St. Rita football

St. Rita quarterback Tommy Ulatowski and running back Kyle Clayton line up in the backfield in the season opener against Mt. Carmel. Ulatowski (71 rushing yards, 3 TD) and Clayton (153 rushing yards, 2 TD) had a huge day in a Week 6 win over Nazareth with a dominant ground game. 

St. Rita 42

Nazareth 39

Winning a high-scoring Chicago Catholic League/East Suburban Catholic Conference (CCL/ESCC)-Green home game on Oct. 1, St. Rita relied on a huge ground game led by Kyle Clayton (30 carries, 153 rushing yards, 2 TD) and Tommy Ulatowski (10 carries, 71 rushing yards, 3 TD).

The Mustangs (4-2, 2-0) ran the ball 57 times for a whopping 301 yards. Clayton also had 3 receptions for 52 yards.

Powering the Mustangs defensively were Matt Kingsburgy (9 tackles, blocked punt), Jake Lehtinen (7 tackles), Djabril McNabb (6 tackles, interception), Pat Farrell (6 tackles), Danny Cahill (5 tackles), Giuseppe Ursetta (5 tackles, 2 TFL), Johnny Schmitt (5 tackles) and Liam Bartos (interception).

Br. Rice 43

Mt. Carmel 36

Senior quarterback Jack Lausch found senior wide receiver Danny White for the game-winning 65-yard touchdown with 53 seconds remaining in the CCL/ESCC-Blue game on Oct. 1.

Lausch finished 19 of 26 in passing for 288 yards and 4 touchdowns, connecting with White (2 catches, 78 yards, 2 TD), Aaron Vaughn (3 catches, 58 yards), Owen Lyons (4 catches, 52 yards), Da’Kobie Wordlaw (4 catches, 49 yards, TD) and Henry Boyer (4 catches, 25 yards, TD) for big days with the aerial attack.

Vaughn (23 carries, 139 rushing yards, TD) and Lausch (14 carries, 84 rushing yards) also had big days on the ground for Br. Rice (5-1, 1-1). Tommy Bennett added a 1-yard rushing TD.

On defense, Maurice Brown (13 tackles), Khary Shaw (11 tackles), Mike Fahy (9 tackles), Henry Ivers (9 tackles) and Dameon Hall (interception) led the defense. 

For host Mt. Carmel (4-2, 1-1), do-it-all junior Damarion Arrington had a monster game, scoring 4 touchdowns and rushing for 87 yards. Blainey Dowling added 69 rushing yards and 207 passing yards, connecting with Arrington for a 25-yard TD. 

Darrion Dupree (52 rushing yards) and Joey Thompson (63 receiving yards) also provided key offensive contributions.

Danny Novickas (11 tackles, TFL), Nick Naujokas (13 tackles), Parker Startz (9 tackles), Owen Schickel (8 tackles), Arrington (7 tackles, fumble recovery), J.T. Harris (6 tackles), Bobby Medina (forced fumble) and Elliott Lewis (2 TFL) led the Mt. Carmel defense.

Loyola Academy 33

Marist 21

Dontrell Jackson Jr. had a big day through the air, completing 11 of 20 passes for 306 yards and 2 touchdowns for Marist (4-2, 0-2) in the CCL/ESCC-Blue showdown on Oct. 2 in Wilmette.

Ak’tavion Agee (3 catches, 159 receiving yards, TD) and Ryan Sims (7 catches, 141 yards, TD) were Jackson’s favorite targets in the passing game.

As a team, Marist rushed 21 times for just 17 yards against a stingy Loyola defense.

The RedHawks were led defensively by John Nestor and Brian Winstead, each picking off a Loyola pass. Winstead returned his interception 43 yards for a TD.

St. Ignatius 45

De La Salle 7

Building off the team’s upset win over Mt. Carmel in Week 5, host St. Ignatius improved to 6-0, 2-0 with the CCL/ESCC-White victory.

The Wolfpack’s option attack was spearheaded by Vinny Rugai (120 rushing yards), Coley McDonagh (99 rushing yards, 2 TD, passing TD), Jack Molloy (93 rushing yards, TD, receiving TD), Jake Petrow (TD) and Tommy Bloss (TD).

Also contributing for St. Ignatius were Henry Helms (pass break up), Sam Besztery (29-yard field goal) and Rugai (fumble recovery).

Joliet Catholic 41

St. Laurence 7

Brandon McCoy threw for 56 yards on 7 of 10 passing for a TD, a 15-yard pass to Mikey Elizondo, an interception and had 31 rushing yards for St. Laurence (3-3, 1-1) in the CCL/ESCC-Orange game on Oct. 1 at Joliet Memorial Stadium.

The Vikings rushed for 149 yards and were led by Ryan Carroll (42 rushing yards), Matt Ochoa (38 rushing yards), Henry Coughlin (38 rushing yards) and McCoy.

Dell-Rio Johnson (5 tackles), Zack Siebenaler (4 tackles), Mike Gentile (4 tackles) and Connor Cleary (3 tackles, fumble recovery) led the defensive effort.

Shepard 21

Evergreen Park 10

James Williams rushed 14 times for 103 yards to lead Evergreen Park (4-2, 2-2) on Oct. 1 in the South Suburban Red Conference game in Palos Heights.

Jalen Shepherd reeled in a 10-yard TD catch from Deijon Feliciano for the Mustangs. Michael Torres finished with 52 rushing yards as EP rushed 31 times for 181 rushing yards.

St. Viator 28

Marian Catholic 14

Junior QB Kyle Thomas threw for a TD, connecting with Kaleb Isom on a 14-yard pass, and he also rushed for a 54-yard TD run for Marian Catholic (2-4, 0-2) on Oct. 1 in the CCL/ESCC-Purple game in Arlington Heights.

Thomas finished with 15 carries for 134 rushing yards for the Spartans.

Marian Central Catholic 29

Leo 0

Playing on the road in Woodstock on Oct. 1 in a CCL/ESCC-Red game, a banged-up Lions squad struggled to gain momentum offensively without starting quarterback James E’Akels and running back Marcus Ray. Both athletes were out with injuries.

Leo dropped to 2-4, 1-1.

Kenwood 21

Morgan Park 8 

Playing at Gately Stadium on Oct. 2, Morgan Park fell behind 13-8 at the half and could not mount a second-half comeback in the Public League Illini Red Bird Division showdown.

The Mustangs dropped to 3-3, 2-1.

Noble/Comer 34 

Ag School 0 

The Ag School lost the Public League Illini Great Lakes Division matchup on Sept. 30 at Gately Stadium. The Cyclones dropped to 2-4, 1-2.