2017 IHSA Football Week 5 Recap

Posted on September 23, 2017. Filed under: Football, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

IHSA Week 5 Recap…

September 23, 2017

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It’s time to separate… time for homecoming… and time for conference play… It is unseasonable warm here in Illinois… most Friday night lights kick off were around 82 degrees… Whew!

Here’s our recap for conference play in our coverage area:

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Saturday, September 23

Crete-Monee 48, Rich East 12

Crete-Monee knocks off conference foe Rich East 48-12

Rich East (1-4, 0-1) took an early 6-0 lead on a well-orchestrated seven-play, 83-yard drive, which concluded with Malik Ecford (3 of 9 passes for 90 yards) hit Robert Sanner on an 11-yard pass for the score at 7:17 of the first quarter. But, that was about it for the Rockets.

Isaiah Rucker and the offense took over. Rucker then demonstrated his QB talents on the afternoon in the victory by completing 14 of 16 passes for 337 yards and four touchdowns.

“There’s nothing wrong with short passes,” Rucker said with a smile. “I get a little itchy to throw it long. But we’re winning and that’s all that matters.”

On the ground, Da’Tuan Carter got into the endzone on two different occasions, runs of 23 and 3 yards. He finished the game with 71 yards on six carries.

Warriors’ defense held Rich East to 247 yards.

“I’m happy we won,” Crete-Monee coach John Konecki said. “We can play better. We have a lot of guys who can touch the ball and take it to the rack.”

Up next will be a first-place showdown Friday night between the Warriors and Rich Central (4-1, 2-0) in Olympia Fields. Get your popcorn ready….

Friday, September 22

Hillcrest soar over Titans

In front of a jammed packed crowd, Hillcrest defended their homecoming quest defending South Suburban Blue Tinley Park, 33 – 7.  The humid conditions didn’t really play a role whatsoever in this game. Both teams came out with lots of energy which included three back-to-back penalties on the Hawks D for off-sides.

Once the nerves calmed, the Hawks attacked. Hawks score first and never looked back.

QB Rocky Griffin finished the game with two touchdown passes both to Nick Lindley. On the ground, Andre Smith scored twice from 5  and 30 yards, along with Dakari Smith, who also scored on a strong two-yard blast right before the half.

The visiting Titans (2-3, 1-2) got on the board with a 8yd pass from senior Ryan Zientara to 5’9″ David Morgan.

This was solid victory for Hillcrest (4-1, 2-1) as they begin to set the tone for the conference play.

 

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St. Rita delivered a fantastic victory Friday night against Mount Carmel, 38-21, their cross-town rival and Catholic League foe behind the play of senior Chris Childers.

Childers made a one-handed catch on a pass from Jake Zylman. He took the ball 17 yards to the Caravan 1. Three plays later, David Gleaves ran it in for a score, sending the Mustangs on their way to victory.

Childers finished with 90 yards rushing and added a 24-yard touchdown reception for St. Rita (4-1, 1-1).

“The O-line does great, I just need to make better reads on my runs,” he said. “I need to be a little more patient.”

A couple bright spots for the Caravan was Alek Thomas, who rushed for 104 yards and Kyle Davis scored on an 84-yard run for Mount Carmel (3-2, 0-2).


Providence 22, Brother Rice 16
Providence (3-2, 2-0): Caden Kalinowski winning TD pass to Jerell Wright with 1:48 remaining. Rice (1-4, 0-1): JayShon Means 60-yard punt return TD.

De La Salle 42, St. Francis 0
De La Salle (4-0, 1-0): Rob Simental 7 of 8, 215 yards, 4 TDs. Mike Coates 2 TD receptions.

Joliet Catholic 21, Marian Central 13
JCA (2-3, 1-2): Aidan Tyrell 2 TD runs.

Marist 63, Marian Catholic 6
Marist (5-0, 3-0): Delonte Harrell 4 TD runs. Mike Markett 3 TD passes. Marian (0-5, 0-3): Jordan Rogers 80-yard TD run.

Bremen 52, T.F. North 12
Bremen (3-2, 1-1): Rashea Smith 187 yards rushing, 3 TDs.

Oak Lawn 27, Argo 6
Oak Lawn (3-2, 1-1): Nick Puente 224 yards rushing, 2 TDs.

Shepard 42, Evergreen Park 0
Shepard (4-1, 2-1): Marquel Porter 177 yards passing, 4 TDs; 7-yard TD run.

Andrew 17, Lockport 14
Andrew (3-2, 2-2): Jack Condon 6-yard TD run. Ahmad Elsholi 5-yard TD run. Lockport (1-4, 0-3): Jake Karli 12-yard TD pass to Austin Hoffman.

Homewood-Flossmoor 28, Lincoln-Way West 9
H-F (5-0, 3-0): Justin Hall 54-yard TD reception, 5-yard TD run.

Sandburg 21, Thornton 15
Sandburg (2-3, 1-2): Nicky Shelton 2 TD receptions.

St. Laurence 56, Hope Academy 0
St. Laurence (3-2): Tori Clinton 188 yards rushing, 4 TDs.

Bishop McNamara 27, Leo 6: Darryl Ousley’s 16-yard scoring strike to Jonathan Randle aided Leo (1-4).

Bloom 40, Rich South 6: Quarterback Juan Green accounted for four TDs, one on an interception return, to pace Bloom (3-2, 1-1 Southland).

Eisenhower 23, Oak Forest 16: Tim Baity ran for 190 yards two TDs for Eisenhower (5-0).

Richards 55, Reavis 7: Derek Flowers had seven carries for 138 yards and three TDs to guide Richards (3-2, 2-0 SSC Red).

Stagg 55, Thornridge 30: Greg Hoard piled up 243 yards rushing and two TDs for Stagg (4-1, 2-1 SWSC).

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Tragic Loss of Andre Smith

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Bogan high school football player, Andre Smith (17), dies after being hit on final play in the final game of his senior year Thursday at Stagg Stadium.

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Smith started high school at Rich Central and transferred to Bogan last year.

“It was a kick return play,” Stagg Stadium announcer Jimmy Smith said. “(Smith) was running and a guy blocked him, hit him pretty good and that was it. He went down and he got back up and walked backed to the visitor’s side of the field.”

Garret Weston, the paramedic that first treated Smith, said he wasn’t sure what play Smith was injured on.

“I didn’t notice anyone come out of the game or anything like that,” Weston said. “I was on the home side of the field (Bogan was on the visiting side).

Weston said he was called over just as he was starting to walk out of the stadium.

“I was on my out and then they told me someone collapsed,” Weston said. “They told me he was hit in the helmet and he had a headache. He was unconscious by the time I got to him. I checked his vitals and gave him oxygen.”

The teenager “was unconscious but was breathing when he was taken in critical condition” to Advocate Christ, Langford said. He did not know the nature of the injury.

He was pronounced dead at 6:10 am Friday at Christ Hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office.

UPDATE: Andre Smith died of “blunt-force head injuries due to a football accident,” said the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

It appears that Smith was hit with a helmet-to-helmet blow on the final play of the game. His family says he had massive swelling of the brain.

“I don’t know what to do,” said Andre’s brother Erick smith, on Chicago’s ABC-7 news. “It just killed everything inside of me.”

IHSA statement on the death of Bogan’s Andre Smith ~click here!

“For all of us at Chicago Public Schools, our hearts are heavy and saddened this morning to learn that one of our student athletes at Bogan High School has passed away,” CPS CEO Forrest Claypool said in a statement. “CPS grief counselors are on-site at Bogan to provide counseling for our students. We ask that you respect the privacy of the student’s family and keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”

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We remember this young fella from his early days back with the Matteson Youth Athletic Association, as he played multiple years. Dre loved the game and described him as a jokester.

“He was just an exciting kid,” Cantrell Davis, a good friend who played football with Smith at Rich Central, said. “He liked to go shopping more than anything. He always said that money comes and money goes so you might as well go shopping.”

Smith also played on the basketball team and ran track his first year of high school. He was hoping to walk on with the football team at Western Illinois next year.

Andre Smith is the seventh high school football player in the country to die from game-related injuries this season.

Please keep his mom, Jeanine and his brother Erick close to your heart and your prayers.

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