Brother Rice running back Te'Shon McGee picks up yards against Collinsville during the Crusaders’ win in the Class 7A playoffs on Nov. 5. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Brother Rice running back Te'Shon McGee picks up yards against Collinsville during the Crusaders’ win in the Class 7A playoffs on Nov. 5. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pigskin Wrap: Brother Rice and Mount Carmel to meet for fourth time in two seasons

Spread the love

By Jeff Vorva
Staff Writer

For the fourth time in two seasons, league rivals Brother Rice and Mount Carmel will do battle.

The way the playoffs have shaken out, 24th-seeded Brother Rice (7-4) will visit top-seed Mount Carmel (11-0) at 6 p.m. Saturday in the IHSA Class 7A quarterfinals.

The matchup materialized after second-round action when the Caravan rallied to beat Downers Grove North, 24-6, and the Crusaders convincingly beat Collinsville, 44-14, on Nov. 5.

In Mount Carmel’s win over the Trojans, the Caravan trailed 6-3 at halftime. In the second half, quarterback Blainey Dowling hit Jimmy Deacy with a 43-yard scoring pass and rushed for another touchdown to put the Caravan ahead 17-6. Alonzo Manning capped things off with 55-yard run.

In Brother Rice’s win over Collinsville, junior running back Randall Nauden ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns while T. McGee added 74 yards.

The game featured heroics from sophomore special teams player Conner Stack. Stack, who was brought up to the varsity for the playoffs, blocked a punt and, later, scored a touchdown on teammate Nolan Smith’s blocked a punt. Stack caught the deflected ball in the air and took it in for a 32-yard score.

The Orland Park native was grateful for the opportunity.

“It felt amazing,” Stack said. “I just saw end zone and I was happy I scored my first varsity touchdown.”

Rice and Mount  Carmel, rivals in the Chicago Catholic League/East Suburban Catholic Conference Blue, last met Sept. 30, with the Caravan winning 28-21 in Mount Greenwood.

Last year, the Crusaders won 43-36 at Mount Carmel during the regular season and 41-28 at home in the Class 7A quarterfinals.

 

Marist loses heartbreaker
Marist dropped a 27-21 double overtime decision to York (11-0) in the Class 8A second round.

RedHawks senior quarterback Dermot Smyth threw for 147 yards and ran for 76 more, and engineered a game-tying drive that held send the game into overtime.

Marist (7-4) trailed 14-7 when Smyth capped the 72-yard march by hitting John Nestor with a 15-yard score with 4:36 to play in the fourth quarter. Jake Stefanos’ interception in the closing seconds preserved the tie.

The two teams exchanged touchdowns in the first overtime. On its second possession, Marist failed to convert a fake field goal attempt. Dukes quarterback quarterback Matt Vezza ran it in from 10 yards out on the next play for the game-winning score.

“The guys kept fighting,” Marist coach Ron Dawczak said. “They have nothing to be ashamed of. They fought. They can walk away from this game, even though it’s a loss, with their heads held up high.”

MARIST 28

Marist running back Chris Lofgren tries to find running room against York during a Class 8A playoff game on Nov. 5. Photo by Jeff Vorva

 

Nazareth advances

Nazareth continues to be the state’s most dangerous four-loss team after knocking off third-seeded Rockford Boylan, 38-13, in the second round in Class 5A.

The 11th-seeded Roadrunners host second-seeded Morgan Park (10-1) in the quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Against Boylan, Logan Malachuk threw for 156 yards and three touchdowns while James Penley had four receptions for 99 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

 

Season ends for two teams

The South Suburban Red’s last representative in the playoffs was eliminated as Evergreen Park dropped a 42-0 decision to Wheaton St. Francis in Class 4A.

Sterling ended Goode STEM’s season with a 50-8 victory.

 

League title on line for SXU and USF

Saint  Xavier University is hosting St. Francis (Illinois) in a huge showdown at noon Saturday for the Midwest Football Association Midwest League title.

The Cougars (8-2, 6-0, 11th in NAIA coaches poll) won their eighth straight game with a 31-14 victory over St. Ambrose on Nov. 5, while 25th-ranked St. Francis (7-2, 6-0) knocked off 16th-ranked Roosevelt 19-3.

Last year, there was a similar scenario in Joliet. SXU won the game and the conference, and clinched a playoff berth with a 26-20 overtime victory.

Against St. Ambrose, quarterback Stuart Ross threw for 272 yards and three touchdowns. Freshman running back Mario Price had a career-high 147 yards on 14 carries, including a 79-yard run.

 

CCL playoffs

De La Salle won its second game of the season as it beat Leo, 28-14, in the first round of the Chicago Catholic League playoffs on Nov. 3.

David Coffey rushed for 100 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown run, while Amarye Howard threw for 117 yards and rushed for 81 for the Meteors (2-8).

Evan Smith racked up three sacks while Myles Green and Angelo Chavarria each had interceptions for De La Salle.

 

RICE 6 and 11 scaled

Brother Rice’s Nick Dorn (left) and Christian Pierce take down Collinsville quarterback Ethan Bagwell in a Class 7A playoff game on Nov. 5. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Local News

Alyssa Blomberg of the group Ramzi and the Loafers, sings during a performance last year at Orland Park’s inaugural SummerFest. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Comings & Goings: Orland Park Summerfest returns this weekend

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Bob Bong Back for a second go round this weekend is the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce’s Summerfest. The event combines a carnival, live music, an array of dining options and a car show, at the 153rd Street Metra Station location in Orland Park and will run from Friday, June 14,…

dvn 6-13-24 township repair cafe for 6-15

Repair Cafe this Saturday at Township of Lyons HQ

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Steve Metsch Repair cafes have become quite the thing for the Township of Lyons. So much so that another repair cafe will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, June 15, at the township office, 6404 Joliet Road in Countryside. A repair café held in May was a smashing…

Father’s Day will be especially hard for Jonathan and Kayla, children of the late Arturo Cantu, one of his sisters said. (Supplied photo)

‘They didn’t have to kill my brother’ – sister of slain Bridgeview man

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Steve Metsch Arturo Cantu should be celebrating two big events this weekend. He would have celebrated his 40th birthday on June 14. And, a sister said, he would have enjoyed Father’s Day on Sunday, spending time with family and his two young children. Instead, 10 family members and friends gathered in a…

Sisto Brito

‘You just learn to live with the pain’

Spread the love

Spread the loveStatus hearing in July for McCook murder By Steve Metsch The attorney representing a Chicago man charged with murdering a Blue Island man in McCook in February told a judge Wednesday there’s been “a significant and outstanding discovery in this matter.” Attorney Damon Cheronis made his comment before Cook County Circuit Court Judge…

lagrange police logo

Man shot in La Grange; suspect arrested in Stickney

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Steve Metsch A man was shot Tuesday afternoon in La Grange, according to a news release received Wednesday from the police department. A suspect has been apprehended, the release said. The shooting victim remains in stable condition at a local hospital, the release said. La Grange Police, working with the Major Case…

Funeral2

Obituaries June 13, 2024

Spread the love

Spread the loveREV. EDWARD J. CRONIN Rev. Edward J. Cronin, retired priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and former pastor of St. Alexander Parish in Palos Heights, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2024, at the age of 69. Rev. Cronin was born on Nov. 8, 1954, in Chicago. He attended St. Francis de Sales High…

CRR_NH

Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound June 12, 2024

Spread the love

Spread the love

Softball stock

Softball | Marist will play for state title for fourth straight season

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Randy Whalen Correspondent Marist returned to the state title game for the fourth straight season with a 7-1 victory over Mundelein in the semifinals, held June 7 at Louisville Slugger Sports Complex in Peoria. The Mustangs (36-2) were making their first appearance at state since 1996. “We have a core group of returners,”…

Terrence Hickey is retiring at the end of June after working 18 years as a building inspector for the village of McCook. (Photo by Steve Metsch) 

McCook building inspector retires after 18 years

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Steve Metsch After 18 years of inspecting buildings, be it a modest bi-level house or a sprawling multi-million-dollar warehouse, Terrence Hickey is retiring from the village of McCook. His retirement takes effect June 28, Mayor Terrance Carr said during the June 3 meeting of the village board. “I’m jealous,” Carr said. “(He’s…

Members of Summit Girl Scout Troop 56615. (Supplied photo)

New Summit Girl Scout troop off and running

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Carol McGowan There’s a new Girl Scout Troop in Summit, and they have been busy. Troop 56615 is made up of girls from Summit School District 104 from first-grade to third-grade, and between 7-9 years old, making them Brownies in the scouting world. They have 10 girls so far, and Troop Leader…

Neighbors

Illinois child tax credit: who gets it, how much is it?

Illinois child tax credit: who gets it, how much is it?

By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com In the final hours of their spring legislative session, Illinois lawmakers approved a tax credit of up to about $300 for families with young children.  The credit is available to Illinoisans with children under age 12 who qualify for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC. Although…

Members of House speaker’s staff sue over ongoing unionization conflict

Members of House speaker’s staff sue over ongoing unionization conflict

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Members of a would-be union representing staffers in House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch’s office filed suit against their boss on Friday, asking a Cook County judge to force recognition of the union. The Illinois Legislative Staff Association, which formed in the fall of 2022, claims Welch’s…

Elections board urged to dismiss complaint that Bailey illegally coordinated in 2022 campaign

Elections board urged to dismiss complaint that Bailey illegally coordinated in 2022 campaign

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com A hearing officer is recommending the Illinois State Board of Elections dismiss a complaint that alleged conservative radio host and political operative Dan Proft illegally coordinated with former Republican state Sen. Darren Bailey during his 2022 campaign for governor. Proft, a one-time gubernatorial candidate himself, is behind an…

Communities, commission push Pritzker admin for more prison plan details

Communities, commission push Pritzker admin for more prison plan details

By DILPREET RAJU Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com Jimmy Soto spent more than 42 years wrongfully imprisoned in Illinois Department of Corrections facilities. In 2020, he was moved to the “F-House” at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet, a condemned unit, not because he was being punished, but because it was where the facility was housing individuals…

Judge blocks law that would have banned newly slated candidates from ballot

Judge blocks law that would have banned newly slated candidates from ballot

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com A Sangamon County judge on Wednesday blocked the Illinois State Board of Elections from enforcing a new law that would have prevented certain General Assembly candidates who didn’t run in the March primary from getting on the November ballot. The move doesn’t void the bill in its entirety,…

“No Schoolers”: How Illinois’ hands-off approach to homeschooling leaves children at risk

“No Schoolers”: How Illinois’ hands-off approach to homeschooling leaves children at risk

By BETH HUNDSDORFER  & MOLLY PARKER  CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS investigations@capitolnewsillinois.com This article was produced for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with Capitol News Illinois. It was on L.J.’s 11th birthday, in December 2022, that child welfare workers finally took him away. They arrived at his central Illinois home to investigate an abuse allegation and decided…

Brushing off concerns of overspending, Pritzker signs $53.1 billion state budget

Brushing off concerns of overspending, Pritzker signs $53.1 billion state budget

By ANDREW ADAMS JERRY NOWICKI & HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com CHICAGO – Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday signed the state’s $53.1 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year, the largest in state history.  The signing caps months of work – and tension – among top Democratic leaders in Springfield and within the…

Stalled bills: ‘Dignity in Pay Act,’ Prisoner Review Board changes fail to move

Stalled bills: ‘Dignity in Pay Act,’ Prisoner Review Board changes fail to move

By ALEX ABBEDUTO,  COLE LONGCOR & DILPREET RAJU Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com A bill eliminating the subminimum wage for workers with disabilities failed to pass the General Assembly ahead of its May adjournment, although sponsors say they hope to pass it when lawmakers return in the fall. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938…

Time running out to net and protect young plants from cicada-related damage

Time running out to net and protect young plants from cicada-related damage

By DILPREET RAJU Capitol News Illinois draju@capitolnewsillinois.com While Illinois’ dual emergence of periodical cicada broods is harmless to people and animals, young trees may sustain serious damage if not protected by mid-June, experts at The Morton Arboretum said. This is the first co-emergence of these two broods since 1803, researcher Katie Dana from the Illinois…

Illinois made a bold promise to end poverty. In Alexander County, it’s hard to tell.

Illinois made a bold promise to end poverty. In Alexander County, it’s hard to tell.

By LYLEE GIBBS JAMILAH LEWIS MOLLY PARKER & JULIA RENDLEMAN Capitol News Illinois & the Saluki Local Reporting Lab news@capitolnewsillinois.com This story, produced in partnership with Southern Illinois University journalism students, was supported by grant funding from the Pulitzer Center. Pink and purple toys line the living room of this tiny public housing apartment in…