Powerful run game paces Mount Carmel

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Powerful run game paces Mount Carmel

Friday, Sept. 23, 2011
Posted: 11:56 p.m.

By Steve Millar
YourSeason.com

Brandon Greer and Mount Carmels well-oiled rushing machine was in fine form Friday night. And whenever Brother Rice got momentum, the Caravan was quick to respond with a big play.Greer ran for 239 yards and three long touchdowns on 14 carries and No. 3 Mount Carmel was unhurt by a sloppy, wild fourth quarter in a 35-24 win over the No. 23 Crusaders in a Catholic League Blue game at Gately Stadium.Ive got give credit to my O-line, Greer said. They open it up and once I hit the secondary, I try to put the ball in the end zone. Im just trying to do my part.After Greers 51-yard touchdown run helped send Mount Carmel (5-0, 1-0) into the fourth quarter with a 35-16 lead, Brother Rice (3-2, 0-2) made things interesting late.Rice capped a 22-play, 98-yard, 7:50 drive with a one-yard touchdown pass from Matt Page who replaced injured starter Pat Parrilli late in the first half to James Gannon, Martez Walkers two-point run made it 35-24, and Kevin Salmon recovered an onside kick to give the Crusaders the ball back with 6:40 to go.But Frank Kelly intercepted a Page (7 of 20 passing, 70 yards; eight carries, 55 yards) pass intended for Walker at the Caravan 1-yard line with 4:52 to go.We were in man-to-man coverage, but I saw the wheel play coming and I knew they were going to go to Walker, Kelly said. So I switched off my guy and luckily, I was in the right place at the right time.Rice had one last chance after a wild sequence that saw the Caravan go for and convert a fourth-and-one from its own 10 on a Greer run with 3:25 left but Rice get the ball back when Draco Smith (16 carries, 63 yards) fumbled in the Crusaders end zone. The Crusaders, though, turned the ball over on downs.The Caravan grabbed a 21-3 lead in the second quarter on touchdown runs of 3 and 23 yards by Don Butkus and a 46-yard jaunt to pay dirt from Greer, but Martez Walkers 89-yard kickoff return touchdown gave Rice life.Greer responded with a 25-yard run for a score and Rice turned the ball over inside the Mount Carmel five in the closing minute of the half.Andrew Walker ran 14 times for 88 yards and a touchdown for the Crusaders.

89 Days to Kickoff: Vernon Hills

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89 Days to Kickoff: Vernon Hills

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Vernon Hills

Head coach: Bill Bellecomo

Assistant coaches: Corey Atwell, Greg Stilling, Tim Dydo, Jason Czarnecki, Avelino Cortez, Brian Palmer, Mike Larsen, Dave Schroetter

How they fared in 2016: 10-4 (3-2 Central Suburban North), lost to Peoria in the IHSA Class 5A state title game.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – Grayslake North

Sept. 1 – @ Zion-Benton

Sept. 8 – Rolling Meadows

Sept. 15 - @ Hoffman Estates

Sept. 22 - Highland Park

Sept. 28 – @ Deerfield

Oct. 6 - Maine West

Oct. 13 - @ Maine East

Oct. 20 - Glenbrook North

Biggest storyline: Can the Cougars make another deep run in Class 5A?

Names to watch this season: Senior WR/DB Max Lyle, senior OL/DL Danny Lester and senior LB Kyle Fasbinder

Biggest holes to fill: The Cougars will need to reload in particular on the offensive side of the football with just three starters back from a season ago.

EDGY's early take: The Cougars had a great run in 2016 and while several key starters have graduated, Vernon Hills still has some gas left in the tank. Getting off to a strong early start could be a big key in 2017 as the Cougars schedule is tough especially early on in 2017.

With Ben Zobrist sidelined by sore wrist, Cubs move Ian Happ to second base

With Ben Zobrist sidelined by sore wrist, Cubs move Ian Happ to second base

LOS ANGELES – The Cubs drafted and developed Ian Happ with the idea of turning him into a Ben Zobrist-type player who would move quickly through the farm system and surface as a versatile big-league contributor and/or legitimate trade chip.

With Zobrist sidelined because of a sore left wrist, the Cubs got their first look at Happ playing second base in The Show during Saturday’s 5-0 loss at Dodger Stadium. That kind of depth – plugging in a 2015 first-round pick while a World Series MVP rests – should ultimately propel the Cubs over the course of a 162-game season.

Even as the Cubs stutter-step through a 25-23 start, there are enough choices for the best defensive second baseman on the team and a National League Championship Series co-MVP (Javier Baez) to sit on the bench.

“We know that the talent’s there,” Zobrist said. “It’s not like having any one or two guys out of the lineup is a big drop-off for us because of the talent that’s there. And we know that just because we have a lot of young players doesn’t mean that they’re not extremely capable of doing the job as well.”

Zobrist – who’s reached base in 23 straight games and emerged as a new leadoff option with Kyle Schwarber struggling – felt something on an awkward swing in the first inning of Friday’s 4-0 loss to the Dodgers. Zobrist played through it that night and called it a “day-to-day thing” that didn’t require an MRI.

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Facing Clayton Kershaw on Sunday after back-to-back shutouts will be a game-time decision.

“It’s tough,” Zobrist said. “We just haven’t strung together enough quality at-bats to score runs the last two games. It’s not just because of us. They’ve pitched well. Their pitchers are pretty hot right now. They’ve spotted up. They’ve gotten early strikes where they needed to and then gone to work pretty well on us.

“The task doesn’t get any easier tomorrow with Kershaw. We just got to keep trying to chip away.”