Richards senior running back Jadon Wilson — seen here in Week 3 against Argo, a game in which he ran for three touchdowns — ran for 116 yards and four scores in the Bulldogs' 42-21 win over Shepard on Sept. 17. Photo by Jason Maholy
Southwest Football Roundup: Richards rolls, EP’s shutout streak ends, Chi. Christian forfeits
By Jeff Vorva
When Shepard beat Richards 42-8 in the spring season, it was the first time the Astros had beaten the Bulldogs since 1993.
“That left a bad taste in our mouths,” Richards coach Tony Sheehan said. “We wanted to get rid of that taste.”
Thanks in part to 116 yards rushing and four touchdowns by Jadon Wilson, the Bulldogs did that Sept. 17 with a 42-21 victory in a South Suburban Red game in Palos Heights.
Alex Ricco had a TD reception and Travis Garmon returned a punt for a score for Richards (3-1, 2-0).
Shepard (0-4, 0-1) had high hopes of a playoff berth entering this season but must run the table to be eligible for the postseason. The Astros’ remaining games are against Eisenhower (3-1, 1-1) Evergreen Park (3-1, 1-1), Oak Lawn (2-2, 1-1), Reavis (3-1, 1-1) and Argo (2-2, 0-2).
“Every week is now a playoff game for us,” Shepard coach John Rone said. “If we do win out we will have enough playoff points with a pretty tough schedule, so we obviously need to win those games because of the current situation.”
Running back Kendrick Washington ran for 98 yards and a touchdown for Shepard and threw a 48-yard pass to Elijah Tyson, who finished with six catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns.
St. Laurence 21, Montini 13
Aaron Ball and Matt Ochoa each had touchdown runs and Brandon McCoy hit Corey Tauber for another score in the Chicago Catholic League/East Suburban Catholic Conference opener for both teams.
Ochoa had 61 yards on the ground, McCoy had 58 and Ball 40 for the Vikings (2-2, 1-0), and McCoy threw for 126. Montini (1-3, 0-1) was led by Josh Robinson’s 192 rushing yards on 17 carries.
The Vikings host DePaul Prep in a league crossover at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Bremen 34, Evergreen Park 27
Evergreen Park entered Week 4 as one of only three teams in the state (Wauconda and Plano) to have allowed no points.
That changed in the second quarter Friday when the visiting Braves (2-2) broke the ice and went on to win the SSC crossover.
The Mustangs (3-1, 1-1) plays its fifth straight home game Friday in a matchup with Argo.
Wheaton St. Francis 2, Chicago Christian 0
The Knights made the trip to Wheaton but forfeited at the last minute when a Knight player tested positive for COVID-19 shortly before kickoff.
Bolingbrook 24, Sandburg 6
The Eagles fell to 1-3, 0-1 in the SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue loss. They host Lockport (4-0, 2-0) Friday.
Lincoln-Way Central 24, Stagg 19: The Chargers fell to 0-4, 0-1 in the SWSC Red setback last Friday. They visit Lincoln-Way West on Friday night.
Reavis 37, Oak Lawn 14
The Spartans fell to 2-2, 1-1 in the SSC Red loss last Friday night. They host crosstown rival Richards on Friday.
Saint Xavier 20, Siena Heights 17
The Cougars evened their record at 1-1 with a non-conference victory in Adrian, Mich., on Saturday.
Sophomore wide receiver Kyle Quinn, who played quarterback at at Lincoln-Way East, hit Mason Gray with a 38-yard touchdown pass to break a 13-13 tie.
Brandt Hixson had a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown early in the game for the Cougars, who host St. Francis (Indiana) in this year’s homecoming game. There will be a pre-game tribute to SXU’s 2011 NAIA national championship team.
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