By: John Nee '93
As the calendar turns to October and the fall seasons continue into their stretch run, the Mustangs were once again very busy on the field.
The varsity football team headed to 99th and Pulaski for a Catholic League Blue showdown at undefeated Brother Rice on Friday night and fell just short of ruining the Crusaders perfect season as they dropped another heartbreaker, 21-14.
The defense played tough all night long holding the high-powered Brother Rice offense to only 7 first half points, but the offense struggled to move the ball as St. Rita trailed 7-0 heading into the locker room.
A long run put Brother Rice up 14-0 early in the 3rd, but sophomore Henry Wilson ignited the St. Rita faithful with an electrifying kickoff return for a touchdown to cut the deficit back to a single touchdown.
As the Mustang offense began to move the ball in the second half, two untimely turnovers would cost them as Brother Rice held on for the win.
`The sophomore Mustangs remained undefeated with a convincing 28-14 win over Brother Rice. Running back Kyle James sealed the game late with a long touchdown run to give St. Rita the two-score advantage.
The freshman squad led the Crusaders 28-16 at the half on Saturday morning at Doyle Stadium, but the Brother Rice defense held the high-powered St. Rita offense scoreless after halftime as penalties derailed several drives allowing the visitors to score late and claim a heartbreaking 29-28 win.
The hockey team split a home and home series with north suburban power Barrington, defeating the Broncos at SIA 4-3 while losing on the road 4-1.
Dylan Oboikovitz, Luke Napleton, Andrew Capuano, Ryan Cleve and David Bauer all lit the lamp over the weekend for the Mustangs.
The cross-country team travelled to Niles West on Saturday where the frosh/soph team finished 6th out of 17 teams as freshmen Billy Veugeler and Padraig Flannery both finished in 15:00 flat. The varsity was led by Lorenzo Alvarez as he finished his 3-mile run in 18:42.
The varsity soccer team improved to (12-4-1) last week by sweeping St. Francis DeSales 12-0, Montini 4-1 and Oak Forest 5-1. They will carry a 7-game winning streak into tonight's 6:30 home match against DeLaSalle. The sophomores also won both their contests last week beating Tinley Park 4-1 and Oak Forest 5-1.
Be on the lookout for Mustangs Sports Weekly every Monday as we recap all the action in St. Rita sports for the week.