Kyle Quinn points to his ring finger as St. Xavier celebrates its 24-21 win over St. Francis to make it to the playoffs. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Kyle Quinn points to his ring finger as St. Xavier celebrates its 24-21 win over St. Francis to make it to the playoffs. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pigskin Wrap: SXU defense can’t rest in playoff opener v. high-scoring Marian

Spread the love

By Jeff Vorva
Staff Writer

Saint Xavier’s defense will be put to the test in the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series.

The Cougars (9-2) drew the 11th seed in the 16-team tournament that will decide the national champion. They will visit seventh-seeded Marian (Indiana) (8-1) at 12:05 p.m. Saturday at St. Vincent Field in Indianapolis.

Marian, which scored 86 points against Madonna (Michigan) and 67 against Taylor (Indiana), is led by quarterback Zach Bunaldo, who has thrown for 1,997 yards and 18 touchdowns this season.

SXU has a 10-4 record all-time against the Knights, including a 34-21 win in 2018, which is the last time these two teams played.

To get to the national playoffs, the Cougars needed to sweat out a 24-21 victory over St. Francis (Illinois) Saturday at Deaton Field to win the Mid-States Football Association Midwest title.

The Cougars had a 24-7 lead with 4:21 left in the third quarter. St. Francis (7-3) scored twice but could not overtake the Cougars.

SXU’s Stuart Ross threw for 192 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown pass to Justin Pringle. Receiver Kyle Quinn, who played quarterback for Lincoln-Way East’s state championship teams in 2017 and 2019, threw a 27-yard TD pass to Mason Gray. Ross also had a 1-yard TD run and Payton Benes booted a 28-yard field goal.

Amari Venerable, who had been battling injuries on and off for the Cougars, gained 76 yards on 15 carries.

“We had to earn this,” SXU coach Mike Feminis said. “Those guys over there [USF players] played their butts off. We’ve been fortunate. We’ve had so many close ones with them, and we always see to find a way to win it at the end. I’m so darn proud of them.”

St. Francis is a common opponent for SXU and Marian, the latter which beat the Saints, 31-7, on Sept. 17.

AMARI scaled

SXU’s Amari Venerable gains yards against USF Saturday to help his team make it to the playoffs. Photo by Jeff Vorva

 

A ‘special’ victory
St. Rita’s 28-7 Class 7A quarterfinal win over St. Charles North guaranteed the area will have three teams in the IHSA State Championship weekend on Nov. 26-27.

Ethan Middleton provided the lone offensive touchdown for the Mustangs. St. Rita returned two blocked punt attempts for touchdowns and a pair of Conor Talty field goals.

The Mustangs (10-2) host Mount Carmel (12-0) in the semifinals at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Mount Carmel beat the Mustangs 35-3 to open the season on Aug 26. The Mustangs were for that game missing some starting linemen because of injury.

 

 

Lyons falls to Loyola
Lyons (9-3) had one of its best football seasons in years come to an end with a 30-17 Class 8A quarterfinal loss to powerhouse Loyola (11-1).

 

CCL/ESCC playoffs
St. Laurence (4-6) advanced in the Chicago Catholic League/East Suburban Catholic Conference playoffs for the right to go to the Prep Bowl with a 39-7 win over St. Patrick on Nov. 11 in Burbank.

Danny Fitzpatrick threw for two touchdowns, Rob Francis ran for 77 yards and Cesar Chavez had three solo tackles and three assists.

De La Salle dropped a 27-0 decision to Fenwick to finish 2-9. Evan Smith had 10 tackles and Tristyn Hynes added eight.

Local News

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Accused reckless driver, 42, arrested

Spread the love

Spread the lovePalos Park police arrested Rogaciano Morales, 42, of Chicago, at 7:10 a.m. on May 24 and charged him with speeding, reckless driving and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle after he was stopped by police for traveling 62 mph in a 40 mph zone in the 12500 block of Iroquois Road, police…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Three men charged in carjacking

Spread the love

Spread the loveOrland man shot four times released from hospital by Maura Vizza From The Reporter Three Chicago man who allegedly attempted to take a car from a motorist last week in Oak Lawn have been charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and attempted aggravated vehicular highjacking, police said. The motorist, an Orland Park…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Police make traffic arrest

Spread the love

Spread the lovePalos Heights police arrested Thomas Zeko, 41, of Chicago Ridge, just after 11:50 a.m. on May 23 and charged him with driving with a suspended driver’s license after his vehicle became disabled in the 7100 block of College Drive, police said. After he was stopped, the assisting officer learned Zeko’s driver’s license was…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Man accused of unlawful prescription drugs’ acquisition

Spread the love

Spread the loveOrland Park police arrested Brian J. Ellis, 37, of Richton Park, at 5:15 a.m. on May 16 and charged him with unlawful acquisition of a controlled substance, driving while license is suspended and retail theft after he was stopped for allegedly stealing merchandise from a store, police said. A search of Ellis’ vehicle…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Teen charged with possession of cannabis; intent to deliver

Spread the love

Spread the lovePalos Park police arrested Ramzi N. Jafilan, 18, of Chicago Ridge, just after 5:10 p.m. on May 12 and charged him with speeding, unlawful possession of cannabis and possession of cannabis with intent to deliver after he was stopped by police for traveling 56 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 9600…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Accused drunken driver allegedly drives over lawns

Spread the love

Spread the lovePalos Heights police arrested Terrence D. Ryan, 19, of Alsip, just after 2:50 a.m. on May 20 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more and improper lane usage after he drove over lawns, mailboxes and landscaping in the…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Sex offender charged with disorderly conduct

Spread the love

Spread the loveOrland Park police arrested Michael R. Steagerman, 37, of Orland Park, just after 11:05 p.m. on May 5 and charged him with disorderly conduct after he was allegedly peeping into a woman’s bedroom window in the 9800 block of El Cameno Court, police said. Police said the woman saw a man looking into…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Unlicensed driver arrested

Spread the love

Spread the lovePalos Heights police arrested Sterna D. Nestor, 21, of Oak Lawn, at 3:55 p.m. on May 8 and charged him with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving with no insurance and driving without a valid driver’s license after he rear-ended another vehicle that was stopped in traffic in the 11700…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

What to expect in traffic court

Spread the love

Spread the loveTraffic courts hear more cases than any other court. Hundreds of thousands of traffic cases are heard each year in courts throughout Illinois, according to the Illinois Judges Association. Some traffic violations are settled before they reach the court, if the defendant admits guilt and agrees to pay and mail a fine to…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Car Care Advice for College-Bound Students

Spread the love

Spread the love (NewsUSA) – College-bound students have one more task to add to their checklist of things to do before classes begin: car care. A well-maintained vehicle is safer and more economical to operate than one that’s neglected. In addition there’s peace of mind in knowing that the vehicle has been serviced before you…

Neighbors

Northwestern Home Team 250x250 1
Pritzker announces $40 million grant program to promote development-ready ‘megasites’

Pritzker announces $40 million grant program to promote development-ready ‘megasites’

By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday announced the creation of a $40 million grant program to incentivize the creation of large development-ready areas known as “megasites” across the state. Megasites are large swaths of land, developed to attract businesses such as manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers.…

Illinois’ biometric privacy law strengthened by latest high court ruling

Illinois’ biometric privacy law strengthened by latest high court ruling

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – People who’ve been subject to fingerprinting, face or retinal scans as either employees or customers of Illinois companies have five years to file lawsuits if they believe the business violated a stringent state privacy law, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled this week. It’s the latest in…

Pritzker seeks more info on AP African American Studies course

Pritzker seeks more info on AP African American Studies course

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker this week asked the College Board for more information about its reasoning for changing the final framework of a new Advanced Placement course in African American studies after it had been criticized by Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. “Although we are pleased to…

Report pushes for greater focus on teacher recruitment and retention amid shortages

Report pushes for greater focus on teacher recruitment and retention amid shortages

By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois schools are still grappling with a teacher shortage that seems to only be getting worse, a recent survey by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools shows. This mirrors the state’s own data, which shows Illinois’ teacher shortage is at the highest level in…

Illinois’ COVID-19 disaster proclamation to end in May

Illinois’ COVID-19 disaster proclamation to end in May

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol news Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Exactly 38 months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, Illinois will no longer be under a disaster proclamation as of May 11, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Tuesday. That’s the same day President Joe Biden will end the national public health emergency, which…

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun lawsuit restraining order remains in place

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun lawsuit restraining order remains in place

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD — A temporary restraining order that partially blocks Illinois’ new assault weapons ban from being enforced will remain in place after a divided state appellate court panel’s ruling Tuesday. The restraining order was issued Jan. 20 by Effingham County Circuit Judge Joshua Morrison, but it applies only to the 800…

Appellate court upholds restraining order on assault weapons ban

Appellate court upholds restraining order on assault weapons ban

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A temporary restraining order that partially blocks Illinois’ new assault weapons ban from being enforced will remain in place after a divided state appellate court panel’s ruling Tuesday. The restraining order was issued Jan. 20 by Effingham County Circuit Judge Joshua Morrison, but it applies only…

Tony Sanders to become state superintendent of education

Tony Sanders to become state superintendent of education

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education announced Tuesday that Elgin-based School District U-46 Superintendent Tony Sanders will become the next state superintendent of education. Sanders, 53, will succeed Carmen Ayala, who announced in November that she would retire effective Jan. 31. ISBE said Sanders will take…

Amid ‘unprecedented’ prolonged revenue boom, state finds budget breathing room

Amid ‘unprecedented’ prolonged revenue boom, state finds budget breathing room

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Sustained higher-than-predicted state tax revenues have in recent months given lawmakers a level of budgeting flexibility that is, at least in modern times, without precedent in a state with a reputation for perilous finances. For the current fiscal year and the one before it, that’s led…

‘Omnibus’ health care bill passed amid criticisms

‘Omnibus’ health care bill passed amid criticisms

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A law recently signed by Gov. JB Pritzker will extend the deadline for the state to transfer criminal defendants deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial from jail to a mental hospital. That same bill, House Bill 240, also gives nursing homes in Illinois two more years…

Regional Palos Gaidas Funeral Home House Ad
CRR NH Ptecik Bakery House Ad