2017 IHSA Final Boys Ranking

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2017 Boys FINAL Ranking

March 24, 2017

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2016 IHSA Football Week 6

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Week 6…

October 1, 2016

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Let conference play begin….. 

Kays spoil Olympians Homecoming

On this wet Friday night in Olympia Fields, District 227s Rich Central played host to their southern foe, Kankakee, who a week ago played Crete-Monee very tough in a lost. But, tonight the Kays were able to spoil the Olympians homecoming with a 21-12 victory.

Kankakee (3-3, 2-1) got on the board first with a rare error by junior QB Jyran Mitchell who tossed a pick 6 to Franklin Levelle, in which he returned it for 84 yards making the score 7-0 with 4:13 in the 1st and never looked back even though the Olympians would keep the game close. On the kickoff, Brendan Hutton took it 91-yards to the end zone but the extra point failed, making the score 7-6.
Kays would score again in the second quarter, this time on a special teams effort that blocked a punt that they recovered in the end zone. Extra point failed – 13-6.

With their never give-up attitude, Rich Central (4-2, 2-1) responded 4 minutes later Kamari Vassar scored – 2-point conversion failed. Score now was Kankakee 13, Rich Central 12. This would be the last time the home team found the end zone in the contest.

Bad field conditions and a slow sideways rain kept both teams from scoring in the third quarter, but the patience of the Kays would pay when Deandre Caldwell scampered through the Olympians defense for an 88-yard score which was the winning touchdown. On top of it, they went for two and was successful.

Up next for Kankakee travels to Bloom for a Saturday noon game, while Rich Central travels over two towns to play Crete-Monee next Friday night.

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Crusaders continues to cruise…

Senior Dino Borrelli put on another wonderful performance Friday night against conference foe Mount Carmel, as the Crusaders won 49-42. He finished the contest going 25 of 34 passes for 387 yards and four touchdowns and added a rushing TD.

“Dino every week has gotten better,” Brother Rice coach Brian Badke said. “He’s a winner.”

The entire offense seemed to be on the same page as they racked up over 500 yards of productivity.

Ricky Smalling, an Illinois recruit, caught 10 passes for 175 yards and two TDs. His 55-yard TD reception with 20.6 seconds left in the third quarter forced a 35-35 tie and will not soon be forgotten.

Mount Carmel did have a chance to tie the game as they moved the ball down the field to ‘Rices 26 yard line with 31.2 seconds left but quarterback Alek Thomas was intercepted by Aarion Lacy at the 5 to seal the victory.

Thomas, a junior, completed 13 of 21 passes for 219 yards and three TDs. Jordan Cousert had two TD catches, and Phazione McClurge had one TD reception for the Caravan.

Thomas also rushed for 93 yards and a TD. His 5-yard rushing TD at 7:09 of the fourth quarter created a 42-42 tie.

Senior running back Michael Kennedy rushed for 148 yards and a TD. Kennedy also fired a 70-yard halfback-option pass to Cousert for a TD that tied the game 21-21 in the third quarter.

It was the third straight time Rice (6-0, 2-0) has beaten the Caravan. Three turnovers doomed Mount Carmel (3-3, 0-3).

 

Lemont wins big!

The Indians dominated the Hawks in a complete shutout, 27-0, in the South Sub Blue conference game Friday night.

Lemonts’ D held Hillcrest to just 67 total yards in the contest.

Put it this way, they got a nice long run by quarterback RonRecus Griffin on the first play from scrimmage. They didn’t pick up another first down until late in the fourth quarter after the Indians (6-0, 3-0) had wrapped up the victory.

Offensively, Lemont quarterback Spencer Nagel finished going 10-for-18 for 253 yards.

“Defensively, we did a lot of good things,” Lemont coach Bret Kooi said. “Offensively, we need to take advantage of that a bit more. We had the ball in good field position a lot of times and didn’t convert.”

 

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Marist defeats St. Patrick

A fast start is just what the RedHawks drew up as they defeated top-knotched St. Patrick Saturday afternoon 41-13. And they did it behind the fine play of running back Delonte Harrell, who scored on three occasions…. TD runs of 1 and 18 yards and added a 6-yard TD catch. He finished with 117 yards on 22 carries.

“It was huge,” Harrell said of the early lead. “It’s hard to bounce back from 14 points and having your opponent score on two straight possessions to start the game.”

 

played a big part in helping the RedHawks achieve that goal.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound junior accounted for two touchdowns on Marist’s first two possessions as the RedHawks cruised to a 41-13 East Suburban Catholic Conference victory at Hanson Stadium.

Marist (5-1, 4-0) quarterback Morgan Taylor completed 10 of 13 passes for 171 yards and two TDs and added 45 yards rushing. Taylor hooked up with Turon Ivy on a beautiful 69-yard TD reception that stretched the Marist lead to 21-0 with 9:14 remaining in the second quarter.

Any chance the Shamrocks (4-2, 2-2) had of cutting into a 21-7 deficit in the second quarter evaporated as RedHawks intercepted a pass on a fake-punt attempt.

 

Other scores for around the league…

Loyola 35, St. Rita 3: Kyle Rock, 18 carries, 102 yards, 2 TDs; Tommy Herion, 14-26 passing, 179 yards, TD; rush TD. St. Rita — Shaun Rule, 13 carries, 88 yards; Gavin Mottl, 40-yard FG

Benet 56, Marian Catholic 7: Cameron Thomas’ 87-yard TD pass to Joe Stith was the big play for Marian (1-5, 0-4 ESCC).

Bolingbrook 27, Lockport 22: Austin Hoffman caught two scoring passes of 4 and 19 yards from Ben Davis for Lockport (4-2, 2-2 SWSC).

Bradley-Bourbonnais 27, Lincoln-Way Central 17: Mike Morgan contributed a 46-yard TD run for Central (4-2, 2-2 SWSC).

Lemont 27, Hillcrest 0: Spencer Nagel threw TD passes of 91 and 26 yards to his brother Austin to pace Lemont (6-0, 3-0 SSC Blue).

Lincoln-Way East 49, Andrew 7: Nigel Muhammad had first-half TD runs of 64 and 62 yards for East (5-1, 3-1 SWSC).

Montini 34, De La Salle 6: Devin Michicich posted a 1-yard scoring run for De La Salle (5-1, 1-1 Catholic Green).

Normal 17, Lincoln-Way West 7: Trey Telez had the TD for West (4-2).

Reavis 43, Evergreen Park 14: Bailey Boyd threw three TD passes to Brantrell Seymore and also returned an interception 65 yards for a score to lead Reavis (5-1, 3-0 SSC Red).

Richards 48, Argo 0: Jake Moran threw two TD passes and Pat Doyle added a pair of scoring runs to power Richards (4-2, 4-0 SSC Red).

St. Laurence 28, Leo 8: Kevin Williams had a pair of TD runs, and Tori Clinton tacked on an 81-yard TD to lift St. Laurence (5-1).

Shepard 42, Eisenhower 7: Demetrius Harrison ran for 230 yards on 25 carries and two TDs to boost Shepard (4-2, 2-1 SSC Red).

Thornwood 25, Thornton 12: Kevin Harris was among those contributing TDs for Thornwood (4-2, 1-2 SWSC).

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2016 IHSA Week 2 Recap

Posted on September 3, 2016. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

IHSA Week 2 Recap….

September 2, 2016

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What a wonderful weekend for football in the Chicagoland area and many teams didn’t disappoint, while others are still trying to find their identity and a tough weekend for Southland Conference….

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Tough weekend for Southland Conference continued Saturday as Rich East lost to visiting Tinley Park 45-32.

Junior quarterback Ryan Zientara sealed the game for the Titans (2-0) with an 87-yard touchdown run late in the contest. He also tossed three touchdown passes in the contest.

“I can’t do anything without the offensive line,” Zientara said. “I can’t make a pass, can’t make a run without them. They were great.”

Zientara finished the game going 11-for-18 for 227 yards and shared the touchdown love around to Justin Taylor on a 17-yarder, David Morgan on a 44-yarder and John Kopecky on a 63-yarder.

They also imposed their will on the ground behind junior running back Elijah Webster who ran for over 180 yards and two scores.

Rich East (1-1) did have some bright spots from running backs Tristan Page and Alexander Adams who combined to rush for over 350 yards and four scores. Page scored on a runs of 68 and 53 yards and Adams added TDs of 7 and 80 yards.

And what made this contest even more special was both schools honored Park Forest police officer Tim Jones, who sustained a gunshot wound to head during a suspected robbery in March. A 2009 Tinley Park graduate, Jones is recovering from the life-threatening injury. At halftime, Rich East athletic director Mike Laneve presented the Jones family with a check for $5,000.

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Bremen 20, Perspectives-Leadership 8: Jovari Brown contributed two TD runs (5, 6 yards) and an interception to lead Bremen (1-1).

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St Rita gets on track…

On this gorgeous football evening, it was St. Rita from the start as they dominated the visiting Southland Conference team, Rich Central, 56-19, primarily on the ground but both sides of the ball scored in this contest.

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The Mustangs (1-1) scored first after an interception of Jyran Mitchells’ pass, a wonderful long run by Jack Quinn then a short run 4 yard run by junior Jake Zylman. Zylman finished with game with well over 150 yards on the ground and four scores. He ran for three and passed for another score.

Rich Central (1-1) countered on the next possession tying the game at 7 up with a 16 yard pass from Mitchell to Sean Tyler.  But as the opening sentence states, the Mustangs responded on their next possession marching down the field, 92 yards on 11 plays that concluded with a 2 yard run by Zylman for his second touchdown. He scored for the third time in the second half from 7 yards out.

The visiting Olympians didn’t play their best game nor did they give up. Junior quarterback Mitchell showed wonderful offensive leadership in the contest despite the final score. In the second quarter, he called a QB keeper and tricked the Mustangs defense, and streaked down the field for a 54 yard score – the extra point failed getting the team within 8, 21-13.

But that’s as close as they would get, as on the next possession, senior Shaun Rule, broke at least 4 tackles for the score from the 11 yard line right before the half.

The second half was no different as the Mustangs was clearly the better team even as Rich Central scored for the final time on their opening possession in the second half on a 73 yard, 6 play touchdown – Mitchell to Hammond – making the score 28 – 19.

Mustangs’ Rule scored again, and so did sophomore Jake Stefanski, and the defense got on the board as well when they recovered a fumble, and Mark Mondesir returned it 40 yards really putting the contest away. The home team scored one more time, right after a kickoff-fumble recovery and one play later, it was Zylman, who tossed a short pass to Mike McMcDevitt, putting the final score on the board.

Rich Central had one more opportunity to score as they marched down the field, got the ball deep in the Mustangs REDZONE, but Mitchell fumbled it into the endzone and it was recovered by the defense.

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Up next for the 2-0 Mustangs is cross-town foe Providence Catholic; Rich Central travel to Kaneland (Maple Park, IL)

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Crusaders cruise in victory Friday Night

After one week of play and lots of chatter over the summer, when you think of Brother Rice you think offense and Friday night didn’t let you down as the Crusaders (2-0) knock off tough-as-nails Crete-Monee (1-1) 61-44.

In this contest, the Warriors game plan was to limit the Illinois-recruit Ricky Smalling, in which they did, as he finished the contest with less than 60 yards, but they didn’t limit Xavian Valladay.

Senior running back Valladay rushed for over 260 yards and count them F-I-V-E touchdowns.

“I have to give it out to my O-line,” Valladay said being extremely humble. “They had a nice game and gave me room to run. I’m blessed to have scored five touchdowns.”

But believe it or not, the final score isn’t a good illustration of the game as it was high-scoring and close. Brother Rice put a lot of points on the board in the first half, 35, but the visiting Warriors fought back.

A late 1-yard TD run by Kevin Pate and a 9-yard touchdown by Xavier Ledet with 1:58 to go to close within 52-44. But Valladay, sealed the deal with his fifth score with 1:41 to go.

Lost in all of this, Pate, also scored five touchdowns — three rushing and two receiving.

Crete-Monee quarterback Isaiah Rucker, a 6-5 junior, showed off his powerful right arm. Rucker completed 30 of 53 passes for over 420 yards and three TDs.

NOTE: The 105 combined points were the most in Brother Rice history.

Up next for Brother is Aurora Christian Friday night; Crete-Monee will play West Lafayette.

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Hillcrest soar during week 2…

When you think of Hillcrest, you immediately think of basketball… but this football team is balling!!!!

The Hawks soar over Oak Lawn Friday night 28-6 behind the fantastic play of receiver Marcus Garrett, who caught three touchdown passes in the first half Friday in the win.

“I really think I can be that player for this team that makes the big plays out there,” Garrett said .”I just came out focused and ready to play hard on every play.”

His coach, former NFL cornerback, Marquice Cole, gets to see him up-close and personal as well as on some one-on-one drills thinks the world of his play.

“We all know what Marcus can do,” Cole said. “For us, it’s more about making sure Marcus knows what he can do. I’ll play corner on him in practice. We challenge him during the week to go above and beyond, because he’s that type of player.”

He caught a 9-yard TD from James Lipscomb (4-for-8 passing, 62 yards; 7 carries, 42 yards). Then, after the Hawks recovered an onside kick, he caught a 45-yarder from Lipscomb on the next play from scrimmage. He added a 2-point conversion catch to extend the lead to 16-0.

Garrett’s third TD came on a 31-yard pass from RonRecus Griffin with 1:05 left in the first half.

Oak Lawn got on the board with 2:05 left in the third quarter on a 10-yard TD run from Jabari Clark (14 carries, 54 yards) and got into the Hawks’ red zone with a chance to get within one score early in the fourth.

However, Hillcrest’s Jalen Jenkins stopped Spartans quarterback Kyle McNamara for a two-yard loss on fourth-and-1 from the Hawks’ 14.

“We definitely have some things to clean up,” Cole said. “I was happy with the way they overcame the adversity.”

Hillcrest will be traveling to TF South next Friday night; Oak Lawn will play at Argo

Other games in our coverage area…

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De La Salle 35, T.F. North 12: Devin Michicich had 22 carries for 154 yards and three TDs for De La Salle (2-0).

Eisenhower 41, Urban Prep-West 0: Tim Baity and Aaron Sanders scored TDs for Eisenhower (1-1).

Homewood-Flossmoor 54, Hammond (Ind.) 6: Herbert Hughes contributed TD runs of 76 and 62 yards for H-F (2-0).

IC Catholic 63, St. Laurence 49: Fayezon Smart had three TD runs for St. Laurence (1-1).

Lincoln-Way East 35, Belleville West 0: Jake Arthur threw a 74-yard TD pass to Jeremy Nelson and Nigel Muhammad scored twice for East (2-0).

Lincoln-Way West 40, Bloom 27: Justin LaBuhn had TD runs of 70, 12 and 28 yards to vault West (2-0). Juan Green threw four scoring passes for Bloom (1-1).

Mount Carmel 56, Gary (Ind.) West Side 6: Michael Kennedy scored on a TD run for Mount Carmel (2-0).

Oak Forest 51, Clemente 8: Watari Mason’s three TDs propelled Oak Forest (1-1).

Providence 28, Vianney (Mo.) 21: Jared Drake’s TD pass to Lucas Weaver with 2:10 remaining lifted Providence (1-1).

Reavis 48, Corliss 22: Mike Szuba’s 46 yard interception return for a TD sparked Reavis (2-0).

Shepard 42, Fenton 0: Jack Carberry had a pair of TD runs for Shepard (2-0).

Wheaton North 37, Joliet Catholic 7: Simon Grasshoff caught a 34-yard TD pass from Patrick Roth for JCA (0-2).

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2016 IHSA Week 1 recap

Posted on August 27, 2016. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

High School Football – Week 1

August 26, 2016

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What a fantastic weekend for high school football! Perfect weather kicked things off Friday night across the Chicagoland area. A number of teams picked things off right where they left them, while others are trying to find their new identity. Let’s get things started……

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Olympians put on an Olympic performance in the opener

Behind the offensive play of junior quarterback, Jyran Mitchell, Rich Central knock off Stagg 39-6. Yes, I did say Mitchell… this is the third son to come through the program. Shawn Jr. is now playing at Eastern Illinois  and Jeremiah is at Austin Peay. And next month, they play against each other for the first time since, whew… for-e-v-e-r!

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But back to the game at hand, Mitchell had two TD runs and also threw a 19-yard scoring pass to Glen Abram to guide Rich Central (1-0) in the opener. The Olympians scored on their first four possessions and never looked back. On the other side of the ball, the defense was nasty… stingy… and it seemed as if every player swarmed to the ball on each and every play. This contest definitely sent a strong message to their future opponents that they are a force to be reckon with.

2016-RC-Stagg Stagg (0-1) got on the board late with a quick scamper by Mike Jennings.

The Olympians have a tough contest next week as they travel crosstown to St. Rita next Friday night. Should be a good one and we will be there!

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Vikings picked up where they left off….

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Homewood-Flossmoor’s Bryant Wright didn’t leave any questions unanswered as to his ability to take over the reins at quarterback for the Vikings as they dominated the game against Downers Grove South 56-6. He finished the contest going 8-for-13 for 206 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran four times for 57 yards and a TD.

Running back Tyler Nutall (8 carries, 105 yards) punctuated the Vikings’ second drive with a 23-yard TD.

Herbert Hughes, a transfer from Stagg, scored back-to-back TDs in the third quarter on runs of 55 and 8 yards.

To top it off, backup quarterback Kellyn Gerenstein also scored on a 94-yard run.

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Crete knocks off TF South

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Crete-Monee running back Datuan Carter wanted to win this game for his coach John Konecki, who’s father, died Tuesday and the team attended his funeral earlier Friday.

“We had to win this one for coach,” Carter said. “He had a bad week. We saw that he was down and we had to pick him back up. It meant a lot to us to get this win.”

T.F. South took an early 7-0 lead in the second quarter on a 27-yard TD pass from Reis Padjen (16-of-21, 160 yards passing) to Bron Hill (7 catches, 107 yards).

But Carter, a junior, helped make sure it would happen, running for two touchdowns and catching another Friday as the host Warriors scored 35 unanswered points in the second half for a 42-7 win over T.F. South.

“It’s a very emotional time, as it is for any man with his father,” Konecki said. “My family knew I was going to come here, though. They wouldn’t expect anything less. It meant the world to me to look out at the funeral and see my team there. Your players become family members, and they were there for me.”

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Lemont squeaks’ passed Richards

Senior Steve Fleming made some crucial contributions Friday against Richards including a key 50 plus yard punt in the fourth quarter that pinned the Bulldogs deep in their own end which led to an Indians’ score for the victory, 13-7.

“I was thinking I needed to pin them deep,” Fleming said. “I was hoping that would give our defense a chance to get a big stop and lead to our offense getting good field position.”

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Rich East 46, North Lawndale 0: Here’s highlights from the contest care of MaxPrepsclickhere-football

Bloom 33, Andrew 12

Providence 3, East St. Louis 34

Marian Catholic 53, Urban Prep-Englewood 16: Christian Simmons (10 carries, 168 yards) scored on runs of 89 and 28 yards to lead Marian (1-0).

Franklin (Wis.) 24, Joliet Catholic 14: Clay Briscoe caught a 10-yard TD pass from Patrick Roth and Keenan Hailey added a 19-yard scoring run for JCA (0-1).

Hillcrest 32, Argo 0: Marcus Garrett’s 75-yard catch was among his three TDs for Hillcrest (1-0).

Lincoln-Way East 49, Adams (Ind.) 12: Jake Arthur threw two TD passes and Nigel Muhammad added a pair of scoring runs of 12 and 10 yards for East (1-0). Watch the CSN Chicago highlight video here: http://www.csnchicago.com/video/highlights-5-lincoln-way-east-49-south-bend-adams-12

Lockport 20, Downers Grove North 9: Ben Davis threw a pair of scoring passes for Lockport (1-0).

Reavis 51, Longwood 0: Devontta Wilson caught a 31-yard TD pass and also scored on a 40-yard run, both in the first half, to boost Reavis (1-0).

St. Laurence 31, Benet 21: Fayezon Smart’s 69-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter put St. Laurence (1-0) ahead for good. Kevin Williams tacked on two TD runs for the Vikings.

Shepard 38, T.F. North 18: Demetrius Harrison ran for 181 yards and a touchdown and also caught scoring passes of 53 and 28 yards to lead Shepard (1-0).

Thornwood 60, Phoenix 0: Jabari Howard contributed three first-half TDs, including a punt return, to spark Thornwood (1-0).

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2015 IHSA Week2 Summary

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FOOTBALL… Back to the Basics weekend

September 4

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OLYMPIA FIELDS – Plainfield Central held a one-point lead at the half, 7-6, but after a few adjustments, aka SPECIAL TEAMS, Rich Central jumped out quick with two touchdowns to open the second half and control the scoreboard the rest of the game winning 40-27.

“A lot of those guys (on special teams) don’t play offense defense,” said coach Terrell Alexander after talking about his special teams play. “They come out and that’s their time to shine.”

Indeed they did!!!!

Plainfield Central (0-2) received the second-half kickoff, but nobody picked up the loose ball and the Olympians recovered. They scored three plays later. The Wildcats fumbled away the ensuing kickoff, and Rich Central scored one play later on a 30 plus yard run by Khaleeq Hammond to lead 20-7.

The Olympians (2-0) first score came from sophomore quarterback Jayran Mitchell’s 4-yard touchdown run with 47 seconds left in the first half.

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Sophomore Jyran Mitchell barks the signals before scoring… clck picture to play video

Wildcats didn’t just lay down behind the fine play of quarterback Marcus Hayes, who rushed for 169 yards in 17 carries and two touchdowns and completed 4 of 10 passes for 64 yards and a score, as the team got things back close to a one-point game, 28-27 in the fourth. But it was not enough.

Senior Deshawn Jones takes the ball in for his second score in the contest on a nicely, executed counter play…

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Sr. Deshawn Jones scores from 18 yards against Plainfield Central-click picture to play video

The icing on the cake, the Olympians scored again with only a few seconds left in the contest.

“Just a fighting team… these guys will play for each other” said coach Alexander. “We are humble and have a lot of work to do still.”

Being 2-0 I don’t think the Olympians are any longer “a team no one knows who they are.”

Rich Central will be at Kaneland next Friday night for a 7:15p kickoff.

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OSWEGO – In a historic meeting between two ranked teams Friday night, it was the Panther defense that stood firm to lift Oswego to a 14-13 victory over Providence and give the Panthers their first win of the season.

Providence (0-2) created the one-point margin with an early third-quarter touchdown drive, capped off with an 11-yard connection from quarterback Stephen Simowitz to Mike Markasovic with 7:25 on the clock.

Both teams came up with an interception, but neither could convert the turnovers into points and Oswego missed a field goal in the fourth quarter, building pressure into the final minutes.

Providence kicker PJ Kowalkowski’s punt pinned Oswego back to its own 2-yard line with 5:13 to go, but two personal fouls on the Celtics allowed the Panthers to march a combined 30 yards and enter Providence territory. Facing fourth-and-3 at the Providence 41, Oswego’s Steven Frank was stopped on his quarterback sneak to turn the ball over to the Celtics with 2:56 remaining.

Providence running back Richie Warfield (11 carries, 110 yards) ran the ball three times to put the Celtics at midfield, but on fourth-and-3 Warfield was stopped by a wall of Panthers to turn the ball over on downs with 1:20 left.

Frank took a knee on the next possession, sealing the Oswego victory.

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JOLIET – Things were looking up for Joliet Central’s football team after they scored on the initial play of the second quarter to grab a 12-6 lead over Rich South. But the Stars (1-1) took control by scoring the final 18 points of the first half and then broke things open with three more touchdowns to start the final half as they went on to capture a 46-20 nonconference victory over the Steelmen.

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BOLINGBROOK – Bolingbrook went back to basics during its annual Valley View School District rivalry game against Romeoville on Friday in Bolingbrook.

The Raiders (1-1) ran for eight touchdowns in a 55-6 nonconference victory over Romeoville. Five different players scored touchdowns for the Raiders. The Spartans dropped to 0-2.

Jeremiah Lebron ran for three touchdowns to spearhead the Raiders. Lebron’s runs were from 6, 34 and 24 yards. Jaylen Griffin ran for two touchdowns in the first half from 6 and 1 yards out. Lucas Warren (1-yard run), Michael Freeze (12-yard run) and Sammy Nasca (1-yard run) also reached pay dirt for Bolingbrook.

Romeoville’s lone touchdown came on the final play of the first half. Jordan Nettles scooted through the Bolingbrook defense for a 70-yard touchdown run to make it 35-6 at the half.

NOTE: Bolingbrook had two players ejected.

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LINCOLNSHIRE – Homewood-Flossmoor over an hour north to play a rematch from last season Class 8A state championship game, and you have to assume Deante Harley-Hampton looked at this hands the entire ride thinking “hold the ball guys…”

Well, he ran the ball 20 times for 226 yards and four touchdowns. His 33-yard touchdown run with 1:15 to play sealed No. 1 Homewood-Flossmoor’s 43-29 win over the Patriots.

“It feels real good,” Deante Harley-Hampton said. “I’ve been working hard in the offseason preparing for this game. I wanted it real bad. I wasn’t going to lose today. I still have to get that ring, that’s all I want. But we have to take it game by game.”

His twin brother, Devonte, finished with 161 yards on 14 carries and 85 yards on six receptions, he scored on a 26-yard pass reception and a brilliant 70-yard touchdown run.

The Vikings (2-0) returned most key players from last season’s state-title runners up. Stevenson (1-1) was pretty much starting fresh this season. Considering that, the Patriots’ performance was impressive.

Homewood-Flossmoor led 29-22 at the half. The Vikings held Stevenson scoreless in the second half.

“We didn’t have any tape on Sorenson and he was really a load,” said Homewood-Flossmoor coach Craig Buzea. “We had to make some adjustments in the locker room at halftime. I’m really proud of the coaching staff and the kids for the way they came out and shut down a great team and a great player in the second half. That’s what championship teams do.”

Jack Sorenson, Stevenson’s quarterback, was injured after the first play in Week 1. He’s a converted receiver, but you would not have known it Friday. Sorenson ran for 129 yards and was 15-for-32 for 208 yards passing with two interceptions. He was the Patriots’ top threat throughout the game.

Kedzie Krazies have been waiting for revenge for nine long months and they showed up and showed out.

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Joliet Catholic defeats  Wheaton North 20-7!

Michael Johnson has caught a scoring pass of 5 yards and run in for another TD from 22 yards. Johnson gained 180 yards on 14 carries in the first two quarters.

JCA rushed to a 20-point lead. The Falcons finally got on the scoreboard on a 22-yard pass from Luke Anthony to Marcus Gustaveson with 1 minute 19 seconds left in the second quarter.

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2015 IHSA Week1 Summary

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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.

TEAMS & PLAYERS TO WATCH
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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.”

Click here to see the FIRST touchdown in the contest!

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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2014-15 IHSA Basketball Tournaments

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Tournaments you should check-out…

November  2014

Chicago Elite Classic

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This major kick off tournament gets things started with a superb national showcase at an affordable price point in the Midwest MECCA – Chicago. Things tipoff December 5th with Oak Park-River Forest-Fenwick followed by St. Joseph-Redondo Union (Calif.) and the nightcap of Whitney Young-Southwind (Tenn.).

Now on Sunday, December 6th…. Plainfield East-Hillcrest, Bogan-Lone Peak (Utah), St. Rita-Christ the King (N.Y.) and the nightcap of Simeon-Lancaster (Texas).

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McDipper

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One of the most overlooked tournaments nowadays, but based on pure atmosphere, thrills, and top-performing teams, do NOT sleep on this tournament held at Rich South High School. All but one of the 16 teams are from Chicago’s South Suburbs and that team is defending Indiana Class A champion Marquette.

The complete field is as follows:
Bolingbrook
Crete-Monee
Hales Franciscan
Joliet Central
King
Leo
Marian Catholic (defend champions)
Marquette Catholic (Ind.)
Perspectives Charter
Rich Central
Rich East
Rich South
Seton Academy
Thornton
Tinley Park
University High

And like all the other teams, they are coming to town to dethrone defending champs Marian Catholic. Tournament tips December 26 and runs through the 30.

For more information about the McDipper, click here.

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Proviso West Holiday Tournament

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Proviso West Holiday Tournament is always one of the premier high school basketball events in the Chicagoland area, and this year, they slimmed back down from 32 teams to 18.

The field of 18 teams in the 54th annual tournament is still extremely strong, though two-time defending 3A champ Morgan Park is no longer at Proviso West. Coach Nick Irvin’s Mustangs lost in the championship game of the Proviso West Holiday Tournament last year and decided to move on to something new.

On the other hand, Stevenson, led by Player of the Year favorite Jalen Brunson, will be the headliner as the returning champ, while several other teams that will certainly be ranked when the season tips off in November include St. Joseph, St. Rita, Kenwood and Rockford Auburn.

In addition to the host school, Proviso West, the tournament field also includes Fenwick, Morton, Proviso East, Uplift, Maine South, Hinsdale Central, Providence St. Mel, St. Viator, New Trier, Homewood-Flossmoor, Hillcrest and Brooks.

The tournament will tip off with two games on Dec. 20, followed by eight games on Dec. 22 and nine games on Dec. 23. The tournament will continue Dec. 26 and conclude Dec. 27 with consolation championship, third-place and championship games.

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City-Suburban Showdown

As it is being reported that this showcase puts top local recognized teams such as Stevenson against Simeon in a possible State Finals. Stevenson beat Simeon in last year’s event after Simeon beat Stevenson in the 2012 Class 4A final. The opening act features All-State forward Evan Boudreaux and Lake Forest against underrated point guard David Sachs and Highland Park. Everything tips February 21 at Niles West.

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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 Second Round Recap

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High School Football at its best

SECOND ROUND OF IHSA PLAYOFFS

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Saturday, November 8

Homewood-Flossmoor 42, Edwardsville 35

Again, the Vikings “wonder-twin” power was activated on Saturday evening as twins Devonte and Deante Harley-Hampton carried the load leading the team into the Class 8A quarterfinals.

Richards 34, Lincoln-Way West 27

Birthday celebration was in order for senior quarterback Hasan Muhammad-Rogers as he completed 16 of 23 passes for 395 yards and five touchdowns to lead Richards past host Lincoln-Way West in a Class 7A.

“It’s the best birthday ever,” Muhammad-Rogers said. “I get to spend another week with my team.”

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Geneseo 41, Rich East 16

Not enough Rocket fuel as the (Rich) East go down to Geneseo in the second round 41-16.

Brian Stewart led the way with 12 carries for 68 yards and one score. The other score was made by , followed by Tyler McGregory. The Maple Leafs remain undefeated at 11-0 for the season.

Lemont 35, Yorkville 14

Things got started with a 16-yard touchdown run by Lemont freshman Anthony Martin (21 carries for 101 yards) and they never looked back. Quarterback Ryan Dawson led the way going 14-for-20 for 172 yards and four TDs including redzone strikes to Duke-bound receiver Flynn Nagel (4 catches, 58 yards).

Friday, November 7

Providence 34, St. Rita 3

Providence wins BIG over cross-town rival St. Rita for the second time but this time it was in the playoffs.

“It’s hard to beat a team twice and they have big play guys and that’s what concerned us the most,” coach Mark Coglianese said. “That (punt return) was a big spark for us.”

Things got started early for the Celtics when Sophomore running back Richie Warfield (13 carries for 111 yards) score from 10 yards out and they NEVER looked back.

Senior quarterback Justin Hunniford (12-for-24, 224 yards, 2 TDs) played BIG also accounting for 20 of the Celtics’ points including six of those on a pair of field goals (31 and 24 yards). The remaining 14 came on a pair of TD passes. The first was a 75-yard bomb to Notre Dame-bound Miles Boykin (5 catches, 96 yards) and the other was a 4-yard TD pass to Mike Beller.

“It doesn’t [matter if] I’m blocking or doing whatever I’m just happy to contribute,” Boykin said. “We just have to keep this train rolling.”

The Mustangs suffered a huge setback on their opening drive when starting quarterback Scott Proctor went down with a lower body injury and didn’t return. C.J. Weydeman (8-for-23, 42 yards) took over the quarterback duties and struggled against an unforgiving Celtics’ defense led by Jake Rost (two sacks).

“We felt confident coming in and we were doing some things they haven’t seen,” St. Rita coach Todd Kuska said. “That’s just a great team over there.”

DePaul Prep 14, St. Laurence 7

Alex Salach rushed for a touchdown and and Markavius Ross returned an interception 31 yards for a score to lead DePaul Prep (6-4). Carlos Baker caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Romello Washington for St. Laurence (5-6).

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