Roach, Burke rally Simeon to victory

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Roach, Burke rally Simeon to victory

By Logan Malloy
SeasonPass.com

If experience is the most brutal of teachers, Bloom showed it still had one lesson to learn against a seasoned Simeon squad Friday night at Gately Stadium.

The lesson needed was how to close out games.

Bloom, playing in its first postseason game since 1989, suffered a 13-10 heartbreaking loss to Simeon in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs.

Bloom (6-4) took a 10-6 lead into the fourth quarter, but couldnt hold on as Simeon rallied with one big-play to steal the game.

Facing a third-and-33 with a little more than 10 minutes to play, Simeon quarterback Elcee Burke hit Sharoid Roach on a swing pass out of the backfield. Roach showed his burst down the sideline and went 47 yards for the game-winning score.

Roachs score was set up after Simeons Elijah Muhammad blocked a punt in Bloom territory.

It was a wild game that featured five Simeon (8-1) turnovers. Blooms Josiah Dailey had two interceptions, and Kyle Pugh snatched one.

Our defense is the reason were 6-3, and nobody gives them any credit, Bloom coach Tony Palombi said.

Bloom played the entire game without injured starting quarterback Kendall McGinnis. They turned to sophomore Jordan Benavides (32 yards rushing, 2-of-8 passing for 19 yards) who had three days to prepare for the playoff game.

Girard Jenkins also completed on a pass on a nifty halfback-option to Timon Watkins for 26 yards, putting Bloom in the red zone just before the half. But Bloom gave up a sack on the next play and couldnt convert a field goal from 37 yards out.

We win and lose as a team and (Friday) we lost as a team, Palombi said. Every aspect of the game, we made one mistake at one point or another. It wasnt (the) defenses fault or offenses fault, it was a team effort. They just came out and beat us when it counted.

Blooms lone touchdown came in the second quarter when Nick Carlson pounced on a fumble in the end zone after Simeon mishandled the snap on an attempted punt. The touchdown gave Bloom a 10-6 lead.

Roach, Simeons leading rusher, didnt play at all in the first half because of injury, but Simeon was forced to use him with its playoff hopes on life support.

Carlos Rodon plays catch but timeline for return still uncertain

Carlos Rodon plays catch but timeline for return still uncertain

Carlos Rodon played catch in front of Don Cooper on Monday afternoon but only added to the intrigue surrounding his health when he declined to talk to the media.

On the 10-day disabled list with a biceps strain, the White Sox said Rodon continues to make progress in his rehab program. Cooper said the third-year pitcher felt and looked fine as he played catch in left field. But neither he nor manager Rick Renteria offered many more details on when Rodon may return or even when he could throw off a mound.

"He looked like he played catch good," Cooper said. "His throwing program is progressing. He felt fine. He threw the ball fine. That's kind of where we are at. He threw fine and move on to the next."

Rodon is in town for several days to be observed by the White Sox. On Friday, general manager Rick Hahn described the visit as a "routine follow-up visit." But other than making sure they're cautious with Rodon, the club hasn't been able to offer a specific timetable for their prized pitcher.

"I can't tell you in detail what the program is," Renteria said. "I know it involves throwing and making sure he's getting treatments and making sure it's taken care of, the issue he had with his biceps. We know it's getting better."

But the improvement hasn't made the situation any easier to deal with. When they started him on a delayed program this spring, the White Sox had Rodon pegged for 33 starts and 200 innings. As of now, there's no certainty when he'll make his first turn and the calendar is nearing May.

"He's frustrated," Cooper said. "He wants to get through this, through all of it. We are just there to try to make sure he's doing things right and there's progression.

"Well, I mean we've already taken a lot of caution. He's important to us now and in the future. We wouldn't rush with him or anybody."

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can Bulls bounce back against Celtics?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can Bulls bounce back against Celtics?

In the latest edition of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, CSN's David Kaplan is joined by the Chicago Tribune's David Haugh and the Chicago Sun-Times' Adam Jahns to discuss the Bulls falling to a 2-2 series tie with the Celtics.

The guys predict how the first-round playoff series will end and talk about how Isaiah Canaan will fare as the starting point guard in Game 5.

Then, the panel discusses whether Matt Davidson should be in the White Sox lineup more and who will still be playing on the South Side when the White Sox rebuild is done.

Finally, the panel discusses a couple of contract extensions for Pat Fitzgerald and Chris Collins at Northwestern.

Take a listen to the episode below: