High School Lites: Round 4 playoff preview

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High School Lites: Round 4 playoff preview

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010
9:57 PM

By Joe Collins
CSNChicago.com

What teams will make the trip to Champaign ... and what teams go home? Comcast SportsNet is your home for the IHSA football playoffs. Check out CSN and CSNChicago.com on both Friday and Saturday nights for up-to-the-minute prep sports news. High School Lites will air on Friday night just after the Blackhawks game. Our high school coverage continues on Saturday night on SportsNet Central -- also after Hawks hockey. We will have highlights of the following games this weekend:

FRIDAY
CATHOLIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
Fenwick (6-5) vs. Brother Rice (6-5), 7 p.m. at Toyota Park

The Friars and Crusaders battle for the right to take on the Public League Champion (Morgan Park or Curie) in the Prep Bowl at Soldier Field next Friday. Fenwick has gone toe-to-toe with some of the toughest teams in the state ... which is second nature as a member as a member of Chicagos Catholic Blue conference. They lost close games to St. Rita and Prairie Ridge -- both still alive in the IHSA playoffs. Brother Rice advanced to the Catholic League Championship after beating St. Ignatius 34-7.

Note: Fenwick beat Brother Rice 23-7 in the last week of the regular season.

SATURDAY
8A: No. 4 Homewood-Flossmoor (10-2) at No. 3 Mt. Carmel (10-2), noon at Gately Stadium

Maybe its time to start thinking about H-F, not as a nice Cinderella story, but as a serious threat to win state. The Vikings, 1-8 last season, beat Naperville North last week -- a team that upset No. 1-seed York by the way -- 35-28 on the Huskies home turf. Running back Malik Norman was unstoppable again, racking up four touchdowns and 163 yards on the ground. Mt. Carmels defense will be up to the task. After giving up 47 points to Simeon and another 35 to St. Rita in the regular season, the Caravan has shown steady progress. They hit Lyons in the quarterfinals with four sacks and three interceptions, winning 41-10.

8A: No. 4 Maine South (10-2) @ No. 2 Loyola (11-1), 1 p.m.

The last time Loyola gave up more than seven points in a game was about a month ago -- a 24-21 win over St. Rita. The Ramblers have given up a grand total of seven points in the playoffs and theyre coming off an impressive shutout win over Palatine, 14-0. Running back Spencer Perry is equally impressive, rushing for 121 yards and two TDs in that quarterfinal win. Maine South continues to be, well, Maine South. The Hawks have won 10 straight after two losses (Maine South, Schaumburg) and are getting key plays from both sides of the ball, including from sophomore quarterback Matt Alviti. A Hawks win will give them their sixth trip to Champaign since 2003.

7A: No. 2 St. Rita (11-1) @ No. 5 Lake Zurich (11-1), 7 p.m.

If youre a fan of old-school, smash-mouth football, then you might want to head up Route 12 Saturday night to see two of the best defenses in the state. St. Rita dismantled one of the premier option offenses around last week -- shutting out Carmel 21-0. Linebacker Will McNamara had 12 tackles. Their offensive threat, as always, is in the backfield: Jahwon Akui. He scored two TDs in last weeks win. Lake Zurich is riding high after holding one of the highest scoring teams in the state, Simeon, to 14 points. Running back Jacob Brinlee anchors the Bears offense.

5A: No. 6 Montini (10-2) @ No. 1 Kaneland (12-0), 5 p.m.

Two teams with rich playoff histories collide in Maple Park on Saturday evening. Montini comes in as the reigning state champs in 5A. They defeated Marian Central Catholic last week, 24-10, behind Matt Westerkamps two touchdown passes. Kaneland won back-to-back state titles in 1997 and 98 -- two teams that also went undefeated. This years undefeated bunch went to Vernon Hills last week and stormed out with a 37-22 victory. Quarterback Joe Camilere was a force in the victory: four touchdowns and 357 yards. The winner of this game will battle either Richwoods or Glenwood in Champaign next week.

PUBLIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
Curie (8-5) vs. Morgan Park (10-2), 4 p.m. at Gately Stadium

Hows this for a random fact: If Curie wins Saturday, they will qualify to play a 15th game (Chicago Prep Bowl). It would be only the second time in state history that a team would have played 15 games in a season. Of course, the Condors would have to get past a speedy Morgan Park team in the Public League Championship first. Curie has won three straight: Hubbard, Orr and Robeson. Morgan Park is playing their first game since losing to 6A semifinalist Prairie Ridge in the second round.

Our coverage on Friday night includes in-depth analysis of the Montini-Kaneland and St.Rita-Lake Zurich matchups. In our team of the week segment, we visit the south suburbs as the Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings continue their amazing turnaround under the tutelage of new head coach Craig Buzea. And in our Flashback profile, we take a look at the high school career of Northwestern quarterback Evan Watkins.

On Saturdays late edition of SportsNet Central after Blackhawks hockey, we will provide highlights from all of the above games and bring you updates on all 5A, 6A, 7A and 8A games, including the 7A semifinal tilt between Wheaton Warrenville South and Belleville East.

We are your source for playoff highlights, scores and more. High School Lites streams live at CSNChicago.com.

Buckeyes nearly match NFL Draft record with five first-round selections

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Buckeyes nearly match NFL Draft record with five first-round selections

Many expected a record-breaking night for Ohio State on Thursday, but the Buckeyes will have to settle for only five first-round selections in this year's NFL Draft.

In what was a phenomenal showing for Urban Meyer's program, five Buckeyes heard their names called during the first 20 picks in Thursday night's first round.

Ohio State came one selection away from matching the NFL Draft record of six players from one school being chosen in the first round, a feat accomplished by Miami, which saw six players taken in the first round in 2004.

Defensive end Joey Bosa got things started when he was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the third pick.

Teammate Ezekiel Elliott immediately followed when the Dallas Cowboys used the No. 4 pick on the star running back.

Cornerback Eli Apple made it three Buckeyes selected in the top 10 when the New York Giants took him at No. 10, instantly earning the new nickname of Eli "Big" Apple.

Offensive lineman Taylor Decker was chosen by the Tennessee Titans six picks later at No. 16, and linebacker Darron Lee rounded it out at five in the top 20 when he was picked by the New York Jets at No. 20.

It was the fourth time Ohio State has had five players picked in the first round of the NFL Draft.

The Buckeyes still have a shot at a modern draft record. Ohio State actually holds the record for the most players chosen in a single draft, with 14 players picked in 2004. As Cleveland.com's Bill Landis explained earlier this month, the all-time record is 17, accomplished by the Texas Longhorns in 1984, though that draft had 12 rounds. The 14 players sent to the draft by Ohio State in 2004 is a record under the current seven-round format.

Days 2 and 3 still figure to feature a lot of big-name Buckeyes. Top Ohio State talent not picked in the first round includes Vonn Bell, Cardale Jones, Braxton Miller, Joshua Perry, Tyvis Powell, Michael Thomas and Adolphus Washington.

Big Ten still without first-round quarterback in NFL Draft since 1995

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Big Ten still without first-round quarterback in NFL Draft since 1995

The Big Ten’s long, regional nightmare marches on.

With no signal callers taken Thursday night, the Big Ten still hasn't seen a quarterback chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1995.

The conference's drought extended to 21 years when the first round came and went with Michigan State's Connor Cook and Penn State's Christian Hackenberg, among others, still remaining on the board.

The last Big Ten quarterback to hear his name called in the first round was Kerry Collins, who was drafted out of Penn State way back in 1995.

Since, 26 Big Ten quarterbacks have been picked, just not in the first round. The skid came close to ending in 2001, when Purdue’s Drew Brees was the first pick of the second round at No. 32, a pick that would be in the first round today given there are now 32 NFL teams.

After Brees, though, the Big Ten went without a quarterback selected higher than the fourth round until 2007, the first of back-to-back years in which a conference quarterback was picked in the second round: Michigan State’s Drew Stanton in 2007 and Michigan’s Chad Henne in 2008.

Between 2009 and 2015, just six Big Ten quarterbacks were drafted: Purdue’s Curtis Painter (sixth round, 2009), Northwestern’s Mike Kafka (fourth round, 2010), Iowa’s Ricky Stanzi (fifth round, 2011), Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson (third round, 2012), Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins (fourth round, 2012) and Northwestern’s Trevor Siemian (seventh round, 2015).

Cook and Hackenberg could both be selected on Day 2, and Ohio State's Cardale Jones and Indiana's Nate Sudfeld could also be picked before this year's draft is over.

Here is the complete list of Big Ten quarterbacks selected from 1995 to the present.

— Kerry Collins, Penn State (first round, 1995)
— Tony Banks, Michigan State (second round, 1996)
— Bobby Hoying, Ohio State (third round, 1996)
— Wally Richardson, Penn State (seventh round, 1997)
— Brian Griese, Michigan (third round, 1998)
— Joe Germaine, Ohio State (fourth round, 1999)
— Tom Brady, Michigan (sixth round, 2000)
— Drew Brees, Purdue (second round, 2001)
— Kurt Kittner, Illinois (fifth round, 2002)
— Steve Bellisari, Ohio State (sixth round, 2002)
— Drew Henson, Michigan (sixth round, 2003)
— Brooks Bollinger, Wisconsin (sixth round, 2003)
— Gibran Hamdan, Indiana (seventh round, 2003)
— Craig Krenzel, Ohio State (fifth round, 2004)
— Jim Sorgi, Wisconsin (sixth round, 2004)
— Jeff Smoker, Michigan State (sixth round, 2004)
— John Navarre, Michigan (seventh round, 2004)
— Kyle Orton, Purdue (fourth round, 2005)
— Drew Stanton, Michigan State (second round, 2007)
— Troy Smith, Ohio State (fifth round, 2007)
— Chad Henne, Michigan (second round, 2008)
— Curtis Painter, Purdue (sixth round, 2009)
— Mike Kafka, Northwestern (fourth round, 2010)
— Ricky Stanzi, Iowa (fifth round, 2011)
— Russell Wilson, Wisconsin (third round, 2012)
— Kirk Cousins, Michigan State (fourth round, 2012)
— Trevor Siemian, Northwestern (seventh round, 2015)

Germain Ifedi Seattle Seahawks NFL Draft Profile

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Germain Ifedi Seattle Seahawks NFL Draft Profile

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 150 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Germain Ifedi (OL), Texas A&M

6’6” | 324 lbs.

Selection:

1st Round, 31st overall by Seattle Seahawks

Scouting Report:

"It wasn't long ago scouts were beating up former Texas A&M tackle Cedric Ogbuehi about a disappointing season before he went 21st overall in the draft even with a torn ACL. NFL scouts see Ifedi as a guard, but a team may decide to try him at tackle before moving him inside. Ifedi has the tools and traits to become a good NFL offensive linemen if he can avoid the leaning and lunging that plagues him. A move inside combined with NFL coaching could unlock Ifedi's high ceiling." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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