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GAME 9: Nazareth Academy 48, Marian Catholic 7

   Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 at Spartan Stadium (Dave Mattio Field).
   Where: Joe Orr Road, just west of Ashland Avenue, Chicago Heights.
   Tickets: $5 adults; $4 students; $3 Marian students (ID); $2 senior citizens.
   2017 records: Nazareth Academy 7-1; Marian Catholic 0-8.
   ESCC records: Nazareth Academy 5-1; Marian Catholic 0-6. 
   Streaks:
Roadrunners- 1 win; Spartans- 16 losses.
   Last week: Nazareth 35, Saint Viator 7; Joliet Catholic 63, Marian Catholic 20. 
   Last year: Nazareth Academy 49, Marian Catholic 6.
   The series:
Behind six straight decisions in the series, the Roadrunners have taken a 9-5 overall command.
   Notes: Marian will honor its senior athletes and their parents on Friday immediately after the freshmen contest... The Spartan freshmen will try to complete the season with a 7-2 mark when they host the Roadrunners at 5 p.m.... Nazareth is among five likely ESCC playoff qualifiers (Marist, Notre Dame Benet, Saint Viator) with Marian Central still on the bubble... Marian is coming off its highest-scoring fourth quarter of the campaign (13 points)... Quantity did not equal quality last Friday, when the Spartans ran 27 more plays than Joliet Catholic in a 63-20 setback... Marian's last series victory came with a 29-28 decision in 2010 with a touchdown pass in the contest's final seconds... For the season, Nazareth has allowed the fewest points (97) among ESCC teams... Based on opponent victories, the Spartans have played the third-toughest schedule in the ESCC.

Oct. 20

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NAZARETH ACADEMY ROADRUNNERS

21 21 6 0

         -48

at MARIAN CATHOLIC SPARTANS

0 0 7 0

            -7

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Marian's Jimmy Kleszynski prepares to rush on Friday in ESCC action against visiting Nazareth Academy.


Marian toppled by Nazareth in ESCC, season finale

  
    For a second straight week, Marian Catholic ran significantly more plays than its opponent and outscored its foe in the second half.
    However, despite running nearly twice as many plays as visiting Nazareth Academy (50-26) on Friday, the Spartans concluded the season winless with a 48-7 ESCC loss.
    Also for a second straight week, Marian (0-9, 0-7) faced an extremely efficient team in the playoff-bound Roadrunners (8-1, 6-1)
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    Nazareth scored on its first six possessions of the contest to take a 42-0 halftime command, as the Roadrunners needed more than four plays on only one of those drives. Content to prepare for the IHSA playoffs, Nazareth ran only four plays, courtesy of a running clock, in the second half.
    Thanks to a ball-control offense in the second half, Marian gained six of its nine first downs after the intermission. Behind an offensive line of Max Kinast, Joseph Eisha, Jose Banuelos, Marco Stith and Jimmy Kleszynski, Marian looked much more efficient in the second half.
    Opening the third quarter, the Spartans marched 67 yards in eight plays with Jordan Rogers playing the workhorse. Quarterback Mateo Cedano sprinted for one first down, Carlos Jones scampered 13 yards for another chain-mover, and Rogers moved the sticks on an 11-yard rush to move Marian to the Roadrunner 5-yard line.
     From there, Rogers carried several defenders into the end zone and Angelo Cantelo added the conversion boot.    
     Marian also had a 14-play, 59-yard drive in the final quarter, but the march concluded on downs at the Nazareth 16-yard line.
     Nazareth concluded the scoring for the game on a 6-yard fumble return.
     Despite the imbalance in plays, Marian was outgained in the contest, 347 to 155. Rogers proved to be the top gainer with 47 rushing yards on 12 carries. Jones rushed seven times for 45, and Sean Mascolino picked up 22 yards on five carries.
     While the Spartans had only 12 passing yards, Nazareth used quality over quantity in a 138-yard passing attack. The Roadrunners completed four of five passes, with three going for touchdowns.
     Freshmen: The Spartans concluded an outstanding 7-2 season with a 47-34 victory over the Roadrunners.

CATEGORY

Nazareth Academy

Marian Catholic

First downs

10 9

Rush attempts / yards

20-209 44-143

Passing yards

138 12

Pass completions

4 1

Pass attempts

6 6

Had intercepted

0 0

Fumbles / lost

1 / 1 4 / 2

Penalty yards

7-40 1-15

Next

IHSA Playoffs

Season over

SCORING

NZ- Diamond Evans 16-yard pass from Bobby Grimes (Grimes kick), 7:48 first.
NZ- David Oglesby 53-yard pass from Grimes (Grimes kick), 4:45 first.
NZ- Devin Blakley 9-yard run (Grimes kick), 2:27 first.
NZ- Marcus Griffin 10-yard run (Grimes kick), 11:55 second.
NZ- Michael Love 2-yard run (Grimes kick), 9:11 second.
NZ- Evans 65-yard pass from Grimes (Grimes kick), 4:42 second.
MC- Jordan Rogers 5-yard run (Angelo Cantelo kick), 6:10 third.
NZ- Patrick Siepman 60-yard fumble return (Grimes kick), 2:00 third.

   Rushing: NZ- Blakley 8-67 (TD), Dylan Smith 2-54, Love 3-44 (TD), Jonathan Harris 2-23, Griffin 2-15 (TD), Jack Gray 1-3, Demetrios Brillakis 1-3, Jacob Oquendo 1-0. MC- Rogers 12-47 (TD), Carlos Jones 7-45, Sean Mascolino 5-22, Ryan Dee 7-14, Jarrett Benavides 2-12, John Paul Schreiber 7-3, Mateo Cedano 4-0.
   Passing: NZ- Grimes 4 of 5, 138 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT; Brillakis 0 of 1, 0 yards. MC- Cedano 1 of 6, 12, yards.
   Receiving: NZ- Evans 2-81 (2 TD), Oglesby 1-53 (TD), Love 1-4. MC- Justen Pate 1-12.
   Interceptions: None.

   

 

GAME 8: Joliet 63, Marian Catholic 20

   Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at Joliet Memorial Stadium.
   Where: 3000 W. Jefferson Street, Joliet.
   2017 records: Marian Catholic 0-7; Joliet Catholic 2-5.
   ESCC records: Marian Catholic 0-5; Joliet Catholic 1-4. 
   Streaks:
Spartans- 15 losses; Hilltoppers- 2 losses.
   Last week: Notre Dame 48, Marian Catholic 19; Benet Academy 17, Joliet Catholic 14. 
   Next week: Nazareth at Marian Catholic (Fri., 7:30 p.m.); Joliet Catholic at Marist (Fri., 7:30 p.m.).
   Last year: Joliet Catholic 55, Marian Catholic 7.
   The series:
The Hilltoppers have captured 14 straight decisions and hold an overall series advantage of 31-8-1. In the last four meetings, JCA has owned a 235-36 scoring advantage.
   Notes: Joliet Catholic represents the Spartans's longest rivalry on the schedule, dating back to days when both schools were members of the Illini-8... Last week's 19-point second-quarter for Marian tied the highest-scoring quarter of the campaign (Oak Lawn)... Friday represents Marian's third road contest of the year (all) located at an off-campus stadium... The Spartans' last victory in the series came in 26-14 decision in 1994... Marian will seek its first road and overall ESCC victory since the 2011 campaign... Based on opponent victories, Marian and the Hilll own two of the three toughest schedules in the ESCC... Half of the teams in the ESCC have already attained the likely five victories necessary for IHSA playoff qualification... Despite an 0-6 conference mark, the Spartans have scored first in half of their ESCC contests... The current JCA 14-game win streak is the longest in the series, while the top streak for Marian is four wins... The Spartan freshmen will try to improve to 6-2 Friday with a 5 p.m. meeting against the host Hillmen.

Oct. 13

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MARIAN CATHOLIC SPARTANS

0 0 7 13

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at JOLIET CATHOLIC HILLTOPPERS

28 21 14 0

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Marian's Mateo Cedano fires upfield on Friday during the Spartans 63-20 ESCC setback at Joliet Catholic.


Marian pummeled in ESCC visit to Joliet Catholic on Friday

  
    Marian Catholic just couldn't stop the bleeding on Friday.
    While the Spartans had their most productive second half of the season Friday, host Joliet Catholic scored touchdowns on its first nine possessions and rolled to a 63-20 East Suburban Catholic Conference victory.
    The Hilltoppers were incredibly efficient in improving to 3-5 and 2-4, rushing for 513 yards and averaging nearly 20 yards (19.8) per offensive snap.
    The Spartans (0-8, 0-6) will try to avoid a winless season for the first time in history when they host Nazareth Academy next Friday at 7:30 p.m. in a season finale.
     While Marian went three-and-out on its first four possessions, the Hillmen wasted little time getting into the end zone. JCA led, 28-0, after the opening quarter, 49-0 at halftime and extended the command to 56-0 before the Spartans finally got things rolling.
     After scoring just seven second-half points in seven games, Marian appeared "explosive" in Friday's second half, scoring on three of four possessions with a turnover the only blemish.
     In the Spartans' first crack after the intermission, Marian marched 85 yards in 11 plays. Reserve quarterback Mateo Cedano hit Kevin Johnson for 26 yards to get things rolling, then Jarrett Benavides, Carlos Jones and Cedano added first-down runs. Finally, John Paul Schreiber burst through the middle for the final 3 yards. An Angelo Cantelo conversion boot had the visitors on the board with a 56-7 deficit late in the third period.
     Marian used a quick strike for its next score, as Jones got loose on a 62-yard scamper to pull Marian to within 63-14.
     The final Spartan score came on the game's final play. With Ryan Dee (eight carries, 29 yards) playing the workhorse on the drive, Jones capped off the 48-yard march by going around end for 7 yards and the score as time expired.
     Jones paced a respectable 235-yard rushing effort for Marian with 103 yards on nine totes. Schreiber added 26 rushing yards and Chase Love 25 yards before leaving the contest with an injury.
     The contest featured only three pass completions. JCA's lone connection went for a 41-yard score and Cedano's two completions netted 34 yards for Marian.
     Joliet Catholic's efficiency led to quick drives, as the Hillmen had five one-play drives covering 59, 56, 41, 73 and 68 yards. Another JCA drive covered 62 yards in just two plays, as the longest scoring drives of the night for the Hillmen lasted only seven plays.
     In the second half, Marian actually outscored the Hill, 20-14, and gained a 9-4 advantage in first downs
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    Freshmen: The young Spartans improved to 6-2 and 4-2 with a 46-21 decision over the Hilltoppers.            

CATEGORY

Marian Catholic

Joliet Catholic

First downs

14 17

Rush attempts / yards

43-235 26-513

Passing yards

34 41

Pass completions

2 1

Pass attempts

12 2

Had intercepted

1 0

Fumbles / lost

3 / 1 1 / 1

Penalty yards

2-20 5-60

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NAZARETH

at Marist

SCORING

JC- Keenan Hailey 59-yard run (Tony Trabold kick), 9:32 first.
JC- Aidan Tyrell 5-yard run (Trabold kick), 4:21 first.
JC- Ke'Von Johnson 56-yard run (Trabold kick), 3:11 first.
JC- Kenyatta Williams 41-yard pass from Tyrell (Trabold kick), 1:20 first.
JC- Hailey 22-yard run (Trabold kick), 8:30 second.
JC- Williams 14-yard run (Trabold kick), 6:11 second.
JC- Wiliams 73-yard run (Trabold kick), 0:05 second.
JC- Nick Iannantone 40-yard run (Trabold kick), 10:30 third.
MC- John Paul Schreiber 3-yard run (Angelo Cantelo kick), 1:45 third.
JC- Iannantone 68-yard run (Trabold kick), 0:54 third.
MC- Carlos Jones 62-yard run (Cantelo kick), 11:46 fourth.
MC- Jones 7-yard run (no attempt), 0:00 fourth.

   Rushing: MC- Jones 9-103 (2 TD), Ryan Dee 8-29, Schreiber 7-26 (TD), Chase Love 7-25, Sean Mascolino 3-17, Jarrett Benavides 2-16, Jordan Rogers 2-13, Mateo Cedano 5-6. JCA- Williams 5-138 (2 TD), Iannantone 3-120 (2 TD), Johnson 8-100 (TD), Hailey 5-93 (2 TD), Jordan Alvarez 2-39, Mike Butler 1-18, Tyrell 1-5 (TD), Skylar Duensing 1-0.
   Passing: MC- Chase Love 0 of 2, 0 yards; Cedano 2 of 10, 34 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT. JCA- Tyrell 1 of 2, 41 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT.
   Receiving: MC- Kevin Johnson 1-26, Eddie Ell 1-8. JCA- Williams 1-41 (TD).
   Interceptions: Chris Kosinski (JCA).

   

 

GAME 7: Notre Dame 48, Marian Catholic 19 {HOMECOMING}

   Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 at Spartan Stadium (Dave Mattio Field).
   Where: Joe Orr Road, just west of Ashland Avenue, Chicago Heights.
   Tickets: $5 adults; $4 students; $3 Marian students (ID); $2 senior citizens.
 
 2017 records: Notre Dame 5-1; Marian Catholic 0-6.
   ESCC records: Notre Dame 3-1; Marian Catholic 0-4. 
   Streaks:
Dons- 3 wins; Spartans- 14 losses.
   Last week: Notre Dame 41, Carmel Catholic 14; Benet Academy 49, Marian Catholic 13. 
   Next week: Notre Dame at Marian Central (Fri., 7:30 p.m.); Marian Catholic at Joliet Catholic (Fri., 7:30 p.m.).
   Last year: Notre Dame 26, Marian Catholic 6.
   The series:
The Dons have captured the last six meetings to take a 12-10 advantage in the series. The Spartans' last victory came with a 21-20 overtime decision in 2010.
   Notes: Marian Catholic celebrates Homecoming on Friday, as a 5 p.m. freshman contest will kick off the evening's action... The Spartans have scored in the first quarter in four consecutive games, but have been blanked in the second half of five of six contests... Notre Dame features the second most stingy defense (69 points allowed) among ESCC teams... Marian has had scoring plays of 69 yards or more in back-to-back contests... During the current six-game winning streak in the series, the Dons have outscored the Spartans, 195-55... Five different players have scored the Spartans' last five touchdowns... The teams have only two common foes thus far, as Notre Dame has defeated Benet and Saint Patrick, while Marian has fallen to both.

Oct. 6

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NOTRE DAME DONS

14 14 7 13

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at MARIAN CATHOLIC SPARTANS

0 19 0 0

            -19

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Carlos Jones scored twice in the first half Friday of Marian's Homecoming contest against Notre Dame.


Marian sees Homecoming spoiled in ESCC setback to Notre Dame

  
    Marian Catholic needs to find a way to end football contests after 24 minutes
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    As has been the case of late, the Spartans played an extremely competitive first half and trailed Notre Dame just 28-19 after Marian exploded for 19 points in the second quarter.
     However, the Spartans were blanked in the second half for the sixth time in seven games and had Homecoming spoiled on Friday with a 48-19 setback to the Dons.
     Notre Dame improved to 6-1 and 4-1 with its seventh straight victory in the series, while Marian fell to 0-7 and 0-5 with the Spartans still seeking their first win in the league since 2011.
    After the outstanding second period, Marian was limited to four first downs after the intermission.
    Notre Dame came out like the playoff-bound team it is on Friday, scoring the game's first 14 points as standout tailback Ty Gavin got off to a great start to a brilliant night. He scored from 30 and 27 yards out en route to a five-touchdown night, including 251 yards on 18 carries- a handful coming out of the Wildcat.
   But when the second quarter began, Marian Catholic was ready to play and please a modest Homecoming crowd that was kept down by rainy conditions.
    Four plays into the third Spartan drive of the night, Carlos Jones began on a sweep and cut upfield for a 34-yard score.
    Notre Dame answered with another 14-point blitz to take a 28-6 command midway through the second quarter.
    A quick drive got Marian into the end zone again, as quarterback Chase Love hit Victor Akinyemi on a 62-yard touchdown bomb down the right sideline. Ray Cantelo's conversion boot had the Spartans hanging around with a 28-13 deficit. Before leaving the contest with an ankle injury, Akinyemi pulled in three passes for 105 yards to break the century mark for a second straight contest.
    Marian wasn't done for the half, taking possession on its own 18-yard line with 2:27 to play in the half.
    Love hit Eddie Ell for 24 yards, then Jones followed with a 22-yard scamper to move the hosts into Don territory. After a pair of Notre Dame penalties moved the chains for Marian, the Spartans hit paydirt when Jones again cut at the perfect time on a sweep for a 5-yard touchdown.
    Heading into halftime, Marian had momentum and was hoping an offensive line of Jimmy Kleszynski, Max Kinast, Marco Stith, Joseph Eisha and Jose Banuelos could pave the way for more success in the second half.
    But Marian managed just 62 yards of offense in the final two quarters. Chase Love had all of his passing success in the opening half, tossing five completions for 133 yards. Jones led Marian in the ground game, gaining 82 yards on eight totes. Love was next along the terrain, rushing nine times for 29 yards.
    The Spartans will try to play two halves and break the ice next Friday when they travel to play longtime rival Joliet Catholic for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on Friday.
    Freshmen: Despite jumping to an early lead, the Spartans fell to 5-2 and 3-2 with a 36-14 loss to Notre Dame.            

CATEGORY

Notre Dame

Marian Catholic

First downs

20 12

Rush attempts / yards

43-415 32-138

Passing yards

20 143

Pass completions

2 6

Pass attempts

7 12

Had intercepted

0 1

Fumbles / lost

3 / 0 1 / 1

Penalty yards

5-67 4-23

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at Marian Central Catholic

at Joliet Catholic

SCORING

ND- Ty Gavin 30-yard run (Danny Simon), 9:05 first.
ND- Gavin 27-yard run (Simon kick), 1:00 first.
MC- Carlos Jones 34-yard run (kick blocked), 11:08 second.
ND- Jake Martin 50-yard run (Simon kick), 10:15 second.
ND- Gavin 63-yard run (Simon kick), 7:38 second.
MC- Victor Akinyemi 62-yard pass from Chase Love (Ray Cantelo kick), 6:31 second.
MC- Jones 5-yard run (pass failed), 0:13 second.
ND- Gavin 16-yard run (Simon kick), 10:15 third.
ND- Gavin 32-yard run (Simon kick), 11:49 fourth.
ND- Sam English 13-yard run (kick failed), 8:15 fourth.

   Rushing: ND- Gavin 18-251 (5 TD), English 6-57 (TD), Martin 1-50 (TD), Nathan Doherty 2-35, Miles George 4-28, Tom Drabik 3-12, Louis Jackson 1-1, Mario Olivella 3-0, Luke Schutt 2-(minus 13), Rory O'Donnell 3-(minus 6). MC- Jones 8-82 (2 TD), Love 9-29, Jordan Rogers 4-13, Mateo Cedano 2-8, John Paul Schreibe 6-5, Eddie Ell 3-1
   Passing: ND- Schutt 1 of 5, 3 yards; Drabik 1 of 2, 17 yards. MC- Love 5 of 9, 133 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; Cedano 1 of 3, 10 yards.
   Receiving: ND- English 1-17, John Flood 1-3. MC- Akinyemi 3-105 (TD), Ell 2-28, Justen Pate 1-10.
   Interceptions: Jake Martin (ND).

   


GAME 6: Benet Academy 49, Marian Catholic 13

   Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 at Benedictine University.
   Where: Maple Avenue and College Road, Lisle.
   Tickets: $5 adults; $3 students.
   2017 records: Marian Catholic 0-5; Benet Academy 3-2.
   ESCC records: Marian Catholic 0-3; Benet Academy 2-1. 
   Streaks:
Spartans- 12 losses; Redwings- 1 loss.
   Last week: Marist 63, Marian Catholic 6; Nazareth 24, Benet 14. 
   Next week: Notre Dame at Marian Catholic (Fri., 7:30 p.m.); Benet at Joliet Catholic (Fri., 7:30 p.m.).
   Last year: Benet 56, Marian Catholic 7.
   The series:
Benet has captured five consecutive contests to narrow the Marian Catholic advantage in the series to 18-10. During the current streak, the Redwings own a 227-41 scoring advantage.
   Notes: This will mark the Spartans' second consecutive road encounter on a college campus (St. Patrick at Triton)... A freshman title with the Redwings will be played on Saturday at Marian at 9:30 p.m., as the young Spartans look to improve on a 4-1 mark... Marian will look to score in the opening quarter for a fourth consecutive game... The Spartans will look to eclipse the 200-yard mark in rushing yards for a third straight contest... Marian's last victory in the series came with a 27-7 decision in 2011... There have been three shutouts in the series, all resulting in Spartan victories... Marian Coach Sean Mele is on his second tour of duty on the Spartan staff, while Benet Coach Patrick New is a former Redwing player... The Redwings own the third-highest scoring offense (134 points) among ESCC teams through five games.

Sept. 29 at Benedictine Univ.

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MARIAN CATHOLIC SPARTANS

7 6 0 0

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at BENET ACADEMY REDWINGS

7 28 7 7

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Spartan Jimmy Kleszynski prepares to rush on Friday during an ESCC meeting with Benet at Benedictine University.


Marian falls to Benet despite stubborn effort on both sides of ball

  
    Facing another likely ESCC playoff-bound opponent on Friday, Marian Catholic fell to 0-6 and 0-4.
    However, the Spartans' effort didn't have the feel of a 49-13 loss to Benet Academy at Benedictine University.
    Marian scored the game's first touchdown, ran more plays than the Redwings (71-56) and was within 100 yards of offense of the home team at 438 to 339.
    In the end, Benet scored on five of its last six first-half possessions to take a 35-13 halftime command, then kept Marian out of the end zone in the second half. Four turnovers also didn't help the cause for the Spartans.
    But the bright spots were plentiful for Marian on Friday.
    Sophomore quarterback Mateo Cedano tossed for 191 yards, including a 69-yard scoring strike to Victor Akinyemi (five catches, 140 yards). Marian also pounded the ball well on the ground with 148 yards on 48 carries among eight ballcarriers.
    And the Spartan defense got Marian off on a solid note to begin each half.
    With a strong anchor up front in Marco Stith, Jose Banuelos, Charles Schenck and John Pastere, Marian limited the Redwings to a three-and-out on their first possession.
    The ensuing Spartan drive was a masterpiece. Consuming more than six minutes of clock, Marian grinded out six first downs, highlighted by Carlos Jones' 23-yard scamper and a 12-yard jaunt by Eddie Ell that got Marian inside the Benet 10-yard line. Three plays later, a 1-yard sneak by Cedano and conversion boot from Ray Cantelo gave Marian a 7-0 command.
    Miscues in the Marian punting game aided Benet in scoring on three of four possessions to take a 21-7 advantage midway through the second quarter.    
    The Spartans were not ready to roll over, however. After a holding infraction saddled Marian with a first-and-20, Cedano hit Akinyemi down the right sideline, the senior spinning away from a defender and racing 69 yards for a score that pulled the visitors to within 21-13.
    After a Benet answer, Cedano and Marian engineered another long drive. The jaunt lasted 11 plays and produced three first downs, including an acrobatic catch by Jones. However, the drive stalled because of a sack and offensive pass interference penalty (on a play that Marian got into the end zone).
    Benet answered again and carried the 35-13 margin into halftime.     
    The defense again provided a spark to open the second half, forcing a Redwing turnover on downs on the first possession
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    While Marian moved the ball in the second half to the tune of six first downs and another drive that lasted 10 plays, four of five second-half possessions resulted in turnovers.
    With an offensive line of Stith, Jimmy Kleszynski, Banuelos, Joseph Eisha and Max Kinast opening holes, Jones led the Marian infantry with 65 yards on 10 carries. Jordan Rodgers rushed six times for 33 yards, and John Paul Schreiber had 26 yards on eight totes.
     The Spartans will look to built on an inspired effort along with Homecoming enthusiasm next week when they host Notre Dame on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.        

CATEGORY

Marian Catholic

Benet Academy

First downs

16 18

Rush attempts / yards

48-148 39-301

Passing yards

191 137

Pass completions

10 9

Pass attempts

23 17

Had intercepted

0 1

Fumbles / lost

3 / 3 1 / 1

Penalty yards

6-55 3-33

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NOTRE DAME

at Joliet Catholic

SCORING

MC- Mateo Cedano 1-yard run (Ray Cantelo kick), 2:23 first.
BA- Ben Cooney 15-yard run (Victor Karam kick), 1:10 first.
BA- Connor Reid 3-yard run (Karam kick), 10:58 second.
BA- Reid 10-yard run (Karam kick), 5:50 second.
MC- Victor Akinyemi 69-yard pass from Cedano (kick blocked), 5:16 second.
BA- Cooney 5-yard run (Karam kick), 4:01 second.
BA- Bennett Hickey 6-yard run (Karam kick), 1:21 second.
BA- Colin Gillespie 6-yard run (Karam kick), 2:31 third.
BA- Brendan Tarpey 73-yard run (Karam kick), 2:44 fourth.

   Rushing: MC- Carlos Jones 10-65, Jordan Rogers 6-33, John Paul Schreiber 8-26, Eddie Ell 3-8, Jarrett Benavides 3-8, Cedano 13-7 (TD), Ryan Dee 3-7, Sean Mascolino 2-(minus 6). BA- Tarpey 1-73 (TD), Cooney 6-71 (2 TD), Hickey 7-46 (TD), Nicholas Keys 3-43, Reid 5-29 (2 TD), Gillespie 3-15 (TD), Brian Carmichael 4-29, Luke Sznajder 1-9, Thomas Snell 3-5, Sean Theisen 1-3, Jack Norgle 4-(minus 1), Robert Nader 1-(minus 3).
   Passing: MC- Cedano 10 of 23, 191 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. BA- Gillespie 9 of 17, 137 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT.
   Receiving: MC- Akinyemi 5-140 (TD), Justen Pate 3-24, Jones 1-18, Ell 1-9. BA- Jack Eschenbach 4-69, Keys 2-25, Anthony Adams 1-24, Cooney 2-19.
   Interceptions: Benet 1.

   

 

GAME 5: Marist 63, Marian Catholic 6

   Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 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.
 
 2017 records: Marist 4-0; Marian Catholic 0-4.
   ESCC records: Marist 2-0; Marian Catholic 0-2. 
   Streaks:
RedHawks- 4 wins; Spartans- 12 losses.
   Last week: Marist 42, Marian Central 20; Saint Patrick 31, Marian Catholic 14. 
   Next week: Saint Patrick at Marist (Fri., 7:30 p.m.); Marian Catholic at Benet (Benedictine, Fri., 7:30 p.m.).
   Last year: Marist 49, Marian Catholic 0.
   The series:
While Marian Catholic owns the series advantage at 14-10, the RedHawks have captured six in a row. The winners has scored at least 31 points in the last seven contests.
  
Notes:
Marian will play hosts for the fourth time in five weeks, seeking its first win since Week 1 of the 2016 campaign... Marist is one of two currently unbeaten teams (Nazareth) in the ESCC and could likely lock up a playoff berth with a victory on Friday... The Spartans' last win in the series was a 31-10 decision in 2007... Marist is the highest scoring offense in the ESCC with 152 points through four contests... Marian's scoring for the year is lopsided in the first half, as the Spartans have scored 54 of 61 points before intermission... Marian head coach Sean Mele is a former head coach at Marist... A freshmen contest will kick off Friday's action at 5 p.m., as the young Spartans look to improve to 5-0.

Sept. 22

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MARIST REDHAWKS

14 35 7 7

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6 0 0 0

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Marian's Justen Pate awaits the snap on Friday during the host Spartans' ESCC matchup against rival Marist.


Marian throttled by ESCC rival Marist

  
    Marist proved on Friday night why it's atop the East Suburban Catholic Conference football standings and likely headed to the IHSA playoffs.
    Despite host Marian Catholic ripping off an 80-yard run for a first-quarter score, the RedHawks scored on nine straight possessions en route to a 63-6 demolition of the Spartans.
    The win improved Marist to 5-0 and 3-0, while Marian now owns opposite records at 0-5 and 0-3.
    Sparked by strong linebacker play from Max Kinast and Dallas Carter, Marian held the RedHawks to three plays and a punt on the game's initial possession. However, Marist wasn't stopped again, as the RedHawks rolled to a likely playoff-clinching victory.
    After the visitors scored on 63 and 60 yards drives to gain a 14-0 command, Marian displayed a spark for the big home crowd on a hot night.   
    Fullback Jordan Rogers started off tackle and broke free in the secondary to scamper 80 yards to pull the Spartans to within a touchdown.
    From there, Marist was off to the races and vaulted to a 49-6 command by halftime. With a running clock, the RedHawks scored single touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters for the final verdict. After the Rogers score, Marian turned the ball over three times, punted on two occasions and turned the ball over on downs twice while never moving past the Marist 45-yard line.
    Marian's best defense was a ball-control offense at times, as an offensive line of Jimmy Kleszynski, Joseph Eisha, Max Kinast and Joseph Banuelos helped pave the way to eight Marian first downs and some solid rushing numbers.
   The Spartans rushed for 218 yards on 34 attempts with Rogers leading the way with 83 yards on four carries. Carlos Jones rushed five times for 53 yards and Eddie Ell carried six times for 50 yards.
    The road doesn't get any easier for Marian, which hasn't won an ESCC game since 2011. The Spartans will travel to Benedictine University for a 7:30 p.m. Friday meeting against Benet Academy.
    Freshmen: The young Spartans (4-1, 2-1) sustained their first setback with a 48-21 loss to the RedHawks
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CATEGORY

Marist

Marian Catholic

First downs

23 8

Rush attempts / yards

36-331 34-218

Passing yards

195 3

Pass completions

8 1

Pass attempts

12 8

Had intercepted

0 1

Fumbles / lost

0 / 0 2 / 2

Penalty yards

5-50 3-15

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SAINT PATRICK

at Benet

SCORING

MST- Jadon Thompson 18-yard pass from Michael Markett (Ayden Domico kick), 5:50 first.
MST- Delonte Harrell 8-yard run (Domico kick), 3:02 first.
MC- Jordan Rogers 80-yard run (kick blocked), 2:50 first.
MST- Harrell 4-yard run (Domico kick), 11:56 second.
MST- Turon Ivy 29-yard pass from Markett (Domico), 9:37 second.
MST- Harrell 22-yard run (Domico kick), 7:12 second.
MST- Thompson 65-yard pass from Markett (Domico kick), 4:23 second.
MST- Harrell 33-yard run (Domico kick), 0:34 second.
MST- Jahlen Williams 12-yard run (Domico kick), 8:04 third.
MST- Kevin Lawler 6-yard run (Domico kick), 9:45 fourth.

   Rushing: MST- Harrell 19-181 (4 TD), Markett 2-48, Wiliams 4-40 (TD), Lawler 7-37 (TD), Ryan 2-15, Sean Pappas 1-12, Hayden Mikesell 1-(minus 2). MC- Rogers 4-83, Carlos Jones 5-53, Eddie Ell 6-50, Jarrett Benavides 3-18, Sean Mascolino 2-11, Chase Love 2-10, John Paul Schreiber 3-9, Ryan Dee 2-5, Mateo Cedano 6-(minus 6), Christopher Rouse 1-(minus 15).
   Passing: MST- Markett 8 of 12, 195 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT. MC- Cedano 1 of 8, 3 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT.
   Receiving: MST- Thompson 3-127 (2 TD), Ivy 2-26 (TD), Ryan 3-22. MC- Victor Akinyemi 1-3.
   Interceptions: Michael Lawlor (Marist).

   

 

GAME 4: Saint Patrick 31, Marian Catholic 14

   Kickoff: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at Triton College.
   Where: 2000 Fifth Avenue, River Grove.
Tickets: $5 adults; $3 students and senior citizens.
   2017 records: Marian Catholic 0-3; Saint Patrick 1-2.
   ESCC records: Marian Catholic 0-1; Saint Patrick 1-0. 
   Streaks:
Spartans- 11 losses; Shamrocks- 1 win.
   Last week: Saint Viator 51, Marian Catholic 14; Saint Patrick 30, Joliet Catholic 29. 
   Next week: Marist at Marian Catholic (Fri., 7:30 p.m.); Notre Dame at Saint Patrick (Triton, Sat., 2 p.m.).
   Last year: Saint Patrick 41, Marian Catholic 0.
   The series:
The Shamrocks have captured three in a row, but Marian Catholic still holds a 12-10 command in the series. Six of the last seven meetings have seen the winner score 40 or more points.
  
Notes:
After three home meetings, Marian Catholic will play its road opener on Saturday... the Shamrocks represent the Spartans's last victim in ESCC play, a 42-35 Marian victory in 2011... a freshman contest will serve as the tuneup contest at 5 p.m., as Marian tries to improve to 4-0 overall. Long plays got the Spartans on the scoreboard last week, including a 69-yard rush and 49-yard pass play... this marks the Shamrocks' first true home contest and first at Triton after a long run of using Hanson Stadium as a home field... through three games, Saint Patrick (112 points) and Marian Catholic (140) have allowed the most points among ESCC teams... the Spartans own the longest winning streak in the series at seven games, a run that stretched from 1990 to 2000.

Sept. 16 at Triton College

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7 7 0 0

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7 7 14 3

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Spartan quarterback Chase Love calls out signals on Friday during a 31-14 ESCC setback to Saint Patrick at Triton College.


Marian starts strong, eventually succumbs to Saint Patrick in ESCC

  
    Marian Catholic's offense looked like a well-oiled machine in the first half Saturday, as the Spartans averaged 7.8 yards per carry and rushed for 217 yards against Saint Patrick at Triton College.

    But for the second time this season after an impressive opening half, Marian was blanked in the second half and eventually fell to the Shamrocks in ESCC play, 31-14.
    Two early leads and a 14-14 halftime stalemate made it appear that the Spartans could earn their first ESCC win since a conquest of the Shamrocks in 2011. Instead, Marian fell to 0-4 and 0-2 on the young season, while St. Patrick improved to 2-2 and 2-0 after its second straight victory.
    While Marian gained a 12-7 advantage in first downs prior to the intermission by running well to the outside, Saint Patrick ran it up the gut in the second half to gain a 10-4 margin in chain movers. Two of Marian's second-half first downs came via penalty, as the Spartans managed just 38 offensive yards in the second half.
    Behind an offensive line of Marco Stith, Jose Banuelos, Joseph Eisha, Jimmy Kleszynski and Max Kinast, Marian virtually moved the ball at will in the opening half.
    Highlighting option pitches to Carlos Jones (12 carries, 127 yards) and a first-down burst by Eddie Ell, Marian marched 67 yards on just seven plays with the contest's opening drive, which culminated on a 3-yard touchdown run by Jones. Ray Cantelo added the first of two conversion boots and the visitors were in business early with a 7-0 command.
    Saint Patrick answered right away for the tying score, but Marian's offense didn't back down.
    A 10-play, 70-yard drive moved the ball deep in the Shamrock red zone, but the Spartans came away empty on a missed field goal.
    The Marian defense, however, responded by delivering a Saint Patrick three-and-out, courtesy of Dallas Carter's 7-yard tackle for loss.
    Given another opportunity, Marian's offense cashed in. Aided by a pass interference call, the Spartans got 18-yard first-down runs from both Jones and Jordan Rogers to move well into the red zone. From there, quarterback Chase Love sneaked in from a yard out to give Marian a 14-7 advantage.
    The Spartans had a couple opportunites to extend the lead, one sparked by Joshua Coates interception. But one Marian possession resulted in a punt and another the lone Spartan turnover of the half, giving Saint Patrick a chance for the tie.
    The Shamrocks did just that with 26 seconds to play in the half for the 14-14 verdict at half.
    While Marian's rushing game looked sterling at times Saturday, the passing game couldn't lend much help. Despite 18 aerial attempts, the Spartans managed just three completions for 30 yards.
    A Love interception highlighted Marian's effort in the second half, but the Spartans couldn't dent the scoreboard- the third second-half blanking in four games.
    Love finished with 48 rushing yards and John Paul Schreiber 29, but Victor Akinyemi's 18-yard reception highlighted the Marian passing game.
    The Spartans will try to turn things around when they host Marist next Friday at 7:30 p.m.
    Freshmen: The young Spartans improved to 4-0 and 2-0 with a 55-14 demolition of the Shamrocks.
   

CATEGORY

Marian Catholic

Saint Patrick

First downs

16 17

Rush attempts / yards

41-243 41-199

Passing yards

30 134

Pass completions

3 10

Pass attempts

18 17

Had intercepted

0 2

Fumbles / lost

4 / 2 0

Penalty yards

7-43 6-70

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MARIST

NOTRE DAME

SCORING

MC- Carlos Jones 3-yard run (Ray Cantelo kick), 9:39 first.
SP- Joey Lombardi 10-yard pass from Brett Rosenbusch (Rosenbusch kick), 7:01 first.
MC- Chase Love 1-yard run (Cantelo kick), 8:51 second.
SP- Rosenbusch 3-yard run (Rosenbusch kick), 0:26 second.
SP- Lombardi 12-yard pass from Rosenbusch (Rosenbusch kick), 9:06 third.
SP- George Ohanessian 2-yard run (Rosenbusch kick), 1:09 third.
SP- Rosenbusch 28-yard field goal, 8:41 fourth.

   Rushing: MC- Jones 12-127 (TD), Love 10-48 (TD), John Paul Schreiber 2-29, Jordan Rogers 4-19, Eddie Ell 10-16, Mateo Cedano 3-4. SP- Ohanessian 18-127 (TD), Joey Solak 10-53, Nick Woodville 3-15, Zachary Cicero 2-11, Luca Paolucci 1-1, Rosenbusch 6-(minus 1), Xavier Saldana 1-(minus 7).
   Passing: MC- Love 2 of 11, 24 yards; Cedano 1 of 7, 6 yards. SP- Rosenbusch 10 of 17, 134 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT.
   Receiving: MC- Victor Akinyemi 1-18, Rogers 1-6, Justen Pate 1-6. SP- Saldana 2-63, Lombardi 5-55, Alonzo Torres 2-12, Michael Crawford 1-4.
   Interceptions: Joshua Coates (MC), Chase Love (MC).

   

 

GAME 3: Saint Viator 51, Marian Catholic 14

   Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 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.
   2017 records: Saint Viator 1-1; Marian Catholic 0-2.
   ESCC records: Opener for both schools. 
   Streaks:
Lions- 1 loss; Spartans- 10 losses.
   Last week: Lake Forest 20, Saint Viator 14; Yorkville 49, Marian Catholic 0. 
   Next week: Benet at Saint Viator (Fri., 7:30 p.m.); Marian Catholic at Saint Patrick (Triton on Sat., 7 p.m.).
   Last year: Saint Viator 28, Marian Catholic 14.
   The series:
Marian owns an overall series advantage of 14-7, but the Lions have captured the last three meetings.
  
Notes:
As with most ESCC opponents this year, a freshman contest will precede the varsity tilt at 5 p.m... The Spartans' last victory in the series came in 2011 with a 51-27 decision... The ESCC concluded the preseason with an 11-9 record in nonconference play... Marian is seeking its first ESCC victory since a 42-35 win over Saint Patrick in 2011... The winner of this contest has scored at least 25 points in 16 of 21 games in the series... Twelve of Marian's 18 first downs this year have been of the rushing variety... Three of four contests played by these two teams have been decided by a touchdown or less... Marian's freshmen will be hoping for a 3-0 start when they host the Lions.

Sept. 8

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SAINT VIATOR LIONS

28 9 14 0

         -51

at MARIAN CATH SPARTANS

7 0 0 7

            -14

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Spartan Jordan Rogers awaits the snap on Friday during ESCC action against visiting Saint Viator.


Marian starts strong, then drops ESCC opener to Saint Viator

  
    Things couldn't have started much better for host Marian Catholic on Friday.
    On the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Chase Love scampered 69 yards to give the Spartans a 7-0 lead.
    The Spartans also scored last on a 49-yard pass play.
    However, visiting Saint Viator sandwiched 51 unanswered points in between the Marian scores and rolled to a 51-14 victory to open the ESCC campaign and keep the Spartans (0-3, 0-1) winless in league play since 2011.
    The Lions had every element of their game going after the scary start. St. Viator passed for a score, rushed for 280 yards and scored on a kickoff return and punt return. The visitors' kicking game was also perfect, as quarterback/kicker Bryce Hellgeth booted six conversion kicks and was perfect in three field-goal attempts.
    The Lions scored on their first six possessions of the contest, as well as an 83-yard punt return. Then holding a 37-7 halftime command, St. Viator extended the lead with an 87-yard kickoff return to open the second half.
    While the Spartan defense struggled, the offense displayed bright spots on Friday.
   After notching first downs on three of its first four possessions, Marian was moving the ball well after starting a possession on its own 20-yard line. Love hit Justen Pate with a 12-yard pass, then raced 11 more yards on a draw to move the ball near midfield. However, three plays later the Lions came up with the lone turnover of the game with an interception.
    Marian also looked crisp on a possession that began late in the third quarter, as backup quarterback Mateo Cedano led a seven-play, 78-yard scoring march. Initial first downs came on Cedano's 7-yard pass to David Bell and an 11-yard rush by the sophomore quarterback on a draw.
    Then on third down, Cedano scrambled out of trouble and released the ball under pressure, hitting Carlos Jones down the left sideline for a 49-yard score. Angelo Cantelo booted his second conversion kick to pull Marian to within the final tally, 51-14.

     The Marian passing numbers looked solid, as both quarterbacks tossed for 62 yards. Victor Akinyemi pulled in two passes for 22 yards, Bell grabbed a pair of passes for 13 yards and Jones proved to be the leader with the 49-yard reception.
    Love was Marian's rushing leader with 76 yards on 10 carries, while the Spartans also got strong ground efforts from Ryan Dee (three carries, 33 yards) and Eddie Ell (two carries, 22 yards).
     Marian will next face the last team it defeated in ESCC play when the Spartans visit Saint Patrick at Triton College on Saturday at 7 p.m.
    Freshmen: the young Spartans improved to 3-0 as they rolled to an ESCC decision over the Lions, 34-14
.

CATEGORY

Saint Viator

Marian Catholic

First downs

14 10

Rush attempts / yards

32-280 32-153

Passing yards

70 124

Pass completions

5 8

Pass attempts

8 19

Had intercepted

0 1

Fumbles / lost

1 / 0 1 / 0

Penalty yards

8-65 9-75

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BENET

at Saint Patrick (Triton)

SCORING

MC- Chase Love 69-yard run (Angelo Cantelo kick), 11:39 first.
SV- Kyle Pearce 29-yard pass from Bryce Hellgeth (Hellgeth kick), 10:23 first.
SV- Jack Scislowski 34-yard run (Hellgeth kick), 9:08 first.
SV- Elijah Black 83-yard punt return (Hellgeth kick), 5:23 first.
SV- Black 50-yard run (Hellgeth kick), 3:11 first.
SV- Hellgeth 40-yard field goal, 9:47 second.
SV- Hellgeth 21-yard field goal, 7:18 second.
SV- Hellgeth 32-yard field goal, 3:43 second.
SV- Black 87-yard kickoff return (Hellgeth), 11:47 third.
SV- Hunter Loprino 1-yard run (Hellgeth), 0:41 third.
MC- Carlos Jones 49-yard pass from Mateo Cedano (Cantelo kick), 8:17 fourth.

   Rushing: SV- Black 9-101 (TD), Loprino 10-72 (TD), Scislowski 6-63 (TD), Hellgeth 3-32, Jack Mahoney 2-9, Zach DeJohn 2-3. MC- Love 10-76 (TD), Ryan Dee 3-33, Eddie Ell 2-22, John Paul Schreiber 5-10, Mateo Cedano 2-10, Jones 3-3, Jordan Rogers 5-3, Jarrett Benavides 2-(minus 4).
   Passing: SV- Hellgeth 3 of 6, 41 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT; DeJohn 1 of 1, 18 yards; Mahoney 1 of 1 , 11 yards. MC- Love 5 of 14, 62 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT; Cedano 3 of 5, 62 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT.
   Receiving: SV- Pearce 2-37 (TD), DeJohn 1-18, Matt Napoleon 1-11, Ben Whalen 1-4. MC- Jones 1-49 (TD), Victor Akinyemi 2-22, Ell 1-14, Rogers 1-14, David Bell 2-13, Justen Pate 1-12.
   Interceptions: Kennedy Gawin (SV).

   

 

GAME 2: Yorkville 49, Marian Catholic 0

   Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 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.
   2017 records: Yorkville 0-1; Marian Catholic 0-1.
   Streaks: Foxes- 1 loss; Spartans- 9 losses.
   Last week: West Aurora 46, Yorkville 3; Oak Lawn 40, Marian Catholic 33. 
   Next week: Yorkville at Rochelle (Fri., 7:15 p.m.); Saint Viator at Marian Catholic (Fri., 7:30 p.m.).
   Last year: Yorkville 54, Marian Catholic 7.
   The series:
Last year represented the initial meeting between the two schools.
  
Notes:
Marian will try to snap a two-game losing streak against nonconference foes... Last year's 54 points against the Spartans were a season-high for the Foxes... Last week, Marian scored 19 unanswered points to close the first half, then allowed 20 unanswered points in the second half... Last week, the ESCC posted an overall 7-3 record against nonconference foes... Spartan quarterback Chase Love's first two pass attempts last week resulted in touchdowns... Friday represents the second in a three-game homestand to open the campaign for Marian... the schools will square off in a Junior Varsity contest on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Marian.

Sept. 1

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YORKVILLE FOXES

14 7 21 7

         -49

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Marian's offense tries to move the ball on Friday in a nonconference test with visiting Yorkville.


Marian offense stymied in nonconference setback to Yorkville

  
    Marian Catholic's defense had a hint of stinginess in the early going Friday when the Spartans hosted Yorkville.
    But the pressure on the Spartan defenders was too much.
    Marian ran just one play for the night in Yorkville territory, as the visiting Foxes ultimately rolled to a 49-0 nonconference victory.
    The lone play Marian ran in enemy territory came at the Yorkville 49-yard line. Marian trailed just 21-0 at halftime, but the host squad managed only five total first downs for the night.
    Marian's defensive front of Jimmy Kleszynski, Nathan Williams, Charles Schenck and Joseph Eisha gained plenty of initial contact on the Foxes at the line of scrimmage, but Yorkville employed a chain-moving offense to salt away its first victory.
   The visitors used short fields for early scoring drives of 44 and 51 yards to take a 14-0 command after the opening quarter. Marian responded with first downs on three of its first four drives, but had trouble sustaining an attack.
    Spartan quarterback Chase Love scrambled for a first down on the opening possession, but it concluded by surrendering the ball on downs at the Marian 45-yard line. On the next Marian possession, Carlos Jones scampered 10 yards for a first down, but the drive was halted and ended with Angelo Cantelo's first of four punts.
    Love gained another chain-mover on a draw early in the second quarter, but a penalty helped the drive fizzle and concluded with another punt. From there, the Foxes used a 10-play, 92-yard drive to take the three-touchdown margin into halftime.
    Marian's next first down came in mop-up time, as Yorkville scored 21 points in the third period and was stopped only by the final clock in five second-half possessions.
    For the evening, the Spartans managed just 61 total yards... meanwhile the Foxes churned out 19 first downs.
    Jones was the leading ground-producer for Marian with 27 yards on seven carries, while reserve signal-caller Mateo Cedano rushed for 12 yards and completed a pair of passes for 18 yards. Cantelo was a bright spot for the Spartans with a punt average of 36 yards.
    Marian will kick off the ESCC season next Friday when it hosts Saint Viator for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on Dave Mattio Field
.
    Freshmen: The young Spartans rolled in a road contest at West Aurora, 42-6.

CATEGORY

Yorkville

Marian Catholic

First downs

19 5

Rush attempts / yards

32-219 32-43

Passing yards

188 18

Pass completions

10 2

Pass attempts

18 7

Had intercepted

0 1

Fumbles / lost

2 / 0 3 / 1

Penalty yards

4-25 7-50

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at Rochelle

SAINT VIATOR

SCORING

YK- Brock Grimaldi 39-yard pass from Ty Liaromatis (Cade Henry kick), 6:18 first.
YK
-Liaromatis 3-yard run (Henry kick), 1:21 first.
YK- Liaromatis 13-yard run (Henry kick), 1:41 second.
YK- Nico Medrano 46-yard pass from Liaromatis (Henry kick), 11:20 third.
YK- Andres Mata 9-yard run (Henry kick), 4:19 third.
YK- Trent Delaney 11-yard run (Henry kick), 2:02 third.
YK- Jacob Brooks 3-yard run (Henry kick), 7:06 fourth.

   Rushing: Y- Delaney 14-94 (TD), Brooks 3-41 (TD), Liaromatis 4-30 (2 TD), Brandon Lee 5-29, Mata 3-22 (TD), Nick Stemmet 1-6, Jack Quantock 1-(minus 1); Ben Stemmet 1-(minus 2). MC- Carlos Jones 7-27, Mateo Cedano 4-12, Eddie Ell 1-6, Jordan Rogers 3-5, Chase Love 9-4, John Paul Schreiber 5-2, Jarrett Benavides 2-0, Angelo Cantelo 1-(minus 13).
   Passing: Y- Liaromatis 10 of 18, 188 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT. MC- Love 0 of 4, 0 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT; Cedano 2 of 3, 18 yards.
   Receiving: Y- Medrano 4-80 (TD), Grimaldi 1-39 (TD), Brady Fisher 2-32, Brooks 1-25, N. Semmet 2-12. MC- Benavides 1-11, Ell 1-7.
   Interceptions: Zach Haddox (Yorkville).

   

 

GAME 1: Oak Lawn 40, Marian Catholic 33

   Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 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.
   2016 records: Oak Lawn 3-6; Marian Catholic 1-8.
   Streaks: OL Spartans- 3 losses; MC Spartans- 8 losses.
   Next week: Chicago CICS-Quest at Oak Lawn (Fri., 7 p.m.); Yorkville at Marian Catholic (Fri,. 6:30 p.m.).
   The series: This will mark the first meeting between the two schools.
  
Notes:
Marian opens the campaign at home for a seventh straight year... Oak Lawn is coached by former Marian Catholic assistant Nick Novak, who employs his father Bob (a current Marian basketball coach) on his staff... Marian has not dropped a season-opener since 2012... The host Spartans will be striving to halt an eight-game losing streak... Coach Sean Mele's staff features six alums on staff, including Andy Delaurentis, Erick Middleton, Mac Stevenson, Matt Dee, Tom Estock and Troy Nutall... This series is scheduled to continue for at least the next two years... Marian has outscored its opponent, 186-23, during the current four-game opening-week win streak... Marian's last meeting with a South Suburban Conference foe resulted in a 14-7 loss to Shepard in 2014.

Aug. 25

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14 6 20 0

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Marian quarterback Chase Love awaits the snap during Friday's opening nonconference contest against Oak Lawn.


Marian stumbles in second half in opening setback to Oak Lawn

  
   With a 33-20 halftime command on Friday night, host Marian Catholic appeared well on its way to a fifth straight opening-night victory when the Spartans hosted
Oak Lawn.
   However, fumbles on the first two possessions of the second half helped pave the way for three straight Oak Lawn scores, as the visiting Spartans scored three times in the first 9:05 of the third quarter. Meanwhile, three Marian trips into Oak Lawn territory netted no second-half points and the host Spartans sustained a 40-33 nonconference setback.
   A fumble recovery and score helped send Marian into a two-touchdown lead at the half... and Oak Lawn opened the second-half scoring the same way.
   With Marian threatening at the Oak Lawn 32-yard line, a fumble was scooped up and returned 68 yards for a score that narrowed matters to 33-26. Next, a Marian fumbled punt snap left the visitors 4 yards away and one play later Oak Lawn pulled within 33-32 after a missed conversion.
   Marian managed a punt on its next possession, and Oak Lawn responded by marching 60 yards in six plays for the 40-33 command. The visitors scored 20 unanswered points to open the second half, despite managing just two first downs.
   Marian, which scored on four of its first five possessions to open the game, still had opportunities to rebound.
   Early in the fourth quarter, Marian quarterback Chase Love rushed for a first down and hit Victor Akinyemi for a 25-yard gain that set up the home squad with a first-and-goal at the 10-yard line. Love scampered to the 3-yard line, but then another Marian fumble saved Oak Lawn.
   The host Spartans had one more shot when they took possession on their own 1-yard line with 2:21 to play. On second down, Love fired a bomb to Carlos Jones down the left sideline for 47 yards and Marian was in business at its own 48. Then, on a fourth-down play, Love connected with Akinyemi for 6 yards to the Oak Lawn 42.
    However, a long interception return on the next play halted Marian's hopes.
    It was a different story in the opening half when the Marian offense looked crisp behind an offensive front of Nathan Williams, Marco Stith, Charles Schenck and Joseph Eisha.
   Oak Lawn scored first on Friday, but Marian scored often in the opening half.
   On a third-and-long, the Love-to-Akinyemi got started with a 75-yard scoring strike. Akinyemi finished the night with three catches for 106 yards. The conversion boot by Angelo Cantelo gave Marian a 7-6 edge.
   After Eisha pounced on a fumble, Marian took advantage when Love hit Justen Pate with a 32-yard scoring strike for a 14-6 advantage.
   Oak Lawn got on the board on its next two possessions for a 20-14 lead, but Marian finished the half with a flourish.
   John Paul Schreiber finished off a short drive with a 1-yard scoring burst, then Jones hit paydirt from a yard out to give Marian a 26-20 lead. With Oak Lawn hoping to finish the half with a score, Marian's Dallas Carter picked up a fumble and raced 47 yards for a touchdown. Cantelo's conversion kick sent the home squad to the locker room with a 33-20 cushion.
   Marian's "three-headed monster" finished with a solid night on the ground, as Love ran for 90 yards, Jones for 35 and Eddie Ell for 29. Love finished the night five of 13 for 185 yards and two scores.
   However, none of that production led to points in the second half on Friday.
   Freshman: Although a late score spoiled the shutout, Marian rolled to a 45-8 decision over Oak Lawn.

CATEGORY

Oak Lawn

Marian Catholic

First downs

17 13

Rush attempts / yards

46-309 47-170

Passing yards

55 185

Pass completions

5 5

Pass attempts

11 13

Had intercepted

0 1

Fumbles / lost

4 / 3 5 / 4

Penalty yards

6-50 4-45

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vs. CICS-Quest

vs. Yorkville

SCORING

OL-Nick Puente 6-yard run (run failed), 10:22 first.
MC- Victor Akinyemi 75-yard pass from Chase Love (Angelo Cantelo kick), 6:53 first.
MC- Justen Pate 32-yard pass from Love (Cantelo kick), 2:29 first.
OL- Puente 75-yard run (Robbie Krzak run), 1:44 first.
OL- Krzak 6-yard run (run failed), 10:27 second.
MC- John Paul Schreiber 1-yard run (kick blocked), 8:45 second.
MC- Carlos Jones 1-yard run (kick failed), 5:29 second.
MC- Dallas Carter 47-yard fumble return (Cantelo kick), 0:21 second.
OL- Dan Lillard 68-yard fumble return (kick failed), 10:00 third.
OL- Puente 4-yard run (kick failed), 7:43 third.
OL- Krzak 32-yard run (Puente run), 2:55 third.

   Rushing: OL- Puente 18-147 (3 TD); Krzak 18-104 (2 TD); Chris Canvin 5-24, Antonio Garza 4-26, Darian Ware 1-8. MC- Love 18-90; Jones 14-35 (TD), Eddie Ell 6-29, Jordan Rogers 4-18, Schreiber 4-8 (TD); Angelo Cantelo 1-(minus 10).
   Passing: OL- Krzak 5 of 11, 55 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT. MC- Love 5 of 13, 185 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT.
   Receiving: OL- Antonio Jones 3-28; Canvin 2-27. MC- Akinyemi 3-106 (TD); Jones 1-7, Pate 1-32 (TD).
   Interceptions: Antonio Jones (OL).