The Riverside-Brookfield High School football team improved its Homecoming record to 1-1 at the Martin H. Kennelly Athletic Complex with a 32-0 win over Wheaton Academy on Friday.
Last season, Immaculate Conception spoiled the Bulldogs’ Homecoming debut at their new stadium with a 15-7 victory for the Knights.
RBHS and IC meet again Friday, Sept. 30 in Elmhurst. Kickoff is 7:15 p.m.
Against Wheaton Academy, the Bulldogs found far less resistance than their recent battles with IC, as junior quarterback Hunter Hughes completed 10 of 15 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite targets were Stefan Giminski (4 catches, 64 yards) and Michael Wilson (3 catches, 51 yards) who each caught a TD pass. Nine players had at least one reception for the RBHS wide receiving corps.
On the ground, RBHS finished with only 77 rushing yards. JaMari Wise led the way with 37 yards and a touchdown on five carries.
Although the Bulldogs put plenty of points on the scoreboard, there were some issues on offense. RBHS allowed five sacks for 31 yards and committed six drops in the passing game.
Defensively, RBHS held Wheaton Academy to 213 yards of total offense on 64 plays. The Warriors struggled on third down by converting only 2 of 13 opportunities.
The Bulldogs face aforementioned Immaculate Conception next in a Metro Suburban Blue matchup.
The Knights (5-0) crushed St. Edward 49-3 on Friday. IC is led by the explosive combo of quarterback Luke Ricobene and running back Jordan Rowell. Ricobene accounted for four TDs (3 passing, 1 rushing) and the NIU-bound Rowell had four carries for 223 yards, highlighted by scoring runs of 98 and 99 yards.
RBHS (4-1) will counter the explosive Knights with the playmaking ability of Hughes and a wide array of capable running backs and wideouts.