Congratulations to 2016 Chicago Catholic League All-Conference players Dino Borrelli, Branden Houston, Brian Gannon, Xazavian Valladay, Aarion Lacy, and Brian Olsen, highlighted by the Offensive Player of the Year Ricky Smalling. This is the third year in a row that Brother Rice has captured the Offensive Player of the Year Award – 2014 recipient was Marcus Jones and 2015 recipient was Camren Miller.
Saturday, October 29, 2016, marks the beginning of the playoff run for the varsity Crusaders with a home game against Fremd High School. Kickoff is at 1:00 P.M. so don’t miss it! Please note that this Brother Rice home game is part of the official IHSA State Series, and, unlike the regular season, NO PASSES are allowed. This includes our students, as well. Admission to the game will be $5.00 for ALL students and adults, without exception, as per the IHSA. We hope to see a full crowd on Saturday!
It might as well be a game of flag football on the playground the way Brother Rice throws the ball around, and the Crusaders just have too many threats to sufficiently cover them all.
Loyola countered with the universal playground rule.
The biggest guy took the ball and dared anyone to stop him. Nobody could.
Jake Marwede, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end who doubles as a Wildcat quarterback, rushed for five touchdowns and No. 1 Loyola played from behind all night before riding the Duke recruit to a 48-37 victory over No. 3 Brother Rice and the Catholic Blue championship on Friday night on the Southwest Side.
The sophomore football also defeated St. Rita 38 to 7 Friday night, to improve to 8 and 0. Quarterback John Bean rushed for one touchdown and threw two touchdown passes to Tommy Tavrides and Dylan Summers. Jesi Plunkett and Trevian Gladney each rushed for one touchdown, while Jack McMahon added a 23 yard field goal. The defense held St. Rita to one first down, led by Richie Seavers and Dom Murphy. The sophomores host Loyola, in a battle of unbeaten teams, Friday, a t5:00, to decide the CCL Blue title.
The freshman football team took the third game of the weekend from St Rita on Saturday by a score of 29-0. Marquis Jackson had 2 rushing touchdowns. Colin Smyth had 2 touchdown passes, one to Giacomo Iraci and one to Greg Foster. The defense was strong all day and was led by Christian Tellez, Errington Lyons, and Justin Jefferson.
The freshman orange team defeated St Rita by a score of 24-6. Malachi Dameron, Jake Sullivan, and Matt Rascop all had rushing touchdowns. The defense was led by Bill O’Connell, who had an interception and a fumble recovery. Tommy Gorman also had an interception. The freshman football team plays at Loyola on Saturday to close out the season.
For the talent he showed in making the biggest of many big plays, Brother Rice senior Aarion Lacy gave credit elsewhere.
“Shoot,” Lacy said. “God is good.”
For the moves he made in running the kickoff back 95 yards to give the Crusaders the lead for good, Lacy also did some self-reflecting.
“That was execution,” he said. “Execution and heart. I wanted it as bad as anybody else on the field. I had to take it to the house for my team.”
The score is deceiving. Visting Brother Rice beat St. Rita 52-33 on Friday, but the No 3. Crusaders were thoroughly tested.
The Mustangs even led 17-10 after three quarters and 27-20 at the start of the fourth quarter. St. Rita was doing an excellent job controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and bending, but not breaking very often against Brother Rice’s high-powered offense.
Fumbles by the Mustangs on consecutive drives in the third quarter helped turn the momentum. Brother Rice (8-0, 3-0 Catholic Blue) cashed both turnovers in for touchdowns. But the difference in the game was senior quarterback Dino Borrelli. He was a commanding presence throughout the game, finishing 28-for-40 for 373 yards. He threw touchdown pass of one and nine yards and didn’t throw an interception.
Brother Rice senior running back Xazavian Valladay (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) caught the attention of the Wyoming Cowboys and head coach Craig Bohl this past summer at the Lake Forest College satellite camp at Willowbrook. Valladay’s initial impression from the Wyoming staff eventually led to Valladay giving the Cowboys his verbal commitment this evening.
“I feel like I can excel at Wyoming,” Valladay said. “Wyoming is where I belong. Wyoming offers a great engineering program plus the football program is on the rise. It’s a great fit do I committed.”
How Ricky Smalling was still standing defied explanation.
The Brother Rice senior receiver caught a slant across the middle against Mount Carmel on Sept. 30, took two steps and lowered his shoulder to brace for impact.
Instead, he delivered it.
The defender crumbled to the ground at the 45-yard line, and on went Smalling.
Reversing his field, dancing around a couple of defenders, sprinting past others, Smalling avoided all six of Mount Carmel’s opportunities to tackle him on a 55-yard touchdown that tied the score 35-35 in No. 3 Brother Rice’s 49-42 victory.
It will likely go down as the signature play of a stellar prep career, but it was old news to Xazavian Valladay.
Congratulations to your USA TODAY #20 Ranked Team in the Country and Number #3 in the State of Illinois Crusader Football Team.
This past Friday night they beat St. Joe’s with a dominating performance in all 3 phases of the game. The offense was led by record-breaking performance QB-Dino Borrelli throw for a school record 7 TD’s in the first half. Top performers were Ricky Smalling (3-TD’s), Branden Houston (2-TD’s), Christian Rice (2 TD’s), and Aarion Lacy (2 TD’s). The defense held the Chargers too negative -7 yards rushing it was led by the Defensive Line Brendan Allison, Larry
The defense held the Chargers too negative -7 yards rushing it was led by the Defensive Line Brendan Allison, Larry Washinghton, Mark Green, John Podlasek, Shelby Benn, Myles Ruffin, Zach Wareyko, Teddy Tavrides, & Kyle Jackson. Special Teams was led by John Podlasek who had big hits on Kickoff all night long and John Richardson who had 5 Touchbacks & was 9 for 9 on
Special Teams was led by John Podlasek who had big hits on Kickoff all night long and John Richardson who had 5 Touchbacks & was 9 for 9 on extra points.
This coming Friday night the Crusaders travel to play rival St. Rita, please come out and support your Crusader Football Team Kickoff is at 7:30pm.