Defeating Bowman Academy 56-14 on Sept. 6 in Chicago Heights, host Marian Catholic improved to 2-0. It is the first time the program has won 2 games since the 2013-14 season.
Helping lead the Spartans to the nonconference home win, junior running back Tajheem Lawson had a monster day on the ground, rushing 12 times for 243 yards and 4 touchdowns. Also contributing for Marian were Ronald Thomas (88 passing yards, TD, rush TD), Josh Coats (87-yard KO TD), Victor Cooksey (39-yard TD rec) and Kevin Johnson (20-yard TD run).
St. Laurence 31
Behind a huge day from junior running back Nate Thomas (28 carries, 264 yards, 2 TD), St. Laurence piled up 451 total rushing yards. Darius Wilson (99 rushing yards, 2 TD) and Brandon Wilson (66 rushing yards) also contributed to the ground game.
Jordan McMath and Brandon Wilson had an interception each for the Vikings with Zach Siebenaler also recovering an Eisenhower fumble.
Mt. Carmel 21
Maine South 7
Behind a dominant performance from the defense, the Caravan (2-0) made a big statement with a nonconference road win in Park Ridge. Jason Thompson recovered 2 fumbles, including one he returned 33 yards for a touchdown. Lance Swain added 7 tackles, and Sam De Valle and Ben Perry picked off an interception each.
Justin Lynch (58 rushing yards, TD, 113 passing yards, TD), Kenenna Odeluga (68 rushing yards) and Jaali Parker (68 receiving yards, TD) led the Mt. Carmel offense.
Evergreen Park 28
Sophomore QB Devin Turner threw for 110 yards and 3 TD and also rushed for 63 yards and a TD for host EP (1-1). Sean Wilkinson had 4 catches for 63 yards and 2 TD. Matt Walsh (7-yard TD rec) and James Williams (102 rushing yards) aided an all-around offensive attack for the Mustangs.
Wilkinson and David Smith delivered defensively with an interception each.
For Leo (1-1), sophomore QB James E’Akels threw for 185 yards and 2 TD, one each to Tobias Sample (34 yards) and Rayion Davidson (30 yards).
St. Rita 28
The Mustangs fell behind 28-7 in the third quarter and came back to tie things up at 28 early in the fourth only to see host Richards (2-0) score the go-ahead TD minutes later.
Sophomore RB Kaleb Brown put together a huge performance, rushing for 131 yards and 3 TD. Junior QB Brian Johnson threw for 162 yards, a TD and 3 INT. Nick Adent (77 receiving yards) and Joe Polselli (71 receiving yards, TD) were Johnson’s favorite targets.
Michael Gaughan (19 tackles, 3 tackles for loss) led the St. Rita defense. Also contributing were Kyle James (9 tackles), Tramon Lias (8 tackles), Michael Milton (8 tackles), Mykai Harris (8 tackles) and Marty Larkin (7 tackles).
De La Salle 14
Jason Moore (15 carries, 36 yards) and Mike Passarelli (1-yard TD run) led host DLS (2-0) in the nonconference game.
St. Ignatius 47
Improving to 2-0, host St. Ignatius gained a school record 463 yards in the nonconference victory. The Wolfpack defense allowed just 38 yards.
Vasco Sierra (87 yards), Michael Preston (62), Leo Rugai (60), Rico Ponce (51 yards, TD), Declan Callahan (49 yards, 2 TD), Cam Roberson (39 yards, TD) and EJ Talarico (34 yards, 2 TD) led a balanced run game for Ignatius.
Br. Rice 45
Led by junior running back Joshua Bell’s 101 rushing yards and a TD, the host Crusaders (2-0) rushed for 182 yards and 6 TD overall. Senior Colin Condon also rushed for 52 yards and 2 TD. Ben Somers, Willie Shaw and Jack Lausch rushed for a TD each.
Senior linebackers Errington Lyons and Ronan Doyle led the Br. Rice defense with 4 tackles apiece.
Lake Zurich 17 (OT)
Despite never leading in regulation, Marist (2-0) tied things up with less than a minute to go in the fourth with a Hayden Mikesell rushing TD and then delivered with an Amari Watkins 2-point conversion to force overtime in the nonconference road win.
The RedHawks rushed for the win with a Watkins rushing score in OT. Mikesell threw for 85 yards for Marist.
Providence Catholic 42
Morgan Park 8
Sophomore Aaron Warren found Semaj Brown for a 35-yard TD pass for Morgan Park (0-2) in the nonconference road game in New Lenox.
Lincoln Park 20
Agricultural Sciences 0
Playing at Lane Stadium on Sept. 7, CHSAS (1-1) lost the nonconference game.