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GAME 9: Nazareth Academy 49, Marian Catholic 6

   Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday at Nazareth Academy.
   Where: 1209 W. Ogden Avenue, LaGrange Park.
   Streaks: Spartans- 7 losses; Roadrunners- 1 win.
    Last week: Joliet Catholic 55, Marian Catholic 7; Nazareth 20, Saint Viator 17. 
    Next week: Marian- season over; Nazareth- TBA.
   ESCC standings: Marian Catholic 0-6; Nazareth Academy 2-4.
    Last year: Nazareth Academy 49, Marian Catholic 7.

   The series:
The Roadrunners have captured five straight in the series to take an overall edge of 8-5.
  
Notes:
Marian Catholic is seeking its first lead in an ESCC contest since the opener in Week 3... The Spartans last victory in the series came with a 29-28 comeback decision at LaGrange Park in 2010... Friday's prelim matchup features a 4:30 p.m. contest, as Marian hopes to finish the campaign above the .500 mark... Marian has scored exactly one touchdown in each of its last three contests... Nazareth is one of eight ESCC schools still alive for an IHSA playoff spot as Week 9 arrives... Friday marks the first time that Marian will play under the lights at Nazareth... The Roadrunners are hoping to defend back-to-back IHSA State championships with a win Friday and possible playoff berth.

Oct. 21

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MARIAN CATHOLIC SPARTANS

0 0 6 0

- 6

at NAZARETH ROADRUNNERS

21 14 7 7

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Christian Simmons rushed for 99 yards on Friday, but Marian Catholic still dropped its season finale at Nazareth, 49-6.

Spartans throttled in ESCC, regular-season finale at Nazareth Academy
  
    Christian Simmons was the workhorse for Marian Catholic on Friday.
    The senior tailback made the most of 27 rushing attempts at Nazareth Academy, falling just short of the century mark with 99 yards on the ground.
    The scoreboard was not a matter of falling just short, however, as the Spartans dropped their 36th straight ESCC contest with a 49-6 setback to the Roadrunners.
    Two-time defending state champ Nazareth improved to 5-4, making it eligible for another title run pending the playoff points vs. other 5-4 teams. Marian, after a promising start in its opening-game win, fell for the eighth straight time to finish the campaign 1-8 and 0-7. On a more promising note the Marian freshmen blanked the Roadrunners, 12-0, to conclude the year at 5-4.
    Nazareth had the benefit of some short fields on Friday, as Marian punted the ball on its first six possessions and needed the benefit of a penalty to gain one of its three first downs in the opening half. The Roadrunners took advantage with scoring drives of 45, 22, 45, 40 and 34 yards to take a 35-0 lead into halftime.
     Even with the short fields, Nazareth had 13 plays from scrimmage carry for 10 yards or more. Meanwhile, Marian had its first gain of more than 9 yards on the final play of the half. After the Roadrunners scored midway through the third quarter to invoke a running clock, the Spartans finally broke out some of their big-play arsenal.
     With Marian trailing, 42-0, Simmons broke off runs of 12 and 17 yards to move the chains
. Another Simmons carry moved Marian into Roadrunner territory for the first time all night. Then Sean Mascolino hit Eddie Ell (two catches, 13 yards) on a crossing pattern for 11 yards to the Nazareth 36-yard line.
    Four plays later on fourth down, Mascolino connected with Joe Stith (two receptions, 43 yards) on a 34-yard bomb, as the senior receiver ripped the ball out of a defensive back's hands. Finally, Simmons barrelled into the end zone with the final 7 yards.
    An offensive line of Tauru Robertson, Gabriel Smith, Jimmy Kleszynski, Aidan Anderson and Kenshay Brown had its best drive of the night, as the Spartans drove 80 yards in 11 plays to pull within 42-6 with 35 ticks remaining in the third period.

    That represented most of the highlights for the visitors, however, as Marian managed just 10 first downs while 12 different Roadrunner ballcarriers churned out 331 rushing yards.
    Spartan Josh Jones jumped on a fumble to create a turnover early in the second half, but the eventual result was another of Marian's seven punts for the night. Warren Allen added a sack for Marian, which helped the Spartans gain their only non-scoring stop of the opening half.
    While Nazareth will sweat out the playoffs decision as one of eight ESCC teams that entered Friday night alive for a berth, Marian can look forward to building on a four-game winning streak in season-opening games. 

CATEGORY

Marian Catholic

Nazareth Academy

First downs

10 13

Rush attempts / yards

34-119 35-331

Passing yards

56 14

Pass completions

4 1

Pass attempts

14 3

Had intercepted

0 0

Fumbles / lost

0 / 0 3 / 1

Penalty yards

3-25 5-50

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Season over

Playoffs ???

SCORING

NZ- Devin Blakley 23-yard run (Aidan Bresnahan kick), 7:28 first.
NZ- Marcus Griffin 2-yard run (Bresnahan kick), 4:19 first.
NZ- Cameron Weems 4-yard run (Bresnahan kick), 2:41 first.
NZ- Blakley 4-yard run (Bresnahan kick), 2:59 second.
NZ- Griffin 21-yard run (Bresnahan kick), 0:53. second.
NZ- Blakley 60-yard run (Bresnahan kick), 8:51 third.
MC- Christian Simmons 7-yard run (kick blocked), 0:35 third.
NZ- Christian Payne 31-yard run (Bresnahan kick), 7:38 fourth.

   Rushing: MC- Simmons 27-99 (TD), Eddie Ell 3-15, Sean Mascolino 3-4, Jordan Rogers 1-1. NZ- Blakley 10-132 (3 TD), Griffin 6-56 (2 TD), Andrew Rouse 4-44, Nicholas Bauer 2-33, David Oglesby 4-31, Payne 1-31 (TD), Weems 2-6 (TD), Diamond Evans 1-4, Michael Love 1-2, Joseph Rodriguez 1-1, #29 2-(minus 3), Bobby Grimes 1-(minus 7).
   Passing: MC- Mascolino 4 of 14, 56 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT. NZ- Rouse 1 of 2, 14 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT; Grimes 0 of 1, 0 yards.
   Receiving: MC- Stith 2-43, Ell 2-13. NZ- Nick Lugo 1-14.
   Interceptions: none.

   

 

GAME 8: Joliet Catholic 55, Marian Catholic 7

   Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Spartan Stadium (Dave Mattio Field).
   Where: Joe Orr Road, just west of Ashland, Chicago Heights.
   Tickets: $5 adults; $4 students; $3 Marian students (ID); $2 senior citizens.
   Streaks: Hilltoppers- 8 losses; Spartans- 6 losses.
    Last week: Benet Academy 38, Joliet Catholic 21; Notre Dame 26, Marian Catholic 6. 
    Next week: Marist at Joliet Catholic (7:30 p.m. Friday); Marian Catholic at Nazareth (7 p.m. Friday).
   ESCC standings: Joliet Catholic 0-5; Marian Catholic 0-5.
    Last year: Joliet Catholic 53, Marian Catholic 9.

   The series:
The Hilltoppers have captured 13 straight decisions and hold an overall series advantage of 30-8-1. In the last three meetings, JCA has owned a 180-29 scoring advantage.
  
Notes:
Marian will honor its seniors and parents prior to Friday's contest, the final home game of the season for the Spartans... In contrast to struggling seasons this year, JCA and Marian tied for the ESCC championship in 1990 and 1991, the first two years in which Marian was a league member... Marian's last victory in the series came with a 26-14 decision in 1994... While Marian had a onetime string of 27 years without a season below .500, JCA has not had a losing season since the 1959-60 campaign... The Spartans need a victory Friday to complete the home campaign with a .500 mark at 2-2... while JCA and Marian have been eliminated from the IHSA Playoffs, all eight other schools in the ESCC are still alive with playoff hopes.

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JOLIET CATHOLIC HILLTOPPERS

6 21 21 7

-55

at MARIAN CATHOLIC SPARTANS

0 7 0 0

            - 7

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Marian Catholic tries to move the ball during the first half Friday in an ESCC matchup against visiting Joliet Catholic.

Spartans see Senior Night spoiled by rival Joliet Catholic
  
   Joliet Catholic was trying to grab hold of its first victory on Friday, while host Marian Catholic was trying to get a hold on its first win since the opening week of the season.
   The only thing the Spartans got a hold of on Friday was the opponent, as Marian Catholic shot itself in the foot with seven holding penalties and helped pave the way to JCA's first win of the season, a 55-7 East Suburban Catholic rout.
    While Marian showed promise by moving the ball well in the early going before self-destruction, the Hillmen scored on all eight of their possessions to avoid a first winless campaign since 1947.
    One of the state's most storied rivalries at one time saw both squads leave the field with 1-7 marks.
    Marian looked to make Senior Night a good one on the game's opening drive, gaining three first downs and marching from its own 29-yard line to the JCA 20. Two holding penalties helped to stifle the drive, the last one putting Marian in a 3rd-and-22. Spartan quarterback Cameron Thomas ripped off a 20-yard run, but Marian failed to convert on fourth down.
    The Spartans actually moved the ball for nearly 300 yards on Friday, but only saw the effort pay off late in the opening half.
    JCA had built a 20-0 command, but Marian tried to tighten up matters before the intermission. After moving the chains via penalty, Thomas picked up another first down on the ground- but soon left the contest with an injury.
    Backup signal-caller Sean Mascolino responded immediately, hitting Victor Akinyemi with a 33-yard bomb for the touchdown. Angelo Cantelo's conversion kick narrowed the margin to 20-7 with 1:12 to play in the half.
    As has often been the case, the Spartans couldn't stand prosperity.
    The Hillmen needed just two plays to re-establish the three-score margin, as JCA took a 27-7 command into halftime.
    While Marian gained first downs on all of its second-half possessions, the Hilltoppers got the only four scores of the second half. For a squad that hadn't won a contest, JCA invoked the running-clock on the final play of the third period.
    Mascolino turned out to be the highlight of the Marian offense, hitting on four of seven passes for 80 yards. In addition to tossing for 41 yards, Thomas also caught a 9-yard pass and led Marian on the ground with 76 yards on nine totes. Christian Simmons added 44 rushing yards and Eddie Ell ran for 29 more. Six different Spartan receivers hauled in passes, including Akinyemi (three for 63), Justen Pate, Joe Stith, Jarrett Benavides, Rogers and Thomas.

    While the Spartans had one of their better nights for third-down conversions (eight of 12), Joliet Catholic was a perfect seven-for-seven.   
  
 The Spartans will try to avoid five straight years of ESCC winless futility next Friday when the visit Nazareth Academy for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
    Freshmen: The Spartans got back to their winning ways with a 40-6 romp over the Hillmen.

CATEGORY

Joliet Catholic

Marian Catholic

First downs

19 12

Rush attempts / yards

30-380 42-169

Passing yards

118 130

Pass completions

8 8

Pass attempts

12 17

Had intercepted

0 2

Fumbles / lost

3 / 0 0 / 0

Penalty yards

8-77 12-105

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MARIST

at Nazareth

SCORING

JC- Michael Butler 21-yard pass from Patrick Roth (kick blocked), 0:31 first.
JC- Keenan Hailey 18-yard run (Tony Trabold kick), 8:59 second.
JC- Hailey 19-yard run (Tony Trabold kick), 3:56 second.
MC- Victor Akinyemi 33-yard pass from Sean Mascolino (Angelo Cantelo kick), 1:12 second.
JC- Ke'von Johnson 3-yard run (Trabold kick), 0:52 second.
JC- Rio Strama 6-yard run (Trabold kick), 11:18 third.
JC- Hailey 25-yard pass from Roth (Trabold kick), 3:18 third.
JC- Nick Iannantone 47-yard run (Trabold kick), 0:00 third.
JC- Iannantone 55-yard run (Trabold kick), 3:02 fourth.

   Rushing: JC- Hailey 8-125 (2 TD), Iannantone 3-104 (2 TD), Simon Grashoff 4-69, Strama 5-40 (TD), Johnson 7-30 (TD), Roth 1-6, Butler 2-6. MC- Cameron Thomas 9-76, Christian Simmons 18-44, Eddie Ell 5-29, Jordan Rogers 9-18, Sean Mascolin 1-2.
   Passing: JC- Roth 8 of 12, 118 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT. MC- Thomas 3 of 9, 41 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT; Mascolino 4 of 7, 80 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT; Ell 1 of 1, 9 yards.
   Receiving: JC- Aidan Tyrell 2-45, Hailey 1-27 (TD), Butler 1-21 (TD), Johnson 2-13, Grashoff 1-12, Strama 1-2. MC- Akinyemi 3-63 (TD), Joe Stith 1-18, Jarrett Benavides 1-17, Ell 1-12, Justin Pate 1-11, Thomas 1-9.
   Interceptions: Jack Duffy (JCA), 2.

   

 

GAME 7: Notre Dame 26, Marian Catholic 6

   Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Notre Dame College Prep.
   Where: 7655 Dempster Street, Niles.
   Streaks: Spartans- 5 losses; Dons- 1 loss.
    Last week: Benet Academy 56, Marian Catholic 7; Carmel Catholic 10, Notre Dame 8. 
    Next week: Joliet Catholic at Marian Catholic (7:30 p.m. Friday); Marian Central at Notre Dame (7:30 p.m. Friday).
   ESCC standings: Marian Catholic 0-4; Notre Dame 3-1.
    Last year: Notre Dame 50, Marian Catholic 12.

   The series:
With last year's decision, Notre Dame took an 11-10 overall edge in the series. The Dons have now won five consecutive decisions.
  
Notes:
Marian Catholic is seeking its first road and ESCC victory since a 42-35 decision over Saint Patrick in Week 5 of the 2011 campaign... The next two weeks feature Spartan contests against defending ESCC champions in Notre Dame and Joliet Catholic... The Dons are hoping to join Benet and Marist as IHSA playoff-eligible with five wins... The last Spartan victory in the series came with a 21-20 overtime decision in 2010... The Spartans' last two touchdowns have come on scoring plays of 78 yards or more... The Dons have outscored the Spartans, 120-19, during the last three meetings... Marian's last four touchdowns have come via the arm or feet of senior quarterback Cameron Thomas.

Oct. 7

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MARIAN CATHOLIC SPARTANS

0 0 0 6

- 6

at NOTRE DAME DONS

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Marian's defense played tough for much of the night Friday, but couldn't prevent host Notre Dame from earning a 26-6 ESCC victory.

Spartans stingier, but still drop ESCC decision at Notre Dame
  
   Marian Catholic's defensive line came to play on Friday night.
   The visiting Spartans made Notre Dame fight for everything it got in a persistent running attack.
   Despite the stingy effort, however, the Spartans couldn't prevent a sixth straight defeat in a 26-6 ESCC setback to the Dons.
   With Notre Dame (5-2, 4-1) intent to run the ball Friday, the home team encountered plenty of resistance from a Marian defensive front of Warren Allen, Ryan Peick, Tauru Robertson, Jimmy Kleszynski and William Crowder.
   Notre Dame finally broke the ice in the second quarter with a grinding 14-play, 62-yard drive for a lead it would never relinquish.
   With Marian unable to generate any offense (127 total yards until late in the fourth quarter), the defense was just faced with too much pressure.
   Benefitting from a short field, the Dons scored just before intermission for a 13-0 halftime lead, then tallied on the opening possession of the second half for a 20-0 command. Marian's first-half defensive effort also featured a goal line stand that stonewalled the Dons at the 1-yard line.
   Still stubborn in the second half, Marian forced Notre Dame to use 13 plays in a 73-yard drive that put matters away at 26-0 early in the final period.
   Marian (1-6, 0-5) was able to break the ice when Christian Simmons opened a drive with an 84-yard touchdown burst to produce the final margin.   
   While the defensive line got solid linebacker support from A.J. Anderson, Max Kinast and Joe Stith, along with a forced fumble and recovery from Josh Jones, the offense was able to add little assistance.
   The Spartans managed 10 first downs on the night, but had trouble sustaining drives. Marian punted the ball on each of its first four possessions and turned the ball over once via an interception.
    Keyed by the one huge run, Simmons finished with 100 rushing yards on 11 totes and quarterback Cameron Thomas added 47 yards on 13 carries. While Victor Akinyemi had three receptions for 33 yards, the Marian passing game netted only 56 total yards.
   The Spartans will try to halt their losing streak in the home finale Friday when they take on a struggling Joliet Catholic squad at 7:30 p.m.
    Freshmen: A comeback effort fell short, as Marian fell to the Dons, 29-24.


CATEGORY

Marian Catholic

Notre Dame

First downs

10 22

Rush attempts / yards

31-183 57-323

Passing yards

56 82

Pass completions

5 7

Pass attempts

16 11

Had intercepted

1 0

Fumbles / lost

0 / 0 3 / 1

Penalty yards

4-40 4-35

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JOLIET CATHOLIC

MARIAN CENTRAL

SCORING
ND-
Jeremy Calder 1-yard run (Mike O'Malley kick), 11:02 second.
ND- Calder 2-yard run (kick failed), 0:21 second.
ND- Miles George 32-yard run (O'Malley kick), 9:51 third.
ND- Jake Sarnecki 3-yard run (kick failed), 10:29 fourth.
MC- Christian Simmons 84-yard run (kick failed), 5:27 fourth.

   Rushing: MC- Simmons 11-100 (TD), Cameron Thomas 13-47, Jordan Rogers 6-38, Eddie Ell 1-(minus 2). ND- George 18-116 (TD), Sarnecki 16-82 (TD), Calder 11-54 (2 TD), Mike Shrader 5-48, Sam English 3-33, Charley Paige 1-0, Jimmy Toliopoulos 1-(minus 3), John Loucks 2-(minus 7).
   Passing: MC- Thomas 5 of 16, 56 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT. ND- Tom Drabik 7 of 11, 82 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT.
   Receiving: MC- Victor Akinyemi 3-33, Ell 1-22, Rogers 1-1. ND- Ray Neylon 4-59, Brendan Cravens 2-19, Brendan Niewinski 1-4.
   Interceptions: Koleman Ficht (ND).

   

 

GAME 6: Benet Academy 56, Marian Catholic 7

Marian

Homecoming

2016

   Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Spartan Stadium (Dave Mattio Field).
   Where: Joe Orr Road, just west of Ashland, Chicago Heights.
   Tickets: $5 adults; $4 students; $3 Marian students (ID); $2 senior citizens.
   Streaks: Redwings- 4 wins; Spartans- 4 losses.
    Last week: Benet Academy 35, Nazareth 0; Marist 49, Marian Catholic 0. 
    Next week: Joliet Catholic at Benet (Benedictine, Fri., 7:30 p.m.); Marian Catholic at Notre Dame (Fri., 7:30 p.m.).
   ESCC standings: Benet 3-0; Marian Catholic 0-3.
    Last year: Benet Academy 21, Marian Catholic 14.

   The series:
Marian Catholic owns an 18-9 advantage in the series, but the Redwings have won four straight, including a 171-34 scoring advantage during the current streak.
  
Notes:
Friday's contest represents Homecoming for Marian Catholic... The 5 p.m. tuneup games will feature Marian's freshmen (3-2) against the Redwings... The last Spartan victory in the series was a 27-7 decision in 2011... last year's margin was the closest ESCC decision during a Spartan conference losing streak dating back to 2011... Marian will try to go above .500 at home this season with a win on Friday... Benet is one of three ESCC teams (Marist, Notre Dame) still unbeaten in conference play... The longest winning streak in the series belongs to Marian, a seven-game stretch from 1990 to 1996 in which the Redwings scored only 39 total points... The Spartans are hoping to break a current streak of nine straight scoreless quarters.

Sept. 30

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BENET ACADEMY REDWINGS

7 28 14 7

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A.J. Anderson awaits the snap on Friday night during a 56-7 ESCC
setback against visiting Benet Academy.

Benet rolls past Spartans to spoil Homecoming
  
   The first two possessions of the game on Friday were some of the best for Marian Catholic.
   But after a Spartan possession produced three first downs and the defense forced a Benet punt, things went downhill for Marian Catholic and its homecoming crowd.
    Benet Academy scored on six of its next seven possessions and sent the Spartans (1-5, 0-4) to a fifth straight loss with a 56-7 East Suburban Catholic decision.
    Actually, the best possession for the home team came after Benet (5-1, 4-0) had captured a 21-0 command.
    Three plays into the next possession, Marian quarterback Cameron Thomas hit Joe Stith on a slant and the senior receiver beat one defender and dashed 87 yards for the Spartans' first touchdown in three weeks. Angelo Cantelo booted the conversion and Marian was within 21-7 late in the second quarter.
    However, Benet scored twice more before halftime and Marian managed only three first downs the rest of the way.  
    The Redwings also tallied all 21 points of the second half to stay in a dead heat with Marist atop the ESCC standings.
    Marian made it look like things would be a different tune in the early going.
    After Eddie Ell returned the game's opening kickoff 19 yards, the Spartans quickly marched into Benet territory. Thomas ripped off a first-down scramble and then Jordan Rogers sprinted 11 yards for another chain-mover. Three plays later, Thomas rushed 3 yards on a draw for a first down at the Redwing 38-yard line.
    However, two penalties eventually forced Marian to punt.
    The game's next two possessions resulted in punts, but Marian's was blocked to set up Benet at the Spartan 14-yard line. Two plays later, the Redwings had the lead for good.
    With Marian unable to move the ball effectively, Benet was set up with short fields and a 35-7 halftime margin saw the Redwings score on drives of 14, 57, 50, 55 and 53 yards.
    Marian's 93-yard scoring drive was clearly the longest of the night, but the Spartans finished with just 178 total yards.
    The Spartans actually outgained Benet through the air, 106 to 104, but while the Redwings connected on half of their passing attempts, Marian was three-for-20 in the aerial attack.
     Other than the bomb to Stith, Marian's most effective weapon was Thomas' scrambling, as the senior finished with 43 rushing yards on 10 attempts.

    The Spartan defensive effort was highlighted by an A.J. Anderson sack and a Josh Jones interception.
    Freshmen: Marian fell to 3-3 overall with a narrow 16-14 setback against the Redwings.

CATEGORY

Benet Academy

Marian Catholic

First downs

20 8

Rush attempts / yards

38-267 31-72

Passing yards

104 106

Pass completions

7 3

Pass attempts

14 20

Had intercepted

1 0

Fumbles / lost

1 / 0 2 / 0

Penalty yards

7-55 7-55

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JOLIET CATHOLIC

at Notre Dame

SCORING
BA-
Marty Dosen 5-yard run (Victor Karam kick), 1:23 first.
BA- Jack Sznajder 1-yard run (Karam kick), 7:19 second.
BA- Nicholas Keyes 28-yard pass from Sznajder (Karam kick), 2:42 second.
MC- Joe Stith 87-yard pass from Cameron Thomas (Angelo Cantelo kick), 2:11 second.
BA- Dosen 23-yard run (Karam kick), 1:44 second.
BA- Keyes 26-yard pass from Sznajder (Karam kick), 0:04 second.
BA- Matt Boyle 1-yard run (Karam kick), 9:51 third.
BA- Dosen 22-yard run (Karam kick), 2:17 third.
BA- Sean Theisen 5-yard run (Karam kick), 7:41 fourth.

   Rushing: BA- Dosen 18-165 (3 TD), Theisen 5-55 (TD), Boyle 4-18 (TD), C.J. Birck 1-16, Alec McEachern 2-7, Sznajder 2-6 (TD), Keyes 1-5, Tyler Bautista 1-1, Mike Dunn 4-(minus 6). MC- Thomas 10-43, Christian Simmons 11-11, Jordan Rogers 4-11, Stith 1-5, Eddie Ell 1-3, Justen Pate 1-1, Sean Mascolino 3-(minus 2).
   Passing: BA- Sznajder 7 of 12, 104 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT; Boyle 0 of 2, 0 yards. MC- Thomas 3 of 19, 106 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT; Mascolino 0 of 1, 0 yards.
   Receiving: BA- Keyes 3-72 (2 TD), Birck 2-17, Michael Challenger 1-9, Jack Eschenbach 1-6. MC- Stith 1-87 (TD), Rogers 1-13, Victor Akinyemi 1-6.
   Interceptions: Josh Jones (MC).

   

 

GAME 5: Marist 49, Marian Catholic 0

   Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Marist High School.
   Where: 4200 W. 115th Street, Chicago.
   Streaks: Spartans- 3 losses; RedHawks- 3 wins.
    Last week: Saint Patrick 41, Marian Catholic 0; Marist 45, Marian Central 0. 
    Next week: Benet at Marian Catholic (7:30 p.m. Friday); Marist at Saint Patrick (12:30 p.m. Saturday).
   ESCC standings: Marian Catholic 0-2; Marist 2-0.
    Last year: Marist 41, Marian Catholic 7.

   The series:
Marian Catholic owns a 14-9 advantage in the series, but Marist currently has a five-game winnings streak. The winning team has scored at least 31 points in the last six meetings.
  
Notes:
Friday's pregame will feature a moment of silence to honor 37-year Marian Head Football Coach Dave Mattio, who passed away on Sept. 7... During the current RedHawk series win streak, Marist has outscored the Spartans, 221-67... Current Marian Head Coach Sean Mele is a former head coach at Marist... The same foes will meet in a freshman contest Saturday at Marian, where the Spartans hope to improve on a 3-1 mark... Through four games, Marist owns the stingiest defense (53 points) among ESCC teams... The RedHawks represent one of four teams (Benet, Notre Dame, St. Patrick) still unbeaten in ESCC play... Marian is seeking its first road and ESCC victory since a conquest at Saint Patrick in Week 5 of the 2001 campaign... The last Spartan victory in the series was a 31-10 decision in 2007.

Sept. 23

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at MARIST REDHAWKS

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Joe Stith tried to get visiting Marian going in the rushing and passing game Friday, but the Spartans fell to Marist, 49-0.

Spartans throttled in ESCC visit to Marist
  
   As time moved on Friday night, Marian Catholic did a better job of stopping the bleeding.
   But the first quarter in an East Suburban Catholic Conference visit to Marist was an absolute nightmare. 
   The RedHawks scored twice in the game's first 38 seconds and added two 65-yard marches before the opening quarter concluded.
   The early 28-0 deficit sent Marian to its fourth straight setback in a 49-0 ESCC decision against the RedHawks.
   Marist's pooch kickoffs befuddled the Spartans, who failed to recover the ball cleanly until their fourth attempt. Marist (4-1, 3-0) scored 27 seconds into the contest and again 38 seconds into the game and Marian was facing a 14-0 hole in the blink of an eye.
   It appeared Marian (1-4, 0-3) might turn things around when the second quarter arrived.
   The visitors started an eight-play drive, gaining first downs on a penalty and when backup quarterback Sean Mascolino hit Joe Stith on a 35-yard bomb. However, the drive stalled on downs at the Marist 39-yard line.
    Then the Spartan defense rose to the occasion, as Tauru Robertson made a big tackle for loss and Aidan Anderson broke up a pass with a fine play. Eventually, Marist was forced to punt for the first time and Marian was back in business.
    Again, the Spartans produced a quick first down as Mascolino hooked up with Victor Akinyemi on a 17-yard gain. Marian couldn't stand success, though, as the drive was halted with an interception.
    Marian managed just six first downs for the night. Two of the drives that produced first downs resulted in eventual interceptions, however. Starting quarterback Cameron Thomas (Marian's rushing leader with 39 yards on five carries) had tossed an earlier pickoff before leaving the contest with a back injury.
    Marist eventually salted away the game to stay atop the ESCC standings. The RedHawks didn't allow a first down after the intermission and efficiently scored single touchdowns in each of the final three quarters
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    While Marist produced seven rushing scores, Marian managed just 40 yards on the ground in 24 attempts. More than half of Marian's rushing attempts (14) went for negative yards.
    The Spartans also left themselves in long yardage situations. After the initial offensive snap of the night for Marian resulted in a 38-yard scamper by Thomas, the Spartans managed 8 totals yards on first-down snaps the rest of the night.
    In an emergency role, Mascolino finished 2-for-6 for 52 yards.
    Marian will try to get some extra energy from Homecoming atmosphere next Friday when it hosts Benet Academy at 7:30 p.m.

CATEGORY

Marian Catholic

Marist

First downs

6 19

Rush attempts / yards

24-40 30-266

Passing yards

52 110

Pass completions

2 8

Pass attempts

9 12

Had intercepted

2 0

Fumbles / lost

1 / 0 0 / 0

Penalty yards

1-5 3-40

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BENET ACADEMY

at Saint Patrick

SCORING

Mst- Morgan Taylor 9-yard run (Thomas Gillen kick), 11:33 first.
Mst- Delonte Harrell 25-yard run (Gillen kick), 11:22 first.
Mst- Harrell 7-yard run (Gillen kick), 8:18 first.
Mst- Michael Markett 12-yard run (Gillen kick), 1:17 first.
Mst- Harrell 33-yard run (Gillen kick), 2:37 second.
Mst- Alton Brooks 11-yard run (Gillen kick), 7:30 third.
Mst- Kevin Lawler 33-yard run (Gillen kick), 9:30 fourth.

   Rushing: MC- Cameron Thomas 5-39, Joe Stith 2-10, Jordan Rogers 5-3, Jarrett Benavides 1-(minus 2), Christian Simmons 8-(minus 5), Sean Mascolino 3-(minus 5). Mst- Harrell 8-93 (3 TD), Lawler 7-50 (TD), Brendan Rehfeld 4-40, Brooks 4-32 (TD), Taylor 4-27 (TD), Markett 3-24 (TD).
   Passing: MC- Thomas 0 of 3, 0 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT; Mascolino 2 of 6, 52 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT. Mst- Taylor 2 of 3, 37 yards; Markett 6 of 9, 73 yards.
   Receiving: MC- Stith 1-35, Victor Akinyemi 1-17. Mst- Billy Skalitzky 2-62, Colin Meehan 5-41, Jack Berglind 1-7.
   Interceptions: Robert Topps, Robert McKenzie (both Marist).

   

 

GAME 4: Saint Patrick 41, Marian Catholic 0

   Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dave Mattio Field, Spartan Stadium.
   Where: Joe Orr Road, just west of Ashland Avenue, Chicago Heights.
   Tickets: $5 adults; $4 students; $3 Marian students (ID); $2 senior citizens.
   Streaks: Shamrocks- 3 wins; Spartans- 2 losses.
    Last week: Saint Patrick 49, Joliet Catholic 35; Saint Viator 28, Marian Catholic 14. 
    Next week: Saint Patrick at Notre Dame (Fri., 7:30 p.m.); Marian Catholic at Marist (Fri., 7:30 p.m.)
   ESCC standings: Saint Patrick 1-0; Marian Catholic 0-1.
    Last year: The teams have not met since 2014, a 42-21 Saint Patrick victory.

   The series:
While the Shamrocks have captured the last two contests, the Spartans hold an overall 12-9 series advantage. The winner has scored at least 40 points in five of the last six contests.
  
Notes:
Friday's pregame will feature a moment of silence to honor 37-year Marian Head Football Coach Dave Mattio, who passed away on Sept. 7... The Marian freshmen (2-1) will serve as Friday's tuneup with a 5 p.m. kickoff against Saint Patrick... The Shamrocks represent Marian's last ESCC victim in a 42-35 decision in 2011... Saint Patrick represents the most prolific ESCC offense through three games with 117 points scored... With his feet or arms, Illinois-bound Marian QB Cameron Thomas has been involved with six of the Spartans's 11 touchdowns thus far... Marian is seeking its first two-game home winning streak since the first two games of the 2013 campaign... no team has had a three-game win streak in the series since Marian won seven in a row between 1990 and 2000.

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Marian's offense struggled to get it going Friday, as the host Spartans fell to ESCC foe Saint Patrick, 41-0.


Saint Patrick keeps Spartans seeking ESCC victory

  
   Host Marian Catholic came out of halftime Friday and marched down the field with great efficiency.
   The Spartans travelled from their own 17-yard line into the red zone with three big chain-moving plays. However, the drive stalled on a fourth-down misfire from Saint Patrick's 8-yard line.
    That proved to be the highlight drive for Marian on Friday, as the Spartans couldn't muster any scores with 241 yards of offense and fell victim to the Shamrock's big plays in a 41-0 East Suburban Catholic Conference loss.
    Marian failed to put together its second straight home win and was unable to knock off the last opponent it beat in the ESCC (in 2011). The Spartans fell to 1-3 and 0-2, while Saint Patrick stayed perfect at 4-0 and 2-0.
    The Spartans, who have dropped three in a row, displayed new life after coming out of a 27-0 halftime deficit. Eddie Ell swept around right end for 11 yards and a first down. Two plays later, Spartan QB Cameron Thomas hooked up with Victor Akinyemi on a 43-yard bomb to the Shamrock 27-yard line.
    Then, Christian Simmons broke off a 16-yard scamper and Marian was in business at the Saint Patrick 11-yard line. But the next four plays netted just 3 yards and Marian had come up short on eight straight possessions.
    Marian also gained a pair of first downs on its next possession, as Simmons ran for one chain-mover and Warren Allen caught an 18-yard pass for another. However, Marian only wound up inside the Saint Patrick 25-yard line on one of 10 possessions for the night.
    The Shamrocks, meanwhile, didn't need to dent the red zone to find success on Friday.
    Saint Patrick found paydirt on scoring plays of 51, 36, 63 and 36 yards against a Marian defense that hinted stinginess in the early going.
    Marian limited the Shamrocks to a punt and fourth-down hold on two of the first three possessions. But Saint Patrick scored on one-play possessions twice in the middle of the second quarter, then tallied off a Marian turnover to sway the score lopsided just before halftime.
   Simmons had his strongest effort for Marian since opening night with 12 carries for 62 yards. While Akinyemi did all of his receiving damage on one play, Allen had a pair of catches for 42 yards. Thomas finished with 103 passing yards to go with 31 yards on the ground.   
    The defensive highlight for Marian was a 25-yard interception return by Josh Jones. However, Marian returned the favor with a turnover two plays later to dash any hopes of a score late in the opening half.
    Freshmen: The young Spartans captured their third straight victory with a 28-19 decision over the Shamrocks.

CATEGORY

Saint Patrick

Marian Catholic

First downs

22 13

Rush attempts / yards

25-160 34-138

Passing yards

324 103

Pass completions

15 7

Pass attempts

22 22

Had intercepted

1 1

Fumbles / lost

0 / 0 0 / 0

Penalty yards

5-55 8-60

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at Notre Dame

at Marist

SCORING

SP- Marcus Wright 1-yard run (Brett Rosenbusch kick), 5:33 first.
SP- Jonathan Hamilton 51-yard pass from Anthony Mazzenga (Rosenbusch kick), 7:02 second.
SP- Wright 36-yard pass from Mazzenga (kick blocked), 4:52 second.
SP- Andrew Edgar 6-yard pass from Mazzenga (Rosenbusch kick), 1:06 second.
SP- Edgar 63-yard pass from Mazzenga (Rosenbusch kick), 5:16 third.
SP- Hamilton 36-yard pass from Mazzenga (Rosenbusch kick), 11:07 fourth.

   Rushing: SP- Wright 14-94 (TD), Giovanni Ramirez 7-24, Joey Lombardi 1-17, Patrick Byrne 1-12, Anthony Mazzenga 1-8, Jonathan Hamilton 1-5. MC- Simmons 12-62, Cameron Thomas 13-31, Eddie Ell 2-19, Jordan Rogers 4-16, John Paul Schreiber 2-12, Sean Mascolino 1-(minus 2).
   Passing: SP- Mazzenga 15 of 22, 324 yards, 5 TD, 1 INT. MC- Thomas 7 of 21, 103 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT; Mascolino 0 of 1.
   Receiving: SP- Edgar 8-152 (2 TD), Hamilton 5-123 (2 TD), Wright 1-36 (TD), Byrne 1-11. MC- Victor Akinyemi 1-43, Warren Allen 2-42, Ell 2-9, Simmons 1-5, Jarrett Benavides 1-4.
   Interceptions: Joey Solak (SP), Josh Jones (MC).

   

 

GAME 3: Saint Viator 28, Marian Catholic 14

   Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Forest View Stadium.
   Where: 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights.
   Streaks: Spartans- 1 loss; Lions- 1 win.
    Last week: Yorkville 54, Marian Catholic 7; Saint Viator 39, Wheaton St. Francis 7. 
   Next week: Saint Patrick at Marian Catholic (Fri., 7:30 p.m.); Saint Viator at Benet (Benedictine, Fri., 7:30 p.m.)
   ESCC standings: Marian Catholic 0-0; Saint Viator 0-0.
   The series:
Saint Viator has won the last two meetings, but Marian owns an overall 14-6 series lead.
  
Notes:
Including Friday, Marian Catholic will play a freshman contest prior to many of its Friday varsity games... The Spartans' last victory in the series came in 2011 with a 51-27 decision... The ESCC concluded the preseason with a 12-8 record in nonconference play... Marian is seeking its first ESCC victory since a 42-35 win over Saint Patrick in 2011.

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Kordell Norfleet had 1.5 sacks on Friday night, but visiting Marian Catholic dropped its ESCC opener at Saint Viator, 28-14.


Spartans thwarted by Saint Viator in ESCC opener

  
   Marian Catholic certainly had more big plays on its Friday night visit to Saint Viator.
   However, the host Lions had more plays... and ones that moved the football more consistently.
   Saint Viator had a 16-10 advantage in first down and ran off 65 plays overall on its way to a 28-14 decision in the ESCC opener for both teams.
   The back-breaker for Marian, which has lost 30 straight in ESCC play, came right after quarterback Cameron Thomas had ripped off an 80-yard scoring run to pull the Spartans (1-2, 0-1) into a 14-14 stalemate with 6:28 to play in the third quarter.
   Saint Viator responded when Darreontae Jackson returned the ensuing kickoff 87 yards. The game's third score in a matter of 30 seconds gave the Lions (2-1, 1-0) the lead for good at 21-14.
   Marian, which outgained the Lions, 332-268, proved to be the better big-play offense. In a game that featured plenty of stingy defense, the Spartans had eight plays of more than 10 yards, while Saint Viator had only seven. However, Marian managed more than two first downs on a drive only once all night.
   A strong effort up front from Marian's line of Warren Allen, Ryan Peick, Kordell Norfleet and William Crowder helped keep things scoreless in the opening quarter and through the contest's first seven possessions.
   Then Marian finally flexed its big-play muscles to break the ice. Twice in five plays, Thomas hit Victor Akinyemi on long bombs of 46 and 33 yards, the latter carrying to the Lion 1-yard line. Thomas punched it in from there and following the first of two Angelo Cantelo conversion boots, Marian had the initial lead of the contest at 7-0 with 9:12 to play before halftime.
   Saint Viator, however, forged a 7-7 halftime deadlock by going 63 yards in nine plays for the tying score.
   After Marian was halted on the initial possession following the intermission, the teams started the 30-second scoring flourish. While Thomas' 80-yard jaunt represented the lone play in Marian's scoring drive, the Lions grinded out a 10-play scoring march.
   Faced with just a one-score deficit midway through the third period, Marian was forced to punt on back-to-back possessions before the Lions drove 68 yards in nine plays for the clinching score.
   Marian gained an overall yardage advantage both on the ground and via the air, courtesy of Thomas' arm and legs.
   The fleet signal-caller rushed for 157 yards and finished with 136 yards through the air. Favorite targets were Akinyemi (two catches, 79 yards) and Joe Stith (three receptions, 27 yards).
   Meanwhile, Saint Viator completed 11 more passes than the Spartans, but passed for 12 fewer yards overall. However, it effectively contributed to the Lions' ball-control gameplan.
   Other than Thomas, Marian ballcarriers managed just 39 more rushing yards on 15 attempts.
   The teams were a combined 5-for-27 on third-down conversions (19 percent), with Marian's lone conversion coming via penalty.

   Freshmen: The young Spartans rolled past Saint Viator, 43-6.

CATEGORY

Marian Catholic

Saint Viator

First downs

10
16

Rush attempts / yards

27-196
37-150

Passing yards

136
124

Pass completions

8
19

Pass attempts

27
28

Had intercepted

2
1

Fumbles / lost

0 / 0
1 / 1

Penalty yards

5-55
5-50

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SAINT PATRICK

at Benet Academy

SCORING

MC- Cameron Thomas 1-yard run (Angelo Cantelo kick), 9:12 second.
SV- Darreontae Jackson 20-yard run (Bryce Hellgeth kick), 6:51 second.
SV- Hellgeth 1-yard run (Hellgeth kick), 6:41 third.
MC- Thomas 80-yard run (Cantelo kick), 6:28 third.
SV- Jackson 87-yard kickoff return (Hellgeth kick), 6:11 third.
SV- Jackson 26-yard run (Hellgeth kick), 7:05 fourth.

   Rushing: MC- Thomas 12-157 (TD), Christian Simmons 11-25, Joe Stith 2-12, Eddie Ell 2-2. SV- Jackson 20-114 (2 TD), Kennedy Gawin 10-32, Austin Ruetsch 2-7, Hellgeth 1-1 (TD), Tom Majerus 4-(minus 4).
   Passing: MC- Thomas 8 of 27, 136 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT. SV- Majerus 18 of 26, 118 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT; Hellgeth 1 of 2, 6 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT.
   Receiving: MC- Akinyemi 2-29, Stith 3-27, Warren Allen 1-15, Justen Pate 1-10, Ell 1-5. SV- Marc Clark 5-55, Matt Doersching 5-30, Sam Calmeyn 3-23, Christian Dolecki 4-8, Michael Wittich 1-6, Gawin 1-2.
   Interceptions: Thomas (MC), Clark (SV), Brett DeSelm (SV).

   

 

GAME 2: Yorkville 54, Marian Catholic 7

   Kickoff: 7:15 p.m. Friday at Yorkville High School.
   Where: 797 Game Farm Road, Yorkville.
   Streaks: Spartans- 1 win; Foxes- 1 loss.
    Last week: Marian Catholic 53, Urban Prep 16; West Aurora 33, Yorkville 3. 
   Next week: Marian Catholic at St. Viator (Fri., 7:30 p.m.); Rochelle at Yorkville (Fri, 7:30 p.m.).
   The series: This is the first meeting between the two schools.
  
Notes:
Marian ran its opening-week win streak to four games, outscoring foes, 186-33, during that span... the ESCC posted a 6-4 record during the opening week of nonconference contests... the Spartans are seeking their first week two victory since 2013... Marian is hoping to snap a 17-game losing streak away from Dave Mattio Field... The Spartans scored on six of their first seven possessions last week against Urban Prep... Marian tallied 27 points off turnovers in last week's victory.

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Spartan Cameron Thomas had the lone score in a 54-7
nonconference loss at Yorkville on Friday.


Spartans throttled in nonconference visit to Yorkville

  
   Fans had to know it wasn't a good sign when Marian Catholic punter Jimmy Kleszynski had four attempts on Friday before the end of the first quarter.
   Marian's visions of a two-game winning streak ended quickly, as host Yorkville scored on its first five possessions and owned a 33-0 command midway through the second quarter and before the Spartans had crossed midfield.
   The onslaught didn't stop, as the Foxes improved to 1-1 with a 54-7 nonconference decision. Marian will also take a 1-1 mark into its East Suburban Catholic Conference opener next Friday at Saint Viator.
   Some consolation was that Marian made Yorkville work for its early lead with longer drives. The exception was the fifth score, when a Marian fumble set up the Foxes at the Spartan 10-yard line. Three plays later, it was a 33-0 count and Marian had run 14 plays in five possessions.
   But the visitors responded with an impressive drive, going 59 yards in 10 plays to get on the scoreboard.
   Quarterback Cameron Thomas finally moved Marian into the Foxes' territory when he hit Eddie Ell with a 24-yard strike. A Thomas draw netted 11 yards and gave Marian a first down at the Yorkville 24-yard line. Then a roughing the passer penalty moved Marian deep into the red zone, where Thomas hit Jarrett Benevides with a 10-yard toss to the 1. From there, Thomas swept around left end for the score and Angelo Cantelo's conversion kick made matters closer at 33-7.
    While Thomas made some things happen with his feet, the Spartan passing game struggled.
    Yorkville connected on all of its first nine passes, while Marian began the night 0-for-7 through the air.
   Faced with a 40-7 deficit at the intermission, the Spartans managed just two first downs in the second half- one via penalty and another on a 14-yard hookup from Thomas to Benevides. Yorkville ultimately gave Marian some of its own medicine from week one, invoking a running clock with a score late in the third period.
   Thomas' 68-yard passing night saw the two passes go to Benavides for 24 yards and another two to Ell for 25 yards. Thomas also led Marian in rushing with 26 yards on eight carries.
   But overall, the Spartans were dominated statistically. Marian gained just 107 total yards, while Yorkville churned out 279 on the ground and another 205 via the air. The ball-control Foxes gained a 65-39 advantage in snaps from scrimmage.
   All three turnovers in the contest were committed by Marian
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   Freshmen: Marian rolled to a 41-12 nonconference victory Marian Central Catholic to improve to 1-1.

CATEGORY

Marian Catholic

Yorkville

First downs

7
24

Rush attempts / yards

19-39
47-279

Passing yards

68
205

Pass completions

7
13

Pass attempts

20
18

Had intercepted

1
0

Fumbles / lost

2 / 2
1 / 0

Penalty yards

7-63
10-87

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ROCHELLE

SCORING

YK- Brandon Lee 1-yard run (Cade Henry kick), 8:13 first.
YK- C.J. Bell 1-yard run (Henry kick), 5:24 first.
YK- Bell 22-yard run (Henry kick), 1:53 first.
YK- Brady Fisher 21-yard pass from Ty Liaromatis (kick failed), 9:10 second.
YK- Trent Delaney 3-yard run (kick failed), 7:52 second.
MC- Cameron Thomas 1-yard run (Angelo Cantelo kick), 3:59 second.
YK- Jason Lewan 34-yard pass from Liaromatis (Henry kick), 0:21 second.
YK- Lewan 7-yard pass from Liaromatis (Henry kick), 4:20 third.
YK- Jacob Brooks 2-yard run (Henry kick), 3:30 fourth.

   Rushing: MC- Thomas 9-26 (TD), Christian Simmons 8-6, Justin Pate 1-4, John Schreiber 1-3. Yorkville- Bell 13-130 (2 TD), Brooks 13-60 (TD), Delaney 7-37 (TD), Lee 7-32 (TD), Liaromatis 7-32, Lewan 1-3.
   Passing: MC- Thomas 7 of 20, 68 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT. Yorkville- Liaromatis 13 of 18, 205 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT.
   Receiving: MC- Lee 2-25, Benavides 2-24, Joe Stith 1-9, Simmons 1-6, Victor Akinyemi 1-4. Yorkville- Lewan 5-90 (2 TD), Austin Avery 4-63, Fisher 3-44 (TD), Lee 1-8.
   Interceptions: Dylan Wisotzke (Y).

   

 

GAME 1: Marian Catholic 53, Urban Prep Englewood 16

   Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at Dave Mattio Field (Spartan Stadium).
   Where: Joe Orr Road, just west of Ashland Avenue, Chicago Heights.
   Tickets: $5 adults; $4 students; $3 Marian students (ID); $2 senior citizens.
   2015 records: Urban Prep 3-6; Marian Catholic 1-8.
   Streaks: Lions- 1 win; Spartans- 8 losses.
   Next week: Urban Prep at TF South (Fri, 7 p.m.); Marian at Yorkville (Fri., 7:15 p.m.).
   Last meeting: Marian Catholic 42, Urban Prep 8.
   The series: Last year marked the initial meeting in the series.
  
Notes:
A former Marian Catholic assistant, Coach Sean Mele takes over his third program as head coach (St. Laurence, Marist)... the Spartans have not dropped a season-opener since 2012... this marks the sixth straight year Marian has opened the campaign at home... Coach Mele is just the third coach for the Spartans since 1976... Marian currently owns a four-game winning streak against Chicago Public League foes... the Spartans will try to snap a four-game losing streak on their home turf... Marian has outscored its opponent, 133-7, during the current three-game opening-week win streak.

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Marian's Chases Love scored on an interception return to help host Marian Catholic to a 53-16 opening win over Urban Prep Friday.


Spartans romp past Urban Prep to open campaign with lopsided victory

  
   Third-year starting quarterback Cameron Thomas wasted no time getting the party started on Friday when he scored Marian Catholic's first touchdown of the season less than three minutes into the season opener.

   The Spartans added to the party early and often, scoring in a variety of ways en route to a 53-16 nonconference demolition of Urban Prep-Englewood for a fourth straight victory on opening night.
   "It was amazing to have all of our weapons get involved; the defense even scored two touchdowns," raved Thomas, who ran for two scores and threw for another. "Everybody contributed and it was amazing."
   Indeed, Marian scored on a fumble return and interception return. Meanwhile, Thomas hit Victor Akinyemi for a 50-yard score and the Spartans finished with five rushing touchdowns. Christian Simmons found the end zone twice en route to a 10-carry, 168-yard night.
   The Marian offense was extremely efficient in building a 53-0 halftime command. After a seven-play march on the opening drive, Marian needed only 11 total plays to forge its next five offensive drives. Three straight one-play offensive drives and an interception return produced a 39-0 bulge with less than four minutes gone in the second quarter.
   "Our line play was phenomenal tonight," assessed Thomas, praising an offensive front of Warren Allen, Aidan Anderson, Tauru Robertson, Jimmy Kleszynski, Ryan Peick and Nathan Williams. "And Christian had a huge night. Everybody executed well and responded to every situation."
   The Spartans were halted on downs on their second possession of the game, but they scored the last five times they touched the ball in the opening half. After the only misfire, the defense got into the act quickly as Allen scooped up a fumble and raced 41 yards for a 12-0 advantage.
   Marian then scored 27 points by the time it snapped the ball three more times.
   Simmons exploded for an 89-yard jaunt to paydirt, Akinyemi pulled in the 50-yard bomb, Chase Love returned an interception 67 yards for a score and Thomas capped the blitz with a 39-yard scamper. All three offensive scores were on the first play of a possession.
   The defense created plenty of havoc on its own, as pressure up front from Kleszynski, Allen, Robertson, Peick and Williams Crowder produced impressive results. Urban Prep didn't get inside the Marian 35-yard line in the opening half and had nine overall plays go for negative yards. The Spartans also had first-half interceptions by Darrwin Perkins and Max Kinast.
   Before halftime, Marian also scored on a 28-yard burst by Simmons and a 12-yard run by John Schreiber to invoke the running clock in the second half.
   Urban Prep, which did manage 231 total yards to Marian's 399, got a pair of consolation touchdowns in the second half.
   "We're just going to take it week to week and improve on all facets," Thomas explained. "We'll go back to practice and work out some wrinkles and try to be back next week even better."
   During the current four-game opening night win streak at Dave Mattio Field, Marian has now outscored its opponents, 186-33.

CATEGORY

Urban Prep

Marian Catholic

First downs

12 13

Rush attempts / yards

27-82 30-316

Passing yards

149 83

Pass completions

9 2

Pass attempts

26 5

Had intercepted

3 0

Fumbles / lost

3 / 1 3 / 1

Penalty yards

3-25 7-80

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at TF South

at Yorkville

SCORING

MC- Cameron Thomas 5-yard run (kick failed), 9:28 first.
MC- Warren Allen 41-yard fumble return (kick failed), 6:20 first.
MC- Christian Simmons 89-yard run (run failed), 4:32 first.
MC- Victor Akinyemi 50-yard pass from Thomas (Jimmy Kleszynski kick), 1:55 first.
MC- Chase Love 67-yard interception return (Kleszynski kick), 10:53 second.
MC- Thomas 39-yard run (Kleszynski kick), 8:16 second.
MC- Simmons 28-yard run (Kleszynski kick), 4:53 second.
MC- John Schreiber 12-yard run (Kleszynski kick), 2:10 second.
UP- Jaylen Green 3-yard run (Travis Cuthrell to David Stanton), 9:43 fourth.
UP- Cuthrell 1-yard run (Cuthrell run), 2:10 fourth.

   Rushing: UP- Green 10-62 (TD), Devin Howard 12-25, Robert Dupont 2-4, Cuthrell 2-(minus 3, TD), Mychael Arnold 1-(minus 6). MC- Simmons 10-168 (2 TD), Thomas 5-61 (2 TD), Schreiber 6-40 (TD), Jordan Rogers 4-33, Joe Stith 1-24, Jarrett Benavides 1-6, Sean Mascolino 3-(minus 16).
   Passing: UP- Howard 7 of 20, 89 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT; Cuthrell 2 of 5, 60 yards; Green 0 of 1. MC- Thomas 2 of 4, 83 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT; Mascolino 0 of 1.
   Receiving: UP- Jeremiah Moss 2-60, Cuthrell 4-53, Jeremy Hogan 2-40, Green 1-(minus 4). MC- Akinyemi 2-83 (TD).
   Interceptions: Chase Love (TD), Darrwin Perkins, Max Kinast.