Air affair: Simeon's pass game keys victory

Air affair: Simeon's pass game keys victory

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2010
12:49 AM

By Phil Brozynski

The Public League's dream of a state football title is still alive.

Six-foot-4 junior quarterback Robert Gregory completed 14 of 20 passes for 300 yards and five touchdowns and ran for two more to lead No. 2-ranked Simeon (11-0) to a wild 55-50 victory in a Class 7A second-round shootout at Schaumburg.

My guys predicted a high scoring game, but I didnt believe them, Gregory said. They (Schaumburg) were the best team we played. They did a good job stopping our running game, but our passing game was working. Nobody can stop our offense.

Simeon broke a 36-36 halftime tie by scoring on three consecutive second-half possessions. Gregory completed touchdown passes of 22 yards to Devanta Elzy and 26 yards to Cywettnie Brown, and scored on a 47-yard run to give the Wolverines a 55-43 lead.

Schaumburg (8-3) which stayed even in the first half as Shepard Little (21 carries, 92 yards) scored on runs of three, two and one yards and returned two kickoffs for 83 and 88 yards, got within 55-50 on a 16-yard touchdown run by Mark Ianotti (29 carries, 248 yards) with 7:56 remaining.

After taking over at its own 11 with 4:58 left following a Simeon punt, Schaumburg drove to the Wolverines 16-yard line with 26.6 seconds left. But a pass to the endzone by Ianotti on fourth down fell incomplete.

Numbers 3 (Gregory) and 37 (Horactio Banks) are pretty darn good football players, said Schaumburg coach Mark Stilling. They presented a real challenge. We got some stops in the first and fourth quarters, but we couldnt get any in the second or third.

Sights and Sounds from Cubs visit to Donald Trump's White House

Sights and Sounds from Cubs visit to Donald Trump's White House

The 45th President of the United States Donald Trump welcomed the 2016 World Series champion Cubs to The White House on Wednesday afternoon.

While attendance was optional due to the Cubs already holding a formal ceremony with former President Barack Obama last January, several Cubs players and manager Joe Maddon attended Wednesday's gathering. 

Check out some of the sights and sounds from the Cubs busy day in D.C.

Vice President Mike Pence gets his own Cubs jersey.

Trump wants to know who the best hitter on the Cubs is so he can pick them up for his fantasy baseball team (we made up that last part).

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert crashes the party.

The Cubs display a card displaying No. 45 for President Trump.

Who is the Cubs owner in this picture?

Who is Victor Caratini? Breaking down the Cubs' new catcher

Who is Victor Caratini? Breaking down the Cubs' new catcher

Miguel Montero is out and Victor Caratini is in.

The Cubs made a shakeup at catcher Wednesday and will have to forge the last half of the 2017 season without the presence of veteran Montero, who has 1,149 MLB games under his belt and was hitting .286 with an .805 OPS this year.

But Montero talked his way out of town and Caratini is the immediate choice for a replacement behind starting backstop Willson Contreras.

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Caratini is a 23-year-old switch-hitter whom the Cubs acquired from the Atlanta Braves in 2014 as part of the Emilio Bonifacio/James Russell deadline deal. The Braves initially selected Caratini in the second round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of Miami-Dade College.

The Puerto Rican native has mostly played catcher (297 games) in his minor-league career, but has also seen time at first base (76 games) and third base (57 games). 

Caratini got his first taste of big-league spring training action this season, impressing with a .379 average and 1.175 OPS in 16 games (29 at-bats).

He is enjoying the best offensive season of his career in Triple-A Iowa, hitting .343 with a .384 on-base percentage and .923 OPS.

Caratini has already set a career high with eight home runs while clubbing 20 doubles and driving in 54 runs in 68 games. He also has only 40 strikeouts in 245 at-bats.

The Cubs named Caratini the organization's minor league player of the month in May after he drove in 17 runs in 24 games while hitting .366 with a .573 slugging percentage.

Caratini also should help the Cubs running game — an area where Montero was 0-for-31 in throwing out baserunners. Caratini has nabbed 28 percent of would-be basestealers in Iowa, a mark that is directly even with the MLB average.

Contreras is throwing out 34 percent of would-be basestealers in 2017.

Caratini figures to be the short-term answer for the Cubs at catcher given the organzation doesn't have many other options. Kyle Schwarber has not been a viable option behind the plate after recovering from major knee surgery that sapped almost his entire 2016 season. Taylor Davis — a 27-year-old catcher/infielder — is currently on the disabled list and has yet to make his MLB debut.