2015 IHSA Football Semifinals

Posted on November 22, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , |

winners head to S-T-A-T-E!

November 21, 2015

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Loyola 24, Palatine 22

Loyola is headed to NIU!!!!
The top-ranked Ramblers subsequently ran out the final 2 minutes, 33 seconds, allowing them to hold on for a 24-22 Class 8A semifinal road win and advance to Saturday 7 p.m. state final against Marist in DeKalb.

The Ramblers (13-0) scored a touchdown with 5:46 left to play to lead 24-9 but “quit” has not been in the Palatine vocabulary this year.

Palatine drove 81 yards in 14 plays to make it 24-16 with 3:42 to left.

Zach Oles completed seven passes in the drive, six of which went to Johnny O’Shea, including a 1-yard scoring strike. Oles finished the game going 18-for-32, 210 yards, 2 total TDs.

After a failed onside kick, the Palatine defense came up big again for the Pirates.

Led by Mikey Williams, Dillon McHugh, Ethan Senner, McKenzie Balanganayi and Ben Riddle, the Pirates forced a punt from the Loyola 46.

And for the second time in the game, the Loyola long snapper sailed his snap over the punter’s head.

The ball slid on the slick turf to the Loyola end zone, where Senner was credited with falling on it for a Palatine touchdown.

Trailing 24-22 with 2:36 to play, Palatine was forced to go for a 2-point conversion. However, Oles’ jump pass was tipped by a Loyola defender and was incomplete.

Loyola took over the ball at its own 45 and was able to run out the clock. The team was lead by ground game of Dara Laja who carried the ball 34 times for 209 yards and a score, followed by Emmett Clifford, who tossed the ball 16-for-20 for 174 yards and a TD.

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Marist 31, Waubonsie Valley 16

Marist punched their ticket to State finals!
Brendan Skalitzky and the Marist passing attack shined brightly defeating Waubonsie Valley 31-16 to advance to the Class 8A State Finals next week. Skalitzky rushed for 186 yards and threw his 37th and 38th touchdown passes.

The RedHawks took the lead on its first possession and kept it all night, going up 17-9 at halftime on a pair of Skalitzky touchdown passes to Liam Keffer. And in the second half, he attempted only seven passes in the second half as the RedHawks ran lead draw time and again.

“We saw at halftime we were going to run more,” Skalitzky said. “We spread them out and left the middle of the field open. I told Coach I wanted to run more; I wanted to whatever I could to help us win this game.”

Skalitzky finished the semifinal game going 10-for-20 for 103 yards and two scores in the air, and he ran the ball 22 times for 186 yards and an additional score. During the contest, he also went over 3,500 passing yards and rushed for over 1,000 yards this season.

Waubonsie Valley was led by Max Ihry who rushed 17 times for 118 yards and QB Jack Connolly tossed teh ball for over 120 yards and a score.

After slipping into the playoffs with a 5-4 record and winning its first three playoff games by three points apiece, Marist (9-4) will take on Loyola (13-0) for the title at 7 p.m. Saturday in DeKalb.

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Crete-Monee 42, Hinsdale 37

Comeback road win for the Warriors!!!
Hinsdale made a late charge with a little over 90 seconds left in the contest when Xavier Ledet ran the ball in from 8-yards out. Shortly after that Warriors senior Kevin Pate made an exception late play to seal the 42-37 victory as he intercepted a pass.

But first, Crete-Monee senior Clint Ratkovich fueled the Warriors’ victory with his play at running back and quarterback. He carried the ball 38 times for 227 yards and scored on first-half runs of 30 yards and 56 yards.

The Hornets moved the ball at will, but four turnovers spoiled their opportunity for their first state appearance since finishing second in 1980. Sean McCormack passed for 199 yards and two touchdowns, and Robert Hall had eight receptions for 189 yards and a touchdown.

Crete-Monee junior defensive back Juawan Treadwell turned the momentum around in the second quarter with a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown.

In the fourth quarter, Pate intercepted a wobbly pass by Hinsdale South quarterback McCormack ended a back-and-forth contest. Pate said it was his first interception of his high-school career.

“I’ll do whatever I need to help the team win, whether on offense or defense,” Pate said. “We practiced watching that play all week, and we knew (McCormack) would try and sneak out, and I knew exactly where he would go to. I was ready to make a play.”

The Warriors (11-2) advance to the 6A state final, where they will play Montini (13-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.

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IHSA Second Round of Playoffs

Posted on November 8, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Second Round… who’s still standing?

November 7, 2015

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Marist 59, Barrington 56
One week after Halloween we had a thriller in Barrington

Things came to an end with senior James Dunican pulled down his only reception of the game — a 3-yard toss over the middle from quarterback Brendan Skalitzky with 16 seconds remaining, Marist pulled off an stunner.

In a contest that featured a combined 1,231 yards, Barrington (9-2) appeared to be the last team standing. They went ahead 55-52 on quarterback Johnny Davidson’s 1-yard plunge with 1 minute, 8 seconds left to complete a 13-play, 65-yard drive that featured a fourth-and-24 conversion from Davidson to Jake Zyzda.

But Marist’s Seamus Glascott returned the ensuing kickoff 45 yards to Barrington territory. Seven plays later, Skalitzky called Dunican’s number.

“We practice that, I think we did it against Joliet Catholic, we waited all game,” Skalitzky said. :Ran it and it was perfect execution. James is probably one of the hardest workers on the team. He’s so selfless, he blocks for everyone. I’m so glad it went to him. It was a great catch.”

Skalitzky accounted for 633 total yards (445 passing, 188 rushing) and eight touchdowns (five passing, three rushing).

The RedHawks Darshon McCullough finished the contest with  5 receptions, 207 yards, 3 TDs.

Barrington’s Davidson finished going 14-for-21, 217 yards, 2 TDs and 18 carries, 112 yards, TD.

Marist (7-4) will play at Oswego (9-2) in next week’s quarterfinals.

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Glenbard West 7, Mount Carmel 0
Glenbard West shut out Mount Carmel in a Class 7A thriller.
The first ever meeting between the two powerhouse teams was a slugfest, fought in the trenches of the lines. Glenbard West missed a field goal in the second quarter and Mount Carmel missed one in the third quarter.

The Hilltoppers finally broke through with 1:49 to play in the third quarter. Running back Sam Brodner scored a 16-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-6 play.

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Niles North 35, Eisenhower 20
Niles North senior running back and Iowa commit Barrington Wade (25 carries for 174 yards) accounted for the Vikings’ two offensive touchdowns on the afternoon (67 yards and 8 yards) to lead the Vikings (7-4). The Niles North defense picked off Eisenhower quarterback Cortez Jackson three times with two resulting in scores (freshman Myles Davis’ 50-yard interception TD return and senior Romario Gayle’s 41-yard interception TD return).

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video-highlightsLincoln-Way North 17, Richards 10 OT

Libertyville 27, Lincoln-Way East 17
In a Class 7A second round playoff game, undefeated Libertyville (11-0) held on late for a 27-17 win over Lincoln-Way East (8-3).

Brother Rice 34, South Elgin 28
In a Class 8A second round game, host Brother Rice prevailed with a 34-28 victory over South Elgin.

video-highlightsBradley-Bourbonnais 41, Geneva 22

Crete-Monee 23, Lemont 7

Loyola 49, Stevenson 0

Niles North 35, Eisenhower 20

Brother Rice 34, South Elgin 28

Tinley Park 42, Glenbard South 32

Marian Central 15, Joliet Catholic 47

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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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