Opening the season on the road in Lombard, Mt. Carmel unleashed a balanced attack on the way to a 31-21 victory over host Montini on March 19 in a Chicago Catholic League (CCL)/East Suburban Catholic Conference (ESCC) crossover.
Senior Kenenna Odeluga rushed for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns, and senior Justin Lynch threw for 143 yards and a TD and rushed for 46 yards and 2 TD to power the offense.
Junior Brandon Rogers connected with Lynch for a 13-yard TD.
Austin Maciel-Heygood, Jack Butcher (interception) and Elliott Lewis accumulated 8 tackles apiece for the Caravan defense.
Br. Rice 28, Providence 7: Behind 3 rushing touchdowns a key scoring play on defense, Br. Rice (1-0) delivered a strong performance in its opener.
Junior QB Jack Lausch (57 yards) rushed for 2 touchdowns (5 and 16 yards), and senior Josh Bell scored on a 24-yard run.
Junior Khary Shaw carried the ball 7 times for 63 yards. Senior Dwayne Moorehead caught 6 passes for 93 yards.
On defense, junior Rolando Sepulveda (6 tackles) picked off a Providence pass for an 18-yard interception return TD. Also contributing were junior Kevin Frazier (8 tackles, 2 sacks) and seniors Mick Badke (5 tackles) and Myles Jones (sack, 5 tackles).
De La Salle 33, DePaul Prep 14: Sophomore kicker Mia Loza connected on three PAT for the Meteors (1-0).
Evergreen Park 33, Reavis 13: Junior QB Devin Turner had a big day for host EP (1-0) in the South Suburban Red Conference game, finishing 10 of 13 in passing for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushing 3 times for 42 yards and a TD.
Elijah Matthews (7 catches, 120 yards, TD), James Williams (76 rushing yards, TD), Matt Walsh (52 receiving yards, TD), Michael Torres (rushing TD) and Jedidiah Adjayi (67 rushing yards) all provided key contributions on the offensive side.
EP had 25 carries for 206 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Marist 34, Notre Dame 13: Courtesy of big plays on both sides of the ball, Marist (1-0) cruised to the CCL/ESCC crossover victory on March 19 in Niles.
Senior defensive lineman Seamus Kelly scooped up a Notre Dame fumble and scored a touchdown to lead the defensive effort.
Junior QB Dontrell Jackson Jr. threw for 195 yards and 2 TD and also rushed for 48 yards. Senior wide receiver Matthew Rolek had a big day, finishing with 8 catches for 130 yards and a score. Senior Patrick Winters also had a receiving score.
Leading the ground attack, senior Jamari Grant totaled 79 yards and a TD and junior Jaylen Johnson added 60 yards and a TD.
Joliet Catholic 49, St. Laurence 0: Undone by six turnovers, host St. Laurence lost the CCL/ESCC crossover.
Juniors Matt Ochoa (17 carries, 52 yards) and Brandon McCoy (12 carries, 33 yards) led the Vikings.
Joliet Catholic outgained St. Laurence 354-122 in total yards.
Loyola 7, St. Rita 3: Senior wide receiver Isaiah Bragg pulled in 3 catches for 104 yards, including a huge 67-yard reception late in the fourth for the Mustangs (0-1) in the CCL/ESCC crossover.
Junior QB Tommy Ulatowski threw for 214 yards on 14-of-25 passing.
Junior kicker Jorge Verduzco connected on a 27-yard field goal.
St. Rita finished with 269 yards of total offense.
Senior linebacker Michael Gaughan (16 tackles, INT) and junior defensive back Liam Bartos (11 tackles, TFL) led the Mustangs defense.
Marian Central Catholic 27, Marian Catholic 14: Hosting MCC on March 20 in a CCL/ESCC crossover in Chicago Heights, Marian Catholic (0-1) was tied 14-14, but the Hurricanes scored 2 touchdowns down the stretch to pull away.
Senior Tajheem Lawson had a big day for the Spartans, rushing for 132 yards and a touchdown, a 19-yard scamper that tied the game at 14. He also had 3 catches for 48 yards.
Jah’mar Daniel also recovered a muffed MCC punt, returning it 6 yards for the score.
Marian QB Ronald Thomas threw for 192 yards for the Spartans with Justin Stallworth (6 catches, 95 yards) being his favorite target.
St. Patrick 35, Leo 8: Playing at St. Rita on March 20 in a CCL crossover, QB James E’Akels (134 passing yards) found Rayion Davidson for an 8-yard touchdown pass for Leo (0-1). E’Akels converted the 2-point play, finding Rob Smith in the end zone.
Benet Academy 14, St. Ignatius 7: The host Wolfpack allowed a late touchdown with just 1:10 remaining in the fourth as Benet squeaked out a close victory.