Considering its leaders are quarterback Tom Fielder and Miami of Ohio-bound running back Leonard Ross, the Lyons Township High School football team knows all about talented playmakers.
Unfortunately, the Lions learned up close about a burgeoning star in Warren junior running back Darrius Crump on Friday night. He rushed for 247 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries during the Blue Devils’ 17-14 win over visiting LTHS. A transfer from Carmel, Crump scored on a 60-yard run during the Blue Devils’ first possession.
Despite Crump’s dominance on the ground, the Lions held a 14-10 halftime lead. Fielder scored on an 11-yard run right before the break and Ross scored earlier in the opening half on a one-yard push into the end zone. Ross rushed 21 times for 125 yards.
Warren regained the lead for good at 17-14 midway through the third quarter when quarterback Jay Nickell tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Reams. The Blue Devils’ decisive score was aided by a botched LTHS punt attempt deep it its own territory.
The Lions had a couple of opportunities to score a game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter; however, a pair of turnovers during the final three minutes of the game promptly stopped both drives.
LTHS (0-1) remain on the road this week with a game at Willowbrook on Friday (7:30 p.m.)
Bulldogs’ Bojovic, Landahl trigger fast start in girls tennis
Coming off a 13-4 campaign in 2013, the Riverside-Brookfield High School girls tennis team is off to a promising start this year. Powered by second-placed performances from Victoria Bojovic and Kaylyn Landahl, the Bulldogs won two of three dual matches at the Elk Grove Quad over the weekend. RBHS defeated Elk Grove, 4-1, and Elmwood Park, 3-2. Niles North dealt the Bulldogs a 5-0 loss.
The Bulldogs (3-1) cruised past Willowbrook 7-0 in their season opener.
The junior varsity is also playing well early, off to a 3-0 start led by top doubles team Radka Pribyl-Pierdinock and Morgan Kraus.
RBHS girls volleyball
The Bulldogs began the season with a 22-25, 16-25 loss to visiting Nazareth last week. 6-7 sophomore Dana Rettke led RBHS with four kills and senior libero Natalia Gheewala contributed nine digs. Junior outside hitter Paola Lehman also played well with two kills and eight digs.
RBHS hosts Wheaton Academy on Wednesday (5:30 p.m.).
RBHS girls golf
Although the Bulldogs are off to an 0-3 start and took fifth place at the Willowbrook Invite, several individuals have played well. At the Willowbrook Invite over the weekend, sophomore Cameron Shaw shot a career-best 43 and Heninger shot a 45 at Twin Lakes in Westmont.
St. Edward defeated RBHS 252-238 in a conference match last week. Senior Alicia Heninger carded a 57 to lead the Bulldogs.
RBHS boys soccer
Due to playing a tough non-conference schedule, the Bulldogs typically struggle in the win-loss column early in the season. Although RBHS is off to a 1-2 start, the team already owns an impressive 3-1 victory against Oak Park and River Forest. The win marked the first time RBHS has ever beaten OPRF in a season opener. Alex Chavez, Mikah Patil and Eduardo Jimenez each scored a goal to power the Bulldogs past the Huskies. Up 2-1 at halftime, Jimenez scored a goal from 20 yards out to give RBHS a 3-1 lead.
In other matches last week, Leyden blanked the Bulldogs 4-0 and Larkin edged the Bulldogs 2-1.
RBHS boys golf
RBHS participated in the 45th Annual Fenton Invite and carded a team score of 411. Juniors Mike Gruber and Aleks Penaherrera both shot 98. In dual match play, RBHS lost to Illiana Christian (159-187) and Timothy Christian (166-185). Gruber (shot 42 against Illiana Christian) and senior Tim Kmet (shot 45 against Timothy Christian) led the Bulldogs in scoring.
In their season opener, the Bulldogs (1-2) defeated De La Salle 188-214 at Meadows Golf Course in Blue Island. Peter Smith led the way with a 42 and Gruber carded a 45.
RBHS takes on Guerin and Fenton in a pair of dual matches this week.