IHSA Week 9 Game Summary

Posted on October 24, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , |

This is it…. final weekend of high school football

October 23, 2015

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So basically who did enough to get a spot in the Illinois High School Associations playoffs?  There are many teams on the bubble that need to win this week and will be glued to a TV set Saturday night as teams are announced.

Here is our final week recaps:

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Joliet Catholic 35, Marist 28
Joliet Catholic rebounded nicely in the final game with a 35-28 win against Marist in Joliet and ties for the ESCC title.

Zach Lukasik led the way with sacks on Marist’s final two possessions to help the Hilltoppers (8-1, 6-1) tie for the East Suburban Catholic title with Notre Dame.

Joliet Catholic went ahead 28-21 with 2 minutes, 45 seconds to play on Michael Johnson’s 3-yard touchdown run and never looked back.  Johnson finished with 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The RedHawks did add a late score, but did not recover an onside kick.

 

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Lincoln-Way North 28, Lincoln-Way West 21

Lincoln-Way North caps their dream regular season with stunning win sending a message as their school may be closed next year… and yes, The Phoenix are UNDEFEATED!

The Warriors (7-2, 5-2) went up 21-7 with touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second half, on a Gabe Montalvo run and Lowman’s 19-yard pass to Jake Mauney, but North (9-0, 7-0) rallied back in the fourth quarter when Jake Arthur first went to Drew Slager from 7 yards to cut the deficit to 21-13 but missed the PAT.

“Even when we were down by two scores (in the fourth quarter), there were only positive thoughts and remarks on the sideline,” said North quarterback Jake Arthur, whose 10-yard pass to Drew Slager on the opening drive of overtime was the winner. “This is just a great win for the team, the school and the community.”

And for dramatic fashion, with a little over 90-seconds left to play, North perfectly executed a hook-and-ladder pass, with Arthur passing 15 yards to Slager, who then pitched it to a streaking Jaylin Branch, who raced untouched for 23 more yards down the left sideline. Arthur and Slager hooked up again for the tying two-point conversion.

“It’s kind of funny,” Branch said. “We practice that play every day and it never works. So we definitely picked a good time for it to pay off.”

West’s attempt to tie fell short, as Connor Lowman’s fourth-and-goal pass from the 5 was incomplete.  What a game…

Besides the 9-0 slate, the victory also earned North the outright Southwest Suburban Red crown.

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Brother Rice 37, St. Rita 21
Julian Blain recorded 191 yards and two touchdowns from scrimmage as visiting Brother Rice (8-1, 3-1) defeated St. Rita (3-6, 0-4) in Catholic League Blue action. Shaun Rule scored a pair of TDs for St. Rita.

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St. Francis 23, Fenwick 14
Will Purdom scored two TDs (one passing, one rushing), as John Brundage had 17 carries for 96 yards for St. Francis.

Notre Dame 25, Carmel 13
Notre Dame is ESCC champ for the first time since 1981.

 

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IHSA Week 7 Summary

Posted on October 10, 2015. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Power move week… who made it? who didn’t?

October 9, 2015

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The tenth month of the year brings a lot to the table: football, Halloween, lovely weather, pumpkin flavored beverages and of course, homecomings…

Here is our week 7 recaps:

LW East 3, H-F 28
With the Southwest Suburban Blue title in sight, Homewood-Flossmoor (7-0, 5-0) knocked off cross-town foe Lincoln-Way East pretty handily 28-3 Friday night.

We are so used to those twins, Devonte and Deante Harley-Hampton, being the focal point but last night it was the defense that raised up allowing only a little over 200 yards and a several force turnovers that stopped impressive drives including a fumble recovery and 69 yard touchdown run by sophomore Justin Hall. His score gave the Vikings a 14-3 lead in the second quarter. They also sacked quarterback Brandon Bauer three times while limiting him to 81 passing yards and 50 rushing yards.

Offensively, the Vikings Devonte Harley-Hampton carried the ball 21 times for 133 yards and two scores. Kendric Pryor caught five passes for 134 yards and a touchdown

NOTE: Brother, Deante, was limited due to injury.

“I knew I had to pick up the slack and felt the pressure with my brother out,” Devonte Harley-Hampton said.

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Nazareth 35, Joliet Catholic 38

Talk about doing just enough to win a game… Joliet Catholic did just that Friday night against Nazareth – squeaking out a 38-35 win.

The Hilltoppers (7-0, 5-0) overcame 11 penalties and an outstanding comeback that was led by quarterback Carson Bartels, who threw for over 300 yards and five touchdowns in the second half, but the Roadrunners couldn’t stop the one-two punch of the backfield of the ‘Toppers.

Ke’Von Johnson ran for 213 yards and four scores, three of which came in the first half, put the home team ahead early with a 31-0 lead. One of his runs was for 49 yards that set up a 6-yard scamper by backfield buddy Michael Johnson, who scored shortly after that. Johnson finished the game with 30 carries for 99 yards.

“They were flowing really, really hard whenever he went in motion,” Ke’Von Johnson said. “I just had to be that counterpunch tonight.”
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Lincoln-Way North 28, Thornton 26

Lincoln-Way North (7-0, 5-0) wins their six game of the season. An opportunistic defense carried the weight Friday night as they forced four turnovers, three in their red zone, to help snag the victory in the Southwest Suburban Red conference over previously unbeaten Thornton. But, the win wasn’t sealed until the Wildcats’ last-minute two-point pass try sailed through the end zone.

“A lot of games can be won on defense with changes in momentum like the ones we had tonight,” said Lincoln-Way North linebacker Dave Lux, who had the first of two fourth-quarter interceptions of Thornton quarterback Sam Taylor III. “We had to keep up with their speed and continue to hit them hard, even when they were marching down the field.”

Thornton’s last-minute effort at tying the game culminated with Taylor’s 32-yard scoring toss to Tionte McDaniel with 28 seconds remaining. Trailing 28-26, the Wildcats (6-1, 4-1) were forced to go for two, but Taylor’s pass to the right corner of the end zone was too strong for Master Powell to reel in.

Lincoln-Way North went up 28-20 four minutes earlier on Joe Peters’ 30-yard run, his second rushing score. That drive started after the Phoenix’s fourth takeaway, an interception by cornerback Aric Feller. Peters finished the game with 33 carries for 138 yards and a pair of scores. Taylor finished the game going 16-for-21 passing for 226 yards and three scores. He also ran for 115 yards on 13 carries.

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Marist 41, Marian Catholic 7
Brendan Skalitzky passed for four TDs for Marist (5-2, 4-1), two apiece to Ryan Glascott and Darshon McCullough.

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De La Salle 28, Marmion 7
Gerald Carter had 18 carries for 112 yards and a TD for DLS (3-4, 2-1). Tom Duddleston threw for 252 yards and 2 TDs. Eric Brennan had 10 catches for 96 yards and a TD, and Sixto Avila had a 16-yard interception return TD and 10 tackles.

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