2017 IHSA Week 2 Recap

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IHSA Week 2 Recap…

September 2, 2017

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Week one was so explosive, how will Week 2 be better? Hhhhmmmm…. Well, here’s where we will be this weekend…

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Friday, September 1

WARRIORS HOLD OFF CRUSADERS

Crete-Monee get a BIG win over Catholic League Blue Brother Rice, 33-25 behind the play of Josh Tomas. He scored on a pair of passes including a 50-yard bomb from Isaiah Rucker in the third. He finished the game with 7 catches for 143 yards.

“I know that I have to execute when my teammates are counting on me in key situations,” Tomas said. “(Quarterback Isaiah Rucker) and I put in a lot of time together, and I want to be that big-play guy for him.”

Quarterback Rucker finished 20 of 30 passing for 271 yards and four TDs including a wonderful connection with Tyler Mays for a 33-yard TD in the fourth that sealed their final score.

The Crusaders fought back as best they could as John Bean connected with Dylan Summers for a 77-yard TD and Bean ran in the 2-point conversion to cut the lead to 33-25 with 2:59 left. Bean finished the game going 7 of 12 passes for 134 yards and running eight times for 68 yards and a TD.

The Warriors (1-1), though, recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock.

 

OLYMPIANS FALL SHORT

St. Rita continued their winning ways knocking off visiting Rich Central 44-25. Senior quarterback Jake Zylman led the way with his play calling and arm, as he threw a pair of touchdown passes and rushed for another. On the ground, Dave Gleaves added two TDs, including one rushing and one receiving for the Mustangs (2-0).

The Olympians (1-1) grabbed some momentum at the end of the first half when Sean Tyler returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. Tyler finished with 63 yards on 12 carries.

But that momentum ended as the Mustangs ran off 10 straight points including Chris Childers who scored on a short run and a successful field goal. Childers ended up with 79 yards on 18 carries.

Northern Illinois-recruit, Jyran Mitchell, scored twice on the ground. He finished the game with 78 yards on the ground and completed 15 of 26 passes for 137 yards.

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OTHER SCORES FROM FRIDAY NIGHT
Andrew 35, Bloom 13: Jack Condon ran for two TDs and threw for another to lead Andrew (1-1).

Eisenhower 51, Urban Prep-West 14: Quarterback Scotty Gardner accounted for three TDs to pace Eisenhower (2-0).

Evergreen Park 43, Longwood 6: David Torres had two TD runs and an interception for Evergreen (2-0).

Hillcrest 77, Rich South 0: Rocky Griffin threw five TD passes to guide Hillcrest (2-0).

Lincoln-Way Central 27, Lincoln-Way West 17: Matt Pollack scored on a 50-yard punt return for Central (2-0, 1-0 SWSC).

Marist 42, Mishawaka (Ind.) 15: Delonte Harrell had three TD runs and Mike Markett added three scoring passes for Marist (2-0).

Mount Carmel 56, Lane 0: Jack Bracewell passed for two TDs and ran for another to lead Mount Carmel (2-0).

Niles North 38, Leo 26: Darryl Ousley had three TD passes for Leo (1-1).

Oak Forest 43, Clemente 6: Rae Mason scored on a pair of punt returns for Oak Forest (1-1).

Oak Lawn 40, Quest 0: Nick Puente posted three scoring runs to lead Oak Lawn (2-0).

Reavis 42, Corliss 14: Matt Beach contributed four TD runs for Reavis (1-1).

St. Laurence 26, IC Catholic 23: Matthew Hamer caught a 73-yard TD pass from Devin Rembis in the fourth quarter to lift St. Laurence (1-1).

Sandburg 23, Curie 20 (OT): Jake Monnett’s third field goal of the game boosted Sandburg (1-1).

Shepard 48, Fenton 12: Rishard Blake scored on runs of 78 and 3 yards to pace Shepard (2-0).

Stagg 48, East Aurora 6: Greg Hoard ran for 181 yards and two TDs for Stagg (2-0).

T.F. North 75, Back of the Yards 34: David Starks had 191 yards rushing and four TDs to lead North (1-1).

Tinley Park 41, Rich East 8: Eli Webster’s four TDs powered Tinley (1-1).

Vianney (Mo.) 35, Providence 14: DeShon Gavin’s 62-yard TD run led Providence (0-2).

Wheaton North 27, Joliet Catholic 7: Keenan Hailey scored on a 1-yard run for JCA (1-1).

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Saturday, September 2
Kenwood 6, Thornton 54

Bremen 42, Perspectives-Leadership 30: Rashea Smith totaled 210 yards rushing and four TDs for Bremen (1-1).

Homewood-Flossmoor 43, Southern Durham (N.C.) 6: Dominick Jones threw two TD passes to Ryan Flournoy for H-F (2-0).

Lemont 28, Bartlett 13: Marcus Mathias was 13 of 16 for 318 yards and two TDs for Lemont (1-1).

South Elgin 35, Lockport 28: Austin Hoffman was on the receiving end of three TD passes from Jake Karli for Lockport (1-1).

 

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2017 IHSA Football Week 1 Recap

Posted on August 28, 2017. Filed under: Football, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

IHSA Week 1 Recap…

August 26, 2017

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What a solid weekend of high school football and we were on the sidelines for many excellent games….

 

Olympians have a strong showing…

OLYMPIA FIELDS: After a slow start, the Rich Central got things going and never let up as they defeated Thornwood 38-0.

First quarter of the game was full of jitters as both teams turnover the ball and couldn’t get started. The Olympians scored on a 22 yard run by junior tailback Michael Joshua. Joshua would score again late in the fourth quarter.

On the night, it was senior Jyran Mitchell, Northern Illinois-recruit, who guided the ship for the Olympians. Mr. Mitchell scored on three separate occasions: 58 yard run; 42 yard pass to Dionlashon Washington; and a 61 yard run late in the third quarter.

Rich Central dominated not only the scoreboard but all of the positive statistics in the contest including 483 total offense to 166.

Sean Tyler also reached the endzone on a 5 yard run in the third quarter.

A bright spot for Thornwood was the play of Peerless Jackson, 13 for 39; and Christian Simmon 6 for 8 for 73

To view the boxscore and additional videos, click here.

Up next for Rich Central will be a repeat battle against St. Rita next Friday night in Chicago.

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2017 Battle of Pulaski goes to….

CHICAGO: In this years edition of the Battle of Pulaski, Marist came out on top 23-14 behind the strong defense of the RedHawks and defensive lineman Gavin McCabe. He finished with ten tackles, four for a loss.

Each of those big plays were especially key since the RedHawks were suffering through a strange mass-cramping incident.

In the third quarter there were at least eight players getting cramps worked out on the Marist sideline.

“It was crazy,” McCabe said. “I drank about seven coconut waters, that’s what the tell us to do. And I started cramping up at the end. At one point I think we had three of our starting wide receivers out. That’s something we are going to have to check out and make sure it doesn’t happen next week.”

Marist sealed the win by tackling Brother Rice quarterback Evan Sullivan for a safety with 4:50 left in the game. Linebacker Colin Bohanek, a sophomore, made the tackle. McCabe and Danny Meehan helped provide the pressure.

Offensively, Marist junior Billy Skalitzky sprinted down the field for 66 yards score which game them the lead. On the very next possession the Crusaders fumbled the snap punting and Kendric Nowling fell on the ball for the touchdown, 14-0 in the first quarter.

The Marist backfield was surely a bright spot as Delonte Harrell had 16 carries for 53 yards, and Jadon Thompson caught four passes for 64 yards. Quarterback Mike Markett finished 9 for 18 passing for 91 yards.

“[This win] is so much bigger than just our team,” McCabe said. It’s for every Marist RedHawk that has played Brother Rice. It’s really special.”

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Griffins topped the Warriors

FRANKFORT: Lincoln-Way East traveled well and was prepared on Friday night as the knocked off the hometeam Warriors, 27-7.

Brendan Morrissey put on a offensive show, passing for two touchdowns and rushing for two more in the victory.

“I woke up a few times during the night,” Morrissey said. “I was nervous. After the first play, I settled in.”

East rushed for 258 yards. Sophomore A.J. Henning showed flashes of being a dominant running back, picking up 75 yards on six carries. Ryan Scianna added 33 yards on the ground.

On the other side of the ball, the Warriors quarterback Isaiah Rucker did the best he could. He finished the game going 20 of 43 passes for 275 yards, including a 48-yard TD pass to Joshua Tomas.

But East’s defensive line, led by Northwestern recruit Devin O’Rourke, Dylan Shelton, Ben Ravetto and Jaden Hacha, applied consistent pressure including sacks by O’Rourke and Hacha.

St. Rita wins at Soldier Field

CHICAGO: Chris Childers made his debut as St. Rita’s No. 1 running back an impressive one Friday in the Mustangs’ 49-21 victory over St. Patrick at Soldier Field.

The 6-foot, 200-pound senior rushed 17 times for 89 yards and three touchdowns. The scores were from 1, 2 and 2 yards out.
“I worked really hard in the offseason,” Childers said. “But it was all about during the summer going out to the field with the team and getting extra work in. We all really prepared for this.

“I felt great. It’s always good to get back out there. Me and the team were really excited for this. I knew we were going to perform very well.”

Homewood-Flossmoor 63, Michigan City (Ind.) 21
H-F (1-0): Justin Hall 4 18 carries, 214 yards, 4 TDs.

Joliet Catholic 34, Geneva 27
JCA (1-0): Ke’Von Johnson 3 TDs, including 64-yard run.

Lincoln-Way Central 41, Lake Central (Ind.) 0
L-Way Central (1-0): Matt Pollack 114 yards rushing, 3 TDs.

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2017 IHSA Baseball Teams and Players to Watch

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Teams and Players to watch on the diamond

March 25, 2017

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Time change has happened… schools are putting their best on the team and weather is breaking… Here are our Illinois High School Association baseball teams and players to watch in my coverage area….
NOTE: Player Name, Position, (College committed to) and you can click on the schools logo for additional information

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 Ryan Kutt, P (Illinois)
  Jack Guzek, P (Indiana State)
  Ryan King, SS (Michigan State)
  Andy Lopez, C
  Sam Jones, 2B (Indiana)

 


  Tommy Farrell, P (UIC)
  Jimmy Burnette, P (Illinois)
  Jake Lotz, P (Lewis)
  Angel Sandoval, P (St. Francis)
  Marius Balandis, P (Iowa Western)
  Matt McCormick, C (West Virginia)

 


NOTE: The defending Class 3A state champions…
  Ryan Sublette, P (Texas Tech)
  Nate Madej, P
  Dominic Connolly, SS (Maryville)
  Angel Salinas, 2B
  Joe Kelley, CF (Robert Morris)
  KC Simonich, Outfielder (Texas Tech)


  Steve Washilewski, P (Kansas)
  Matt Verdun, P (Lewis)
  Justin Ruthrauff, P
  Colan Fitzgerald, Outfielders
  Charlie Rodriguez, Outfielders
  David Gleaves, Outfielders
  Tyler Woynerowski, 1B (Benedictine)
  Blake Soria, C


  Brandon Comia, SS (Illinois)
  Eric Papierski, 3B (St. Xavier)
  Troy Jones, Outfielder
  Collin Friedsam, 1B,C
  Ryan Hampe, C
  Kevin Lane, P (Milwaukee)
  Tim Dobrik, P
  Evan Tenuta, P (Notre Dame)


  Alek Thomas, Outfielder (TCU)
  Bobby Seymour, 1B (Wake Forest)
  Zion Pettigrew, Infielder (Iowa)
  Macauley Kilbane, Outfielder (Johns Hopkins)
  Nate Milianti, Outfielder/C
  Jake Kapers, C (Valparaiso)
  Diego Munoz, P
  Cameron Hupe, P

 


  Mike Edwards, P (Milwaukee)
  Jake Jones, P (Murray State)
  Tyler Suchy, SS (Robert Morris)
  Dylan Henson, C (Purdue Northwest)
  Raul Flores, 3B (Trinity Christian)
  Josh Boger, CF

 


NOTE: The three-time defending 4A state champs
  Gaosh Williams, Outfielder (Central Michigan)
  Drew Hunniford, Outfielder (St. Xavier)
  Dakota Kotowski, Outfielder (Missouri State)
  Alex Helmin (Arizona State)
  Bryce Barnett (Arizona State)

 


  Mark DiLuia, P (Maryland)
  Nicholas Bledsoe, P (Illinois Tech)
  Sean Taylor, P
  Christian Beal, Outfielder
  Daniel Gutierrez, Infielder
  Wyell Woods, Outfielder (Eastern Illinois)
  Jaylen Heard, Infielder
  Angelo Cantelo, C
  Pierce Jones, Outfielder

 


  Josh Currier, P
  Ryan Vice, P
  Andrew Hancock, P (Evansville)
  Cam Post (Oakland)
  Dylan Post (Houston)
  Jacob Blount, SS
  Brandon Bennitt, 2B

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2017 IHSA Final Boys Ranking

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2017 Boys FINAL Ranking

March 24, 2017

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2016 IHSA Football Week 6

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Week 6…

October 1, 2016

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Let conference play begin….. 

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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2016 Week 4 IHSA Recap

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Week 4…

September 18, 2016

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Mother Nature showed up and showed out this weekend in the Chicagoland area as it was ABSOLUTELY gorgeous football weather. In the end, teams made their presence felt while others who struggled early are making a strong surge.

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St. Patrick flexed Friday night!

The Shamrocks dominated from the kickoff to the final whistle defeating the host ESCC team Marian Catholic 41-0.

This got started right away when sophomore Marcus Wright sprinted the down the field for their first score. On the next possession, the Shamrocks scored again but in the air on a 51 yard pass from senior Anthony Mazzenga to Jonathan Hamilton. And literally less than 3 minutes later, Wright scored again, this time on a 32 yard pass from Mazzenga. Right before half, Joey Solak intercepted a quick pass, Mazzenga tossed yet another touchdown to Andrew Edgar making the score 27-0.  Edgar would score again in the third quarter this time from 63-yards out. The final score came with a running clock when Hamilton hauled in a 36 yard TD pass. Talk about an offensive explosing for the Shamrocks.

A bright note for the spartans came from Christian Simmons, who gained 62 yards on 12 carries for Marian (1-3, 0-2 ESCC). For highlights from this contest via CSNSport, visit http://bit.ly/2cQtNIw

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Richards wins two in a row…

Talk about a turnaround as Bulldogs wins their second game in a row defeating the Astros 38-10 in a South Suburban Red contest Friday night.

Richards (2-2, 2-0) senior Anthony Quinn led the way rushing for over 100 yards and three touchdowns from 40, 1 and 39 yards.

“I want my team to do good,” Quinn said with a smile afterward. “I want to do whatever I can to make that happen.”

Bulldogs quarterback Jake Moran finished the game going 9-for-15 for 107 yards and scored on a 5-yard run and tossed a 42-yard TD pass to Noah Petrusevski.

Shepard, who loss for the very first time this season (3-1, 1-1), scored on a 41-yard field goal by Mike Iturbe and a 78-yard pass play from quarterback Jack Carberry to Rishard Blake.

 

Crusaders cruise Friday night…

Call it an old school game featuring the Crusaders (4-0), but in the end, whew…. they defeated Montini 42-7. Behind the outstanding play of quarterback Dino Borrelli, who reached the final score at half by tossing s-i-x touchdown passes.

He had a Madden video game type of night going 14 of 15 passes for 331 yards and the six TDs. His lone incompletion came when he threw away a pass to avoid a sack.

“It was definitely the best game of my life,” Borrelli said. “It was awesome. We practiced all those plays all work and then they actually worked in the game. It was a great feeling.”

Ricky Smalling finished the game with 5 catches for 186 yards and three touchdown passes.

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The Vikings continues there winning ways….

Senior QB Bryant Wright scored s-e-v-e-n times in the high scoring contest against Lockport as the won 53-24. He took there in on the ground and tossed four others.

“I haven’t had that type of run-and-pass game,” said Wright, who finished 7-for-11 passing for 209 yards and rushed for 153 yards on 13 carries. “I just took what they gave me. That was my first time running for three touchdowns.”

In the end, the Vikings had over 500 yards of offense and the punter had the evening off as they didn’t punt one time.

H-F remains undefeated at 4-0, 2-0, while Lockport is now 3-1, 1-1.

St Laurence holds on against stingy St. Rita

In a nailbiter the Vikings (3-1) defeated the Mustangs 45-42 primarily on a deflected pass not intended for senior Levy Hamer, but he took it in to score.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” Hamer said. “I was there as a safety net. I live for those type of moments.”

St. Rita quarterback Jake Zylman finished the contest going 11-for-20 for over 200 yards and connected with Tim Zaleski twice. Zylman also rushed for over 130 yards.

It was the first victory for St. Laurence over the Mustangs since 1987, a span of 12 games.

Other games in our coverage area….

Crete-Monee 30, Kankakee 0: Kevin Pate contributed three TDs for Crete-Monee (2-2, 1-0 SAC).

Lemont 29, Bremen 6: Spencer Nagel passed for 178 yards and two TDs for Lemont (4-0, 1-0 SSC Blue).

Lincoln-Way West 14, Stagg 0: Anthony Senerchia tossed a 21-yard TD pass to Matt Murphy and Ryan Robbins added a 13-yard scoring run for West (4-0, 2-0 SWSC).

Mount Carmel 49, DePaul Prep 8: Alek Thomas’s first-half TD run and scoring pass boosted Mount Carmel (3-1).

Notre Dame 35, Joliet Catholic 17: Patrick Roth threw a pair of TD passes for JCA (0-4, 0-2 ESCC).

Oak Forest 34, Eisenhower 27: Watari Mason rushed for 137 yards and a TD to power Oak Forest (3-1).

Oak Lawn 28, Evergreen Park 21: Jabari Clark (14 carries) rushed for 161 yards and two scores to lead Oak Lawn (2-2, 1-1 SSC Red).

Providence 48, St. Ignatius 14: Jared Drake had two TD passes and a pair of scoring runs, including a 58-yarder, to power Providence (2-2).

Rich Central 40, Rich South 6

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2016 IHSA Week 2 Recap

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IHSA Week 2 Recap….

September 2, 2016

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What a wonderful weekend for football in the Chicagoland area and many teams didn’t disappoint, while others are still trying to find their identity and a tough weekend for Southland Conference….

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Tough weekend for Southland Conference continued Saturday as Rich East lost to visiting Tinley Park 45-32.

Junior quarterback Ryan Zientara sealed the game for the Titans (2-0) with an 87-yard touchdown run late in the contest. He also tossed three touchdown passes in the contest.

“I can’t do anything without the offensive line,” Zientara said. “I can’t make a pass, can’t make a run without them. They were great.”

Zientara finished the game going 11-for-18 for 227 yards and shared the touchdown love around to Justin Taylor on a 17-yarder, David Morgan on a 44-yarder and John Kopecky on a 63-yarder.

They also imposed their will on the ground behind junior running back Elijah Webster who ran for over 180 yards and two scores.

Rich East (1-1) did have some bright spots from running backs Tristan Page and Alexander Adams who combined to rush for over 350 yards and four scores. Page scored on a runs of 68 and 53 yards and Adams added TDs of 7 and 80 yards.

And what made this contest even more special was both schools honored Park Forest police officer Tim Jones, who sustained a gunshot wound to head during a suspected robbery in March. A 2009 Tinley Park graduate, Jones is recovering from the life-threatening injury. At halftime, Rich East athletic director Mike Laneve presented the Jones family with a check for $5,000.

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Bremen 20, Perspectives-Leadership 8: Jovari Brown contributed two TD runs (5, 6 yards) and an interception to lead Bremen (1-1).

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St Rita gets on track…

On this gorgeous football evening, it was St. Rita from the start as they dominated the visiting Southland Conference team, Rich Central, 56-19, primarily on the ground but both sides of the ball scored in this contest.

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The Mustangs (1-1) scored first after an interception of Jyran Mitchells’ pass, a wonderful long run by Jack Quinn then a short run 4 yard run by junior Jake Zylman. Zylman finished with game with well over 150 yards on the ground and four scores. He ran for three and passed for another score.

Rich Central (1-1) countered on the next possession tying the game at 7 up with a 16 yard pass from Mitchell to Sean Tyler.  But as the opening sentence states, the Mustangs responded on their next possession marching down the field, 92 yards on 11 plays that concluded with a 2 yard run by Zylman for his second touchdown. He scored for the third time in the second half from 7 yards out.

The visiting Olympians didn’t play their best game nor did they give up. Junior quarterback Mitchell showed wonderful offensive leadership in the contest despite the final score. In the second quarter, he called a QB keeper and tricked the Mustangs defense, and streaked down the field for a 54 yard score – the extra point failed getting the team within 8, 21-13.

But that’s as close as they would get, as on the next possession, senior Shaun Rule, broke at least 4 tackles for the score from the 11 yard line right before the half.

The second half was no different as the Mustangs was clearly the better team even as Rich Central scored for the final time on their opening possession in the second half on a 73 yard, 6 play touchdown – Mitchell to Hammond – making the score 28 – 19.

Mustangs’ Rule scored again, and so did sophomore Jake Stefanski, and the defense got on the board as well when they recovered a fumble, and Mark Mondesir returned it 40 yards really putting the contest away. The home team scored one more time, right after a kickoff-fumble recovery and one play later, it was Zylman, who tossed a short pass to Mike McMcDevitt, putting the final score on the board.

Rich Central had one more opportunity to score as they marched down the field, got the ball deep in the Mustangs REDZONE, but Mitchell fumbled it into the endzone and it was recovered by the defense.

You can visit the box score via MaxPreps by clicking here.

Up next for the 2-0 Mustangs is cross-town foe Providence Catholic; Rich Central travel to Kaneland (Maple Park, IL)

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Crusaders cruise in victory Friday Night

After one week of play and lots of chatter over the summer, when you think of Brother Rice you think offense and Friday night didn’t let you down as the Crusaders (2-0) knock off tough-as-nails Crete-Monee (1-1) 61-44.

In this contest, the Warriors game plan was to limit the Illinois-recruit Ricky Smalling, in which they did, as he finished the contest with less than 60 yards, but they didn’t limit Xavian Valladay.

Senior running back Valladay rushed for over 260 yards and count them F-I-V-E touchdowns.

“I have to give it out to my O-line,” Valladay said being extremely humble. “They had a nice game and gave me room to run. I’m blessed to have scored five touchdowns.”

But believe it or not, the final score isn’t a good illustration of the game as it was high-scoring and close. Brother Rice put a lot of points on the board in the first half, 35, but the visiting Warriors fought back.

A late 1-yard TD run by Kevin Pate and a 9-yard touchdown by Xavier Ledet with 1:58 to go to close within 52-44. But Valladay, sealed the deal with his fifth score with 1:41 to go.

Lost in all of this, Pate, also scored five touchdowns — three rushing and two receiving.

Crete-Monee quarterback Isaiah Rucker, a 6-5 junior, showed off his powerful right arm. Rucker completed 30 of 53 passes for over 420 yards and three TDs.

NOTE: The 105 combined points were the most in Brother Rice history.

Up next for Brother is Aurora Christian Friday night; Crete-Monee will play West Lafayette.

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Hillcrest soar during week 2…

When you think of Hillcrest, you immediately think of basketball… but this football team is balling!!!!

The Hawks soar over Oak Lawn Friday night 28-6 behind the fantastic play of receiver Marcus Garrett, who caught three touchdown passes in the first half Friday in the win.

“I really think I can be that player for this team that makes the big plays out there,” Garrett said .”I just came out focused and ready to play hard on every play.”

His coach, former NFL cornerback, Marquice Cole, gets to see him up-close and personal as well as on some one-on-one drills thinks the world of his play.

“We all know what Marcus can do,” Cole said. “For us, it’s more about making sure Marcus knows what he can do. I’ll play corner on him in practice. We challenge him during the week to go above and beyond, because he’s that type of player.”

He caught a 9-yard TD from James Lipscomb (4-for-8 passing, 62 yards; 7 carries, 42 yards). Then, after the Hawks recovered an onside kick, he caught a 45-yarder from Lipscomb on the next play from scrimmage. He added a 2-point conversion catch to extend the lead to 16-0.

Garrett’s third TD came on a 31-yard pass from RonRecus Griffin with 1:05 left in the first half.

Oak Lawn got on the board with 2:05 left in the third quarter on a 10-yard TD run from Jabari Clark (14 carries, 54 yards) and got into the Hawks’ red zone with a chance to get within one score early in the fourth.

However, Hillcrest’s Jalen Jenkins stopped Spartans quarterback Kyle McNamara for a two-yard loss on fourth-and-1 from the Hawks’ 14.

“We definitely have some things to clean up,” Cole said. “I was happy with the way they overcame the adversity.”

Hillcrest will be traveling to TF South next Friday night; Oak Lawn will play at Argo

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De La Salle 35, T.F. North 12: Devin Michicich had 22 carries for 154 yards and three TDs for De La Salle (2-0).

Eisenhower 41, Urban Prep-West 0: Tim Baity and Aaron Sanders scored TDs for Eisenhower (1-1).

Homewood-Flossmoor 54, Hammond (Ind.) 6: Herbert Hughes contributed TD runs of 76 and 62 yards for H-F (2-0).

IC Catholic 63, St. Laurence 49: Fayezon Smart had three TD runs for St. Laurence (1-1).

Lincoln-Way East 35, Belleville West 0: Jake Arthur threw a 74-yard TD pass to Jeremy Nelson and Nigel Muhammad scored twice for East (2-0).

Lincoln-Way West 40, Bloom 27: Justin LaBuhn had TD runs of 70, 12 and 28 yards to vault West (2-0). Juan Green threw four scoring passes for Bloom (1-1).

Mount Carmel 56, Gary (Ind.) West Side 6: Michael Kennedy scored on a TD run for Mount Carmel (2-0).

Oak Forest 51, Clemente 8: Watari Mason’s three TDs propelled Oak Forest (1-1).

Providence 28, Vianney (Mo.) 21: Jared Drake’s TD pass to Lucas Weaver with 2:10 remaining lifted Providence (1-1).

Reavis 48, Corliss 22: Mike Szuba’s 46 yard interception return for a TD sparked Reavis (2-0).

Shepard 42, Fenton 0: Jack Carberry had a pair of TD runs for Shepard (2-0).

Wheaton North 37, Joliet Catholic 7: Simon Grasshoff caught a 34-yard TD pass from Patrick Roth for JCA (0-2).

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2016 Chicago Classic Recap

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Chicago Classic Recap…

High School Football

August 28, 2016

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What a way to cap off week 1 in high school football… six teams going at it at legendary Soldier Field. Things got started with the battle of the Saints… Rita vs. Patrick……

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St. Patrick wins in a nail biter…

St. Patrick 47, St. Rita 44: Jake Zylman passed for 206 yards and four touchdowns — three to Tim Zaleski — but the Mustangs’ second-half rally fell short. Zylman also rushed 10 times for 83 yards and Shaun Rule had 18 carries for 89 yards and a TD for St. Rita, which trailed 33-14 at halftime.

St. Rita will play host to Rich Central Friday night (we will be onsite for this one); St. Patrick will face Glenbrook South.

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Caravan roll in the opener….

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… knocking off Chicago Taft 49-7.

It was the Alek Thomas show as he made it to the end zone three (3) times in the season opener at legendary Soldier Field including an opening score for 49 yards on a screen. The other two were from 1 yard out on a wildcat QB keeper and from 26 yards out.

Taft did get on the board at the end of the game on a nice fade toss from sophomore Peter Fusek to senior Joshua Meyer.

Dan Trudeau went 3-for-4 for 112 yards and two TDs to finish the game. Jake Moriarty also put on a show in the contest adding 83 yards on nine carries for the Caravan.

Apparently the Caravan “embraced the suck!” coach Frank Lenti’s mantra for summer training.

Game highlights can be seen by clicking here via MaxPreps.

Mount Carmel plays Gary West Side next Friday night; Taft will face Chicago Uplift Saturday afternoon.

 

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Crusaders topple the RedHawks

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Two top-ranked teams, faced off at Soldier Field Sunday for the BATTLE of PULASKI! As a four-loss Marist team rolled to the Class 8A state title game last season and with many of those key players back this season. they were the favs… but Brother Rice dominated 3 1/2 quarters to seal the victory 31-7.

Offensively the Crusaders did it behind the play of senior quarterback Dino Borrelli and Ricky Smalling. The Illinois-recruit Smalling grabbed a 56-yard touchdown pass on the Crusaders’ first drive of the game and showed not only his ability to catch but he displayed his natural speed sprinting to the end zone.

“It’s just amazing,” Smalling said. “I’ve wanted to play at Soldier Field a long time and it’s special to come out here and get the win against Marist.”

Marist kept it close in the first half thanks to TJ Ivy’s 57-yard TD reception from junior quarterback Morgan Taylor, but the RedHawks trailed 14-7 at halftime, but couldn’t find much rhythm after that. Taylor did show his talents over all, finishing the game 14-of-19 passes for over 130 yards.

“When you look at this game, there were a lot of opportunities out there,” Marist coach Pat Dunne said. “This hurts all of us, but it’s Week 1 of the season. We’ve been in this position before.”

Borrelli, in his first start, finished the opener going 11-for-21 for 185 yards with two touchdown passes and a two-yard TD run after an interception from Aarion Lacy, giving the Crusaders a commanding 28-7 lead less than three minutes after Smalling’s second TD grab.

“Dino is a heck of a football player, he just needs to get some experience with us,” Brother Rice coach Brian Badke said. “Having his first start in this type of setting is pretty intimidating but he did a great job. He’s a good kid and a leader, I’m really proud of him.”

The Crusaders also got things going on the ground with running back Xavion Valladay, who ran for over 120 yards on 16 carries including a spectacular sprint for 71-yards and a score in the second quarter.

Now on the other side of the ball, Brother Rice defense was solid keeping them from scoring after first quarter.

In short, the Crusaders dominated the game and showed everyone that they should be taken seriously in the Chicago Catholic Blue conference.

Rice will host Crete-Monee next Friday night, while Marist host Simeon.

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IHSA Week 6 Summary

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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

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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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