Roundup: High School Football

This weekend was the first weekend of high school football in Illinois, and numerous Illinois commitments and prospects were playing their first game of the high school football season. <br><br> This update from has updates on Illini commits Rashard Mendenhall, Paul Blalock, Doug Pilcher, and Brit Miller as well as targets Dace Richardson, Eric Hedstrom, Sean Price, and many more.

RB Rashard Mendenhall (Niles West HS)
Niles West lost at home to Antioch 54-34, but Rashard Mendenahll impressed every one in attendance. He ran for 182 yards on 15 carries and scored three rushing touchdowns including a 76-yard touchdown. Mendenhall also scored on a 90 yard kick off return.

QB Paul Blalock (Waubonsie Valley)
Conant outscored Waubonsie Valley 25-0 in the second half en route to a 31-13 victory. Conant's main defensive plan was to blitz and rush Waubonsie Valley QB Paul Blalock and not give him enough time to throw the football.

The Cougars' blitzing defense hurried Warriors quarterback Paul Blalock all night long. Blalock finished 17 of 43 for 235 yards, 1 interception and no touchdowns.

"We didn't want to let him have too much time to throw the ball," said Conant coach Dave Pendergast. "We wanted to make him have to make quick decisions, and our kids did a nice job in the secondary."

From the Daily Herald
DE Doug Pilcher (Hinsdale Central)
Hisdale Central opened up the 2004 High School football season with a 27-7 victory over Willowbrook.
Willowbrook cut the deficit to 20-7 when a 36-yard Connell toss intended for receiver Anthony Lopez bounced off his fingertips and into the hands of a diving Joe Frieri, dashing the Red Devils' hopes for a shutout.

Despite the touchdown, the Hinsdale Central defense ended up yielding only 130 total yards and minus-1 yard on the ground. Meanwhile, the offense rolled up 371 yards.

From the Daily Herald
LB Brit Miller (Eisenhower)
Eisenhower was looking to avenge a last second loss last season to Champaign Centennial, and that is exactly what they did by beating Centennial 14-7, and achieving the school's first 1-0 record since 1995. Illini commit Brit Miller lined up as both inside linebacker and quarterback for Eisenhower, and although it was Centennial's goal to take him out of the game, they were not able to.

Eisenhower took advantage of Centennial's first fumble. Miller often poo-poo's his throwing ability, but he lofted a nifty 26-yard touchdown pass over the middle to senior Jarron Southall.

Miller capped off a 36-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter with a 6-yard run. That was after he converted a 4th-and-7 with a 15-yard run around right end.

His final numbers were modest - 60 yards rushing and a touchdown, 41 yards passing and a touchdown, and six tackles. But then again, Centennial made it a point to follow Miller closely.

From the Decatur Herald & Review

OL Dace Richardson (Wheaton Warrenville South)
Sophomore Dan Dierking ran for 90 yards on 16 carries behind the Wheaton Warrenville South offensive line in the 21-7 victory over Glenbard West.
"The holes were amazing," said Dierking, offering a nod to his mammoth offensive line, which averages 275 pounds. "I'm just trying to get a couple of yards to help the team out."

From the Chicago Tribune
OL Eric Hedstrom (Mount Prospect)
Mount Prospect defeated host Downers Grove North on Friday night 14-7 after an interception from Matt Theodore set up a game winning three-yard touchdown run from quarterback Matt Bowman.
Bowman carried 24 times for 68 yards and was 7-for-10 for 85 yards passing. He was able to scramble behind the Knights' huge offensive line, which is anchored by Eric Hedstrom and Mike Walter.

From the Chicago Sun Times
QB Sean Price (Maine South HS)
Despite having a vaunted passing attack, it was the ground game that bailed out the air attack on Saturday for Maine South in their 49-32 victory over Bollingbrook in Park Ridge. Maine South scored more touchdowns on the ground than in the air, and Sean Price was held to less than 200 yards passing.

"It was muddy and slippery, but rain or snow, we'll be throwing the ball," said Price, who was 14-for-32 for 184 yards and two touchdowns. "Even in the bad conditions, we scored 49 points against a real good team."

Price scored on a one-yard run on Maine South's first possession of the second half, but Martin broke a 74-yard scoring run to pull the Raiders within 29-26.

But three consecutive touchdowns in the fourth quarter put the game away for Maine South. Cupp scored on a four-yard run, and Price threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Walsh before scoring on a one-yard quarterback sneak.

From the Chicago Sun Times
LB Sam Porter (Morgan Park HS)
The Chicago Sun Times No. 10 ranked team Morgan Park HS defeated No. 8 Mount Carmel in a defensive struggle on Friday night 13-9. This was Mount Carmel's first loss to a public league team since 1991.

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TE Mike Nabolotny (Glenbrook South)
The Glenbrook South Titans defeated host Buffalo Grove on Friday night 35-33.

TE Todd Newman (Bartlett)
Bartlett lost to the Chicago Tribune's No. 11 team Glenbard North 34-13.

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