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St. Francis football falls to Brother Rice

WHEATON – The St. Francis football team went punch-for-punch with Brother Rice on Friday night on the Spartans’ homecoming, but St. Francis suffered a close loss for the second straight week.

Brother Rice continued St. Francis’ rough introduction to Chicago Catholic League play as the Crusaders handed the Spartans a 35-29 loss in a crossover matchup.

St. Francis (2-2) took the lead on a 20-yard strike from quarterback Clint Bobowski to senior Nathan Zito and completed the two-point conversion. Bobowski went 33 of 55 with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He also had 37 yards rushing on two carries.

The Spartans’ offense only had 11 rushing attempts the entire game and only four in the first half but St. Francis still led at halftime, 22-21.

Brother Rice’s Marcus Jones was able to wear down the Spartans’ defense. Jones had 26 carries for 170 yards and three touchdowns. Despite St. Francis giving up more than 250 yards on defense they were able to create five sacks and an interception. Senior Michael Riley was credited with three of the five Spartans sacks.

“I don’t think anyone really gave us a chance,” first-year St. Francis coach Mike Fitzgerald said. “We expected to win that football game, and I told them that. People might be surprised what happens on Friday night but we aren’t.”

Fitzgerald had his team and the Spartan crowd on their feet when he dialed up a reverse pass thrown by senior Micahel Shaw to Matthew Hanson for a 66-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14.

Brother Rice (3-1) was able to put the game away on a 20-yard Jones touchdown run in the fourth quarter. 

With 16.6 second left on the clock, Bobowski threw a 32-yard touchdown to Shaw but the Spartans were not able to recover the onside kick.

St. Francis lost its second straight home game after a narrow loss to Marmion last week, a game in which the Spartans also lost standout running back Steven Fassnacht to injury.

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Brother Rice 35, St. Francis 29

Brother Rice 14 7 7 7 ---35

St. Francis 7 15 0 7 ---29


BR- Smalling 25 pass from Alarcon (Pikowski kick), 9:45

SFHS- Zito 10 pass from Bobowski (Jungles kick), 4:53

BR- Jones 36 rush (Pikowski kick), 2:54


SFHS- Hanson 66 pass from Shaw (Jungles kick), 11:02

BR- Jones 8 rush (Pikowski kick), 4:49

SFHS- Zito 20 pass from Bobowski (2pt good- Zito 2 pass from Bobowski), 2:07


BR- Smalling 70 pass from Alarcon (Pikowski kick), 5:13


BR- Jones 32 rush (Pikowski kick), 9:41

SFHS- Shaw 32 pass from Bobowski (Jungles kick), 16.6



Brother Rice: Jones 26-170, Alarcon 6-24 Total: 194

St. Francis: Bobowski 2-37, Duke 1-9, Purdom 4-4, Rueth 4-0 Totals: 50


Brother Rice: Alarcon 20-24-1-210 Total: 210

St. Francis: Bobowski 33-55-3-317, Shaw 1-1-0-66 Total: 383



Brother Rice: Smalling 11-131, Jones 3-23, Houston 1-22, Blain 1-18, Kubil 4-16 Totals: 210

St. Francis: Shaw 11-139, Hanson 8-107, Zito 7-73, Smith 3-56, Purdon 5-29, Rueth 1-0 Totals: 404

Totals Offense- Brother Rice 404, St. Francis 433

Sophomore Score: Brother Rice 45. St. Francis 13

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