Gallagher’s four TDs lead Oak Lawn past Marian Catholic
By Steve Millar
Chris Gallagher shined in his debut as Oak Lawn’s starting quarterback, throwing three touchdowns and running for another to lead the host Spartans to a 28-22 win over Marian Catholic in the season opener.
“Chris has worked really hard over the last two offseasons,” Oak Lawn coach Nick Novak said of the junior signal-caller. “He’s waited for his time. He came out and threw the ball well, made the right reads, ran hard. He’s a tough kid.”
All of Gallagher’s touchdown passes went to fellow junior Kevin Swatek. The pair hooked up for a 6-yard score in the first quarter, a 7-yard touchdown in the second, and an 8-yard score in the third.
“We had a matchup we liked,” Novak said. “Chris and Kevin communicated, picked their poison and used it when they wanted to. It’s a nice combination to work with.”
Swatek’s final touchdown, with 1:11 left in the third, came with Oak Lawn trailing 22-20 deficit. Running back Nick Puente then ran for the two-point conversion and the
Spartan defense shut out Marian the rest of the way.
Gallagher, who also ran for a 2-yard touchdown, finished 11-for-20 passing for 100 yards. Puente ran for 89 yards on 14 carries.
Defensively, Oak Lawn forced four turnovers.
The Spartans play at Thornwood (0-1) in week two.
“It’s always good to get the first win,” Novak said. “Now, we’re going to Thornwood. We have some things to clean up, a couple mental mistakes to fix, but we have some good momentum going into that game.”
Chicago Christian 54, Mooseheart 27
Desmond Rodgers had a huge night on the ground, totaling 176 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries to lead the Knights (1-0) to the road win. Jonathan Griffin added 130 yards and two touchdowns on six carries.
Chicago Christian hosts Rockford Christian (1-0) on Friday.
Evergreen Park 19, Leo 12
Jack Manso’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Karlton Karpenter with 22 seconds left in the game lifted Evergreen Park (1-0) to a dramatic win in a game played at St. Rita.
Manso finished 13-for-24 passing for 140 yards and two touchdowns, the other a 33-yarder to Vincent Marzano. The Mustangs hosts CICS-Longwood in week two.
Shepard 18, Leyden 14
Rishard Blake threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Chris Harrison with 46 seconds left in the game to give visiting Shepard (1-0) a win in the debut of Astros head coach John Rone. Harrison also scored on a 24-yard interception return.
The Astros play at Stagg on Friday.
T.F. North 22, Stagg 10
Reide Modiest ran for a 3-yard touchdown and Nick Harper kicked a 28-yard field goal, but Stagg (0-1) fell to the Meteors in coach Brian Berg’s debut. The Chargers host Shepard in Week 2.
Benet 27, St. Laurence 10
Brailyn Johnson’s 66-yard interception return for a touchdown was the highlight for St. Laurence (0-1) in the High School Kickoff Classic at Northern Illinois. Liam McCarthy booted a 42-yard field goal, while Nate Thomas ran for 56 yards on eight carries.
The Vikings host St. Joseph (0-1) on Friday.
Marian (Ind.) 52, St. Xavier 7
St. Xavier (0-1), ranked No. 6 in NAIA, was dominated by No. 15 Marian in Indianapolis. Marian jumped to a 17-0 first-quarter lead and rolled from there.
St. Laurence graduate Alex Martinez was 17-for-32 passing for 171 yards and ran for a 3-yard touchdown for the Cougars, who play at NCAA FCS program Illinois State on Saturday.
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