American Football on the Field
High School Football Wrap: Chicago Christian rolls behind two Lukes
By Jason Maholy
Chicago Christian picked up where they left off in the spring — scoring points, playing tough defense and winning, opening the season with a 50-8 pounding of Noble/Hansberry in Paolos Heights.
Luke Jelderks and Luke Edgar both ran for two touchdowns in the first quarter to help stake the Knights to a 29-0 lead after 12 minutes.
Jelderks, a senior running back, opened the scoring with a 20-yard run and on the Knights’ next possession added a 12-yard scoring jaunt.
Edgar, a senior running back, followed a Knights safety with a 5-yard touchdown run and closed out the first quarter with a 34-yard score. He finished with 112 yards on seven carries.
Jelderks hit senior wide receiver Nolan Krygsheld for a 22-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter as the Knights built a 36-0 halftime advantage. Jelderks concluded his evening with a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Brock Sperling, a freshman linebacker, had eight tackles and a sack, and was responsible for the safety.
The Knights will be home again Friday as they host Ottawa Marquette. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
Evergreen Park 20, Manteno 0
Senior running back James Williams ran for 108 yards on 15 carries and sophomore quarterback Deijon Feliciano completed 10 of 15 passes for 53 yards and a touchdown to lead the Mustangs.
Sophomore running back Jedidiah Adjayi added 48 yards and a score on 13 carries, and senior playmaker Michael Torres caught eight passes for 46 yards and ran for a score
Junior defensive back Max Manso had an interception as part of a stout defensive effort.
“We battled hard tonight in very warm conditions,” said Mustangs coach Jerry Verde. “Defensively we made some big plays when we needed them.”
Evergreen Park will try to finish the non-conference slate unbeaten when they host Carver at 7 p.m. Friday.
Moline 28, St. Laurence 7
Senior quarterback Brandon McCoy ran for 97 yards on 24 carries and Matt Ochoa ran for 31 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Vikings fell to the Maroons in Burbank.
Ochoa’s score with 9:10 remaining in the second quarter gave St. Laurence a 7-0 lead, but it was all Moline thereafter. The Maroons’ Riley Fuller ran 18 times for 174 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown, and Alec Ponder completed 13 of 22 passes for 137 yards and tossed two touchdowns to Matthew Bailey.
The Vikings intercepted Ponder twice, including once by senior defensive back Anthony Petan. Senior linebacker Zack Siebenaler had seven solo tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery. Sophomore linebacker Connor Cleary had a sack.
McCoy completed 7 of 23 passes for 44 yards and two interceptions.
St. Laurence will seek to get into the win column this week when it visits Brooks. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Zion-Benton 46, Stagg 6
The Zee-Bees returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and used a big second half to defeat the visiting Chargers.
Junior quarterback Danny Fitzpatrick hooked up with senior wide receiver TJ Griffin on a 69-yard touchdown pass for Stagg’s lone score.
Toriano Ford lead the defense in tackles with eight, and Justin Obradovich and Cherterion Rodgers each had an interception. Rodgers also recorded a forced fumble.
The Chargers will try to get coach Colt Nero his first career victory when they host Oak Lawn on Friday. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Spartans coach Ryan Pattison, in his first year as a head coach, is also seeking his first win. Oak Lawn lost their opener to Rich Township, 64-8.
Prospect 37, Sandburg 14
The Eagles opened the scoring on a 24-yard pass from junior quarterback Christian Evans to senior wide receiver Andrew Selle, but big plays by Prospect were too much to overcome.
The Knights scored on four plays that covered 30 yards or more and also recovered a Sansburg fumble in the end zone for another tally while scoring 37 straight points. Prospect recovered two of the Eagles’ four fumbles, and their running game gouged the hosts for 196 yards while averaging nearly 6 yards per rush.
Evans completed 13 of 26 passes for 104 yards and the aforementioned touchdown. Senior Jake Maziarka ran 13 times for 116 yards, including a 40-yard scoring run. Selle had four receptions for 33 yards.
The Sandburg defense recorded five sacks.
Th Eagles travel to Glenview to battle Glenbrook South this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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