After a slow start that saw St. Rita fall behind Rich Central 7-0 early, the Mustangs exploded for four consecutive touchdowns to eventually wear down the Olympians in a convincing 44-25 win in the 2017 home opener.
Senior quarterback Jake Zylman again led the Mustang offense accounting for three more touchdowns (2 rushing, 1 passing) to move his total to seven (6 rushing, 1 passing) thru two games. Zylman completed (6-10) passes for 120 yards while hitting senior receiver David Gleaves (2 receptions, 54 yards 1 TD) on a 48yd touchdown pass in the second quarter as St. Rita began to pull away from the visitors.
The Mustangs rushed for 234 yards on the night, led by senior running back and Indiana St. commit Chris Childers (18 rushes, 77 yards 1 TD) and Zylman (14 rushes, 54 yards 2 TDs). Junior receiver Jake Stefanski (3 rushes, 40 yards, 1 reception 27 yards) and senior running back Mike Mitchell (5yd TD run) also aided the Mustang attack.
Defensively, St. Rita kept the high-powered Olympian offense and Northern Illinois recruit Jyran Mitchell in check most of the night as the first-team defense held Rich Central to only 14 points. Senior safety Charlie Selke (5 tackles) registered St. Rita's 4th INT on the young season, thwarting a potential Olympian drive that had advanced into the red zone. Junior safety Matt Callahan led the Mustang defense with 8 tackles while senior linebackers Flynn Blake and Louis Cox registered 8 and 7 tackles respectively.
The freshmen and sophomore Mustangs provided the second consecutive clean sweep for Head Coach Todd Kuska's St. Rita Football Program with a pair of shutout victories, 48-0 for Coach Brian O'Sullivan's sophomore squad and 37-0 for Coach Tom Berry's freshmen squad.
St. Rita (2-0) will open their CCL Blue slate as they travel to New Lenox to battle Augustinian rival Providence Catholic Friday night at 7:30pm.
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