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Jackson stars in Glenbard North upset

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Jackson stars in Glenbard North upset

Matt Harness
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Justin Jackson did almost everything he could do to lead Glenbard North to Champaign for the first time since 2007.

The junior running back carried the ball 44 times for 236 yards and scored all four touchdowns in the Panthers 27-24 win over Loyola in the Class 8A semifinals Saturday. Jackson also started at cornerback and was spotted on special teams.

Its awesome, said Jackson, who was on the same field last year when the Panthers ended their season with a 28-13 loss to Loyola in the same round of the playoffs. It feels great to be able to help the team out.

Jacksons 59-yard TD run his third rushing TD of the game with 23 seconds left in the third quarter put the No. 6-ranked Panthers (12-1) ahead 27-10, but No. 3 Loyola (11-2) staged a spirited rally to make things interesting down the stretch. Jackson also added a 19-yard touchdown catch with 6:34 left in the first half.

Senior Peter Pujals connected with senior Luke Ford for two late TDs in a little more than two minutes, but the Ramblers ran out of time after the onside kick was recovered by the Panthers, who won their 12th consecutive game.

Glenbard North rarely strayed from its game plan of giving the ball to Jackson, either on handoffs up the middle or on toss sweeps to the outside.

Hes a good running back, said Loyola senior nose tackle Darby Goodwin of the 6-foot, 175-pounder, who runs with a combination of speed and power. We could have tackled better.

Once again, Loyolas offense struggled to move the ball, totaling four three-and-outs during the first half. Meanwhile, the Panthers took advantage and a 14-0 lead.

The Ramblers got on the board with a 25-yard field goal by sophomore Mike Kurzydlowski in the final minute of the second quarter to cap a 10-play, 67-yard drive. Loyola then scored on its first series of the second half on Pujals 12-yard pass to senior Richie Wehman in the third minute of the third quarter to leave the score 14-10.

But Glenbard North answered with its own scoring drive that featured six runs by Jackson, including a 12-yarder into the end zone. After a Loyola punt, Jackson showed hes the total package by breaking through the line before racing past defenders for a 59-yard score.

I didnt think we would run that much, and I didnt know how much success I would have, said Jackson, who hopes to do his part in getting Glenbard North its first-ever state championship in football. All credit goes to the guys up front. We won the line of scrimmage, and thats what really changed the outcome of the game.

George McCaskey, Bears release statement on Trump comments

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George McCaskey, Bears release statement on Trump comments

About an hour and 40 minutes before the Bears kicked off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Bears chairman George H. McCaskey released a statement following President Trump's comments about the NFL and National Anthem protests over the weekend:

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told CBS his team will remain in the locker room and will not participate in the National Anthem before Sunday's game.

A number of players knelt during the Star-Spangled Banner prior to Sunday morning's Baltimore Ravens-Jacksonville Jaguars game at Wembley Stadium in London, and Jaguars owner Shad Khan locked arms with his players during the anthem. 

Other NFL owners released statements on the Trump comments over the weekend, too:

Report: Steelers won't participate in National Anthem at Soldier Field

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Report: Steelers won't participate in National Anthem at Soldier Field

The Pittsburgh Steelers will not participate in the National Anthem on Sunday at Soldier Field, according to Jamie Erdahl. 

The decision follows Donald Trump's recent comments on NFL protests at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired," Trump said. 

No word on what the Bears will do yet, but the Steelers will be in the locker room.