Wheaton North 45

Br. Rice 27

Playing on the road on Nov. 20 in Wheaton in the Class 7A state semifinals, Br. Rice fell behind 21-7 late in the second quarter and was unable to mount a comeback in the second half.

The Crusaders finished an impressive season with a 10-3 record.

Senior running back Aaron Vaughn was a workhorse for Br. Rice with 19 carries for 95 yards and 3 touchdowns. His 6-yard rushing TD with 46 seconds remaining in the third quarter brought the Crusaders within a field goal at 24-21, but the Falcons answered with 3 touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull away for good.

Limited by a leg injury, senior quarterback Jack Lausch finished with 23-of-42 passing for 290 yards, a TD and an interception. His big targets in the passing game included Da’Kobie Wordlaw (9 catches, 94 yards, TD), Danny White (7 catches, 69 yards), Marty O’Keeffe (2 catches, 52 yards), Vaughn (3 catches, 45 yards) and Owen Lyons (2 catches, 30 yards).

Sean Kinard (10 tackles, blocked pass), Rolando Sepulveda (8 tackles), Dameon Hall (7 tackles), Maurice Brown (7 tackles) and Henry Ivers (6 tackles) led the Crusaders on defense.

It was the last game for Coach Brian Badke after an impressive 10-year run with the Crusaders. Badke finished with a 74-41 record over 10 seasons, including leading the team to a Class 8A runner-up finish in 2018 and Chicago Catholic League championships in 2014 and 2018.

St. Rita 42

Prospect 20

In a 7-7 game late in the first, Johnny Schmitt picked off a Prospect pass and returned it 7 yards for a touchdown to swing the momentum to host St. Rita (11-2) on Nov. 20 in a Class 7A state semifinal matchup.

Jake Polselli added a second pick-6 in the second as the Mustangs delivered a dominant defensive performance to pull away for good.

Jake Lehtinen (12 tackles), Joseph Kingsbury (9 tackles, sack), Matt Kinsgbury (8 tackles), Schmitt (6 tackles), Giuseppe Ursetta (6 tackles) and Tadhg Scanlon (6 tackles) chipped in defensively.

Kaleb Brown rushed for 37 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the offense.

Ethan Middleton (109 rushing yards), D.J. Stewart (94 rushing yards, 2 TD), Tommy Ulatowski (82 passing yards, 38 rushing yards) and E.J. Nwagwu (44 receiving yards) led a balanced offensive attack

Maine South 35

Marist 33

Dontrell Jackson Jr. connected with AK Agee on a 19-yard TD catch with 2:48 left in the fourth quarter, but Marist was unable to convert the game-tying 2-point conversion.

Maine South was able to run out the clock in the closing minutes after recovering a Marist onside kick, including a key fourth-and-inches play.

Jackson had a dominant day, completing 19 of 29 passes for 338 yards and 2 touchdowns, connecting with Agee and Ryan Sims (37-yard TD). Agee finished with 6 catches for 167 yards and a TD, and Sims had 5 catches for 77 yards and a TD.

Dermot Smyth (5 catches, 44 yards) and Tyler O’Brochta (44-yard reception) were big targets in the passing game as well.

Jaylen Johnson (46 rushing yards, 2 TD) and Alonzo Manning (84 rushing yards) led the RedHawks ground game.

Sam Colon (forced fumble), Jayson Harris-Woodard (fumble recovery), John Nestor (interception) and Jake Stefanos (interception) led the Marist defensive effort. 

Prep Bowl Playoffs

Notre Dame 21

St. Laurence 11

Playing in the Chicago Catholic League championship game on Nov. 19 in Niles, St. Laurence lost to the host Dons.

Brandon McCoy finished with 18 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown and also threw for 38 yards. Ryan Carroll added 11 carries for 39 yards for the Vikings (5-6).

Eric Antkiewicz (field goal), Matt Hyland (2-point conversion) and Corey Taubr (3 catches, 21 yards) also contributed for the Vikings.

Ardell Chambers (8 tackles, interception), Zack Siebenaler (7 tackles), Casey Forbes (4 tackles) and Carroll (5 tackles, fumble recovery) powered the St. Laurence defense.

Notre Dame will play Kenwood on Nov. 26 for the Prep Bowl championship.