As the end of October nears, it's time once again for Mustang Sports Weekly as playoffs are in the air for our fall sports teams.
After a tough (1-3) start to their season, the varsity football team's playoff chances looked bleak to everyone but themselves. The coaching staff and team knew they had played a very difficult road schedule with many inexperienced players and by eliminating turnovers the team knew they were capable of beating anyone in the state.
Four weeks later, here we are as Coach Todd Kuska's team won their fourth straight game Friday night at Doyle Stadium 37-16 over a good Benet squad to punch their ticket to the Class 5A IHSA state playoffs.
Sophomore running back Kaleb Brown, who had received offers to both Notre Dame and Michigan during the week, was spectacular all night long as he tallied three touchdowns (2 rushing and 1 receiving) while collecting over 200 yards of total offense on the night.
Brown, though, was not a one-man-show as junior running back Kyle James added two touchdown runs and sophomore quarterback Tommy Ulatowski, in his first meaningful varsity action, accounted for one rushing and one passing touchdown on the evening.
The defense once again played great as junior linebacker Mike Gaughan led the way with 16 tackles and an interception. Senior defensive lineman Michael Milton added an interception as the defense held the potent Red Wing offense to only three second-half points.
The Mustangs (5-3, 1-1) will next battle the (7-1) Notre Dame Dons with a piece of the Catholic League title on the line this Friday night at Doyle Stadium. The sophomores (6-2, 2-0) will take on the Dons at 5pm with a chance to win the conference outright with the varsity game to follow at 7:30pm.
The varsity soccer team finished another successful regular season with a (15-4-1) record, which was good enough for the #3 seed in the Brother Rice regional. The Mustangs will play #19 seed Rich Central tonight at St. Rita with the winner battling the winner of tonight's match between #6 seed Brother Rice and #11 seed Tinley Park on Friday night 7pm at Brother Rice for the regional championship.
The varsity hockey team took their first trip out to Minnesota over the weekend and played well winning one of their three games. They will return to Catholic League action on Thursday night at SIA against Providence with puck drop scheduled for 7:55pm.
Check back with us again next week as we recap the varsity soccer team's regional games and the varsity hockey team's venture back into CCL action.
We will also preview the varsity football team's first round opponent in the IHSA Class 5A playoffs.