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 Semifinals

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

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November 21, 2015

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Loyola 24, Palatine 22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Marist 31, Waubonsie Valley 16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Crete-Monee 42, Hinsdale 37

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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IHSA Football Quarterfinals Recap

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

Quarterfinals… who’s still playing?

November 14, 2015

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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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IHSA Week 6 Summary

Posted on October 3, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

IHSA Conference play in full throttle…

October 2, 2015

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Brother Rice 34, Mount Carmel 14

After this big win there shouldn’t be any questions about the yong men at Brother Rice as they are 5-1 after knocking off Mount Carmel Friday night 34-14.

Behind the fine play of Cam Miller and Ricky Smalling continued their offensive attack. They connected 13 times for over 160 yards and three touchdowns.

His first score can on a 22-yard pass-and-throw from Miller as the Crusaders took an early 7-0 lead. His second score, he took a short pass and bolted through the Caravan secondary, creating an extraordinary amount of space along the way to give Rice the lead for good at 14-7.

“This feels great,” Smalling said. “It is amazing. We played as a team. It was a wonderful thing, just us playing our game. We have a great rivalry with Mount Carmel. We had to prove we can play with the big dogs.”

And his final score came with the score of 24-14 and less than three minutes to play, as he snagged a quick out and hit the ‘X’ button, the Square button and L1, as he embarrassed two Caravan defenders, stiff-arming the first to the ground and badly juking the second for a 17-yard score that put its second straight victory over the Caravan on ice.

“Oh my God,” Miller said. “He is ridiculous. I can’t even explain it. The kid is out of this world.”

Miller finished the contest going 21-for-30 passing, 254 yards and 3 TDs.

On the other side of the ball, A.J. Ries ran the ball very well on 21 carries for 95 yards and two scores.

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Loyola 31, Providence 7

Seems like a broken reocrd but Loyola is undefeated again and alone atop the Catholic League Blue as they defeated Class 7A champs Providence Friday night handily 31-7.

The Ramblers (6-0, 2-0) dominated the contest with the fine play of Dara Laja, who rushed for 169 yards on 25 carries including a 74-yard touchdown run.

“We just want to keep getting better and better,” Laja said. “Every game we go into is as important as any other.”

The Celtics (2-4, 1-2) got on the board on a 93-yard kickoff return by Mike Markasovic.

“It’s always tough to play here,” Loyola coach John Holecek said. “They had some momentum on their side. If we’re healthy, we could beat anybody. We have to make sure we keep getting better.”

It is being reported that Laja is only 301 yards shy of the Loyola career rushing record. If he continues to play like this, he’ll easily get this before the end of the season.

The Ramblers  are the only team without a conference loss after Mount Carmel fell to Brother Rice.

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Joliet Catholic 53, Marian Catholic 9
Michael Johnson had 10 carries for 142 yards and 2 TDs, Ke’Von Johnson had 74 rushing yards and a TD, and Cade Earl threw for 103 yards and a TD for JCA (6-0, 4-0).

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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….

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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 FINAL Football Rankings

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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

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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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IHSA Week 4 Recap

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Separation week….

WEEK 4

This week, many team are trying to separate themselves from the pack… who were successful? who wasn’t? Week 4… whew!!!!

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Rich Central 42, Rich South 0

The Southland cross-town classic started with lots of tensions, but NOT on the field, as police presence was VERY visible at the stadium due to past tensions between the schools. On the field… no tension as the Olympians handled the Stars in a shutout.

Quarterback DaQuan Richie ran 12 yards for a touchdown and also threw a 60-yard scoring pass to DeQuan Dudley to lift visiting Rich Central (3-1) in the Southland opener for both teams. Rich South just couldn’t get anything going during the contest and fell to 1-3.

Rich East 40, Gary Roosevelt (Ind.) 6

The Rockets red glare went bursting in the air on Saturday afternoon as Rich East knock off Panthers 40-6 as thunderstorms rolled in. The first Rockets’ TD was set up by a blocked Roosevelt punt. B.J. Stewart scored from 4 yards out for East and then scored again with a 48-yarder on the next possession.

“It was a good victory for us. We came out and executed a few things well,” said Rich East coach Barry Reade, who also got two TDs each from Marcel McDonald and Kendall Miller. “We ran the ball well and got a few turnovers on defense. We did what we came here to do, which is win [going] interconference play next week.”

Defensively, Rich East (4-0) held Roosevelt to only 56 yards and two first downs in the two quarters. The first came with 3:15 left in the half, the second produced a 15-yard passing TD for Roosevelt (1-3), with Young hitting Ronald White Jr.

Loyola 42, Fenwick 0

Loyola (3-1) scored on its first two possessions, both scores set up with the run, to race out to an early 14-0 and NEVER locked back. Junior Dara Laja gained 29 yards on his first carry and finished with 135 of his game-best 147 yards in the first half. On the Ramblers’ second series, they ran the ball all 10 plays, with senior Cal Falkenhayn scoring from one yard out. Laja carried the ball seven consecutive times for 70 yards on the drive

Friday, September 19, 2014

St. Rita 23, Mount Carmel 21

Crosstown rivalry like none other as the Mustangs grabbed the lead early but fault back against the Caravan winning 23-21 in front of a jammed pack stadium Friday night.

Things got started with an acrobatic 43-yard touchdown catch by Lee from a pass from C.J. Weydeman to go up 7-0. Then they struck again with a little more than 8 minutes in the second on a Brandon Gaston 25-yard TD pass to Dion Bobo.

St Rita had a 14-0 lead, but you know the Caravan were going to adjust and make a run which including three lead changes in the final 6 minutes of the game.

They got on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run by A.J. Lewis, who finished with 17 carries, 83 yards, with 14.9 seconds left in the first half. Anthony Ries tied it at 14 with a 4-yard scoring run at 5:18 of the third quarter. And they took the lead on a 5-yard TD pass from Anthony Thompson (6 of 12, 74 yards) to Demetrius Lewis with 2:01 remaining.

But when the Mustangs kicker Bailey Marth, who missed an extra point after St. Rita’s go-ahead touchdown with under six minutes to go, but he redeemed himself with just 23.1 seconds left to play by kicking the winning field goal from  about 30 yards out.

Mustangs quarterback Weydeman completed 12 of 29 passes for 194 yards, including that touchdown pass to Lee. And Gaston threw a touchdown pass in the first half before running for the go-ahead score at 5:55 of the fourth.

“We were fine,” Gaston said of Mount Carmel’s comeback. “It was just our team chemistry was off a little bit. We’re all brothers. We all will come together in the end to make it up.”

The Caravan had one last chance, but ran out of time at the St. Rita 39. This is the first time they are 1-3 under coach Frank Lenti’s tenure.

“We did everything we possibly could do wrong in the first half,” Lenti said. “You’ve got to say our kids showed a lot of character coming back from 14-0 down and taking the lead in the last few minutes.”

A bright spot is Mount Carmel’s (1-3, 0-2) defense held St. Rita’s Tyre Lee — who was coming off back-to-back 200-yard rushing games against Dunbar and Montini — to 48 yards on 17 carries.

And if you thought St. Rita used everything in the playbook Friday night, wide receiver Gaston has some news.

“We’ve still got a couple more up our sleeve,” Gaston said after throwing for one touchdown and running for another in a stirring 23-21 Catholic League Blue home win over Mount Carmel.

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Richards 46, Oak Lawn 21

Who throws a screen on third and long (22)? The Bulldogs…. as they executed the perfect screen from Hasan Muhammad-Rogers to Pat Doyle turned into a 65-yard touchdown and a 26-0 lead. Richards went on to post a 46-21 South Suburban Red road win over Oak Lawn on Friday.

“I thought we played a good first half, did a lot of good things, then got complacent,” Richards coach Tony Sheehan said. “We have to learn to put the hammer down.”

Muhammad-Rogers completed 14-of-21 passes for 273 yards.

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Carmel 41, Marian Catholic 0

Carmel (2-2, 1-1): Noah Turner 56-yard TD reception, 55-yard TD reception; Rondel Jamison 51-yard TD reception, 20-yard run for TD; Michael Huiras 2 TDs

T.F. South 32, Bremen 0

T.F. South (2-2, 1-1): Devon Cathcart 45-yard TD reception, 3 sacks, tackle for safety; Sterling Smith 2 TDs

Shepard 41, Hillcrest 14

Shepard (2-2): Demetrius Harrison 23 carries, 173 yards, 2 TDs.

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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

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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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IHSA AP Girls Rankings

Posted on November 20, 2013. Filed under: Basketball, Basketball, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

SECOND EDITION of IL High School Girls Basketball AP Rankings

January 15, 2014

By Associated Press

Homewood-Flossmoor grabs the top spot in Class 4A while Montini holds on to the No. 1 ranking in Class 3A. Find a complete list of the AP rankings here.

CLASS 4A
SCHOOL (First-place voice)

RANKINGS – SCHOOL – POINTS for 1st – RECORD – TOTAL VOTES – PREVIOUS
1     Homewood-Flossmoor (5)     11-2     93     4
2     Young (1)     13-2     88     1
tie     Rolling Meadows (1)     17-2     88     2
4     Edwardsville (4)     12-0     68     3
5     WW South     16-2     64     6
6     Marian Catholic     13-4     51     5
7     Trinity     14-2     44     NR
tie     Fremd     15-2     44     7
9     Bolingbrook     9-2     22     8
10     New Trier     16-0     17     10

Others receiving votes: Neuqua Valley 10, Rock Island 8, Geneva 2, Hersey 2, Batavia 1, Hononegah 1, Huntley 1, Oak Lawn 1

CLASS 3A
SCHOOL (First-place votes)

RANKINGS – SCHOOL – POINTS for 1st – RECORD – TOTAL VOTES – PREVIOUS
1     Montini (6)     17-1     127     1
2     Quincy Notre Dame (5)     14-1     122     2
tie     Joliet Catholic (3)     14-0     122     3
4     Springfield     17-1     97     4
5     Morgan Park     11-2     77     5
6     Washington (Ill.)     11-1     53     8
7     Bishop McNamara     13-2     51     6
8     Morton     13-3     38     7
9     Normal U-High     13-1     35     9
10     Burlington Central     14-2     20     NR

Others receiving votes: Richwoods 7, Champaign Centennial 6, Effingham 6, Vernon Hills 4, Mendota 2, North Chicago 2, Coal City 1

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CLASS 2A
SCHOOL (First-place votes)

RANKINGS – SCHOOL – POINTS for 1st – RECORD – TOTAL VOTES – PREVIOUS
1     St. Thomas More (12)     18-2     138     1
2     Breese Central (2)     19-0     128     3
3     Nashville     16-1     102     4
4     Teutopolis     12-3     87     2
5     Sherrard     19-2     61     5
6     El Paso-Gridley     12-2     55     6
7     Watseka     15-2     53     7
8     Prophetstown     18-2     39     8
9     Byron     15-3     19     NR
10     Clinton     14-2     14     NR
tie     Piasa Southwestern     16-1     14     NR
tie     Sullivan     13-1     14     NR

Others receiving votes: Mt. Carmel 8 (Ill.), Illini West (Carthage) 7, Havana 7, Litchfield 6, Carterville 6, Westminster Christian 5, Marshall 3, Oregon 2, St. Joseph-Ogden 1, Bloomington Central 1

CLASS 1A
SCHOOL (First-place votes)

RANKINGS – SCHOOL – POINTS for 1st – RECORD – TOTAL VOTES – PREVIOUS
1     Annawan (13)     12-4     130     1
2     Gilman Iroquois West     17-1     105     2
3     Moweaqua Central A&M     15-4     102     3
4     Putnam County     17-1     82     T5
5     Brimfield     10-1     65     T5
6     Carrollton     12-2     51     8
7     Eastland     17-3     39     NR
8     Danville Schlarman     10-6     29     4
9     Arcola     13-3     25     T9
10     Shiloh     15-3     15     NR

Others receiving votes: South Fulton 14, Calhoun 13, Nokomis 12, Aquin 10, Stark County 8, River Ridge 8, Pearl City 3, Winchester West Central 2, Galena 2

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2012 IL Best HS Football Team

Posted on August 22, 2012. Filed under: Football, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who’s our 2012 Illinois High School Number 1 football team?

August 20, 2012

The age old question is asked about Illinois High School Football and answered by our team….

This time of the year many people are curious about which high school football team is the best in Illinois. While we have seen many of the teams in our coverage area, I have not seen some of the other statewide contenders. However, like anyone, we can certainly offer an opinion on the teams we have seen, read about and are familiar with so far this year.

NOTE: This is based on our coverage area.

10. Thornton
Impact Player: Jalen Banks is actually one of the most experienced players in the state, having played varsity football since he arrived at Thornton as a freshman in 2009.
Biggest Issue for 2012: Battled test – but can they play together against steep competition?

9. Lemont
Impact Player: OT Ethan Pocic
Biggest Issue for 2012? Can the inexperienced offensive skills develop fast enough.

8. Crete
Impact Player: WR LaQuon Treadwell
Biggest Issue for 2012? Outside of the Southland, can they standup in the Class 6A playoffs?

7. Marist
Impact Player: TE Nic Weishar
Biggest Issue for 2012: Can anyone standup on defense?

6. Lincoln-Way East
Impact Player: QB Tommy Fuessel
Biggest Issue for 2012? Moving into 2012 season strong – leaving the 2011 season in the past.

5. St Rita
Impact Player (s): Offensive line
Biggest Issue for 2012?
Steady play at QB1.

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