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St. Francis

Prep Roundup: Marmion football blanks Ottawa

OTTAWA – The Marmion football team blitzed Ottawa, 45-0, on Friday behind a balanced attack.

Marmion is off to its first 2-0 start since the 2010 team opened the season, 8-0, en route to a berth in the Class 6A state title game.

“We played very, very well,” Cadets coach Dan Thorpe said. “The score is not indicative of how good that Ottawa team is. We just played very well. Ran the ball, threw the ball, goal line stand right before half.”

Lucas Warren (68 yards, one touchdown) and Mike Montalbano (64 yards, one touchdown) keyed the Cadets’ running game. Quarterback Brock Krueger finished 7 for 11 for 158 yards and one touchdown.

Sophomore kicker Riley DeMoss was perfect on point-after attempts and also booted a 30-yard field goal. Marmion led 24-0 at the half.

“We had very solid execution on both sides of the ball,” Thorpe said, “and that led to a nice team win.”

St. Francis 43, Plainfield South 20: At Plainfield, St. Francis’ James Butler gouged Plainfield South for 226 rushing yards and four touchdowns before halftime, helping the Spartans move to 2-0.

“The kids really played well,” Spartans coach Greg Purnell said. “Butler had a great night, but the offensive line was terrific in front of him. We had a lot of guys that really kicked it up a notch tonight.”

St. Francis led, 33-14, at the half.

Stillman Valley 40, Burlington Central 0: At Stillman Valley, Central fell to 0-2 after a lopsided loss in a Big Northern Conference crossover. The Rockets, who lost last week’s opener, 41-7, to Hampshire will look to score their first victory of the season next week when they host Rockford Christian to open BNC East play.

Wheaton Academy 40, Noble Street Charter 8: At Wheaton College, Wheaton Academy erased memories of last week’s shutout loss at Westminster Christian (Mo.) by scoring six touchdowns to even its record at 1-1.

Scottie McLean led Wheaton Academy with eight rushes for 78 yards. Teammates Camden Meade, Nathan Lopez, Connor Kramer and John Gemmel had rushing touchdowns.

The Warriors will take on a pair of defending state champions in Suburban Christian Conference crossovers in the next two weeks, hosting Montini before visiting Aurora Christian in Week 4.


Rosary 185, Hinckley-Big Rock 208: At Indian Oaks Country Club in Shabbona, medalist Victoria Phipps paced Rosary with a 2-over par 38.

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