By: John Nee '93
Today is a busy day around the state of Illinois as the winter sports season officially kicks off with the first day of practice for basketball and wrestling while the hockey season is in full swing and football is making its run to the Prep Bowl championship.
On Friday night, after a 13-day layoff due to a 1st round bye, the Mustang football team took the field against Marmion Academy at Doyle Stadium. On a cool, early November evening, the "Fighting" Mustangs put together one of their most complete efforts of the season dismantling the Cadets 49-13.
Seven different Mustangs found the end zone on the night as the offense exploded for 42 first-half points.
Seniors Hayden Ekern (13-yd run), Jake Stefanski (23-yd run), Javon Venson (1-yd run), Myles McKatherine (30-yd reception), sophomores Kyle James (6-yd run), Henry Wilson (33-yd reception) and freshmen Kaleb Brown (87-yd KO return) all found the end zone for St. Rita.
The Mustang defense was stout shutting down the Cadet running game and supplying great field position for the St. Rita offense all night. The defense recorded two turnovers in the game, both leading to Mustang touchdowns, as Ekern and senior Matt Callahan each registered interceptions.
The Mustangs will now advance to the next round of the Prep Bowl playoffs as they will host Hope Academy (8-3), who were beaten on Saturday in the 2nd round of the IHSA state playoffs, on Friday night at 7pm.
The hockey team continued its great start to the season as they won both of their Catholic League games on the week going on the road and beating Brother Rice 3-2 on Thursday night in Oak Lawn and Providence 2-1 Sunday night in Orland.
Senior goalie Kyle Gustafson was stellar between the pipes in both games registering 70 saves in the two victories. Connor O'Connell, Evan O'Neil, Griffin Drebing, Patrick McDonnell and Brendan Day scored the Mustangs goals, and the defensive core of O'Neil, John Rudy Murlasits, Anthony Mancine, Gabe Arteaga, Dylan Oboikovitz, and Ryan Cleve were outstanding all weekend.
Next up for the "Skating" Mustangs (6-1-1) in CCHL play will be Carmel Catholic tonight 7:45 at SIA and Notre Dame Thursday 7:55 also at SIA.
Check back again next week as we will recap the Mustangs Prep Bowl game against Hope Academy as well as the hockey team's two home dates in league play. We will also give a preview of the wrestling and basketball teams as both are on track for big seasons.