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CRUSADERS AT A GLANCE

CONFERENCE: Chicago Catholic League/East Suburban Catholic Blue

HEAD COACH: Brian Badke

2019 RECORD: 8-5

2021 SPRING RECORD: 4-2

2021 FALL OUTLOOK: As if the Crusaders didn’t have enough firepower on offense with senior quarterback Jack Lausch, the rich got richer when two-time all-CCL running back Aaron Vaughn of Providence transferred to the Chicago school.

Providence and Brother Rice have faced each other during the regular season but will not do so this season.

This is coach Brian Badke’s last year at the helm and a deep run in the Class 8A playoffs might be in the cards.

“We have a good number of starters coming back on both sides of the ball with a very good kicker,” Badke said of three-year starter Jake Welniak. “The line play will be very good and experience at the quarterback position will provide a well-balanced attack in the air and on the ground.”

The schedule is loaded, with home games against Loyola and Joliet Catholic and road games at Hillcrest, Mount Carmel and Marist.

 

DID YOU KNOW?: Quarterback Jack Lausch is taking a page out of the Jeff Samardzija playbook and will be heading to Notre Dame to play both football and baseball.

—Jeff Vorva

 

Crusaders Schedule
Aug. 27 at Hillcrest, 7

Sept. 3 At Perspectives, 7

Sept. 10 Benet, 6

Sept. 17 Loyola, 6

Sept. 24 at De La Salle, 7:30

Oct. 1 at Mt. Carmel, 7:30

Oct. 8 Joliet Catholic, 6

Oct. 15 at Marian Catholic, 7:30

Oct. 22 at Marist, 6

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