By: John Nee '93
On Saturday the St. Rita football program travelled to Wilmette to play a triple-header against Loyola. After tough losses suffered by both the freshmen and sophomore teams, it was the varsity's turn to try and come home with a victory from Wilmette for the first time since 2007.
Loyola, the top-ranked 8A school in the state, had suffered a rare early-season loss to national power St. Ignatius from Cleveland (OH) and came into the contest with an identical (1-1) record as the Mustangs.
St. Rita would strike first as sophomore running back Kalob Brown broke free on the Mustang's second possession for a 41-yard touchdown run staking the visitors to an early 7-0 lead.
The Mustangs defense held strong early holding the big, experienced Rambler offense as St. Rita took their lead into the second quarter. Loyola would finally find pay dirt as they tied the game at 7 where it would remain at the half.
The third quarter saw a great Mustang drive deep into Rambler territory as St. Rita threatened to once again take the lead, but a squandered opportunity on 3rd down and a missed 32-yard field goal gave the ball back to Loyola, and they capitalized with a 47-yard field goal taking a 10-7 lead into the final quarter.
One last opportunity for the Mustangs ended again in Loyola territory with a fumble as the Ramblers pulled away in the end putting to rest the upset hopes of the Mustangs as Loyola dropped St. Rita to (1-2) with a hard-fought 24-7 win.
The Mustangs will travel to Lombard Friday night to battle the Montini Broncos (2-1) at 7:30pm in both team's division openers. The freshmen will serve as the evening's warm-up as they battle the Broncos at 5pm while the sophomores will play on Monday.
The varsity soccer team, ranked 9th in the Southtown, went through the hardest part of their schedule last week as they suffered a tough 1-0 defeat to Marmion, who advanced to a super-sectional in 2018. The "Kicking" Mustangs then travelled to Burbank to battle sectional finalist St. Laurence and the Vikings held off the scrappy St. Rita squad 2-1. Last year's 3rd place team St. Ignatius was next for the Mustangs as the Wolfpack prevailed 5-1 despite a goal from Langston Bedgood.
Despite the tough week, the varsity soccer team has been playing some good ball and will be a force to be reckoned with as they start conference play this week as they host DePaul Prep on Friday 4:30pm.
The varsity golf team evened their record at (2-2) with a nine-stroke win over St. Laurence. Tommy Gleason was the low man for the Mustangs posting a 41 while Liam McKillop shot a 43. Matches against Beecher (Monday), Marian Catholic (Thursday) and the Marian Catholic Invite (Saturday) highlight a busy week for the "Swinging" Mustangs.
Check back again next week as we once again recap another busy week in Mustangs sports action.