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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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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