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Mustangs still unbeaten on gridiron

  Another week, another nail-biter.
  And while a new hero stepped forward, it was the same old story for Evergreen Park Saturday afternoon, much to the Mustangs’ delight. A week after escaping Richards with a one-point win that kept it in first place within the South Suburban Conference Red, Evergreen followed the same format in Summit and gained sole possession of the penthouse.
  Don Oresky’s 30-yard runback after stripping the ball from Argo tailback D’Ken Jones with under nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter erased the Mustangs’ six-point deficit and helped them secure a 45-44 victory over the previously undefeated Argonauts. Evergreen’s defense, which intercepted four passes on the day, prevented Argo from making a fourth comeback.
  The hosts had spotted the Mustangs a pair of 13-point leads and one of 11 points before rallying in each instance. Jones’ 4-yard run late in the third period had established a 44-38 edge for the Argonauts.

Plenty in reserve

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Backup QB leads Mustangs past Bulldogs

  Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees had nothing on Evergreen Park.
  Just as two of cinema’s most infamous bad-guy characters of the past 35 years were impervious to every act designed to kill them, so, too, are the Mustangs seemingly able to ward off all attempts to defeat them. The latest group to try — and fail — was Richards Friday night.
  When Bulldogs quarterback Hasan Muhammad-Rogers threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Tears with less than five minutes remaining to give their team a six-point lead at Korhonen Field, Richards appeared to be standing on solid ground. While Evergreen has made a habit of staging late rallies during Dan Hartman’s three-year coaching tenure, rarely has it had to come back against a foe the caliber of this year’s Richards squad.

Deuce is ace in the hole

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Marciano’s exploits help Cougars ward off Fighting Saints

  He wears No. 2, but Dave Marciano likely became Public Enemy No. 1 to the University of St. Francis following his exploits on St. Xavier University’s behalf Saturday night in Joliet.
  While Marciano is a starting linebacker for the Cougars, his defensive presence was only part of the reason the Fighting Saints failed to knock off their longtime Mid-States Football Association rival. Even more vital among the senior’s contributions were a school-record-setting 81-yard punt return and the runback of a blocked extra point in the fourth quarter.
  By returning the ball to the USF end zone in the latter instance, Marciano registered a safety for his team, which stretched SXU’s lead out to 24-19. The NAIA fifth-ranked Cougars added two touchdowns after that to exit Memorial Stadium in possession of a 37-25 victory over the No. 22 Saints.
  “He’s our outside linebacker, and he’s got three touchdowns and two points on a safety this season — that’s pretty good production,” SXU coach Mike Feminis said with a chuckle. “I was very happy to come out of there with a win, and those were some big plays.

Knights have their number

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Christian knocks off Guerin in homecoming game

 Chicago Christian had Guerin Prep’s number in more ways than one Friday night.

  The Knights had it in the typical sense, as they were able to best the Gators in Palos Heights. But a likely reason for Christian’s success was that Guerin didn’t have bigger numbers personnel-wise.
  The Knights weren’t superior in that category, either, but the simple fact they were dealing with someone their own size for a change made a difference. Christian only held a slight edge in total yardage, but its defense forced two turnovers while its offense wasn’t guilty of any.
  And for one of the few times this season, the Knights enjoyed playing with a lead. Christian held Guerin scoreless through the first three quarters, and the 13-0 advantage the hosts constructed over that span pretty much held up as the Knights pocketed a 28-14 Suburban Christian Conference Gold win in their homecoming contest.

Beaten at their own game

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Fast-strike JCA zooms past RedHawks

 Scoring points in bunches has been a key ingredient of Marist’s success during the Pat Dunne coaching era.

  Friday night in Joliet, however, the tables got turned. Instead of benefiting from that kind of offensive barrage, the RedHawks were beleaguered by it, courtesy of Joliet Catholic Academy.
  After spotting Marist leads of 14-0 and 21-7, the Hilltoppers scaled Comeback Mountain. They were tied with their guests at halftime, and three fast strikes in the third quarter then put the hosts firmly in command.
  The RedHawks managed to tally just once over the last 24 minutes and, as a result, got tagged with a 49-27 setback in the East Suburban Catholic Conference encounter at Memorial Stadium.
  “I’ve got to give Joliet Catholic credit — they did play well on both sides of the ball,” Dunne said. “Our guys’ effort was great, but we have faced some great teams and great players [this season], and we have to develop some [defensive] consistency. We’ve got to carry it to where we’re consistently putting [opponents] in [difficult] third-down and fourth-down situations.”
  Marist’s defense had its moments, particularly early on. And the RedHawks’ offense gave it a lead to protect right away, as Flynn Nagel (29-yard pass from Jack Donegan) and Peter Andreotti (6-yard run) scored on consecutive series.