2017 IHSA Football Rankings

Posted on September 5, 2017. Filed under: Football, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who’s top team in our coverage area?

September 2017

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As many of you know, we don’t do rankings until teams play… So after two weeks of play here are our rankings in our coverage area…

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(records and previous rankings)

1. Lincoln-Way East 2-0 (N/A)

2. Homewood-Flossmoor 2-0 (N/A)

3. Marist 2-0 (N/A)

4. Mount Carmel 2-0 (N/A)

5. St. Rita 2-0 (N/A)

6. Lincoln-way Central 2-0 (N/A)

7. Hillcrest 2-0 (N/A)

8. Bolingbrook 2-0 (N/A)

9. St. Ignatius 2-0 (N/A)

10. Thornton 2-0 (N/A)

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TF South 2-0, Evergreen Park 2-0, Shepard 2-0, Eisenhower 2-0, Loyola 1-1, Richards 1-1, Joliet Catholic 1-1, Tinley Park 1-1, Bloom 1-1, Rich Central 1-1, Crete 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 AP IHSA Football Poll

Posted on August 24, 2017. Filed under: Football, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

First State-wide Preseason Ranking via Associated Press

August 2017

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This list makes it official that high school football is right around the corner.

NOTE: Schools noted in BOLD and BLUE are in our coverage area…. CONGRATULATIONS!

Class 8A
School (first place votes) W-L Pts
1. Maine South (11) 0-0 127
2. Loyola (2) 0-0 107
3. Waubonsie Valley 0-0 86
4. Lincoln-Way East 0-0 80
5. Lyons 0-0 55
6. Homewood-Flossmoor 0-0 53
7. Palatine 0-0 38
8. Marist 0-0 37
(tie)Edwardsville 0-0 37
10. Naperville Central 0-0 24

Others receiving votes: Huntley 17, Brother Rice 13, Hinsdale Central 10, St. Charles East 10, New Trier 9, Oswego 6, Naperville North 2, Barrington 2, Aurora West 1, Naperville Neuqua Valley 1.

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Class 7A
School (first place votes) W-L Pts
1. Glenbard West (7) 0-0 130
2. East St. Louis (7) 0-0 123
3. Lake Zurich 0-0 93
4. Mount Carmel 0-0 79
5. Benet 0-0 67
6. Normal Community 0-0 48
7. St. Rita 0-0 41
8. Fenwick 0-0 38
9. Glenbard North 0-0 29
10. Jacobs 0-0 28

Others receiving votes: Bradley-Bourbonnais 16, Plainfield North 13, Batavia 12, Simeon 11, Rolling Meadows 10, St. Charles North 6, Pekin 5, Rockford Auburn 5, Libertyville 4, Glenbrook North 3, Hoffman Estates 3, Wheaton Warrenville South 3, Belleville West 1, Geneva 1, Prospect 1.

Class 6A
School (first place votes) W-L Pts
1. Prairie Ridge (10) 0-0 134
2. Sacred Heart-Griffin 0-0 111
3. Peoria High (4) 0-0 105
4. Cary-Grove 0-0 90
5. Montini 0-0 80
6. Lemont 0-0 45
7. DeKalb 0-0 31
8. Quincy 0-0 29
9. Danville 0-0 23
10. Rock Island 0-0 22
(tie)Nazareth 0-0 22

Others receiving votes: Providence 13, Lake Forest 12, St. Laurence 11, Crete-Monee 10, Normal West 7, Rockford Boylan 7, Oak Lawn Richards 6, Grayslake North 5, Vernon Hills 5, Crystal Lake South 1, Riverside-Brookfield 1.

Class 5A
School (first place votes) W-L Pts
1. Phillips (11) 0-0 123
2. Washington (1) 0-0 101
3. Sterling 0-0 91
4. Highland 0-0 54
5. Centralia 0-0 52
6. Rochelle 0-0 48
7. Sycamore (1) 0-0 47
(tie)Metamora 0-0 47
9. Woodstock Marian 0-0 39
10. Dunlap 0-0 31

Others receiving votes: Mahomet-Seymour 19, Peoria Notre Dame 15, Antioch 14, Joliet Catholic 8, Solorio 8, Marion 5, Rich Central 3, Normal University 2, Hillcrest 2, Cahokia 2, Woodstock North 2, Glenbard South 1, Decatur MacArthur 1.

Class 4A
School (first place votes) W-L Pts
1. Rochester (11) 0-0 137
2. Belleville Althoff (2) 0-0 111
3. Herscher (1) 0-0 96
4. Canton 0-0 78
5. Johnsburg 0-0 60
6. Morris 0-0 45
7. Dixon 0-0 40
8. Columbia 0-0 38
9. Effingham 0-0 33
10. Taylorville 0-0 29

Others receiving votes: Genoa-Kingston 24, Breese Mater Dei 22, Geneseo 16, Richmond-Burton 13, Rockford Lutheran 9, Mt. Zion 9, Manteno 4, Coal City 3, Herrin 2, Quincy Notre Dame 1.

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Class 3A
School (first place votes) W-L Pts
1. IC Catholic (13) 0-0 136
2. Tolono Unity 0-0 104
3. Monticello 0-0 80
4. Byron (1) 0-0 76
5. Carlinville 0-0 73
6. Bloomington Central Catholic 0-0 64
7. Williamsville 0-0 54
8. North-Mac 0-0 34
9. Vandalia 0-0 30
10. Wilmington 0-0 22

Others receiving votes: Decatur St. Teresa 21, Elmwood-Brimfield 15, Mt. Carmel 13, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 11, Newton 9, Bishop McNamara 4, Champaign St. Thomas More 4, St. Joseph-Ogden 4, Breese Central 4, Marshall 4, Greenville 3, St. Bede 3, Beardstown 2.

Class 2A
School (first place votes) W-L Pts
1. Maroa-Forsyth (4) 0-0 108
2. Sterling Newman (5) 0-0 104
3. Downs Tri-Valley 0-0 93
4. Deer Creek-Mackinaw (4) 0-0 89
5. Bismarck-Henning 0-0 60
6. Annawan Wethersfield 0-0 43
7. Hamilton West Hancock 0-0 42
8. Farmington 0-0 37
9. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 0-0 34
10. Westville 0-0 26

Others receiving votes: Mercer County 20, Momence 17, Rockridge 11, Hope Academy 9, Aurora Christian 5, Eldorado 4, Pana 4, Illini West 3, Red Bud 2, Orion 2, Auburn 2.

Class 1A
School (first place votes) W-L Pts
1. Forreston (12) 0-0 120
2. Tuscola 0-0 105
3. Lena-Winslow 0-0 61
4. Fulton 0-0 52
5. Eastland-Pearl City 0-0 47
6. Mt. Sterling (Brown County) 0-0 45
7. Ottawa Marquette 0-0 33
8. Athens 0-0 26
(tie)Stark County 0-0 26
10. Arcola 0-0 24

Others receiving votes: Camp Point Central 23, Aquin 21, LeRoy 14, Shelbyville 13, Hardin (Calhoun) 13, Dakota 9, Warrensburg-Latham 7, Carrollton 7, Kirkland Hiawatha 7, Stockton 2, Greenfield-Northwestern 2, Sidell (Jamaica)-Salt Fork 2, Fithian Oakwood 1.

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2016-17 Girls Basketball Teams & Players to Watch

Posted on November 14, 2016. Filed under: Basketball, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Girls basketball… who to watch?

November 15, 2016

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As the season prepares to tip-off, here is a look at who’s hot in our Illinois High School Association coverage area:

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Homewood-Flossmoor
basketball Nadia Green, senior guard, committed to Missouri – averaged 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists last season.
basketball Finess Dickson, senior, committed to Memphis
basketball Eva Rubin 6’5″, senior, center, committed to Arizona State
Morgan Park
basketball Destiny Harden, senior, guard committed to West Virginia – averaged 14 points and 13 rebounds
basketball Porsha Sydnor, senior, 5’8″ guard committed toMaryland Eastern Shore – averaged six assists
Lincoln-Way East
basketball Lauren Hunter, junior, forward – avg 11.9 points, 7.3 rebounds
basketball Carolyn Waleski, junior, guard – avg 10.9 points
basketball Bailey Kramer, senior, point guard
basketball Anna Power senior, Center
Marist
basketball Claire Austin, senior, forward committed to Davenport
basketball Julia Ruzevich senior, forward committed to Quincy – avg 10.1 points
basketball Kate Ruzevich senior, committed to Quincy – was the top rebounder
Lincoln-Way West
basketball Emily Atsinger, senior, guard – avg 15.6
basketball Courtney O’Donnell, senior, forward – avg 15.6 points, 7.4 rebounds
basketball Stephanie Athanasoulis senior, guard – avg 8.5 points, 55 3-pointers
basketball Tara Hastings, Sophomore, guard – avg 7.5 points
Marian Catholic
basketball Elisa DiOrio, senior, forward
basketball Mallory Olszak, senior, guard
basketball Shannon Mitchell, sophomore, Center
basketball Carmen Jackson
Rich South
basketball Nade’ge Jean, Rich South, junior, forward
basketball Dejah Weathersby, senior, G
Queen of Peace
basketball Kara Shimko, senior, G – Avg 17 points, also shot 90 percent from the free-throw line.
basketball Jovanna Martinucci, Soph, G – Avg 11 points, 4 assists
basketball Erin Foley, junior
Bloom
basketball Simone Gardner, Bloom, sophomore, guard – avg 15pts as a freshman
basketball Tanea White, junior
basketball Melia Mansker, junior, F
Thornwood
basketball Taylor Irons,  senior, center
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basketball Tara O’Malley, junior, guard

Rich East

basketball Jada Wright, senior, center

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2016 IHSA Week 3 Recap

Posted on September 10, 2016. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Week 3… separation week?

September 9, 2016

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What a weekend of high school football in the chicagoland area! Two-top ranked conference foes face off during week 3 and we were at both games…

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The SouthWest Surburban contest put two undefeated teams on the same field: Homewood-Flossmoor visiting Lincoln-Way East… Both teams area offensive powerhouses as the Griffins put up 84 points in the first two weeks, and the Vikings 110. In the end, it was the visitors, the Vikings who are still undefeated winning 35-30.

Before everyone could get in their seats good, the hometeam, Griffins, grab an early 14-0 lead. Quarterback Jake Arthur (13-for-19 ,162 yards) found Jeremy Nelson on a pair of TD passes. The first covered 28 yards and the second 41. But this game wouldn’t be settled in the first quarter.

Bryant Wright led an impressive comeback. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior hooked up with Tyrice Richie on TD passes of 40 and 44 yards. Bryant also contributed a 5-yard TD run and hit Richie with a 2-point conversion pass to create a 21-21 tie with 9:59 to go in the second quarter.

“We were down, but we knew it wasn’t over,” Richie said of the 14-0 deficit. “The coaches told us to keep fighting.”

Running back Herbert Hughes, transfer from CPS Stagg, gave H-F their first lead of 28-21 with 2:44 remaining in the first half. Hughes stutter-stepped at the line of scrimmage before sprinting up the middle through the secondary down the field.

Hughes finished the contest for over 160 yards on the ground on just 10 carries.

The Griffins, however, struck back. Randy Scianna’s 3-yard TD run with 5:12 left in the third forced a 28-28 tie and set up a nail-biting finish.

Vikings scored their final touchdown when Wright tossed another pass to Richie with 6:20 left to play. Richie caught 10 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns. Wright finished the game with over 275 yards and also rushed for a TD.

“I wanted to make a statement,” Richie said. “I felt like I was underrated coming into this season. This is a great win for us. A lot of people doubted us.”

The Griffins pinned H-F deep on the other side of the field and instead of punting, coach Buzea decided to take a safety, making the score 35-30, and take their chances on defense.

Lincoln-Way East (2-1, 0-1) had a chance to win, but H-F’s Dylan Duplessis came up with an interception near the Vikings goal line with 1:17 remaining and the Vikings (3-0, 1-0) just ran out the clock.

“I’m proud of our kids,” Buzea said. “They were resilient. Hat’s off to our defensive staff. After those first two drives, the defense really stepped up.”

It was an especially emotional win for H-F. Senior receiver/punter Tyler DeMartra suffered a compound right ankle fracture in the second quarter trying to catch a pass and had to be taken off the field by ambulance.

“We were waiting for this,” Buzea said. “Wright made some great reads. He’s just going to keep getting better and better. And Richie, all I’ll say is Northern Illinois got a steal.”

You will be able to relive this contest via Comcast Sports starting Saturday at noon. Check local listing for channel. In the meantime, you can watch some game highlights at via their YouTube channel.

H-F will play another undefeated team Lockport (3-0) next Friday night; LW East travel to Bolingbrook (2-1).

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Loyola & Mount Carmel have been the gold standard of Illinois high school football every year. The Ramblers did just enough to stay undefeated Friday night at Gately stadium winning 35-28.

“[Mount Carmel] is a great team and [Thomas] is a hell of a player,” Holecek said. “We did just enough to win.”

The Ramblers jump out to an early two-score lead, 28-14 at the half, but the Caravan (2-1, 0-1 Catholic League Blue) found a spark when do-it-all athlete Alek Thomas took over at quarterback and even ran a couple of an unprecident trick plays with running back Michael Kennedy throwing a pair of halfback passes including one for a 33-yard touchdown to Phazione McClurge.

Thomas had 11 carries for 95 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown. He caught two passes for 16 yards and threw two passes for 64 yards. He played quarterback, running back and wide receiver for the Caravan (2-1, 0-1).

But Jake Marwede rose to the occassion and managed the game perfectly. He finished the contest going 69 yards on teh ground and three touchdowns.

“Overally offensively [we were] impressive,” Holecek said. “[Marwede] shows he’s the best kid in the state, to me.”

The Caravan had a chance at the end, but failed on a 4th and six from the Loyola 11 with 2:00 to play. Quarterback Dan Trudeau went for a receiver in the end zone, but the pass fell incomplete.

Loyola will play St. Francis next Saturday; Mount Carmel will play DePaul College Prep next Friday afternoon.

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Saturday Scores
Chicago ACE Tech Charter 48, Richards 6
De La Salle 47, Robeson 0
Oswego 7, Joliet West 3
Rich East 43, Chicago Vocational 14
St. Patrick 49, Joliet Catholic 35

Bremen 47, T.F. North 12: Roc Smith ran for two TDs (1, 25 yards) and Christian Williams scored on a 60-yard fumble return to spark Bremen (2-1, 1-0 SSC Blue).

Brother Rice 45, Aurora Christian 6: Dino Borrelli threw three TD passes to Ricky Smalling, the longest a 72-yarder, to pace Brother Rice (3-0).

De La Salle 47, Robeson 0: Dorian Woods (10-for-15, 144 yards) passed for three TDs and ran for another score to lead De La Salle (3-0).

Richards 38, Eisenhower 10: Pat Doyle scored four TDs for Richards (1-2, 1-0 SSC Red).

Lockport 16, Lincoln-Way Central 14: Porters (3-0, 1-0) came from behind Friday night for the victory. Tavares Moore led the way finishing the game with 168 yards on 31 carries.

St. Laurence 49, Bishop McNamara 7: Fayezon Smart had two first-half TD runs and also brought the second-half kickoff back 95 yards for a score to power St. Laurence (2-1, 1-0 Catholic White).

Shepard 24, Evergreen Park 7: Nieko Carter scored on an 81-yard kickoff return and a 29-yard reception to lift Shepard (3-0, 1-0 SSC Red).

West Lafayette (Ind.) 14, Crete-Monee 13: Creo Argue scored on an 84-yard interception return and Mileak Harper added a 51-yard TD run for Crete-Monee (1-2).

Wheaton Academy 46, Chicago Christian 6: Henry Light scored on an 8-yard TD run for Chicago Christian (1-2).

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2015 IHSA Football Teams to Watch

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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

H-F

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

Lincoln-Way East

LWEast

Player to Watch: Liam Morrissey

Mount Carmel

MC

Players to Watch: Anthony Thompson, Anthony Ries

Joliet Catholic

JolietCath

Player to Watch: Tyler Witt

Bolingbrook

Bolingbrook

Player to Watch: Tuf Borland

Loyola Academy

Loyola

Players to Watch: Eric Eshoo, John Shannon

Providence Catholic

Providence

Player to Watch: Richie Warfield

Lemont

Lemont

What to Watch: young, fast Defense

Lincoln-Way West

LWWest

Player to Watch:Bryan Brokop

Richards

Richards

What to Watch: experience…

Brother Rice

 BrRice

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 FINAL Football Rankings

Posted on December 6, 2014. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Here is our final 2014 football rankings…

November 30, 2014

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1. Providence 13-1

2. Homewood-Flossmoor 11–3

3. Lemont 13–1

4. Mount Carmel 8–5

5. Lincoln-Way East 10–2

6. Bolingbrook 8–4

7. Loyola 11–3

8. Richards 10 2

9. Joliet Catholic Academy (Joliet) 8-3

10. Brother Rice 7-5

St. Rita (7-5); Lincoln-WayWest (9-2); Lincoln-Way North (8-2); Bradley-Bourbonnais (Bradley) (7-3); Bloom (7-3); Crete-Monee (6-4)

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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 9 Recap

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This is it weekend…

WEEK 9

All of the summer drills and hot, intense practices come down to this week – week 9 – the final week of Illinois High School Association (IHSA) football. And on top of that, Mother Nature provided the area with beautiful weather for football, as many teams make a strong run for a playoff spot.  

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Friday, October 24

Mount Carmel 10, Loyola 7
The Caravan (5-4, 1-3) clinched their 29th straight playoff berth Friday night against conference foe Loyola, 10-7 at Gately Stadium.

In this game, it wasn’t the play of the offense, as the score states, it was the defense which kept the Ramblers off-balanced the entire game. The Caravan D had two takeaways, an interception by Avery Saffold and a fumble recovery by Patrick O’Shea, plus a couple of perfectly timed sacks, led by junior Foster Williams.

“They had a couple timely blitzes,” Loyola coach John Holecek said. “[Williams] coming off the edge, with their speed — he hurt us a few times.”

The Caravan got on the board right before halftime after a 39-yard pass from Anthony Thompson to Steven Wirtel, which put the ball on the one-yard line. One play later, Anthony Ries, took it in.

Ries finished the game with 10 carries for 91 yards and that one touchdown, A.J. Lewis added 18 carries for 76 yards. The game was sealed with a 33-yard field goal by Zach Mirabelli with 3:30 in the third.

“You work so hard in the offseason, coming in January at 5:30 in the morning [for] lifting,” Lewis said. “You know it’s all going to pay off.”

The Ramblers got on the board late on a two-yard run by Jack Loper, but the Caravan recovered the onside kick and ran the clock out.

This team doesn’t look like MC teams of the past but they did just enough to make other teams say, ‘I hope we don’t pull them in the first round.

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Brother Rice 28, St Rita 21

The Crusaders take a share of the Catholic Blue title after defeating St Rita 28-21 Friday night.

Rice jumped out early to a 21-7 halftime lead but later in the contest including taking advantage of a fake punt, and four plays later Marcus Jones (16 carries, 66 yards, TD) scored the first touchdown on the night. Then, on the next possession, Greg Bernier, recovered a fumble by Rita and ran it in. Yup – two scores in the 19 seconds in the Catholic Blue…

They never looked back but had to turn things over to their stingy defense that stood strong stopping the Mustangs on two must-have plays.

“We knew it was going to be a dog fight. We were in a good position last week against Providence and let it go,” said senior defensive end Kevin Furlong, who had a tackle for loss and sack.

Alex Alarcon finished the game 15-for-25, 170 yards and a touchdown. St. Rita’s Tyre Lee had 24 carries, 132 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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Oak Lawn 28, Shepard 3
Oak Lawn (3-6, 2-4): Joe Robinson 2 rushing TD; Joe Cosenza 2 TD passes; Alec McCarthy, Tyler Loehr TD catch each; Mitchell Gonsch 2 fumble recoveries

Benet 66, Marian Catholic 7
Benet (6-3, 4-3): Brad Sznajder 3 TD runs

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