Jones and Whitney Young have been tearing it up for the CPS in boys cross country this year. Both teams are ranked in this weeks rankings. Jones is ranked only one spot away from York and ahead of Maine South, Barrington, and McHenry.
Chicago Big Shoulders Taft vs Schurz - 12:45pm Sat @ Lane Taft is undefeated and in first place in conference. Schurz has one loss. A second loss will almost surely doom Schurz's bid for a top 2 conference finish and a 2nd straight state playoff appearance. I like Taft in this game because Schurz has played shaky the last two weeks.
Chicago Great Lakes Bowen vs Agriculture Science - 4:15pm, Friday @ Eckersall Largely untalked about Bowen is undefeated at 5-0. If Agriculture Science is to have a chance against Bowen, they will have to try to stop Maurice Paino- who has averaged about 10 yards per carry this season for Bowen. It is Homecoming for Bowen.
Chicago Second City Uplift vs Westinghouse - 1:00pm, Saturday Both teams are 3-0 in conference play. Both have 2 conference shutouts. Something is going to have to give on Saturday. Westinghouse has an enrollment almost 3 times the size of Uplift.
Chicago Windy City Kenwood vs Urban Prep- Englewood -12:45pm, Saturday Another battle of undefeated conference teams.
Some of the Roosevelt seniors (from left to right) Victor Mena(6-3, OL/DL, sr), Alexis Bahena(6-2, 175lbs, TE/WR/CB, sr), Edgar Perez(6-0, 170lbs, RB/S, sr), DeAngelo Carr(6-0,230lbs, FB/LB, sr), Roosevelt Head Assistant Coach Germaine Padilla, and Shyte Patterson(5-9,170lbs, sr, RB, S, KR, sr).
Chicago Big Shoulders Standings 1. Lincoln Park (4-1, 3-0) 1. Taft (3-2, 3-0) 3. Schurz (4-1, 2-1) 3. Roosevelt(2-3, 2-1) 5. Lake View(2-3, 1-2) 5. Mather (1-4, 1-2) 7. Foreman (2-3, 0-3) 7. Steinmetz (1-4, 0-3)
I got a chance to watch Roosevelt beat Lake View 42-8 last Friday. Roosevelt plays a unique style of football in that all they do is run the ball.
"We run the same 4 running plays all the time, with maybe one pass play the entire game. The pass either goes for a touchdown or it goes incomplete," said Roosevelt Head Assistant coach Germaine Padilla.
In this game against Lake View their running game worked as Roosevelt pounded Lake View 42-8 due to their run game. It helps when you have speedy athletic backs like Trevon Mills(RB, sr, 5-11, 190lbs) and Shyte Patterson(RB, S, KR, sr) and a powerful fullback in Daniel Perez(DL,FB) - who at 6-0, 222lbs is a load.
"I love the Big Shoulders this year because I think it is anyone's for the taking. In our only loss so far (to Taft), I felt we were in in the entire game except for a few plays that went Taft's way....I feel we can compete with anyone in the conference including Schurz and first place Lincoln Park....and make it to the state playoffs," added Padilla.
Yes, Roosevelt is thinking state playoffs. To get there they will likely have to win out their remaining 4 conference games including the last 2 against Lincoln Park and Schurz. By that time the weather will be probably be brutally cold and windy - perfect conditions for the Roosevelt run game.
CHICAGO BIG SHOULDERS Roosevelt 42 Lake View 8 Roosevelt had way too much speed and power in its running game for Lake View to handle. "We feel we can compete with anyone in the conference and even finish in the top 2 to make the state playoffs," said Roosevelt Head Assistant Coach Germaine Padilla. Roosevelt is currently tied for 2nd place in conference with a 2-1 conference record.
CHICAGO GREAT LAKES Carver at TEAM Englewood, 4:15 Solorio 47 Corliss 12
CHICAGO SECOND CITY Uplift 6 Orr 2 Uplift remains undefeated at 5-0.
CHICAGO WINDY CITY Bulls 30 Dusable 24 The Bulls are undefeated in conference play with a 3-0 conference record.
ILLINI HEARTLAND Marshall 22 Robeson 6 Marshall handed Robeson its first loss of the season. Marshall's defense did not give up a first down the first half as they spoiled Robeson's homecoming.
ILLINI LAND OF LINCOLN Raby 48 Urban Prep 6
ILLINI RED BIRD Simeon 41 Curie 21 Simeon rallied fro a 14-7 second quarter deficit to extend their 30 game winning streak against other CPS teams. Curie was hurt by 4 turnovers. Curie suffered its first loss of the season. 6-2 wide receiver Jordan Reid had a monster game with 180 yards receiving on just 6 catches.
Lane 36 CVS22 Down 22 to 16 after a 65 yard touchdown by Toure Wallace of CVS to start the 2nd half, Lane scored 20 unanswered points to stave off a CVS upset. The Lane Tech defense blocked a punt for a touchdown, caused a safety, and returned at least one interception for a touchdown.
Von Steuben finished 5 runners in the top 13. But it was not enough as Lane won the meet 26-43.
Lane's Pavlo Hutsalyuk(sr) won the individual title with a time of 9:29.55. That is the fastest Mather #3 indiviudal meet winning time in at least the last 5 years (or much longer).
Mather was third with 99 points as they had 5 runners finish in the top 30. Mather has a legitamate front runner in Robel Yamen(jr) who finished 4th overall with at time of 9:58. Their 5th runner was at 11:16. This gives hope that Mather can put up a decent enough top 5 to finish better than I expected to start the year.
Toure Wallace(sr, RB) of CVS has game breaking speed. He picked up 185 yards rushing in last week's big 20-7 Homecoming win over Whitney Young.
CVS vs Lane Tech Friday, September 26, 2014 7:15pm Lane Stadium
Lane Tech always seems to have CVS's number. Since 1996 Lane is 17-0 vs CVS. During that streak Lane has beaten CVS by 14 or more points in all cases except twice. In 2007 Lane won 17-14 and in 2005 Lane won 45-44. In the 2005 game, Lane barely outscored a CVS team led by future Illini QB Juice Williams.
CVS plays Lane this Friday night and for CVS fans there is reason for optimism. CVS is fresh off a big 20-6 win over Whitney Young last Saturday. In that game, a couple positive things about CVS stood out. First of all their defense held Whitney Young to only 7 points. The CVS defense seems to be improved this year. Even in their two losses to St. Laurence and Rich East, they did not give up more than 27 points - including giving up only 26 points to a 4-0 Rich East team.
Secondly, the CVS offense showed some resiliency. Down 7-0 against Whitney Young, CVS scored 20 unanswered offensive points. Much of that offense can be attributed major play maker Toure Wallace(sr, RB). Wallace gained 185 yards against Whitney Young. He's got breakway speed and could pose a real threat to Lane.
Could this be the year that CVS breaks Lane's long win streak against them? No one knows for sure. However, I do feel that their defense can keep them in the game and that they have an offensive star in Wallace that could give Lane fits.
Dewayne Collins(sr, QB) of Phillips made a verbal commitment to play football for Illinois State. The 6-2, 185lb senior with blazing speed (10.85 in the 100 meter) is a major force playing quarterback for Phillips.
According to Collins: “Illinois State has been consistent in showing me that I was a major priority for them. I am looking forward to that challenge, but right now my main focus is getting us to the state championship.”