4-2, 1-2 SWSC).

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