Weekend High School Football Roundup

The high school football season started in Illinois on Friday evening with many interesting matchups for Illini fans. Read this High School Football round up to see how Illinois Commitments and Recruits fared in the first weekend of their high school season. Players with updates include Illinois commits Isiah Williams, Marques Wilkins, Chris James, and Garrett Edwards.

CHICAGO VOCATIONAL VS. AG SCIENCE
Pertinent Recruits
ILLINOIS COMMIT QB Isiah "Juice" Williams (Chicago Vocational)

From the Daily Southtown ...
Chicago Vocational 51, Ag Science 0
Isiah Williams was 3-of-5 passing for 105 yards and three touchdowns as Chicago Vocational (1-0) rolled to the nonconference victory at Gately Stadium.

Williams threw a 69-yard scoring strike to Don Wilkins and also had 18-yard TD tosses to Brian Pascasio and Larry Ward.
From the Chicago Sun Times ...
VOCATIONAL 51, AG. SCIENCE 0: Quarterback Isiah "Juice" Williams completed three passes -- all for touchdowns -- as the Cavaliers rolled at Gately Stadium. Williams completed passes of a 69-yards to Don Wilkins and 18-yards to Brian Pascasio and Larry Ward.
MORGAN PARK VS. MOUNT CARMEL (in Soldier Field)
Pertinent Recruits
ILLINOIS COMMIT WR Chris James (Morgan Park)
OT Ramone Johnson (Morgan Park)
Notre Dame Commit QB Demetrius Jones (Morgan Park)

From the Chicago Tribune ...
Morgan Park drove 88 yards with the opening kickoff as Jones completed 5-of-6 passes for 59 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown pass to Chris James, who has committed to Illinois.
From the Chicago Sun Times ...
"After our defense did a good job in the first half, it didn't execute in the second half,'' Morgan Park coach Lexie Spurlock said. "We're young with a lot of sophomores on defense and only one starter back."

"This was a good experience. Now we can do some more coaching and have some more listening."
DOWNERS GROVE NORTH VS. MOUNT PROSPECT
Pertinent Recruits ILLINOIS COMMIT QB / S Garrett Edwards (Downers Grove North)

From the Chicago Tribune ...
The 6-foot-1-inch, 192-pound Illinois recruit threw for two touchdowns and ran for three more for the defending Class 8A champions.

"The main thing … was our offensive line," Edwards said. "Every play they're knocking them 5 yards off the ball."

He completed 3 of 5 attempts for 110 yards and ran for 150 yards on 19 carries, including an 85-yard, fourth-quarter TD scamper.

"Justin Shelley or Max Gilbert are my lead blockers," Edwards said. "I follow them. They block great."
From the Chicago Sun Times ...
DOWNERS GROVE NORTH 41, PROSPECT 21: Quarterback Garrett Edwards ran for three touchdowns and passed for two touchdowns as the No. 15 Trojans rolled to the road win.
From the Daily Herald ...
Illinois-bound quarterback Garrett Edwards and his Downers Grove North teammates had a little surprise ready for Prospect on the opening play of the football season and it set the tone for the rest of the game.

Edwards connected with wide receiver Connor Lavallie on a 62-yard pass play on the opening play, setting up the first of 3 scoring runs by Edwards in defending Class 8A state champion North's 41-21 non-conference victory over the Knights at Gattas Stadium.

"That was a play-action off the option," said North coach John Wander of the play that he and Edwards had been working on since last spring. "They have to stop our run and Garrett showed he can pass it."

"We have so much confidence in Connor," Edwards said. "That first play set the tone for us."

Edwards followed that quick strike score with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Lavallie, in which the 6-foot-3 senior outjumped two Prospect defenders who had him covered perfectly.
MACARTHUR (DECATUR) VS. MATOON
Pertinent Recruits
ILLINOIS COMMIT WR Marques Wilkins (Decatur MacArthur)

From the Decatur Herald & Review ...
Ultimately, though, Mattoon had no answer for Wilkins, who showed why he'll be heading to Illinois next year.

Wilkins had four touches on offense in the first half. One was a 66-yard touchdown run, which counted. One was a 52-yard touchdown reception that didn't count. One was a 19-yard reception that was nullified by a clip. And one was a sweep that went for no gain, but should've lost 5 yards.

He got the ball more in the second half, and the Generals offense thrived. He finished with eight rushes for 122 yards and three touchdowns. Wilkins also threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Keith Allbritton on a perfectly executed halfback option.

"Everybody kept the tempo up. Nobody gave up. That's what we do," Wilkins said. "I said it don't matter if don't score at all or I score four times. If we win, I'm happy."
From the Decatur Herald & Review ...
Marques Wilkens is eeee-lectric. The question concerning him isn't whether or not he should get the ball. It's how do you get him the ball? MacArthur showed the various ways to do it on Friday, and they were all effective. Arguably his best play, the 52-yard TD reception, was called back. Some poor Mattoon defender got completely juked, and Wilkins just ran past everyone else to the end zone.
BOLINGBROOK VS. MAINE SOUTH
Pertinent Recruits
WR Carl Fisher - Bolingbrook

From the Chicago Tribune ...
It might be unfair to say Bolingbrook gift-wrapped Friday night's 23-20 loss to Maine South, but it was feeling a lot like Christmas along the Hawks' sideline.

Maine South had to rally from three deficits and trailed 20-17 with 9 minutes 38 seconds left.
From the Chicago Sun Times ...
"We just need to cut down on the little things we did wrong," Bolingbrook quarterback Javon Stewart said. "Every time we made a mistake, they capitalized."
NEUQUA VALLEY VS. NAPERVILLE NORTH
Pertinent Recruits
LB Osahon Tongo (Naperville North)

From the Chicago Tribune ...
What they turned in was a dominating performance in a historic 33-14 victory over their cross-town rivals, the Wildcats' first season-opening victory.
From the Chicago Sun Times ...
NEUQUA VALLEY 33, NAPERVILLE NORTH 14: Alan Smith ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns to snap Naperville North's 24-game regular-season winning streak.
From the Daily Herald ...
No District 204 team had ever beaten a District 203 team in the four meetings prior to Friday night. If ever there was a message that Neuqua Valley has arrived as a top-tier program, this was it.

Beyond the three straight playoff appearances or the Upstate Eight Conference title last season, this seemed to be the moment that put Neuqua Valley on the map — literally.

Friday's win announced that the Wildcats have arrived in terms of big-time Naperville football.

"This validates us," said Neuqua Valley coach Bryan Wells. "We came in tonight and just manhandled the twice defending DVC champs.
HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR VS. RICH EAST
Pertinent Recruits
DE Bailey Johnson (Homewood-Flossmoor)
DE Kris Cooke (Homewood-Flossmoor)

From the Chicago Tribune ...
Home.-Flossmoor 31, RICH EAST 16
Non-conference Homewood-Flossmoor was led by RBs Trent Sanders (11 carries for 47 yards and 2 TDs) and Mark Franklin (20 carries for 193 yards and TD). "I thought I would get 3 yards and that's it," said Franklin, who made his varsity debut. "I feel good and confident now. I know I can run, and I'm really sure of what I can do."
From the Northwest Indiana Times ...
The H-F defense gave up just 103 yards the rest of the way. The offense, meanwhile, ran off 31 straight points in what turned out to be a 31-16 win for coach Tom Bailey's team.

"Coach Verde told us to pick it up and just don't even worry about that play because we will fix that," defensive lineman Bailey Johnson said. "We went back out there pumped up because we were pretty angry about that."

Johnson led the defensive effort with a pair of sacks while helping contain the Rockets with fellow linemen Dan Allen, Kris Cooke (two sacks) and Brandon McAtee.
From the Daily Southtown ...
"This is going to be a big building block," H-F coach Tom Bailey said. "There was a little question when we were losing 8-0, but this group of young men is probably as good a group as I've had.
ROBINSON VS. CRANE
Pertinent Recruits
BASKETBALL RECRUIT PG Sherron Collins (Crane)

From the Chicago Sun Times ...
ROBINSON 35, CRANE 34: Crane senior Sherron Collins, the top-rated basketball prospect in Illinois, opened the game with a 93-yard kick return touchdown in the Cougars loss at Downstate Robinson.

On Crane's first play from scrimmage, he busted loose for a 72-yard run.

Collins, who also had four receiving touchdowns, scored five touchdowns for the Cougars.

"Sherron was excellent," Crane coach Anthony Jackson said. "The were double-teaming him, but he was too quick."

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