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 Baseball Teams and Players to Watch

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Teams and Players to watch on the diamond

March 25, 2017

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Time change has happened… schools are putting their best on the team and weather is breaking… Here are our Illinois High School Association baseball teams and players to watch in my coverage area….
NOTE: Player Name, Position, (College committed to) and you can click on the schools logo for additional information

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 Ryan Kutt, P (Illinois)
  Jack Guzek, P (Indiana State)
  Ryan King, SS (Michigan State)
  Andy Lopez, C
  Sam Jones, 2B (Indiana)

 


  Tommy Farrell, P (UIC)
  Jimmy Burnette, P (Illinois)
  Jake Lotz, P (Lewis)
  Angel Sandoval, P (St. Francis)
  Marius Balandis, P (Iowa Western)
  Matt McCormick, C (West Virginia)

 


NOTE: The defending Class 3A state champions…
  Ryan Sublette, P (Texas Tech)
  Nate Madej, P
  Dominic Connolly, SS (Maryville)
  Angel Salinas, 2B
  Joe Kelley, CF (Robert Morris)
  KC Simonich, Outfielder (Texas Tech)


  Steve Washilewski, P (Kansas)
  Matt Verdun, P (Lewis)
  Justin Ruthrauff, P
  Colan Fitzgerald, Outfielders
  Charlie Rodriguez, Outfielders
  David Gleaves, Outfielders
  Tyler Woynerowski, 1B (Benedictine)
  Blake Soria, C


  Brandon Comia, SS (Illinois)
  Eric Papierski, 3B (St. Xavier)
  Troy Jones, Outfielder
  Collin Friedsam, 1B,C
  Ryan Hampe, C
  Kevin Lane, P (Milwaukee)
  Tim Dobrik, P
  Evan Tenuta, P (Notre Dame)


  Alek Thomas, Outfielder (TCU)
  Bobby Seymour, 1B (Wake Forest)
  Zion Pettigrew, Infielder (Iowa)
  Macauley Kilbane, Outfielder (Johns Hopkins)
  Nate Milianti, Outfielder/C
  Jake Kapers, C (Valparaiso)
  Diego Munoz, P
  Cameron Hupe, P

 


  Mike Edwards, P (Milwaukee)
  Jake Jones, P (Murray State)
  Tyler Suchy, SS (Robert Morris)
  Dylan Henson, C (Purdue Northwest)
  Raul Flores, 3B (Trinity Christian)
  Josh Boger, CF

 


NOTE: The three-time defending 4A state champs
  Gaosh Williams, Outfielder (Central Michigan)
  Drew Hunniford, Outfielder (St. Xavier)
  Dakota Kotowski, Outfielder (Missouri State)
  Alex Helmin (Arizona State)
  Bryce Barnett (Arizona State)

 


  Mark DiLuia, P (Maryland)
  Nicholas Bledsoe, P (Illinois Tech)
  Sean Taylor, P
  Christian Beal, Outfielder
  Daniel Gutierrez, Infielder
  Wyell Woods, Outfielder (Eastern Illinois)
  Jaylen Heard, Infielder
  Angelo Cantelo, C
  Pierce Jones, Outfielder

 


  Josh Currier, P
  Ryan Vice, P
  Andrew Hancock, P (Evansville)
  Cam Post (Oakland)
  Dylan Post (Houston)
  Jacob Blount, SS
  Brandon Bennitt, 2B

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2016-17 BIG East Preview

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Big East Preview…

November 8, 2016

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Big East always has a quality column of representations in the NCAA tournament, and this year will NOT be any different.

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Villanova is the reigning national champ. Xavier could actually be better this season than it was last. Georgetown is set for a huge rebound year, and Creighton’s got two of the six or seven most valuable players in the league. At the bottom, even DePaul and St. John’s are set up to be stronger than a year ago. Even teams like Providence and Marquette, which lost first-round draft picks and won’t be as strong, still set up to be threats to crack the top half of the conference.

In fact just because in our prediction we have DePaul and St. John low, they will be very tough to play on the hardwood for many top-tier teams.

Predicted order of finish

1.villanovabb

2. xavierbb

3. creightonbb

4. butlerbb

5. georgetownbb

6. marquettebb

7. seton-hallbb

8. providencebb

9. stjohnbb

10. depaulbb

 

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Player of the Year: Josh Hart, Villanova

Freshman of the Year: Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s

Coach of the Year: Jay Wright, Villanova

Players to Watch
Jalen Brunson, Villanova
Chris Mack, Xavier
Khyri Thomas, Creighton
Chris Holtman, Butler
Angel Delgado, Seton Hall
Duane Wilson, Marquette
Kyron Cartwright, Providence
Kassoum Yahwe, St. John
Billy Garrett Jr., DePaul

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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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IHSA Week3 Football Summary

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Week 3 often labeled adjustment week was just that…

September 11, 2015

Mount Carmel 13, Providence 0
CHICAGO – Can you believe it, three quarters of a scoreless contest between these two schools? Not to mention, it was a perfect, fall evening of play… in the end it was the Caravan on top behind the fine play of A.J. Ries, who carried the ball 17 times for 61 yards and a score. On the other side of the ball, the Caravan’s defense forced five turnovers and finished with five sacks on the night.

And again, who would have ever thought the Celtics would be 0-3 at this time? Still a lot of football left in this tough conference.

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Montini 38, St. Rita 7

Montini controlled this contest from start to finish as they roll 38-7 in Chicago Catholic League crossover.

Broncos (3-0) were led by Justin Blake, who tossed 12-for-16 for 122 yards and one TD. Another key performer was Reed Taylor, who snagged a 78-yard interception return.

The Mustangs (1-2) just seem to come up short and the best way to explain this is trailing by three touchdowns and facing a fourth-and-goal at the Broncos 4-yard line, Connor Kelly tossed a nice spiral pass to Kurt Zeiger at the goal line that appeared to bring the Mustangs to within two scores, but instead, he was stopped short by junior linebacker Christian Pirog with 52 seconds remaining in the half.

“Sometimes we come out slow, but as soon as someone makes a big play, something just clicks and it seems unstoppable,” Pirog said. “It’s like no one can stop us.”

And on top of that four turnovers by the Mustangs, including two in the first half, put them in a hole they couldn’t dig out of.

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Richards 28, Lemont 24

The Bulldogs trailed the Indians by 14 points early but then got a spark and ran off four-straight scores to secure the win.

Lemont’s defense ruled the first half, as it held Richards (1-2) to two first downs and seven total yards while taking a 14-0 lead. The Bulldogs’ rally was forged through the air, as quarterback Jake Moran had touchdown passes of 27, 76 and 77 yards to three receivers before Anthony Quinn’s winner.

“We knew we just had to keep coming at them,” said Quinn, whose 2-yard plunge with 58 seconds left was the winner. “As bad as it looked, everyone on the team had faith.”

Two second-half fumble recoveries also helped build momentum. The first led to Moran’s 27-yard pass to Jared Moore midway through the third quarter that got Richards on the board. A Spencer Nagel sneak put Lemont ahead 21-7, but the Bulldogs outscored the Indians 21-3 the rest of the way.

Moran finished the contest going 9-for-18 passing for 222 yards and 3 TDs.

On the other side of the ball, Lemont’s Jake Kirkman finished with 24 carries, 105 yards.

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Loyola 28, Brother Rice 0

The Ramblers set the tone of this contest early on the legs of Dara Laja, who ran 31 times for 205 yards and a pair of touchdowns Saturday afternoon as Loyola opened Catholic League Blue play with a 28-0 shutout of No. 14 Brother Rice in Wilmette.

All the scoring came in the first half, when Laja caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Emmett Clifford and ran for scores of 2 and 46 yards. Clifford also threw a 17-yard TD pass to Jonah Isaac.

“Going into the game, we knew we were going to run the ball a lot,” Laja said. “We were practicing a lot of different looks. We were going to trap, we were going to pull a lot.”

He had 11 carries in the first quarter and 24 in the first half, both unusual totals for Loyola (3-0), which likes to spread the touches.

On the other side of the ball, Loyola’s first-team defense, which has 10 new starters this season, still hasn’t given up a point. The Ramblers forced Rice (2-1) to abandon the run game, which produced 29 yards on 17 carries. Crusaders quarterback Camren Miller was 28-for-49 passing for 193 yards.

“That’s a terrific offense,” Loyola coach John Holecek said of Rice. “Their scheme’s good, their skills are good. No. 2 (Ricky Smalling) is a special player. To keep them out of the end zone is impressive.”

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Lincoln-Way West 28, Lincoln-Way Central 0
NEW LENOX – Gabe Montalvo rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns and the Lincoln-Way West defense came up big Friday night in a 28-0 SouthWest Suburban Red victory over Lincoln-Way Central.

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2015 IHSA Week1 Summary

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llinois High School Football Week 1 Summary

August 28, 2015

week1 MATTESON – From the private sector of Chicago to the far reaching burbs of Kankakee and everywhere in between, variations on offensive and defensive brands of football highlight the diversity of the game. And well, it’s F-O-O-T-B-A-L-L time which brings about Friday Night Lights.

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In short, in our coverage area, Homewood-Flossmoor is the best – point blank period. The Vikings return 17 starters from the last year’s team that lost to Stevenson 31-25 in the Class 8A title game. Virtually every key member of the offense is back including the wonder-twin power of Deante & Devonte Harley-Hampton.

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“We have talent but there are a lot of teams that have talent,” Homewood-Flossmoor coach Craig Buzea said. “Some with equal, some with more than us. Success has to do with how they play and the passion they play with. This group of seniors has been together a long time. They respect each other and they hold each other accountable.”

 

Looks like it’s definitely the Vikings to lose in the IHSA Class 8A…

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Week 1 Game Summary

football_icon_small1 Malvern (Pa.) 37,  St. Rita 0

Malvern, a high school from Pennsylvania, hit for seven plays of 20 yards or more and piled up a total of 524 yards in rolling to a 37-0 win over the Mustangs at Soldier Field.

The Mustangs, though, were burned by the big play far too often.

Malvern junior quarterback Nick Maras had a field day, completing 17 of 21 passes for 349 yards and three touchdowns, of which, 13-for-15 for 212 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.

“We just had everything clicking,” Maras said. “Our receivers and running backs came out and played a great game.”

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Malvern led 20-0 at halftime as Maras threw touchdown passes of 2 yards to Ian Murray and 29 yards to Mike Fay. Maras’ 18-yard strike to Murray got the Friars down to the 1 to set up a TD run from Zac Fernandez (12 carries, 64 yards).

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St. Rita was held to 65 yards of total offense and only two first downs, including Brandon Williams, who ran 12 times for 29 yards in the loss.

On a bright note, Thomas Stacker recorded was able to get to the quarterback.

“We played a good game up front and our linebackers did a good job,” said Stacker, a senior defensive lineman. “We just had a lot of communication mistakes. We’d get them in third-and-long and they’d break a big run or hit a big screen for a lot of yards. It’s a lot of stuff we can fix.”

“It was definitely fun playing at Soldier Field, even though the game didn’t go how we wanted.”

Stacker hopes the Mustangs will have things turned around by then.

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football_icon_small1 Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Downers Grove South 15

Just too much speed

The Vikings scored five touchdowns on their first 10 plays en route to a 56-15 thrashing.
Senior quarterback Bryce Gray completed his first five passes, two of which went for touchdowns. His lone lowlight was an intentional grounding play late in the second quarter. He made up for it on the next play, connecting with Kendric Pryor for a 35-yard score and a 42-9 halftime lead.

“It doesn’t make any difference who we play, we’re going to play our game. And if we play our game and execute the way we should, it should be like this all time,” said Gray, who finished 8-for-10 for 338 yards and four TDs. “I just trust my guys. We’re a veteran team. We’ve been through it all.”

Mr. Gray finished the contest going 8-for-10 passing, 338 yards, 4 TDs.

H-F scored on its opening possession on a 31-yard run up the middle from Deante Harley-Hampton (four carries, 48 yards), then scored four times on its next six plays, including TD passes of 68 and 28 yards from Gray. Not to be out-done, twin Devonte, had  2 catches for 137 yards including a 66-yard TD.

football_icon_small1 Joliet Catholic 35, Providence 13

Joliet Catholic wingbacks Michael Johnson and Harry Davis took turns making big plays in Friday’s contest against Providence..

That meant bad news for the Celtics.

Johnson rushed for 204 yards, scored on a 99-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and caught a 77-yard touchdown pass to lead No. 16 Joliet Catholic to a 35-13 win against No. 13 Providence in New Lenox. Davis added four receptions for 102 yards.

Johnson finished with 18 carries, 204 yards, 2 TDS including a 77-yard TD catch

Celtics top RB Richie Warfield did show why he’s a top player as he raced down the field fro a 84 yard TD off of a screen pass. He finished the contest with 59 yards on 15 carries.

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football_icon_small1 Marian Catholic 42, Urban Prep-Englewood) 8
Christian Simmons and Jesiah Jones accounted for 3 TDs apiece for Marian (1-0).

football_icon_small1  Brother Rice 56, Birmingham Brother Rice, Mich. 20
Brother Rice quarterback Cam Miller was 21-for-26 for 297 yards and six touchdowns. Wide receiver Ricky Smalling hauled in three of those touchdowns.

football_icon_small1 Marist 14, Mount Carmel 21

football_icon_small1  Marian Catholic 42, Urban Prep-Englewood) 8
Christian Simmons and Jesiah Jones accounted for 3 TDs apiece for Marian (1-0).

football_icon_small1  Bradley-Bourbonnais 20, De La Salle 14
Tom Duddleston (25-46, 202 yards) ran and threw for a TD for De La Salle (0-1).

football_icon_small1  Glenbard West 28, Bolingbrook 7
Sam Brodner, a Vanderbilt commit, had two touchdown runs while Isaiah Skinner added an 84-yard kick return for a touchdown to lead the Hitters.

football_icon_small1  Loyola 35, Marquette University, Wis. 0
The Ramblers opened the 2015 season by jumping out to a 35-0 halftime lead and never looking back. Dara Laja had three touchdown runs (1, 1, 5) while quarterback Emmett Clifford had two touchdown passes, a 17-yard strike to Thomas Smart and a 13-yard throw to Robert Sullivan.

football_icon_small1 Reavis 33, South Bend (Ind.) Adams 27 (OT): Isiah Alpuche had two touchdowns in regulation (1-yard run, 90-yard kickoff return) and also scored the game winner to lift Reavis.

football_icon_small1 Lemont 21, Plainfield South 6: Frank Letizia returned two interceptions (42, 16 yards) for TDs to pace Lemont. Spencer Nagel tacked on a 25-yard scoring pass to Jeremy Fejedelem for the Indians.

football_icon_small1 Sandburg 28, Naperville North 21: Alec Fidan’s second TD pass of the game to Avery Verble propelled Sandburg. Andy Gayton (71-yard fumble return) also contributed a score for the Eagles.

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2015 IHSA Football Teams to Watch

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2015 IHSA Football Teams to Watch

August 24, 2015

As the new football season is upon us, it’s time to look ahead to 2015 kick-off. Here are some teams that you all should keep an eye on this season….

NOTE: You can click on the schools logo to find out more about them…

Homewood-Flossmoor

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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

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

Here is our final 2014 football rankings…

November 30, 2014

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1. Providence 13-1

2. Homewood-Flossmoor 11–3

3. Lemont 13–1

4. Mount Carmel 8–5

5. Lincoln-Way East 10–2

6. Bolingbrook 8–4

7. Loyola 11–3

8. Richards 10 2

9. Joliet Catholic Academy (Joliet) 8-3

10. Brother Rice 7-5

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

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2014 IHSA State Finals

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State Finals Time!!!!

November 29, 2014

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CLASS 8A

Stevenson 31, Homewood-Flossmoor 25
For the second week in a row, the Patriots’ title hopes came down to the final possession of the game, and for the second week in a row Stevenson’s defense stood tall when the pressure was on.

James Mahoney recovered a Homewood-Flossmoor fumble on Stevenson’s 3-yard line to seal a 31-25 victory in the Class 8A state championship.

The wonder twins, Deante and Devonte Harley-Hampton, both played well and reached the end zone in the contest, but it wasn’t enough for the Vikings (11-3). Deante finished with 17 carries for 77 yards and one score, while Devonte added 15 carries for 58 yards and touchdown.

“This game does not define our season. I’m proud of these guys and they battled until the end,” Homewood-Flossmoor coach Craig Buzea said.

Stevenson’s Jack Joseph finished with 17 carries for 91 yards and a pair of touchdown runs.

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 CLASS 7A

Providence 31, Cary-Grove 28
The Celtics (13-1) hang-on to win the Class 7A championship over Trojans Saturday afternoon in Champaign at Memorial Stadium.

Sophomore running back Richie Warfield had 22 carries for 123 yards and four touchdowns to guide the team to victory.

“I was just telling myself that one extra step could be the difference between a touchdown or a first down and all that can add up,” said Warfield, who had seven catches for 51 yards.

Senior quarterback Justin Hunniford capped off his year and final game going 18-for-26 for 184 yards. The Celtics ground game nearly mirrored the passing attack with 164 yards.

At the half, the Trojans led 14-10 until Providence seized momentum after a game-changing play by Notre Dame-bound receiver Miles Boykin.

The Celtics were backed up on their on 3-yard line when Hunniford threw 38-yard pass to Boykin (three catches, 48 yards) with 5:50 remaining in the third quarter. Warfield finished the 97-yard drive with a five-yard run to put Providence up 17-14.

“They pinned us deep in our own territory on our 3 and I knew that I had to make a play to get us out of here,” Hunniford said. “Finishing it off 97 yards really put a hurting on how motivated they were to continue. I just knew that Miles was going to be open and I put it in a spot that only he could get it.”

Nate Vejvoda, tight end who has committed to Iowa finished the game with 5 catches, 55 yards.

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CLASS 6A

Nazareth 26, Lemont 7
As it was reported prior to kickoff, an unexpected illness swept through much of Narareth’s team, but that didn’t stop them from winning the Class 6A title Saturday afternoon in Champaign at Memorial Stadium.

A total of seventeen players suffered from a stomach flu Friday.

“It invaded the team,” coach Tim Racki said. “We were supposed to practice in the morning. I got a text from one kid, then another kid and it was the basically same text from each kid saying ‘I was throwing up all night and I don’t know what’s wrong and I will try and come in.’ I thought it was a joke. I was looking for cameras in my office and wondering what was going on. The team doctor came in and we got up to 17 guys throwing up with a flu bug in their stomach. I got it on the bus on the way here.”

The Roadrunners were led on the ground by senior running back Nolan Dean who rushed 39 times for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Nazareth rushed 33 consecutive times in the second half until senior quarterback Jonah Beauduy completed a 10-yard screen to Dean with 4 minutes, 8 seconds remaining in the game. The Roadrunners rushed the ball 63 times and passed six times behind a line that averages 6-foot-3, 285 pounds.

Lemont’s key performer was Flynn Nagel, who caught 6 passes for 70 yards. Their only points came on the ground in the first quarter.

The Roadrunners are undefeated (14-0) and this seems to be the best medicine available for everyone involved – 2014 State Champions!

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IHSA 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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