High school football: four quilts, news and notes from week 4


Brother Rice lost on Friday, but the Crusaders did not disappoint any neutral observer.

Marist’s 28-16 loss at home to a young side from Mount Carmel definitely raises questions about the RedHawks as a legitimate state title contender. This is not the case with the loss of Brother Rice in Week 4.

Crusaders quarterback Jack Lausch was electric. The senior was 16 on 25 passing for 292 yards, ran for 160 yards and three touchdowns and had just the appearance of a talented leader who’ll do whatever it takes to win.

Brother Rice almost got the ball back with a minute left and a chance to win. Looks like Lausch would have found a way to get the Crusaders into the end zone.

Providence transfer Aaron Vaughn was also very strong with 15 carries for 83 yards.

There are clearly defensive issues to be addressed. But facing Loyola was a big leap in quality from Brother Rice’s top three opponents. The Crusaders will be a much more experienced group when they travel to Mount Carmel for a Showdown in Week 6.

The Palatine shocks South Maine

Palatine was ranked No.18 in the preseason, but much of that was based on receiver Jake Bostick, who is injured.

The Pirates showed they are still a major threat by knocking out Maine South 20-19 on Friday. Junior quarterback Grant Dersnah connected with junior Nate Branch on a 24-yard touchdown pass to give Palatine the lead and senior Kam Lewis sealed the win with an interception.

Fox Valley fun

The big game in the northwest suburbs will take place on Saturday. Undefeated Cary-Grove is home to undefeated Prairie Ridge.

The Trojans scored on their first seven possessions against McHenry in Week 4. Here’s a crazy statistic: Senior running back Drew Magel has 252 yards and five touchdowns in just seven carries in the last two games.

Prairie Ridge creaked by Jacobs last week. The Wolves defense stopped Jacobs on a two-point conversion to seal the win in the dying minutes.

Someone please correct this

About 5,000 fans gathered at Memorial Stadium in Joliet on Friday to watch the Catholic host from Joliet, Providence. There was tailgating and just a generally great high school football atmosphere.

It’s a game of rivalry that has to happen every year. It’s been six years since the teams met.

There is a similar problem here in Chicago. Saint-Patrick and Notre-Dame have not faced each other since 2019. The teams do not have a game scheduled this season.

These four teams participate in the great CCL / ESCC conference. These are two rivalries that must be played out every season. It’s important for high school football.

Notre-Dame-St. Patrick’s football game is the most read football game story on the Sun-Times website each year. It doesn’t matter if the teams are ranked or what their records are. It’s a game that matters to the community.

Just as important in Will County is Joliet Catholic-Providence. The CCL / ESCC needs to understand this.

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