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Joliet Catholic’s Jordan Anderson is no longer going to let it happen again.
The senior running abet had 316 yards on 30 carries and scored six touchdowns Friday evening for the Hilltoppers in a 56-49 CCL/ESCC crossover victory at Brother Rice in Chicago.
This used to be an announcement receive for Joliet Catholic (7-0), which entered the sport ranked No. 1 in Class 4A. The Hilltoppers can now argue they’re unquestionably one of the head groups within the assert, with out reference to class.
Brother Rice (5-2) came in because the No. 1 team in 7A. Joliet Catholic beat the Crusaders by an even bigger margin than Loyola did in a 46-43 resolution. The Ramblers are ranked No. 1 in 8A.
If the Hilltoppers can score 56 formulation against Brother Rice, they ought to grind their 4A opponents into dust attain playoff time, appropriate?
Don’t record that to Anderson. The Illinois recruit has been by this prior to and didn’t love the final result, a 21-14 loss within the 2019 5A semifinals.
“We went into the playoffs sophomore Three hundred and sixty five days and thought we had been going to dominate everybody, then we misplaced to Mascoutah,” he mentioned. “Here’s a special team from years within the past.
“We outdated to thrill in that swag and we’d discuss loads. Now, we protect one yet every other guilty. We protect our mindset. We don’t showboat. We protect ourselves in line. We learned a lesson.”
The Hilltoppers, who trailed 14-0 prior to they even touched the ball Friday thanks in share to a profitable onside kick between TDs by Brother Rice, outgained the Crusaders 687-583.
Vinny Iannantone added 138 yards on 20 carries and a TD for Joliet Catholic. Senior quarterback Aidan Voss threw factual four instances but completed three passes for 91 yards, along with a 53-yard TD to Jake Fieldman.
Defense went out the window at some level of the most well-known half of, which ended with a 35-35 tie. Junior linebacker Malachi Hood, then again, had an worthy interception with 18 second left to discontinuance the Crusaders from potentially taking a 42-35 lead.
“He’s a hell of a participant and he came up vast,” Anderson mentioned of Hood. “It stopped them from scoring and gave us momentum within the second half of. That factual helped us loads.”
“We hadn’t conducted a team love that this Three hundred and sixty five days that is so bodily and athletic,” Hood mentioned. “However I belief our defense and I belief our coaches. They achieve us within the ideal spots.”
Hood, Jason Pilapil and Hunter Powell offered sacks within the second half of to spark the Hilltoppers’ defense.
Notre Dame-wander quarterback Jack Lausch threw for 416 yards and three TDs and added a speeding TD for Brother Rice. Aaron Vaughn ran for 133 yards and three TDs on 14 carries.
“It’s level-headed the conventional season and obviously you need to receive every game,” Lausch mentioned. “It’s worthwhile to receive these hard video games, on the other hand it’s level-headed the conventional season.
“The playoffs aren’t right here yet. It’s all about recount and making ready for the playoffs.”
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Contemporary history indicated this matchup had the total earmarks of a high-scoring game.
Discounting a forfeit victory, the Crusaders had been consistently sturdy in lights up the scoreboard, scoring 42 formulation twice, 43 formulation twice and 44 formulation once.
Joliet Catholic used to be averaging 43 formulation a game, with the lowest output coming against Missouri powerhouse Cardinal Ritter in a 30-20 victory.
The Hilltoppers, then again, walked away proud in how they would gallop on the highway against a high-ranked team and level-headed pull off a receive with out reference to being down two rapidly TDs.
“We never faced one thing love that,” Anderson mentioned. “However even supposing we had been down 14-0, we had that self belief we had been going to receive, and that’s what we did.”
Jeff Vorva is a freelance reporter for the Day-after-day Southtown.