Welcome to our later-than-usual version of Mustang Sports weekly as we recap the soccer team's sectional loss to Oak Forest and the varsity football team's first round playoff win over Glenbard South.
The varsity football team advanced to the second round of the Class 5A state football playoffs with a convincing 49-14 win over visiting Glenbard South on Friday night at Doyle Stadium. The visitors struck first in the contest taking the opening kickoff and driving eighty yards to take a quick 7-0 lead over the host Mustangs.
The lead would not last long as sophomore sensation Kaleb Brown (7 carries, 271yds, 4TDs) took his first three carries of the game for touchdowns (55yds, 35yds, and 95yds) as the St. Rita rushing attack was unstoppable on the evening. The Mustangs scored on all of their five first-half possessions as they took a resounding 35-7 lead into the halftime locker room.
Junior wide receiver Isaiah Bragg, who scored St. Rita's lone touchdown in their 7-0 CCL Green-clinching win over Notre Dame last week, then took the second half kickoff back for an 85-yard touchdown all but ending the night for the Mustang starters as St. Rita advanced to play the top seed in the northern bracket of Class 5A, Sterling.
St. Rita (7-3) will travel to Sterling, Illinois on Saturday afternoon to play the host Warriors at 1pm.
The varsity soccer team, who won a regional championship for the first time since 1990 with a 2-1 win over Brother Rice two weeks ago, played last Tuesday in Kankakee against Oak Forest in a Class 2A sectional semifinal. The Bengals had knocked the Mustangs out of the state playoffs during the 2018 season in the regional championship game. Unfortunately, St. Rita came out flat after their emotional win over Brother Rice and fell behind early 3-0. The Mustangs, though, did not quit as they would score two late goals to make a game of it before eventually falling once again to the Bengals for the second consecutive season by a score of 3-2. Coach Kellam's squad finished the 2019 with an overall record of (17-4-1) which accounted for one of the best seasons in the history of the program.
Check back next week as we recap the varsity football team's game at Sterling, and we follow the varsity hockey team's quest through the treacherous CCL schedule.