2016 IHSA 2nd Round Playoffs

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2nd Round of the State playoffs…

November 5, 2016

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Vikings shocked by Glenbard West

Top ranked Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings were totally shocked in the loss against Glenbard West 28-21.

In short, it was the turnovers…. Vikings (10-1) trailed 7-0 before producing an eight-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in a 6-yard touchdown run by quarterback Bryant Wright on the first play of the second quarter. Brendan Hurley added the first of three point-after kicks to force a 7-7 tie. Wright completed 17 of 22 passes for 187 yards and also rushed for 69 yards on 18 carries.

The Vikings were in position to take the lead at the end of the second quarter, driving to the Glenbard West 12 but Jack Campanella stepped in front of a pass by Wright with 1:12 left before halftime. It was Bryant’s first interception. This turnover took some air out of the Vikings’ balloon. Then the Hilltoppers scored on the opening kickoff of the second half as Dionte Moorehead raced 82 yards for the TD. It gave the Hilltoppers a 14-7 lead just 14 seconds into the second half.

“There were two big plays that really changed the game,” H-F coach Craig Buzea said. “The turnover before the half and the kickoff to start the second half. We didn’t plan on kicking the ball in the middle of the field.”

Try as they might, the Vikings never recovered from this. Wright scored from short-yardage with 10:35 left in the fourth quarter pulled the Vikings within 21-14.

Glenbard West, however, extended its lead on its ensuing possession. Ryan Diver scooted in from 6 yards to make it 28-14. A 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior running back, Diver finished with 33 carries for 171 yards.

Wright hooked up with Dylan Duplessis on a 28-yard TD pass with 19.6 left in the game that trimmed the deficit to 28-21 and gave Vikings fans hope. The Hilltoppers, though, recovered H-F’s onside kick.

It was the first time all season the Vikings were held below 27 points.

After the game, H-F wide receiver and Northern Illinois recruit, Tyrice Richie, just shook his head in disbelief.

“We didn’t turn the ball over hardly at all this season,” said Richie, a Northern Illinois recruit. “I don’t know how to explain it.”

The defending 7A state champion Hilltoppers (9-2) advance to play the Edwardsville-Oswego winner in the 8A quarterfinals.


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LW Central loses…

The Knights usually plays a solid ground game and ball-control offense, but the Knights received a taste of their own medicine Friday night in the second round of the Class 7A playoffs against quarterback Asher O’Hara and Rolling Meadows. O’Hara kept the chains moving and ran for two touchdowns as Rolling Meadows wore down Lincoln-Way Central for a 23-13 victory in New Lenox.

Rolling Meadows (11-0) moves on to next weekend’s state quarterfinals and will face the winner of Saturday’s game between Normal (9-1) and Benet (8-2).

For the Knights (7-4), a few splashy plays gave them a 13-9 lead going into halftime, but their ground game never quite got into gear.

“Our calling card all year has been able to run the ball,” Central coach Jeremy Cordell said. “We had some moments, but (Rolling Meadows) did a nice job adjusting and made some plays, and the bottom line is you’ve got to finish to the whistle if you’re going to run the ball.”

The Knights led 6-3 after Zack Stoklosa hit Matt Pollack on a halfback pass for a 53-yard TD. Rolling Meadows responded with a 3-yard TD run from O’Hara, but the Knights retook the lead before halftime thanks to a 1-yard TD from quarterback Hunter Campbell.



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IHSA Week 7 Recap

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Playoff run begins now….


Just a few more weeks left – who’s make a stand? who’s fighting to win 5…




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Friday, October 11

Bloom 35, Rich Central 28

Rich Central came out on Friday ready to move into a first place tie with Bloom Township in the Southland Conference. The Olympians scored twice in the first 4 minutes on their opening possessions when quarterback DeQuan Richie (20 for 41, 347 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT) tossed a pair of touchdowns. The first went to Jordan Fuqua (3 TDs) from 17 yards out. The next came a minute later to Deshon Kelly from 29 yards away.

After this, the Blazin’ Trojans scored the next 35 points on their way to a 35-28 win in Olympia Fields.

The play that turned the game around came early in the third when Kyle Pugh recovered a fumble at the Olympians’ 7-yard line. After an offside penalty and a 3-yard run by Emmanual Williams, quarterback Jordan Benavides punched it in from 9-yards out for a 28-14 lead with 5:30 left in the third.

“We never gave up on each other and we knew we would come back and make our plays,” Bloom coach Tony Palombi said. “We kept our focus today and they are on a mission.”

Williams scored the first three touchdowns on runs of 60, nine, and nine yards. He added his fourth from 29 yards out with 2:19 left in the third to give his team a 35-14 lead. The 5-5 senior finished with 193 yards on 24 carries.

“We are one and we protect each other,” Williams said. “My line blocked beautifully tonight. We have one things on our mind— one game at a time.”

Fuqua pulled the Olympians within 35-28 on a 2-yard TD run with 7:07 left in the fourth and a 5-yard TD catch with 34 seconds remaining. An onside kick was recovered by the Olympians on the ensuing kickoff but on the first play Richie threw and interception to Johnson to end the comeback bid.

“There is a lot of football left to play for us,” Rich Central coach Terrell Alexander said. “Our kids played their hearts out to the end and I respect my kids and I love them to death.”


St. Rita 55, St. Joseph 14

St. Rita running back Tyre Lee piled up 129 rushing yards and three touchdowns as host St. Rita rolled to a convincing 55-14 win over St. Joseph on Senior Night in a Catholic League crossover.

“I leave it up to my linemen. They go up there and do everything for me,” Lee said with a smile. “They work so hard for me that I’ve got to put some stats up for them. Just keeping it going running, just keep pushing.”

St. Rita improved to 6-1 overall, clinching a playoff berth for sure with the victory.

The road does not get any easier for the Mustangs, who close the season on the road at Loyola and Brother Rice with the Catholic League Blue title still very much up for grabs.

St. Joseph fell to 2-5. Armone Elem rushed 14 times for 119 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown run in the first quarter for the Chargers.




Homewood-Flossmoor 35, Bolingbrook 28

Vikings hold off the stingy Raiders 35-28 in a different way than everyone expected… through the air.

Things finalized when Jared Sharp hit Bryce Gray for two long touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. Gray’s 80-yarder to Sharp with 9:00 left gave the Vikings a 28-21 lead. But the Raiders were not done… Quincy Woods returned the kickoff 66 yards to the HF 4-yard line and Julian Huff scored from a yard out two plays later to tie the score at 28.

But just like that, Gray and Sharp hooked up again, this time for a 39-yard touchdown with 6:18 remaining for the final lead change in a wild second half.

It was sweet redemption for H-F (5-2, 4-1), which let double-digit leads slip away in losses to Stevenson and Lincoln-Way East.

“We knew we’d face adversity,” Gray said. “We started off slow. All we wanted to do was execute our game plan, and we knew if we did that, we’d win the game.”

Deante Harley-Hampton finished the game with 21 carries and 133 yards, and 1-touchdown. Twin brother, Devonte, also scored scored in during the contest

“Our kids persevered,” H-F coach Craig Buzea said. “They’re growing up. We could easily be 7-0 and the No. 1 team in the state. I think we hit some bumps in the road and we learned from it.”


St. Laurence 31, Aurora Christian 28
St. Laurence (3-4, 2-1): Alex Martinez 14-for-23, 2 pass TD, rush TD

T.F. South 48, Oak Forest 22
T.F. South (5-2, 4-1): Sterling Smith 2 TD; Cody Petrich 32-yd TD pass, 9-yd TD pass; Tylon Dantzler 48-yd TD run; Nate Sanders 30-yd interception for TD

Tinley Park 41, Hillcrest 0
Tinley Park (5-2, 3-1): Jamari McDonald 12 carries, 87 yds, 4 TD; Quinn Kelly 18-for-27, 193 yds, TD; Tyrone Davis 5 sacks, 9 tackles, blocked punt

Richards 32, Reavis 6
Richards (6-1, 4-0): Ryan Willett 3 catch, 115 yds, 2 TD; Pat Doyle 14 rush, 120 yds, TD


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