2017 IHSA Football Rankings

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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

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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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2017 IHSA Final Boys Ranking

Posted on March 26, 2017. Filed under: Basketball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

2017 Boys FINAL Ranking

March 24, 2017

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After all of the games are done, who stands on top of the hill?

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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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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 Chicago Classic Recap

Posted on August 29, 2016. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Chicago Classic Recap…

High School Football

August 28, 2016

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What a way to cap off week 1 in high school football… six teams going at it at legendary Soldier Field. Things got started with the battle of the Saints… Rita vs. Patrick……

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St. Patrick wins in a nail biter…

St. Patrick 47, St. Rita 44: Jake Zylman passed for 206 yards and four touchdowns — three to Tim Zaleski — but the Mustangs’ second-half rally fell short. Zylman also rushed 10 times for 83 yards and Shaun Rule had 18 carries for 89 yards and a TD for St. Rita, which trailed 33-14 at halftime.

St. Rita will play host to Rich Central Friday night (we will be onsite for this one); St. Patrick will face Glenbrook South.

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Caravan roll in the opener….

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… knocking off Chicago Taft 49-7.

It was the Alek Thomas show as he made it to the end zone three (3) times in the season opener at legendary Soldier Field including an opening score for 49 yards on a screen. The other two were from 1 yard out on a wildcat QB keeper and from 26 yards out.

Taft did get on the board at the end of the game on a nice fade toss from sophomore Peter Fusek to senior Joshua Meyer.

Dan Trudeau went 3-for-4 for 112 yards and two TDs to finish the game. Jake Moriarty also put on a show in the contest adding 83 yards on nine carries for the Caravan.

Apparently the Caravan “embraced the suck!” coach Frank Lenti’s mantra for summer training.

Game highlights can be seen by clicking here via MaxPreps.

Mount Carmel plays Gary West Side next Friday night; Taft will face Chicago Uplift Saturday afternoon.

 

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Crusaders topple the RedHawks

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Two top-ranked teams, faced off at Soldier Field Sunday for the BATTLE of PULASKI! As a four-loss Marist team rolled to the Class 8A state title game last season and with many of those key players back this season. they were the favs… but Brother Rice dominated 3 1/2 quarters to seal the victory 31-7.

Offensively the Crusaders did it behind the play of senior quarterback Dino Borrelli and Ricky Smalling. The Illinois-recruit Smalling grabbed a 56-yard touchdown pass on the Crusaders’ first drive of the game and showed not only his ability to catch but he displayed his natural speed sprinting to the end zone.

“It’s just amazing,” Smalling said. “I’ve wanted to play at Soldier Field a long time and it’s special to come out here and get the win against Marist.”

Marist kept it close in the first half thanks to TJ Ivy’s 57-yard TD reception from junior quarterback Morgan Taylor, but the RedHawks trailed 14-7 at halftime, but couldn’t find much rhythm after that. Taylor did show his talents over all, finishing the game 14-of-19 passes for over 130 yards.

“When you look at this game, there were a lot of opportunities out there,” Marist coach Pat Dunne said. “This hurts all of us, but it’s Week 1 of the season. We’ve been in this position before.”

Borrelli, in his first start, finished the opener going 11-for-21 for 185 yards with two touchdown passes and a two-yard TD run after an interception from Aarion Lacy, giving the Crusaders a commanding 28-7 lead less than three minutes after Smalling’s second TD grab.

“Dino is a heck of a football player, he just needs to get some experience with us,” Brother Rice coach Brian Badke said. “Having his first start in this type of setting is pretty intimidating but he did a great job. He’s a good kid and a leader, I’m really proud of him.”

The Crusaders also got things going on the ground with running back Xavion Valladay, who ran for over 120 yards on 16 carries including a spectacular sprint for 71-yards and a score in the second quarter.

Now on the other side of the ball, Brother Rice defense was solid keeping them from scoring after first quarter.

In short, the Crusaders dominated the game and showed everyone that they should be taken seriously in the Chicago Catholic Blue conference.

Rice will host Crete-Monee next Friday night, while Marist host Simeon.

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2015-16 IHSA Girls Basketball to Watch

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2015-16 IHSA Girls Basketball Teams to Watch

November 29, 2015

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As the new season is upon us, it’s time to look ahead and here are some teams on our radar….

Morgan Park 

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What to Watch: Deja Cage (Sr., G, signee Loyola); Cachet Johnson; Destiny Harden;  Porsha Sydnor

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Player to Watch: Parris Bryant, 5-6 guard Bennita Drain, 5-9 forward Alecia Gulledge and 5-6 junior Karli Seay. How long will 6-5 freshman Nasia Brown stay down?

Marian Catholic

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What to Watch: Janae Poisson; Zaria Sydnor; Elisa DiOrlo; Shannon Mitchell (Fr); Gabrielle Cooper

Homewood-Flossmoor

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Players to Watch: Tylah Lampley (UIC signee); 6’5″ Eva Rubin (Jr. C), Nadia Green (Jr. G); 6’1″ Cheyanne Danner; 6’0″ Michell Pruitt (Jr.); Lindzy Cox (Sr.)

 Joliet Catholic

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What to Watch: Nicole Ekhomu (Sr. G, signee Florida State); Mia Farrell; Andriana Acosta

MARIST

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What to Watch: Dajae Black (Sr. G., signed at Lewis), Tehya Fortune (Sr. G, signed at IL-Springfield), Kate Rosner (Sr. P, , signed at IL-Springfield), Claire Austin (Jr. P), Alexis Jones, Bri Rosa (Jr. G), twins who transferred from Sandburg Julia and Katie Ruzevich.

Hillcrest

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What to Watch: Joshulyn Shepard

Crete-Monee

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What to Watch: Sarah Humphrey

Rich South

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What to Watch:  Dasia Evans (Wright State)

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION (respect): Young, Hyde Park, Bloom

Must see Tournaments…

Galaxy, Nov 21-25

Hillcrest Holiday Tournament, Dec. 26-30

McDonald’s Tournament, Jan 16-18

City-Suburban Showdown, Feb

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2015 IHSA Football Semifinals

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

winners head to S-T-A-T-E!

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 Second Round of Playoffs

Posted on November 8, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Second Round… who’s still standing?

November 7, 2015

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Marist 59, Barrington 56
One week after Halloween we had a thriller in Barrington

Things came to an end with senior James Dunican pulled down his only reception of the game — a 3-yard toss over the middle from quarterback Brendan Skalitzky with 16 seconds remaining, Marist pulled off an stunner.

In a contest that featured a combined 1,231 yards, Barrington (9-2) appeared to be the last team standing. They went ahead 55-52 on quarterback Johnny Davidson’s 1-yard plunge with 1 minute, 8 seconds left to complete a 13-play, 65-yard drive that featured a fourth-and-24 conversion from Davidson to Jake Zyzda.

But Marist’s Seamus Glascott returned the ensuing kickoff 45 yards to Barrington territory. Seven plays later, Skalitzky called Dunican’s number.

“We practice that, I think we did it against Joliet Catholic, we waited all game,” Skalitzky said. :Ran it and it was perfect execution. James is probably one of the hardest workers on the team. He’s so selfless, he blocks for everyone. I’m so glad it went to him. It was a great catch.”

Skalitzky accounted for 633 total yards (445 passing, 188 rushing) and eight touchdowns (five passing, three rushing).

The RedHawks Darshon McCullough finished the contest with  5 receptions, 207 yards, 3 TDs.

Barrington’s Davidson finished going 14-for-21, 217 yards, 2 TDs and 18 carries, 112 yards, TD.

Marist (7-4) will play at Oswego (9-2) in next week’s quarterfinals.

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Glenbard West 7, Mount Carmel 0
Glenbard West shut out Mount Carmel in a Class 7A thriller.
The first ever meeting between the two powerhouse teams was a slugfest, fought in the trenches of the lines. Glenbard West missed a field goal in the second quarter and Mount Carmel missed one in the third quarter.

The Hilltoppers finally broke through with 1:49 to play in the third quarter. Running back Sam Brodner scored a 16-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-6 play.

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Niles North 35, Eisenhower 20
Niles North senior running back and Iowa commit Barrington Wade (25 carries for 174 yards) accounted for the Vikings’ two offensive touchdowns on the afternoon (67 yards and 8 yards) to lead the Vikings (7-4). The Niles North defense picked off Eisenhower quarterback Cortez Jackson three times with two resulting in scores (freshman Myles Davis’ 50-yard interception TD return and senior Romario Gayle’s 41-yard interception TD return).

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Libertyville 27, Lincoln-Way East 17
In a Class 7A second round playoff game, undefeated Libertyville (11-0) held on late for a 27-17 win over Lincoln-Way East (8-3).

Brother Rice 34, South Elgin 28
In a Class 8A second round game, host Brother Rice prevailed with a 34-28 victory over South Elgin.

video-highlightsBradley-Bourbonnais 41, Geneva 22

Crete-Monee 23, Lemont 7

Loyola 49, Stevenson 0

Niles North 35, Eisenhower 20

Brother Rice 34, South Elgin 28

Tinley Park 42, Glenbard South 32

Marian Central 15, Joliet Catholic 47

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