When Ryan Swift took over as the starting quarterback for the Riverside-Brookfield High School team as a sophomore, his talent was evident. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder had speed, size and strength. Now a senior, what’s been most impressive about Swift is his willingness to use his ability on both sides of the ball.
In Friday’s 31-21 win at Wheaton Academy, Swift completed 11 of 18 pass completions for 135 yards, rushed 19 times for 168 yards and accounted for two TDs. He also recorded nine tackles, a forced fumble and key pass breakup.
“Ryan Swift for the Heisman (Trophy),” RBHS coach Brendan Curtin said with a laugh. “Ryan really took over the game and put the team on his back. His ability to run, complete 60-plus percent of his passes and play well on defense helps us in so many ways. We had multiple running backs contribute to our ground game, but Ryan had over 160 rushing yards.
“I thought our defense played well. We gave up three touchdowns but we had three takeaways. We knew going into the game Wheaton Academy had some weapons and they were averaging over 40 points. I thought we did a good job getting a tough road win.”
Swift threw an 11-yard touchdown passes to Jhalen Williams and also had a 44-yard TD run. Set up by a Dean Zigulich interception, Ja’Mari Wise added an 11-yard scoring run and Emilio Solano kicked a 35-yard field goal. Defensively, Joey Swallow had an interception and Carter a fumble recovery.
After Wheaton Academy scored a touchdown to pull within 24-21 midway through the third quarter, Al’Lan Carter threw a 16-yard halfback pass to Zigulich for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring at 31-21.
Junior quarterback Jacob Keller completed 13 of 21 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns to power the Friars past DePaul Prep 38-19 at Lane Stadium in Chicago.
“Coming off of a huge loss to Loyola (Sept. 19), everyone was mad and came to practice working hard,” Keller said. “Practice was really chippy this week. We were waiting to show another team what we’ve got and that’s what we did today.”
Wide receiver Sherman Martin had three catches for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Will Lattner led the Friars in rushing with 103 yards on 16 carries.
Defensively, Patrick Kenny recorded a team-high 6.5 tackles plus a deflected pass, while Joe Garibotti had 4.5 tackles. Brian Doyle picked off two passes for the Friars. Marty Stein had a sack. Patrick Rafferty (3.5 tackles) and Brett Moorman (3 tackles) also contributed.
Fenwick (2-3, 0-1) hosts Marmion (2-3, 0-1) on Saturday at Morton West in a Chicago Catholic League Green Division matchup. Kickoff is 1 p.m.
RBHS boys soccer
The Bulldogs knocked off Class 2A defending state champion Wheaton Academy 3-1 as Mikah Patil had two goals in the second half to the put the game away. Nathan Juarez scored the other goal off an assist from Patil, while Eduardo Jimenez and Charlie Tapia led a tremendous defensive effort against the Warriors.
RBHS (6-2-3) also defeated Fenton 3-1 with two goals from Patil and a goal from Jacob Douglas. Patil, Dima Aieta and Erik Casillas had an assist apiece against the Bison.
RBHS girls volleyball
6-foot-8 junior outside hitter Dana Rettke is one of the best players in the state. She showed why last week as the Bulldogs finished sixth at the Rich East Tournament and racked up wins against Immaculate Conception, Oak Park and River Forest, Lockport, Andrew and Lincoln-Way West. Rettke also played well in losses to Marist and Providence.
Rettke, who became the Bulldogs’ all-time leader in blocks, had 94 kills, 9 assists, 7 aces, 46 digs, 13 blocks and a .327 hitting percentage for the week. She was particularly dominant against OPRF with 19 kills, 9 digs and 2 blocks in a 18-25, 25-16, 28-26 victory.
Right side hitter Gia Cinkay had 30 kills and 10 blocks. Other top performers last week included Selene Anaya (40 digs), Nerija Cuplinskas (39 digs, 17 kills), Nicole LaBelle (21 kills, 8 blocks), Olivia Gyssler (70 assists, 32 digs) and Maria Gonzales (56 assists, 20 digs) contributed for the Bulldogs (13-5, 6-0 Metro Suburban Conference).
RBHS hosts Wheaton Academy on Thursday (Oct. 1) at 5 p.m.
LTHS girls cross country
Last season, senior Hannah Dutler contributed to a ninth-place finish by the Lyons Township High School girls cross country team at the Palatine Invitational.
At the invite Saturday, the Lions were second in a field with five top-10 ranked Class 3A or 2A opponents.
“This year is just completely the opposite end,” said Dutler, 31st and the team’s No. 4 finisher.
At Palatine, LTHS only was beaten by four-time defending 2A champion Yorkville. Sarah Barcelona (13th) and Emily Henkel (19th) were the team’s top two finishers. Vanessa Flaherty battled illness but still was 25th.
“We’ve made huge strides to be even talked about with the top 10, 15 teams in the state,” LTHS coach Stetson Steele said. “I think we’re in a good spot for now. I couldn’t be happier with where we are now as opposed to a year ago.”
LTHS boys cross country
The Lions have not earned state team trophies in consecutive seasons for almost 60 years.
After taking third in Class 3A in 2014, LTHS is in the title hunt again.
On Sept. 19, the Lions returned to Peoria’s Detweiller Park, annual site of the state meet, and won the Richard Spring Invitational 80-96 over two-time defending 3A state champion Hinsdale Central. Vince Zona was third (14:40.2) and Danny Kilrea (12th, 14:53.4) and Connor Madell (14th, 14:55.8) also placed in the top 15. Matt Begeman (21st, 15:02.9) just missed breaking 15:00.
-Bill Stone contributed to this roundup