Nazaerth 37, Marist 21
No opponent has been able to stop Nazareth’s powerful running game this season. The Roadrunners ran wild against Marist in a 37-21 East Suburban Catholic Conference win. Led by running back Nolan Dean (30 carries, 208 yards, 4 TDs), Nazareth rushed for over 330 yards on the day.
The Roadrunners (8-0, 6-0) can clinch the outright conference championship with a victory over St. Viator in their regular season finale. Joliet Catholic (6-2, 5-1) is in second place. This year’s team is also vying for the first 9-0 campaign in the football program’s history.
In 2011, Nazareth and Marist shared the ESCC title.
Trailing Marist 21-20, kicker Michael Hillsman nailed a 20-yard field goal early in the third quarter to put the Roadrunners up for good at 23-20. Hillsman’s field goal triggered a 17-point run by Nazareth, capped off by a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown runs from Dean.
The Nazareth defense was also impressive in the second half, holding the RedHawks (4-4, 3-3) scoreless.
Lyons Township 21, York 10
Michael Kirksy’s 6-yard touchdown run with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter secured the Lions’ victory. Running back Leonard Ross scored two touchdowns for LTHS in the first half on a 12-yard catch and 7-yard run. Ross ran 25 times for 191 yards and caught four passes for 101 yards.
LTHS (4-4, 2-3 West Suburban Silver) must defeat Proviso West (1-7, 0-5) on Friday to become playoff eligible. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. in Hillside.
Morgan Alexander rushed for 130 yards on 25 carries for York (4-4, 1-4), which can also become playoff eligible with a victory against undefeated Glenbard West in the Dukes’ regular season finale.
Montini 24, Fenwick 7
Fenwick seniors Chris Hawthorne and Harry Bell are experienced playmakers who anchor the Friars’ defense. The two defensive stalwarts collaborated on the team’s lone score against host Montini Friday night.
In the second quarter, Hawthorne blocked a punt which was scooped up by Bell and returned 45 yards for a touchdown in the Friars’ 24-7 loss against Montini in Lombard.
In fact, with the exception of senior running back Pat O’Donahue (21 carries, 105 yards), the Friars struggled to generate any offense. Starting quarterback Jack Beneventi had a tough night against the Broncos, completing 8 of 20 passes for 52 yards with two interceptions. Reserve quarterback Sean Moorman replaced the Iowa-bound Beneventi in the fourth quarter, performing slightly better with a 6-for-14, 85-yard passing plus an interception performance. Montini applied consistent pressure on both quarterbacks.
The Friars closed the first half with just five first downs and 90 yards offensively.
Prince Walker paced the Broncos with 205 yards rushing and Leon Thornton III added a 12-yard touchdown run with 14 seconds remaining until halftime to give Montini a 17-7 lead. Mason Weissenhofer also converted a field goal for Montini (5-3, 2-1 Chicago Catholic League Green).
Fenwick (5-3, 2-1) entered the game against the Broncos on a three-game winning streak. With one week remaining, Fenwick, Montini, St. Francis and Marmion all hold a 2-1 record in the CCL Green while De La Salle sits in the cellar at 0-4.
Montini hosts Marmion while Fenwick hosts St. Francis in Week 9 action. The winner of each game will earn a share of the CCL Green championship.
The Fenwick/St. Francis game is Saturday, Oct. 25. Kickoff is 1 p.m. at Hoffman Stadium on the Morton West campus in Berywn.