High School Lites: Round 2 Playoff Preview

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High School Lites: Round 2 Playoff Preview

Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010
9:30 PM

By Joe Collins
CSNChicago.com

Comcast SportsNet is your home for the IHSA football playoffs! Check out High School Lites at 10:30 Friday night, just after the Bulls take on the Celtics. We will be at every high school football game in the Chicagoland area, which includes state and Chicago Public League playoff games. What schools will make it one step closer to Champaign? Our spotlight will include:

8A:

3 Mt. Carmel (8-2) at 11 Neuqua Valley (7-3), 7:00pm
Now that the kids in the Caravan got coach Frank Lenti his 300th career win, what will be done as an encore? Theres no room for a letdown Friday night in Naperville, as they play a Neuqua Valley team that trounced Downers Grove South last week 36-22. Trent Snyder is a beast in the Wildcats backfield. He carried the ball 39 times for 217 yards and four TDs in last weeks win. Mt. Carmels offense has been clicking, too. Senior quarterback and Catholic League co-MVP Chris Sujka tallied 229 yards, 171 of them on the ground, in last weeks victory over Bolingbrook. Fun fact: Mt. Carmel has either won state or finished second in 13 of the past 24 seasons.
5 Waubonsie Valley (8-2) at 4 Homewood-Flossmoor (8-2), 7:00pm
H-Fs dramatic one-season turnaround continued last week in a 41-14 win over Curie. The Vikings were 1-8 last season and look to get to the nine win plateau Friday for the first time since their state title year in 1994, when they went 13-1. The matchup with Upstate Eight conference foe Waubonsie Valley figures to be a great one. The Warriors took it to Brother Rice last week 33-7. Running back Austin Guido ran for 204 yards, helping secure the first playoff victory for W-V in nine years. The winner of this game plays the winner of
1 York (9-1) at 9 Naperville North (7-3), 7:30pm
It makes you wonder what Naperville Norths record would be if they were in any other conference than the rugged DuPage Valley. All three of their losses were to eventual playoff teams. Maybe they could do a test run in the West Suburban Silver? The road wouldnt be any easier there. Just ask York. Three teams from that conference currently stand at 9-1and that includes the Dukes. York survived a scare from Lockport last week 21-14, as quarterback Jim Nudera came through with two clutch drives late. Naperville North walked (or ran) away from Marist last week in a 27-14 victory, as backs Matt LaCosse and Antonio Owens set the rushing attack.
7 Sandburg (8-2) at 2 Lyons (9-1), 7:30pm
If youre a fan of blue, yellow and white jerseyscome out to 49th & Willow Springs Road in the western suburbs Friday night. Sandburg and Lyons might dress alike, but the host Lions might be tougher to keep track ofsimply because they are scoring at will. They have scored more than 30 points seven times this year, including last weeks 58-0 drubbing of Vocational. But Sandburg is also on a serious tear. They currently have a four game winning streak, the last three against playoff teamsincluding last weeks 24-20 win over Proviso West in the first round. The victor gets the Mt. Carmel-Neuqua Valley winner.

6A:

2 Rock Island (8-2) at 6 Crete-Monee (7-3), 7:00pm
Crete-Monee and Rock Island hook up for the second consecutive year. Last years game was a regular season tilt, which was won by the Rocks 14-0 in the Quad Cities. The Warriors look for home-cooked revenge this time around behind quarterback Jaylan Bailey, who was clutch last week in leading his team to a come-from-behind 35-28 victory over Normal West. He racked up 344 yards and four touchdowns on the day. Rock Island is no stranger to postseason play, having qualified 16 of the last 18 seasons. Their debut in the 2010 playoffs was a wild one. They beat DeKalb 42-41 in overtime last week.
4A:
3 Rock Island Alleman (10-0) at 11 CICSLongwood (7-3), 7:00pm at St. Rita High School
Chicago International Charter School Longwood made school history last Saturday, winning their first playoff game ever in a 42-8 victory over Carver at Gately Stadium. Anthony Garrison scored three touchdowns, one of them off a fumble recovery. The competition gets dramatically tougher this week as they take on an undefeated Pioneers team thats coming off a 31-0 win over Genoa-Kingston. Alleman is no stranger to the state football playoffs. They have made it downstate three times since 1986.
CHICAGO PUBLIC LEAGUE PLAYOFFS:
Dunbar (5-5) vs. Harper (6-4), 3:30pm at Gately Stadium
The Mightymen and the Cardinals got tripped up in their quest for a state title. Both teams now shift their focus on the Prep Bowl at Soldier Field. Dunbar has already claimed a victory over Harper this season: a 30win on September 11th and Stagg Field.

Curie (5-5) vs. Hubbard (8-2), 7:00pm at Gately Stadium
Hubbard lost a heartbreaker to Cary-Grove last week, while Curie got tripped up against Homewood-Flossmoor. Quarterback Quincy Skanes engineers the attack for the 8-2 Greyhounds. Note: the Prep Bowl will be Friday November 26th at Soldier Field, pitting Chicagos Public League champions against the top team from the Catholic League.

Team of the Week

In our Team of the Week segment, we profile St. Edward High School in Elgin. The Green Wave secured their first playoff win in school history last weekend. And how about their reward: they will now get to host their first football playoff game ever. Our Luke Stuckmeyer takes a look at a team that is enjoying postseason success for the first time in almost 70 years. In our Flashback segment, we will profile an unsung hero from Wheaton Warrenville South in the 2006 state playoffs. He had the game of his life and helped the Tigers win a state championship. Find out who he is on High School Lites.

We also have plenty of games on Saturdays calendar for coverage. They include:

Bartlett @ Maine South (8A)
Loyola @ Fremd (8A)
Simeon @ Schaumburg (7A)
Lake Zurich @ Prospect (7A)
Glenbard West @ Lincoln-Way East (7A)
Lake Forest @ Crystal Lake South (6A)
Morgan Park @ Prairie Ridge (6A)
Robeson @ Cary-Grove (6A)
Vernon Hills @ Tinley Park (5A)
Mendota @ St. Edward (4A)

Tune in to CSN at 10:30 Friday night! We are your source for playoff highlights, scores and more. We will be streaming the show live at CSNChicago.com.

Janarion Grant will return to Rutgers for fifth season in 2017

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Janarion Grant will return to Rutgers for fifth season in 2017

One of the most explosive players in the Big Ten will be back for the 2017 season.

Rutgers announced Tuesday that do-it-all man Janarion Grant will be back on the field for the Scarlet Knights this fall. Grant suffered a leg injury in the team's fourth game of the season and missed the last eight games of the campaign.

"Fifth year, here I come! I'm excited about what I have been able to accomplish so far, but I look forward to getting out there and competing with my teammates again," Grant said in the announcement. "I thank coach (Chris) Ash and the staff as well as my family for their support through this process. Let's make this season special. Go Knights!"

Grant is tied for the all-time NCAA lead in kick-return touchdowns with eight. He's got five kickoff-return touchdowns and three punt-return touchdowns.

This past season, Grant got off to a lightning-quick start, scoring six total touchdowns. In just four games, he totaled 210 receiving yards, 195 kickoff-return yards and a kickoff-return touchdown, 138 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns, 21 passing yards and a passing touchdown and 112 punt-return yards and a punt-return touchdown.

Grant is Rutgers' all-time leader in kickoff-return yards with 2,606, and he ranks fourth in program history in all-purpose yards with 4,251.

The Knights were offensively challenged in Ash's first season as head coach, dead last in the conference with an average of 15.7 points per game and 283.2 yards per game. Former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill was hired earlier this offseason as the team's new offensive coordinator.

Bears challenged to replace coaches involved in three all-rookie selections

Bears challenged to replace coaches involved in three all-rookie selections

As a sign of good things to come, three Bears were selected to the NFL's all-rookie teams. But there's a negative thread running through the honors of linebacker Leonard Floyd being named to the rookie defensive team, and the selections of center Cody Whitehair and running back Jordan Howard to the rookie offensive team.
 
The concern lies not in the players or the personnel department under GM Ryan Pace that designated them for drafting. It is in the fact that the position coaches for all three rookie standouts are all gone from the staff of coach John Fox.
 
Finding talent is difficult enough. Developing it is the crucial next step in the football process, and what was evident in the rookie years of Floyd, Whitehair and Howard was that each developed into NFL-grade players with some very solid coaching.

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]
 
Offensive line coach Dave Magazu was not brought back, reportedly in favor of former Miami Dolphins assistant offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn, as reported by Sirius XM radio and Sporting News.
 
Stan Drayton, who coached Carlos Hyde and Ezekiel Elliott at Ohio State, then Howard this year, left for the University of Texas.

Outside linebackers coach Clint Hurtt appeared to be exiting for the New York Jets, although sources report that the deal may not go through.
 
Coaches can't create talent but they can certainly foster and maximize it. Replacing the mentors of their three top rookies from arguably the best draft class since 2004 (Tommie Harris, Tank Johnson, Bernard Berrian, Nathan Vasher) now becomes a talent search in its own right.