IHSA Week 6 Summary

Posted on October 3, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

IHSA Conference play in full throttle…

October 2, 2015

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Brother Rice 34, Mount Carmel 14

After this big win there shouldn’t be any questions about the yong men at Brother Rice as they are 5-1 after knocking off Mount Carmel Friday night 34-14.

Behind the fine play of Cam Miller and Ricky Smalling continued their offensive attack. They connected 13 times for over 160 yards and three touchdowns.

His first score can on a 22-yard pass-and-throw from Miller as the Crusaders took an early 7-0 lead. His second score, he took a short pass and bolted through the Caravan secondary, creating an extraordinary amount of space along the way to give Rice the lead for good at 14-7.

“This feels great,” Smalling said. “It is amazing. We played as a team. It was a wonderful thing, just us playing our game. We have a great rivalry with Mount Carmel. We had to prove we can play with the big dogs.”

And his final score came with the score of 24-14 and less than three minutes to play, as he snagged a quick out and hit the ‘X’ button, the Square button and L1, as he embarrassed two Caravan defenders, stiff-arming the first to the ground and badly juking the second for a 17-yard score that put its second straight victory over the Caravan on ice.

“Oh my God,” Miller said. “He is ridiculous. I can’t even explain it. The kid is out of this world.”

Miller finished the contest going 21-for-30 passing, 254 yards and 3 TDs.

On the other side of the ball, A.J. Ries ran the ball very well on 21 carries for 95 yards and two scores.

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Loyola 31, Providence 7

Seems like a broken reocrd but Loyola is undefeated again and alone atop the Catholic League Blue as they defeated Class 7A champs Providence Friday night handily 31-7.

The Ramblers (6-0, 2-0) dominated the contest with the fine play of Dara Laja, who rushed for 169 yards on 25 carries including a 74-yard touchdown run.

“We just want to keep getting better and better,” Laja said. “Every game we go into is as important as any other.”

The Celtics (2-4, 1-2) got on the board on a 93-yard kickoff return by Mike Markasovic.

“It’s always tough to play here,” Loyola coach John Holecek said. “They had some momentum on their side. If we’re healthy, we could beat anybody. We have to make sure we keep getting better.”

It is being reported that Laja is only 301 yards shy of the Loyola career rushing record. If he continues to play like this, he’ll easily get this before the end of the season.

The Ramblers  are the only team without a conference loss after Mount Carmel fell to Brother Rice.

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Joliet Catholic 53, Marian Catholic 9
Michael Johnson had 10 carries for 142 yards and 2 TDs, Ke’Von Johnson had 74 rushing yards and a TD, and Cade Earl threw for 103 yards and a TD for JCA (6-0, 4-0).

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IHSA Week 4 Game Summary

Posted on September 19, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Conference play meets Mother Nature…

September 18, 2015

Mount Carmel 35, St Rita 14

Catholic conference battle like none other… Mustangs vs Caravan at Gately Stadium… WHEW!!!!

In the end, it was the young men from Mount Carmel on top, 35-14, over cross-town foe St. Rita.

The Caravan defeat the Mustangs primarily on the ground behind the fine play of A.J. Ries, who rushed for 170 yards and a score, and with A.J. Lewis, who scored twice inside of the redzone. But one pivotal moment occurred when senior Terrell Greer picked a pass and took it 70 yards for a touchdown to seal the victory.

“I told my guys that I was going to get one,” Greer said. “I told everybody. … And I guess I was right.”
On the other side of the ball, St. Rita fault back especially on the defensive side of the ball, where they scored both its touchdowns on interception returns, by Joe Doweiko (30 yards) and Marc Mondesir (53 yards).  The Mondesir interception tied the score 14-14 early in the third quarter.

Lewis answered with scoring runs on consecutive possessions for Mount Carmel, and Greer finished the scoring with his interception return.

“We had to step up today,” Lewis said. “There were no ifs, ands or buts about it. At the time we needed to we came out and played Mount Carmel football.”

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Brother Rice 46, St. Francis 33

Whew… survival on Friday night is what it was like for the young men at Brother Rice, as they snagged a 46-33 victory against St. Francis.

The Crusaders jumped out early and put up 14 points in the first 93 seconds of the contest. On their first drive, they went 72 yards on five plays, capped by a 17-yard touchdown run from Xavian Valladay.

Then, while on defense, St. Francis’ Pete Fassnacht’s first pass of the game was intercepted by Evan Webster. That led to a 51-yard pass from Cam Miller to Ricky Smalling to set up a 1-yard touchdown run for Clifton Taylor to make it 14-0.

And they really stretched out before halftime to 28-7 lead on touchdown runs of 18 and 25 yards from Julian Blain.

“We really wanted to come out fast after getting shut out last week,” Brother Rice receiver Julian Blain said. “We knew (St. Francis) was a good team and we had to come out ready to go from the start. We had some great opportunities offensively, because our line came out and blocked great and our receivers were blocking, too.”

Early in the third quarter, the Crusaders continued their scoring ways as Miller and Blain connected again on a 13-yard touchdown pass making the score 36-7.  Miller finished going 18-for- 26, 180 yards, 2 TDs.

But as things played out, the crossover Catholic league foe, Spartans (3-1), stormed back, with three touchdown passes from Fassnacht to Brian Gorsky, and one to William Purdom for a 65-yard score.

Gorsky’s third touchdown got St. Francis within 43-33 with 8:37 to go, but the Crusaders forced an incompletion on the two-point conversion.

Brother Rice intercepted Fassnacht three times, with Brian Olsen coming down with two of them. Fassnacht finished going 26 of 37 passing, 323 yards, 5 TDs.

“Our guys came out ready to play and did a lot of good things in the first half,” Brother Rice coach Brian Badke said. “They made some adjustments and we gave up some big plays in the second half. We’ll fix that, though. We’re a good football team. They’re a good team, too, but I knew they weren’t going to come in here and beat us.”

Blain finished the contest with 4 carries for 68 yards and two scores on the ground, and four catches for 47 yards plus a score.

Crusaders’ Clifton Taylor led the ground game with 24 carries for 136 yards.

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Marist 49, Notre Dame 42
What a BIG win for the RedHawks over the ranked Dons, 49-42, in the East Suburban Catholic.

Senior quarterback Brendan Skalitzky showed up and showed out tossing four touchdown passes that all went to Liam Keffer, who caught 12 passes for 249 yards.

Skalitzky threw two interceptions in his first 14 attempts before settling down to complete 19 of his final 23. Keffer hauled in TDs of 74, 63, 26 and 22 yards, while Seamus Glascott added eight receptions for 93 yards.

“We trusted each other,” Skalitzky said. “We turned it on late, and Liam got open. I’m so happy for him that he had a great game.”

The RedHawks (3-1, 2-0) finished with 522 total yards. The Dons (3-1, 1-1) netted 387 yards, with senior quarterback Tyler Tsagalis passing for 327 and four touchdowns.

Notre Dame scored two late touchdowns to pull within seven points, but Marist recovered an onside kick with 26 seconds left.

Notre Dame’s quarterback, Tyler Tsagalis, a Western Illinois recruit, also overcome a slow start to nearly top Skalitzky’s numbers. Tsagalis passed for 39 yards in the first half, but tossed all four of his scoring passes after halftime. He finished the contest going 22-for-36 passing for 327 yards and 4 TDs.

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Montini 38, De La Salle 0
Prince Walker (120 rushing yards, 2 TDs) and Justin Blake (163 passing yards, 2 TDs) led Montini (4-0, 1-0).

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IHSA Week3 Football Summary

Posted on September 12, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Week 3 often labeled adjustment week was just that…

September 11, 2015

Mount Carmel 13, Providence 0
CHICAGO – Can you believe it, three quarters of a scoreless contest between these two schools? Not to mention, it was a perfect, fall evening of play… in the end it was the Caravan on top behind the fine play of A.J. Ries, who carried the ball 17 times for 61 yards and a score. On the other side of the ball, the Caravan’s defense forced five turnovers and finished with five sacks on the night.

And again, who would have ever thought the Celtics would be 0-3 at this time? Still a lot of football left in this tough conference.

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Montini 38, St. Rita 7

Montini controlled this contest from start to finish as they roll 38-7 in Chicago Catholic League crossover.

Broncos (3-0) were led by Justin Blake, who tossed 12-for-16 for 122 yards and one TD. Another key performer was Reed Taylor, who snagged a 78-yard interception return.

The Mustangs (1-2) just seem to come up short and the best way to explain this is trailing by three touchdowns and facing a fourth-and-goal at the Broncos 4-yard line, Connor Kelly tossed a nice spiral pass to Kurt Zeiger at the goal line that appeared to bring the Mustangs to within two scores, but instead, he was stopped short by junior linebacker Christian Pirog with 52 seconds remaining in the half.

“Sometimes we come out slow, but as soon as someone makes a big play, something just clicks and it seems unstoppable,” Pirog said. “It’s like no one can stop us.”

And on top of that four turnovers by the Mustangs, including two in the first half, put them in a hole they couldn’t dig out of.

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Richards 28, Lemont 24

The Bulldogs trailed the Indians by 14 points early but then got a spark and ran off four-straight scores to secure the win.

Lemont’s defense ruled the first half, as it held Richards (1-2) to two first downs and seven total yards while taking a 14-0 lead. The Bulldogs’ rally was forged through the air, as quarterback Jake Moran had touchdown passes of 27, 76 and 77 yards to three receivers before Anthony Quinn’s winner.

“We knew we just had to keep coming at them,” said Quinn, whose 2-yard plunge with 58 seconds left was the winner. “As bad as it looked, everyone on the team had faith.”

Two second-half fumble recoveries also helped build momentum. The first led to Moran’s 27-yard pass to Jared Moore midway through the third quarter that got Richards on the board. A Spencer Nagel sneak put Lemont ahead 21-7, but the Bulldogs outscored the Indians 21-3 the rest of the way.

Moran finished the contest going 9-for-18 passing for 222 yards and 3 TDs.

On the other side of the ball, Lemont’s Jake Kirkman finished with 24 carries, 105 yards.

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Loyola 28, Brother Rice 0

The Ramblers set the tone of this contest early on the legs of Dara Laja, who ran 31 times for 205 yards and a pair of touchdowns Saturday afternoon as Loyola opened Catholic League Blue play with a 28-0 shutout of No. 14 Brother Rice in Wilmette.

All the scoring came in the first half, when Laja caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Emmett Clifford and ran for scores of 2 and 46 yards. Clifford also threw a 17-yard TD pass to Jonah Isaac.

“Going into the game, we knew we were going to run the ball a lot,” Laja said. “We were practicing a lot of different looks. We were going to trap, we were going to pull a lot.”

He had 11 carries in the first quarter and 24 in the first half, both unusual totals for Loyola (3-0), which likes to spread the touches.

On the other side of the ball, Loyola’s first-team defense, which has 10 new starters this season, still hasn’t given up a point. The Ramblers forced Rice (2-1) to abandon the run game, which produced 29 yards on 17 carries. Crusaders quarterback Camren Miller was 28-for-49 passing for 193 yards.

“That’s a terrific offense,” Loyola coach John Holecek said of Rice. “Their scheme’s good, their skills are good. No. 2 (Ricky Smalling) is a special player. To keep them out of the end zone is impressive.”

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Lincoln-Way West 28, Lincoln-Way Central 0
NEW LENOX – Gabe Montalvo rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns and the Lincoln-Way West defense came up big Friday night in a 28-0 SouthWest Suburban Red victory over Lincoln-Way Central.

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