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GAME 5: Marist at Marian Catholic

   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

       

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Marian will seek its first victory on Friday night when the Spartans host Marist in an ESCC kickoff at 7:30 p.m.


Marian entertains rival Marist Friday for ESCC test

  
    Check here following Friday's ESCC contest for a full roundup and statistics
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at Benet

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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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MARIAN CATHOLIC SPARTANS

7 7 0 0

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at SAINT PATRICK SHAMROCKS

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.
   

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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

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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.

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SAINT VIATOR LIONS

28 9 14 0

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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
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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

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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.

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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
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    Freshmen: The young Spartans rolled in a road contest at West Aurora, 42-6.

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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.

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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).