Weekend High School Football Roundup

The high school football season continued this weekend 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 with a special appearance from Illinois Basketball Commitment Brian Carlwell.

MORGAN PARK VS. RICHARDS
Pertinent Recruits:
Illinois commit Chris James
Ramone Johnson
Notre Dame commit Demetrius Jones

From the Chicago Sun Times ...
Morgan Park quarterback Demetrius Jones came close to a triple-double and a scary ending.

Jones threw for 236 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 72 yards as the Mustangs edged Richards 36-35 on Saturday night at Gately Stadium.

The No. 21 Bulldogs scored on the last play of regulation but the two-point conversion attempt failed after a mishandled snap.
NAPERVILLE NORTH VS. LIBERTYVILLE
Pertinent Recruits:
Osahon Tongo

From the Chicago Sun Times ...
Aaron Fanthorpe passed for five touchdowns and ran for another as Naperville North ended No. 24 Libertyville's 15-game winning streak with a 42-21 victory Friday night in Naperville.
From the Chicago Tribune
NAPERVILLE NORTH 42, No. 20 Libertyville 21
Non-conference. Aaron Fanthorpe finished 16-for-23 for 270 yards and TD passes of 51, 15, 6, 14 and 19 yards and TD run of 9 yards for Naperville North (1-1). WR Steve Hlazac had 10 receptions for 177 yards and 3 TDs, and Matt Struckmeyer had 2 receptions for 41 yards and TD.
From the Daily Herald
It'd be a cliché to say Naperville North quarterback Aaron Fanthorpe did everything in the Huskies' 42-21 football victory against Libertyville on Friday.

But … well he did bring a tray of water bottles to the defense during a third-quarter break.

And the 5 passing touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown excited Huskies fans a little bit too.
VOCATIONAL VS. SIMEON
Pertinent Recruits:
Illinois commit Isiah Williams

From the Chicago Sun Times ...
Simeon sophomore Jack Ramsey might be an up-and-coming quarterback, but Thursday at Gately Stadium he ran across someone who is a finished product. Vocational quarterback Isaiah Williams led his team to an 18-14 victory over the Wolverines.

Williams threw an 85-yard touchdown pass with 1:14 remaining in the third quarter to put Vocational ahead for good at 18-14. Williams also scored on a three-yard run early in the first quarter.
DOWNERS GROVE NORTH VS. LEYDEN
Pertinent Rectuits:
Illinois commit Garrett Edwards

From the Chicago Tribune ...
No. 10 DOWNERS N. 49, Leyden 7
Non-conference. Sr. RB Justin Shelly finished with 178 yards on just 4 carries and had TD run of 55 yards to lead Downers North (2-0). Trojans scored on 7 of 1st 8 possessions. Kevin Tokarski added 50-yard TD punt return.
From the Chicago Sun Times ...
Junior Kevin Tokarski returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown and later scored on a two-yard run. Quarterback Garrett Edwards also returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and scored from four yards in the first.
NEUQUA VALLEY VS. PLAINFIELD CENTERAL Pertinent Recruits:
Timo Oshinowo

From the Chicago Tribune ...
PLAINFIELD C. 21, Neuqua Valley 14
Non-conference. Tied at 14 with 4:19 remaining in game, Plainfield Central's Jon Knapczyk connected with Sr. WR Chris Moore for winning TD. Knapczyk finished 11-for-20 for 223 yards and 2 TDs for Wildcats (1-1).
From the Daily Herald ...
In reality, Neuqua may have lost the contest in the first half when twice the Wildcats drove inside the Plainfield 10-yard line but were stopped on fourth-down plays.

"Certainly not scoring when we had the ball inside their 10 was huge," said Neuqua coach Bryan Wells "We should've put the ball in their end zone then, but I give Plainfield a lot of credit. We have to find out what we're made of. I thought we had some answers last week (after beating Naperville North), but we have some learning to do and hopefully we learned something tonight."
From the Daily Southtown ...
It's probably a good thing that the Plainfield Central High School football team doesn't double as Boy Scouts. The easy thing for the Wildcats to do Friday night would have been to fold up the tents after Neuqua Valley eliminated Plainfield Central's 14-0 lead in the span of 1:28 in the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats wanted nothing to do with folding up the tent. Instead, they did the equivalent of rubbing two sticks together and started a fire.
BOLINGBROOK VS. MOLINE
Pertinent Recruits:
Carl Fisher

From the Chicago Tribune ...
Bolingbrook 18, MOLINE 16
Non-conference. Maurice Hill blocked a 43-yard field goal attempt with 3:00 left to stop Moline, which was faced with a fourth-and-1 from Bolingbrook 26. RB Dale Martin ran for 83 yards, including a TD from 37, for Raiders (1-1).
PROVISO EAST VS. GLENBARD WEST
Pertinent Recruits:
Illinois Basketball Commit Brian Carlwell
Sergio Brown

From the Daily Herald ...
Watt admitted to being a little wiped out on Saturday, but not before doing a little of everything in helping the Hilltoppers (1-1) wipe out Proviso East 30-8 in Glen Ellyn in a West Suburban crossover.

The Hilltoppers got a break themselves late in the first half and it helped them build on their 11-8 lead to take command of the game. After a safety, a field goal and the first of quarterback Billy Boockford's 3 touchdown passes gave the hosts an 11-0 lead after one quarter, the Pirates (1-1) battled back to get within a field goal of Glenbard West. Quarterback Sean Simon connected with Sergio Brown for a 16-yard touchdown and then threw up a jump ball in the middle of the end zone that 6-foot-11 Brian Carlwell came down with for a 2-point conversion that further cut the gap.
PROVISO EAST'S SERGIO BROWN OVERWHELMED from the Chicago Sun Times ...
Proviso East's Sergio Brown went from being overlooked to overwhelmed, from two scholarship offers to 24 faster than you can say, "Watch the game film, dummy,'' from being blown away by the unexpected hype to avoiding the rush and demonstrating some patience while choosing a college.

The 6-2, 193-pound wide receiver-defensive back could have ended his recruiting process in July by committing to Notre Dame, UCLA, Nebraska or Illinois. Then he could have enjoyed the rest of the summer and begun preparing for his senior season without any pressure.
CHAMPAIGN CENTENNIAL VS. (DECATUR) MACARTHUR
Pertinent Recruits:
Illinois commit Marques Wilkins

From the Decatur Herald & Review ...
Marques Wilkins had 16 carries for 137 yards, 1 TD. Wilkins had 3 catches for 32 yards.
WEBSTER GROVES VS. UNIVERSITY CITY
Pertinent Recruits:
Adrian Clayborn

Box Score of 49-0 victory from the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

VASHON VS. DESMET
Pertinent Recruits:
Illinois soft commit Jerry Brown

Box score of 35-0 Loss from the St. Louis Post Dispatch.


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