IHSA Football Quarterfinals Recap

Posted on November 15, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Loyola 34, Homewood-Flossmoor 28

Loyola senior Dara Laja, the all-time leading rusher in school history, is quick to smile and admirably humble. He’s clearly an incredibly well-liked figure among the student body and also the focal point of the Ramblers’ offense.

So things looked bleak as the Loyola student section chanted Laja’s name with 11:06 to play in the fourth quarter Saturday in Wilmette. The running back was laying down on the field, suffering from cramps in his legs. He eventually limped to the sideline, leaving the Ramblers without their key offensive weapon for the most important drive of the season.

Senior quarterback, Emmett Clifford, put his name out on the circuit in bright lights this weekend and the Ramblers knocked off the stingy Vikings. Clifford led the Ramblers down the field, finally connecting with Jack Loper on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 4:52 to play that gave Loyola the lead for the first time since early in the first quarter.

On the next drive, senior Dara Laja, returned for the next drive, which he took it in from seven yards out to seal the victory and advance to the semifinals.

Laja finished with 30 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown. Loyola’s game-plan was to limit the Vikings’ offensive possessions. Keeping H-F’s high-powered offense off the field was the key to victory, so that meant long drives kept alive by Laja’s quick, cunning runnings.

“It was definitely a long, hard game that was fought in the trenches,” Laja said. “Like every game, I have to give the offensive line credit. They are tough and hard-nosed, great guys and I’m lucky to have them protecting me.”

Homewood-Flossmoor’s offense more than lived up to its reputation. Running back Deante Harley-Hampton and wide receiver Kendric Pryor, a Wisconsin recruit, were focused and tuned in.

Harley-Hampton had 14 carries for 140 yards and three touchdowns. But the truly eye-popping play was his 34-yard touchdown reception late in the game. The pass went about three yards in the air. The rest was all speed, style and elusiveness. He changed directions midway through, running the entire width of the field to eventually find the corner of the end zone.

Pryor caught eight passes for 154 yards. H-F quarterback Bryce Gray was 15-for-28 for 265 yards and one touchdown.

“They held the ball,” Homewood-Flossmoor coach Craig Buzea said. “We certainly didn’t get many chances, that was the key. We knew they were capable of doing that. A lot of people tried that, but they have the folks to do it. They have us outmanned by maybe 80 pounds on the line.”

Up next for Loyola is Palatine who rallied back for the win.

 

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Palatine 28, Brother Rice 24

What a comeback this Saturday afternoon as Palatine rallies back from the 17-point deficit late in the the third quarter to stun Brother Rice.

Brother Rice (9-2) had everything going its way early. The Crusaders piled up 281 yards of offense in the first half. They took the lead on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Camren Miller to Ricky Smalling, a 1-yard run by Miller and a 29-yard field goal.

Palatine had hoped to come out of the locker room with new spirit and they did as they ran off 28 points in the games’ final 10 minutes of play.

“We talked at halftime about wanting to win the game,” said Palatine coach Rick Splitt, whose team trailed 17-0 at the break. “We talked about doing the little things. We just needed momentum on our side. And we got it – we fast-forwarded from there.”

Zach Oles, who struggled for two and a half quarters, threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for two others as Palatine wore down Brother Rice down the stretch.

 

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Nazareth 35, Joliet Catholic 21

Four turnovers and one great player made the difference in Nazareth’s win against Joliet Catholic on Saturday.

Each of the Hilltoppers’ four miscues played a huge role in the Roadrunners’ 35-21 win in a Class 5A quarterfinal in LaGrange Park. So did Julian Love, who ran for 111 yards, had 95 receiving yards and made six tackles for loss.

Nazareth (10-2) installed the Wildcat offense for this week to get its Notre Dame recruit more touches. Love rushed nine times, mostly in the second half, and his 77-yard touchdown run straight up the middle with 5 minutes, 36 seconds to play gave the Roadrunners their final cushion after their lead had held steady for most of the afternoon.

Love also caught a short pass from Carson Bartels that turned into a zigzagging 66-yard TD to put Nazareth ahead 21-7 late in the second quarter.

“We’ve been practicing the Wildcat for a couple of weeks,” Love said, “and I’ve just been begging for it.”

Love finished the game with 9 carries for 111 yards and a score on the ground and in the air.

Michael Johnson rushed for a game-high 150 yards on 27 carries for JCA.

Nazareth will play St. Laurence or Tinley Park in next week’s semifinals.

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Marist 38, Oswego 35

The RedHawks win even after they totally played two different halves…

With a 38-7 at halftime lead, the RedHawks didn’t seal the victory until Robert Topps intercepted a Steven Frank pass at the Marist 30 with less than a minute to play as Oswego stormed back with four scores in the second half.

“I knew I had to attack that ball,” Topps said of his leaping pick on the left sideline, the first of his career. “We’re going to work hard this week to make sure we play hard for four quarters from now on.”

Brendan Skalitzky of Marist finished the game going 25-for-35, 288 yards, 4 total TDs. Teammate Darshon McCullough caught 15 receptions for 191 yards and 2 TDs. On the other side of the ball, Oswego were led by Steven Frank who went 21-for-35 for 280 yards and a total of 4 TDs

Marist will host Waubonsie Valley in next weekend’s semifinals.

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Hinsdale South 42, Lincoln-Way North 35

Lincoln-Way North’s undefeated season came to an end in the Class 6A quarters’ as they lost to Hinsdale South 42-35.

That clicking resulted in 506 yards for the Hornets, who had the Phoenix (11-1) on their heels from the game’s first drive — a nine-play, 90-yard jaunt finished by McCormack hitting Robert Hall, who broke a tackle and scored easily from 37 yards out.

Two South drives later, McCormack found senior wideout Ravon Johnson, who broke a tackle and outran the defense for an 81-yard touchdown. McCormack connected with Johnson nine times for 218 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The final blow came late in the fourth quarter. With the score 35-28, North attempted an onside kick that was returned all the way to its 20-yard-line. Two plays later, Marcus Curry scored from 13 yards.

Sean McCormack led South going 15-for-22 for 289 yards and 4 TDs. Teammate WR Ravon Johnson caught 9 receptions for 218 yards and 3 TDs. The ground game was there too as Marcus Curry carried the ball 26 times for 176 yards and a score.

The Phoenix were led by Jake Arthur in the air as he went 22-for-40 for 270 yards and two scores.

This loss also marks the final game in North’s history, as the school will close after this school year.

“You saw tonight what the season was all about,” said George Czart, the only coach in Lincoln-Way North’s eight-year history. “Our kids really are a bunch of determined young men. We never gave up, always gave our best effort, love playing the game of football. If they carry on and do things in school and in their job the way they play football, they’re going to be very successful people. I’m proud to be associated with them. I’m gonna miss them.”

The Hornets (9-3) will host Crete-Monee (10-2), an upset winner against Sacred Heart-Griffin in next week’s semifinals.

 

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2015 IHSA Week2 Summary

Posted on September 5, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , |

FOOTBALL… Back to the Basics weekend

September 4

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OLYMPIA FIELDS – Plainfield Central held a one-point lead at the half, 7-6, but after a few adjustments, aka SPECIAL TEAMS, Rich Central jumped out quick with two touchdowns to open the second half and control the scoreboard the rest of the game winning 40-27.

“A lot of those guys (on special teams) don’t play offense defense,” said coach Terrell Alexander after talking about his special teams play. “They come out and that’s their time to shine.”

Indeed they did!!!!

Plainfield Central (0-2) received the second-half kickoff, but nobody picked up the loose ball and the Olympians recovered. They scored three plays later. The Wildcats fumbled away the ensuing kickoff, and Rich Central scored one play later on a 30 plus yard run by Khaleeq Hammond to lead 20-7.

The Olympians (2-0) first score came from sophomore quarterback Jayran Mitchell’s 4-yard touchdown run with 47 seconds left in the first half.

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Wildcats didn’t just lay down behind the fine play of quarterback Marcus Hayes, who rushed for 169 yards in 17 carries and two touchdowns and completed 4 of 10 passes for 64 yards and a score, as the team got things back close to a one-point game, 28-27 in the fourth. But it was not enough.

Senior Deshawn Jones takes the ball in for his second score in the contest on a nicely, executed counter play…

Sr. Deshawn Jones scores from 18 yards against Plainfield Central

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The icing on the cake, the Olympians scored again with only a few seconds left in the contest.

“Just a fighting team… these guys will play for each other” said coach Alexander. “We are humble and have a lot of work to do still.”

Being 2-0 I don’t think the Olympians are any longer “a team no one knows who they are.”

Rich Central will be at Kaneland next Friday night for a 7:15p kickoff.

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OSWEGO – In a historic meeting between two ranked teams Friday night, it was the Panther defense that stood firm to lift Oswego to a 14-13 victory over Providence and give the Panthers their first win of the season.

Providence (0-2) created the one-point margin with an early third-quarter touchdown drive, capped off with an 11-yard connection from quarterback Stephen Simowitz to Mike Markasovic with 7:25 on the clock.

Both teams came up with an interception, but neither could convert the turnovers into points and Oswego missed a field goal in the fourth quarter, building pressure into the final minutes.

Providence kicker PJ Kowalkowski’s punt pinned Oswego back to its own 2-yard line with 5:13 to go, but two personal fouls on the Celtics allowed the Panthers to march a combined 30 yards and enter Providence territory. Facing fourth-and-3 at the Providence 41, Oswego’s Steven Frank was stopped on his quarterback sneak to turn the ball over to the Celtics with 2:56 remaining.

Providence running back Richie Warfield (11 carries, 110 yards) ran the ball three times to put the Celtics at midfield, but on fourth-and-3 Warfield was stopped by a wall of Panthers to turn the ball over on downs with 1:20 left.

Frank took a knee on the next possession, sealing the Oswego victory.

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JOLIET – Things were looking up for Joliet Central’s football team after they scored on the initial play of the second quarter to grab a 12-6 lead over Rich South. But the Stars (1-1) took control by scoring the final 18 points of the first half and then broke things open with three more touchdowns to start the final half as they went on to capture a 46-20 nonconference victory over the Steelmen.

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BOLINGBROOK – Bolingbrook went back to basics during its annual Valley View School District rivalry game against Romeoville on Friday in Bolingbrook.

The Raiders (1-1) ran for eight touchdowns in a 55-6 nonconference victory over Romeoville. Five different players scored touchdowns for the Raiders. The Spartans dropped to 0-2.

Jeremiah Lebron ran for three touchdowns to spearhead the Raiders. Lebron’s runs were from 6, 34 and 24 yards. Jaylen Griffin ran for two touchdowns in the first half from 6 and 1 yards out. Lucas Warren (1-yard run), Michael Freeze (12-yard run) and Sammy Nasca (1-yard run) also reached pay dirt for Bolingbrook.

Romeoville’s lone touchdown came on the final play of the first half. Jordan Nettles scooted through the Bolingbrook defense for a 70-yard touchdown run to make it 35-6 at the half.

NOTE: Bolingbrook had two players ejected.

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LINCOLNSHIRE – Homewood-Flossmoor over an hour north to play a rematch from last season Class 8A state championship game, and you have to assume Deante Harley-Hampton looked at this hands the entire ride thinking “hold the ball guys…”

Well, he ran the ball 20 times for 226 yards and four touchdowns. His 33-yard touchdown run with 1:15 to play sealed No. 1 Homewood-Flossmoor’s 43-29 win over the Patriots.

“It feels real good,” Deante Harley-Hampton said. “I’ve been working hard in the offseason preparing for this game. I wanted it real bad. I wasn’t going to lose today. I still have to get that ring, that’s all I want. But we have to take it game by game.”

His twin brother, Devonte, finished with 161 yards on 14 carries and 85 yards on six receptions, he scored on a 26-yard pass reception and a brilliant 70-yard touchdown run.

The Vikings (2-0) returned most key players from last season’s state-title runners up. Stevenson (1-1) was pretty much starting fresh this season. Considering that, the Patriots’ performance was impressive.

Homewood-Flossmoor led 29-22 at the half. The Vikings held Stevenson scoreless in the second half.

“We didn’t have any tape on Sorenson and he was really a load,” said Homewood-Flossmoor coach Craig Buzea. “We had to make some adjustments in the locker room at halftime. I’m really proud of the coaching staff and the kids for the way they came out and shut down a great team and a great player in the second half. That’s what championship teams do.”

Jack Sorenson, Stevenson’s quarterback, was injured after the first play in Week 1. He’s a converted receiver, but you would not have known it Friday. Sorenson ran for 129 yards and was 15-for-32 for 208 yards passing with two interceptions. He was the Patriots’ top threat throughout the game.

Kedzie Krazies have been waiting for revenge for nine long months and they showed up and showed out.

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Joliet Catholic defeats  Wheaton North 20-7!

Michael Johnson has caught a scoring pass of 5 yards and run in for another TD from 22 yards. Johnson gained 180 yards on 14 carries in the first two quarters.

JCA rushed to a 20-point lead. The Falcons finally got on the scoreboard on a 22-yard pass from Luke Anthony to Marcus Gustaveson with 1 minute 19 seconds left in the second quarter.

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2015 IHSA Week1 Summary

Posted on August 28, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

llinois High School Football Week 1 Summary

August 28, 2015

week1 MATTESON – From the private sector of Chicago to the far reaching burbs of Kankakee and everywhere in between, variations on offensive and defensive brands of football highlight the diversity of the game. And well, it’s F-O-O-T-B-A-L-L time which brings about Friday Night Lights.

TEAMS & PLAYERS TO WATCH
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In short, in our coverage area, Homewood-Flossmoor is the best – point blank period. The Vikings return 17 starters from the last year’s team that lost to Stevenson 31-25 in the Class 8A title game. Virtually every key member of the offense is back including the wonder-twin power of Deante & Devonte Harley-Hampton.

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“We have talent but there are a lot of teams that have talent,” Homewood-Flossmoor coach Craig Buzea said. “Some with equal, some with more than us. Success has to do with how they play and the passion they play with. This group of seniors has been together a long time. They respect each other and they hold each other accountable.”

 

Looks like it’s definitely the Vikings to lose in the IHSA Class 8A…

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Week 1 Game Summary

football_icon_small1 Malvern (Pa.) 37,  St. Rita 0

Malvern, a high school from Pennsylvania, hit for seven plays of 20 yards or more and piled up a total of 524 yards in rolling to a 37-0 win over the Mustangs at Soldier Field.

The Mustangs, though, were burned by the big play far too often.

Malvern junior quarterback Nick Maras had a field day, completing 17 of 21 passes for 349 yards and three touchdowns, of which, 13-for-15 for 212 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.

“We just had everything clicking,” Maras said. “Our receivers and running backs came out and played a great game.”

Click here to see the FIRST touchdown in the contest!

Malvern led 20-0 at halftime as Maras threw touchdown passes of 2 yards to Ian Murray and 29 yards to Mike Fay. Maras’ 18-yard strike to Murray got the Friars down to the 1 to set up a TD run from Zac Fernandez (12 carries, 64 yards).

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St. Rita was held to 65 yards of total offense and only two first downs, including Brandon Williams, who ran 12 times for 29 yards in the loss.

On a bright note, Thomas Stacker recorded was able to get to the quarterback.

“We played a good game up front and our linebackers did a good job,” said Stacker, a senior defensive lineman. “We just had a lot of communication mistakes. We’d get them in third-and-long and they’d break a big run or hit a big screen for a lot of yards. It’s a lot of stuff we can fix.”

“It was definitely fun playing at Soldier Field, even though the game didn’t go how we wanted.”

Stacker hopes the Mustangs will have things turned around by then.

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football_icon_small1 Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Downers Grove South 15

Just too much speed

The Vikings scored five touchdowns on their first 10 plays en route to a 56-15 thrashing.
Senior quarterback Bryce Gray completed his first five passes, two of which went for touchdowns. His lone lowlight was an intentional grounding play late in the second quarter. He made up for it on the next play, connecting with Kendric Pryor for a 35-yard score and a 42-9 halftime lead.

“It doesn’t make any difference who we play, we’re going to play our game. And if we play our game and execute the way we should, it should be like this all time,” said Gray, who finished 8-for-10 for 338 yards and four TDs. “I just trust my guys. We’re a veteran team. We’ve been through it all.”

Mr. Gray finished the contest going 8-for-10 passing, 338 yards, 4 TDs.

H-F scored on its opening possession on a 31-yard run up the middle from Deante Harley-Hampton (four carries, 48 yards), then scored four times on its next six plays, including TD passes of 68 and 28 yards from Gray. Not to be out-done, twin Devonte, had  2 catches for 137 yards including a 66-yard TD.

football_icon_small1 Joliet Catholic 35, Providence 13

Joliet Catholic wingbacks Michael Johnson and Harry Davis took turns making big plays in Friday’s contest against Providence..

That meant bad news for the Celtics.

Johnson rushed for 204 yards, scored on a 99-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and caught a 77-yard touchdown pass to lead No. 16 Joliet Catholic to a 35-13 win against No. 13 Providence in New Lenox. Davis added four receptions for 102 yards.

Johnson finished with 18 carries, 204 yards, 2 TDS including a 77-yard TD catch

Celtics top RB Richie Warfield did show why he’s a top player as he raced down the field fro a 84 yard TD off of a screen pass. He finished the contest with 59 yards on 15 carries.

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football_icon_small1 Marian Catholic 42, Urban Prep-Englewood) 8
Christian Simmons and Jesiah Jones accounted for 3 TDs apiece for Marian (1-0).

football_icon_small1  Brother Rice 56, Birmingham Brother Rice, Mich. 20
Brother Rice quarterback Cam Miller was 21-for-26 for 297 yards and six touchdowns. Wide receiver Ricky Smalling hauled in three of those touchdowns.

football_icon_small1 Marist 14, Mount Carmel 21

football_icon_small1  Marian Catholic 42, Urban Prep-Englewood) 8
Christian Simmons and Jesiah Jones accounted for 3 TDs apiece for Marian (1-0).

football_icon_small1  Bradley-Bourbonnais 20, De La Salle 14
Tom Duddleston (25-46, 202 yards) ran and threw for a TD for De La Salle (0-1).

football_icon_small1  Glenbard West 28, Bolingbrook 7
Sam Brodner, a Vanderbilt commit, had two touchdown runs while Isaiah Skinner added an 84-yard kick return for a touchdown to lead the Hitters.

football_icon_small1  Loyola 35, Marquette University, Wis. 0
The Ramblers opened the 2015 season by jumping out to a 35-0 halftime lead and never looking back. Dara Laja had three touchdown runs (1, 1, 5) while quarterback Emmett Clifford had two touchdown passes, a 17-yard strike to Thomas Smart and a 13-yard throw to Robert Sullivan.

football_icon_small1 Reavis 33, South Bend (Ind.) Adams 27 (OT): Isiah Alpuche had two touchdowns in regulation (1-yard run, 90-yard kickoff return) and also scored the game winner to lift Reavis.

football_icon_small1 Lemont 21, Plainfield South 6: Frank Letizia returned two interceptions (42, 16 yards) for TDs to pace Lemont. Spencer Nagel tacked on a 25-yard scoring pass to Jeremy Fejedelem for the Indians.

football_icon_small1 Sandburg 28, Naperville North 21: Alec Fidan’s second TD pass of the game to Avery Verble propelled Sandburg. Andy Gayton (71-yard fumble return) also contributed a score for the Eagles.

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2015 IHSA Football Teams to Watch

Posted on August 28, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

2015 IHSA Football Teams to Watch

August 24, 2015

As the new football season is upon us, it’s time to look ahead to 2015 kick-off. Here are some teams that you all should keep an eye on this season….

NOTE: You can click on the schools logo to find out more about them…

Homewood-Flossmoor

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Players to Watch: Bryce Gray, Deante & Devonte Harley-Hampton, Desmond Bland

Lincoln-Way East

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Player to Watch: Liam Morrissey

Mount Carmel

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Players to Watch: Anthony Thompson, Anthony Ries

Joliet Catholic

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Player to Watch: Tyler Witt

Bolingbrook

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Player to Watch: Tuf Borland

Loyola Academy

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Players to Watch: Eric Eshoo, John Shannon

Providence Catholic

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Player to Watch: Richie Warfield

Lemont

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What to Watch: young, fast Defense

Lincoln-Way West

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Player to Watch:Bryan Brokop

Richards

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What to Watch: experience…

Brother Rice

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What to Watch: fast offense…

St. Rita

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What to Watch: coach Todd Kuska

 HONORABLE MENTION: Crete-Monee, Morgan Park, Rich Central

What are some story lines to follow this season?
Can Homewood-Flossmoor live up to ALL of the expectations? Who will rise from the South Suburbs to contend?  Can a Public League team finally win state championship?

Who are the top Player of the Year candidates?
Possibly co-players of the Year featuring the Wonder twins featuring Harley-Hampton brothers are all contenders. And don’t forget about Lincoln-Way East running back Liam Morrissey.

Games to watch this season?
Mount Carmel vs Providence, September 11
St. Rita at Montini, September 11.
Mount Carmel vs St Rita, September 18
Lincoln-Way East at Homewood-Flossmoor, October 9th.
Nazareth at Joliet Catholic, October 9.
Crete at Rich Central, October 9
Bolingbrook at H-F, October 23

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2014 IHSA State Finals

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State Finals Time!!!!

November 29, 2014

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CLASS 8A

Stevenson 31, Homewood-Flossmoor 25
For the second week in a row, the Patriots’ title hopes came down to the final possession of the game, and for the second week in a row Stevenson’s defense stood tall when the pressure was on.

James Mahoney recovered a Homewood-Flossmoor fumble on Stevenson’s 3-yard line to seal a 31-25 victory in the Class 8A state championship.

The wonder twins, Deante and Devonte Harley-Hampton, both played well and reached the end zone in the contest, but it wasn’t enough for the Vikings (11-3). Deante finished with 17 carries for 77 yards and one score, while Devonte added 15 carries for 58 yards and touchdown.

“This game does not define our season. I’m proud of these guys and they battled until the end,” Homewood-Flossmoor coach Craig Buzea said.

Stevenson’s Jack Joseph finished with 17 carries for 91 yards and a pair of touchdown runs.

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 CLASS 7A

Providence 31, Cary-Grove 28
The Celtics (13-1) hang-on to win the Class 7A championship over Trojans Saturday afternoon in Champaign at Memorial Stadium.

Sophomore running back Richie Warfield had 22 carries for 123 yards and four touchdowns to guide the team to victory.

“I was just telling myself that one extra step could be the difference between a touchdown or a first down and all that can add up,” said Warfield, who had seven catches for 51 yards.

Senior quarterback Justin Hunniford capped off his year and final game going 18-for-26 for 184 yards. The Celtics ground game nearly mirrored the passing attack with 164 yards.

At the half, the Trojans led 14-10 until Providence seized momentum after a game-changing play by Notre Dame-bound receiver Miles Boykin.

The Celtics were backed up on their on 3-yard line when Hunniford threw 38-yard pass to Boykin (three catches, 48 yards) with 5:50 remaining in the third quarter. Warfield finished the 97-yard drive with a five-yard run to put Providence up 17-14.

“They pinned us deep in our own territory on our 3 and I knew that I had to make a play to get us out of here,” Hunniford said. “Finishing it off 97 yards really put a hurting on how motivated they were to continue. I just knew that Miles was going to be open and I put it in a spot that only he could get it.”

Nate Vejvoda, tight end who has committed to Iowa finished the game with 5 catches, 55 yards.

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CLASS 6A

Nazareth 26, Lemont 7
As it was reported prior to kickoff, an unexpected illness swept through much of Narareth’s team, but that didn’t stop them from winning the Class 6A title Saturday afternoon in Champaign at Memorial Stadium.

A total of seventeen players suffered from a stomach flu Friday.

“It invaded the team,” coach Tim Racki said. “We were supposed to practice in the morning. I got a text from one kid, then another kid and it was the basically same text from each kid saying ‘I was throwing up all night and I don’t know what’s wrong and I will try and come in.’ I thought it was a joke. I was looking for cameras in my office and wondering what was going on. The team doctor came in and we got up to 17 guys throwing up with a flu bug in their stomach. I got it on the bus on the way here.”

The Roadrunners were led on the ground by senior running back Nolan Dean who rushed 39 times for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Nazareth rushed 33 consecutive times in the second half until senior quarterback Jonah Beauduy completed a 10-yard screen to Dean with 4 minutes, 8 seconds remaining in the game. The Roadrunners rushed the ball 63 times and passed six times behind a line that averages 6-foot-3, 285 pounds.

Lemont’s key performer was Flynn Nagel, who caught 6 passes for 70 yards. Their only points came on the ground in the first quarter.

The Roadrunners are undefeated (14-0) and this seems to be the best medicine available for everyone involved – 2014 State Champions!

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IHSA Second Round Recap

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High School Football at its best

SECOND ROUND OF IHSA PLAYOFFS

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Saturday, November 8

Homewood-Flossmoor 42, Edwardsville 35

Again, the Vikings “wonder-twin” power was activated on Saturday evening as twins Devonte and Deante Harley-Hampton carried the load leading the team into the Class 8A quarterfinals.

Richards 34, Lincoln-Way West 27

Birthday celebration was in order for senior quarterback Hasan Muhammad-Rogers as he completed 16 of 23 passes for 395 yards and five touchdowns to lead Richards past host Lincoln-Way West in a Class 7A.

“It’s the best birthday ever,” Muhammad-Rogers said. “I get to spend another week with my team.”

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Geneseo 41, Rich East 16

Not enough Rocket fuel as the (Rich) East go down to Geneseo in the second round 41-16.

Brian Stewart led the way with 12 carries for 68 yards and one score. The other score was made by , followed by Tyler McGregory. The Maple Leafs remain undefeated at 11-0 for the season.

Lemont 35, Yorkville 14

Things got started with a 16-yard touchdown run by Lemont freshman Anthony Martin (21 carries for 101 yards) and they never looked back. Quarterback Ryan Dawson led the way going 14-for-20 for 172 yards and four TDs including redzone strikes to Duke-bound receiver Flynn Nagel (4 catches, 58 yards).

Friday, November 7

Providence 34, St. Rita 3

Providence wins BIG over cross-town rival St. Rita for the second time but this time it was in the playoffs.

“It’s hard to beat a team twice and they have big play guys and that’s what concerned us the most,” coach Mark Coglianese said. “That (punt return) was a big spark for us.”

Things got started early for the Celtics when Sophomore running back Richie Warfield (13 carries for 111 yards) score from 10 yards out and they NEVER looked back.

Senior quarterback Justin Hunniford (12-for-24, 224 yards, 2 TDs) played BIG also accounting for 20 of the Celtics’ points including six of those on a pair of field goals (31 and 24 yards). The remaining 14 came on a pair of TD passes. The first was a 75-yard bomb to Notre Dame-bound Miles Boykin (5 catches, 96 yards) and the other was a 4-yard TD pass to Mike Beller.

“It doesn’t [matter if] I’m blocking or doing whatever I’m just happy to contribute,” Boykin said. “We just have to keep this train rolling.”

The Mustangs suffered a huge setback on their opening drive when starting quarterback Scott Proctor went down with a lower body injury and didn’t return. C.J. Weydeman (8-for-23, 42 yards) took over the quarterback duties and struggled against an unforgiving Celtics’ defense led by Jake Rost (two sacks).

“We felt confident coming in and we were doing some things they haven’t seen,” St. Rita coach Todd Kuska said. “That’s just a great team over there.”

DePaul Prep 14, St. Laurence 7

Alex Salach rushed for a touchdown and and Markavius Ross returned an interception 31 yards for a score to lead DePaul Prep (6-4). Carlos Baker caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Romello Washington for St. Laurence (5-6).

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IHSA Week 8 Recap

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Stretch run…

WEEK 8

Illinois High School Association (IHSA) put lots of hard conference games on the schedule for week 8 as many teams are fighting to get that minimum 5 victories for a hope and prayer for a playoff berth. And as Mother Nature begins the to turn the corner, these games were hot and interesting…

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Saturday, October 18

Mount Carmel 42, Hales 16
Caravan (4-4) get a BIG win Saturday night and still keep their eyes on another playoff run.

“Every week is a new week,”  Mount Carmel coach Frank Lenti said. “It’s always going to be win or go home from here on out. We’re not making too big a deal out of it. It’s in the kids’ hands. Everybody’s all excited about, ‘what do we have to do,’ but I say we have to play well against good competition, that’s all it really comes down to.”

DePaul Prep 35, St. Joseph 0
DePaul Prep (4-4, 2-0): Paulie Rivas 2 rushing TD, 80-yd TD pass; Marwan Smith TD; Chris Jerome Smith 2 rushing TD

Friday, October 17

Homewood-Flossmoor 68, Lockport 21

Wonder twin power activated again as the Vikings win BIG against Lockport Friday night.

The Harley-Hampton brothers — Deante and Devonte – combined for the first six touchdowns in the first half of the 68-21 win. They are nicknamed for their speed: Devonte is nicknamed “Squirrel” and Deante is nicknamed “Rabbit”.

“We both ran a 4.47 40,” said Deante, who scored from 76 yards out on the Vikings first offensive play. “Great execution by the team and good blocks.”

“Once he seen the opening he pushed it,” Devonte said.

Deante finished with seven carries for 175 yard and three TDs. Devonte had the same number of carries for 46 yards and three TDs — one receiving.

With this win, the Vikings (6-2, 5-1) keep pace for the SouthWest Suburban Blue title.

 

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Providence 45, Brother Rice 42

Talk about an offensive game where both teams put up lots of points and over 1,000 yards of offense… but in the end, the Celtics held off the Crusaders to snag a 3-point victory.

Things got started when Richie Warfield returned a 94-yard kickoff return, and from that, each team went back-and-forth throughout.

The Celtics’, Justin Hunniford, completed 22-of-34 passes for 364 yards and five touchdowns – three of those touchdown passes were a part of a first-half that saw the Celtics (7-1, 3-1) build a 28-7 lead at intermission.

As the score states, the Crusaders did not give up, they only needed just 11 minutes to turn a three-touchdown deficit into a 28-28 tie. Rice’s biggest weapon was quarterback Alex Alarcon, who finished 33-of-46 for 430 yards. Sophomore Ricky Smalling caught 11 of those passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns, covering 61, 31 and 22 yards. It was the duo’s 31-yard score with one minute remaining in the third quarter that tied the game 28-28. Alarcon rushed for scores of nine and two yards in the fourth quarter.

Hunniford converted a 27-yard field goal at 10:43 of the fourth quarter that gave Providence a 31-28 lead. This lead they would not relinquish, though Rice did score two mroe times.

“I’d say the fans got their money’s worth,” Providence coach Mark Coglianese said. “It was a wild one, that’s for sure.”

Rice needs to beat St. Rita on Friday to earn a share of the Blue title with Providence.

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Lincoln-Way East 23, Bolingbrook 9

Liam Morrissey did it all in this Friday night contest including rushed for 173 yards on 38 carries and touchdowns to lead East to a BIG conference win over Bolingbrook.

“It was a direct reflection of how good our line is this year,” Morrissey said. “They’re doing some amazing things. They’re all great.”

With this victory, the Griffins clinched atleast a tie for the conference title.

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Crete-Monee 25, Rich Central 12
Crete-Monee (5-3, 4-1): Clint Ratkovich 21 carries, 163 yards, 2 TDs.

Lemont 57, Tinley Park 20
Lemont (8-0, 5-0): Ryan Dawson 12-for-20, 276 yards, 7 TD; Flynn Nagel 5 catches, 170 yards, 2 TD.

Argo 31, Oak Lawn 10
Argo (4-4, 3-2): Diamonte Mallory 3 catches, 122 yards, TD; 84-yard kick return TD.

St. Laurence 28, Leo 6
St, Laurence (4-4, 3-1): Alex Martinez 10-for-12, 241 yards, 4 TD; Fayezon Smart 20 carries, 137 yards; Carlos Baker 4 catches, 123 yards, 2 TD.

T.F. South 34, Reavis 14
T.F. South (6-2): Torian Lewis 19 carries, 120 yards, TD; Sterling Smith 18 carries, 89 yards, TD; Cody Petrich 4-of-7, 2 TD.

 

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IHSA Week 6 Recap

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It’s Homecoming week….

WEEK 6

Definitely a spirited homecoming week for many as Mother Nature turned down the heat….

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Saturday, September 4

Bloom 8, Crete-Monee 7

The Blazing Trojans ended the Warriors streak last season, but fell short 12-7 on Saturday afternoon.

Crete-Monee was about to score on the Bloom’s 1-yard line with two seconds remaining in the first half, when quarterback Frank Douglas rolled to his right looking for a receiver. Instead, Bloom cornerback Trenton Gilbert stepped in front of Douglas’ pass at the goal line and raced 100 yards to pay dirt as time expired for a 6-0 lead at intermission.

“It was a big play,” Gilbert said. “I saw the pass come my way and I tried to make something happen.”

As luck would have it, Bloom returned the favor on its first possession of the second half. Quarterback Jordan Benavides’ (rushed 36 times for 93 yards and completed 3 of 12 passes for 29 yards) ill-advised pass was intercepted by the Warriors’ Drew Harvey, who returned it 18 yards for a touchdown. Carlos Soto added the PAT for a 7-6 Crete-Monee lead at 9:26 of the third quarter.

And this game came down to one play… a bad snap on a Crete-Monee punt attempt that forced punter Clint Ratkovich to run out of the end zone for a safety with 7:21 left in the fourth quarter. The two points turned a 7-6 deficit into an 8-7 lead for Bloom (5-1, 2-0).

“I’ve been on the other side of those things happening,” Crete-Monee coach John Konecki said. “You see a lot of different things. We had multiple opportunities to put some points on the board.”

This was Crete-Monee’s first conference loss in nearly seven full seasons. Its previous Southland loss was 20-15 to Rich East in 2007.

Reavis 20, Argo 14

Reavis (6-0, 4-0): Calvin Jordan 16 carries-81-yards, 3 TD

Depaul Prep 47, Juarez 6

Depaul Prep (3-3, 1-2): Chris Jerome-Smith 3 TD; Markhavis Ross 2 interceptions TD returns, 24-yards, 68-yards

Friday, September 3

Rich Central 25, Kankakee 12

It was homecoming night for the Olympians as they were able to celebrate with a big conference win against Kankakee 25-12. The victory didn’t come easy as the Kays fought back and made things tough on each possession. They got on the board first with short run by Dyrrah Christon in the first quarter 6-0.

The Olympians answered and tied the score (6-6) in the second quarter on a nice 37-yard pass from DaQuan Richie to Dejaris Taylor. The Kays answered with a 60-yard screen pass from 6’3″ sophomore quarterback Malcolm White to Martavious Laster with 2:50 left before half (12-6). This resulted in the last score in the contest.

Home team Olympians tied the game back up at 12 with 18 seconds before half with another long pass from Richie, but this time to Jordan Fuqua, who was wide open on a blown defensive coverage.

In the second half, it was all Rich Central as they Richie and Dudley connected again on a 46 yard pass (19-12). The final score on the evening came from Mr. Jordan, who ran the ball in from 19 yards out with 52-seconds left in the contest.

You can follow the game play via MaxPreps by clicking here.

The Olympians play host to Bloom next Friday night.

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Brother Rice 26, Mount Carmel 17

Alex Alarcon led the Crusaders on the Friday night win, as he  ran for two touchdowns and passed for another which snapped a 10-game losing streak in the Catholic League Blue series.

“We faced some ups and downs in this game, but we stayed [together] as a family and came out with the ‘W’,” Alarcon said.

Rice jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first half until A.J. Lewis took the ensuing kickoff back 45 yards which set up his own 31-yard touchdown run. He also scored with less than 2 minutes before halftime from 16-yards out. Then Zach Mirabelli’s 22-yard field goal with 6.6 seconds remaining in the half gave the Caravan a 17-14 lead. But the Caravan never scored again in the contest as the Crusaders on the other hand scored twice.

The loss also pushed Mount Carmel (2-4, 0-3) to the brink of playoff elimination. The Caravan hasn’t missed the postseason since 1985. But they will have to win out – against Leo, Hales and Loyola – to earn an IHSA playoff berth

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Homewood-Flossmoor 47, Sandburg 18

Wonder twin power activated as the Harley-Hampton twins, who combined for six rushing touchdowns and nearly 300 yards in offense in the victory Friday night.

“Our whole game plan was to finish strong,” Devonte Harley-Hampton said. “[Deante] and I have the vision. We might have started slow, but we wanted to finish strong and plan to do that the rest of the year.”

The Junior backs finished the game as follows: Deante Harley-Hampton (17 carries, 149 yards, 3 TD) and Devonte (14 carries, 101 yards, 3 TD, 5 receptions, 44 yards).

With the win H-F (4-2, 3-1) stays in the hunt for the conference title heading into next week’s showdown at Bolingbrook. Sandburg (3-3, 2-2) will have to win two of its final three games in order to qualify for the playoffs for the seventh straight season.

Richards 39, Oak Forest 14

The Bulldog’s stepped up and played a full-game and sealed a victory 39-14 Friday night. Spencer Tears scored twice on pass plays of 96 and 9 yards. Quarterback Hasan Muhammad-Rogers got the party started early when on fourth-and-inches, he ran a QB sneak which resulted in a 47-yard run and score. Muhammad-Rogers finished with 172 yards in the air.

Then there next possession, Muhammad-Rogers flipped a pass to Spencer Tears, who broke a tackle and left two defenders in his wake as he raced 96 yards.

From this, they never looked back.

“We just came out ready to play,” Muhammad-Rogers said. “We just jumped on our opponent out of the gate. You get them down early, they’re not going to be wanting to come back.”

JaRon Johnson and Troy Hadagus scored the two touchdowns for Oak Forest.

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T.F. South 34, Tinley Park 19

T.F. South (4-2, 2-1): Torian Lewis 8 carries, 128 yds, TD; Tylon Dantzler 13 carries, 75 yrds

Bremen 12, Hillcrest 8

Bremen (2-4, 1-3): Chrisean Noble 80 passing yds, TD; Chris Ramos 3 rec, 62 yds, TD; Kyle Ramos 16 tackles, 2 forced fumbles

Oak Lawn 22, Eisenhower 14

Oak Lawn (2-4, 1-3): Joe Robinson 2 TD; Ryne Melnik TD

 

 

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IHSA Week 3 Recap

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Another good solid week of high school football

WEEK 3

Week 3 had all of the excitement we predicted with the exception of Mother Nature, who slow pours rain over our coverage area most of the evening making it feel like, November instead of September 12…

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Nonetheless, the student-athletes buckled down and played their games.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Vikings roll over J.W.

Homewood-Flossmoor scored in just about every facet of football… ground, air and on defense Saturday against Joliet West as shut them out 41-0.

In fact, they put up three touchdowns in the first 10 minutes of play.

Deante Harley-Hampton opened the scoring on a 41-yard run less than a minute into the game. Bryce Gray completed a 38-yard pass to Kendric Pryor for a 14-0 lead two plays before the interception return made it 20-0.

Gray also found tight end James Sheehan on two second-quarter touchdowns, an 11-yarder followed by a 5-yard connection and a 34-0 lead 56 seconds before halftime. Gray finished the game 15-of-24 for 270 yards and four touchdowns before being rested as the game was in control in the third quarter.

“It felt real good getting a shutout,’’ defensive lineman Zackery Eastling said. “Playing hard, running hard, trying to make tackles. No missed tackles. You’ve got to make every tackle.’’

Full dominance for the Vikings (2-1, 1-0) Saturday as they face Joliet Central next week.

 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Celtics outplay Caravan with a 33-14 victory.

Providence scored early and often against foe Mount Carmel. Who would have thought this game, out of all games, would have been decided technical at half time, as the Celtics jumped out to a solid, well-played 17-0 lead.

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The hometeam, Celtics, helped themselves on several plays including a 19-yard run by Sean Diehl and a 9-yard touchdown toss from Justin Hunniford to Miles Boykin. On the ensuing kickoff, it was fumbled by the Caravan before Providence recovered at Caravan 18. Three plays later Eduardo Favela kicked a 30-yard field goal to make it 10-0.

Mount Carmel was able to move the ball to the Providence 21 on its next drive, but it ended in more frustration when Anthony Thompson’s fourth-down pass was dropped in the end zone.

Right before half, on a routine QB flip-pass to the running back, it was picked off by Nick Wheeler, who took it in for the Caravan’s first score, which left two-seconds on the clock.

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Notre Dame recruit sending signal to Hunniford while setting up Mount Carmel for touchdown pass

In the second half, the Caravan just couldn’t find it’s stride after the big play that ended the half, as the Celtics went up 24-6 after a fourth and short pass from Hunniford to Boykin. Hunniford finished the game 17-of-23 for 227 yards and three touchdowns. Two of them were caught by Notre Dame-recruit receiver, Boykin, who finished the game with 7 catches for 57 yards, and the third by Richie Warfield.

A bright spot for the Caravan was a fourth-quarter 16-yard run and conversion catch by Avery Safford. This was setup by finally a pass by Anthony Thompson for more than 12 yards to senior receiver Nik Giles.

“We did some of the things we wanted to do,” Mount Carmel coach Frank Lenti said. “We possessed the ball, but we dropped a touchdown pass and dropped a kick. They have a very fine football team. A lot of ways they outplayed us.”

The Caravan take on cross-town rival St. Rita next Friday night, while Providence host Marmion.

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The Crusaders knocked off the Ramblers

The Crusaders mustered little offensively but scored 13 points off turnovers and managed to contain a stagnant Loyola offense in a 16-13 Catholic League Blue victory. It was Brother Rice’s first win against Loyola since 2008.

“It just came down to hard work, all week in practice. We gave everything we had tonight and got the ‘W,’ ” quarterback Alex Alarcon said. “I know what people thought about our chances tonight. But that just made us work harder in practice.”

Crusaders did just enough on Friday night to to seal the deal even after having on 8 total yards of offense in the first half.

In the second half, things changed with Mike Kubil recovered a fumble at Loyolas’ 2 yard line, which setup a score by Marcus Jones, who ran it in for a 13-6 lead. Alex Alarcon’s 38-yard “jump ball” to Ricky Smalling helped set up Pikowski’s 21-yard field goal and a 16-6 lead. Brother Rice let go of this lead even whenthe Ramblers scored late.

Alarcon finished the game going 8-for-18, 91 yards, and Loyola’s D.J. Melsheimer went 9-for-21, 137 yards and one TD.

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Richards shuts out Shepard 33-0

D-E-F-E-N-S-E!!!

Defense was everywhere for Richards Friday night as Shepard finished the game with a total of minus-5 yards of offense. Linebacker Ramonta Hill was part of the FULL blast charged which stopped conference foe.

“As a team, we hate losing,” Hill said. “It brings us down as a team because we know we have to fix this. We can’t have mistakes. That was a big loss for us, and it motivated us.”

Hill and Chris Casey combined to force the Shepard fumble on the first drive, with Tyler Demma falling on the loose ball. Two plays later, Romeo Johnson punched it in from three yards out to open the scoring.

The conference victory came after a disappointing three-point Week 2 loss at Geneva. For Hill and Co., that’s all the motivation they needed.

“We thought we gave Geneva the game,” Richards coach Tony Sheehan said. “We harped all week that the little things will kill us. We made mistakes we need to clean up (Friday), but we’re still waiting to get our whole team out there.”

Now offensively, Hasan Muhammad-Rogers put on a show of his own, throwing for 107 yards and two scores while also rushing 15 times for 121 yards and a TD, a 1-yard keeper.

“We wanted to show everyone what Bulldog football really is,” Muhammad-Rogers said. “The defense flew all over the field, and that’s fun to watch. Offensively, we wanted to establish ourselves and show what we’re made of.”

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Lemont continues winning

The Indians scored on both sides of the ball to shut out T.F. South Friday night 35-0 in their South Suburban Blue opener.

For example, Hunter LaDuke scored on a 12-yard fumble recovery 52 seconds into the the third quarter, and Flynn Nagel added a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown less than two minutes later.

“We came out and hit harder than them, ran faster than them and made improvements from last week and the week before,” LaDuke said. “We’re not that big of a defense. The tallest kid on the team is 6-foot, 6–1 tops. The intensity is where we had them.”

Nagel, a Duke recruit, caught two passes for 18 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown from Ryan Dawson to make it 28–0 after his punt return for a score.

“I caught a bunch of blocks on that return, and I only had to break one tackle,” Nagel said.

Lemont coach Bret Kooi played under Padjen at T.F. South and said it was a distinctive moment to play against his former coach.

“I tried to keep it low profile with the kids, but it was a special moment for me,” Kooi said. “How many opportunities do you get to coach against a guy who coached you when you were younger and was a big influence on what you did?”

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