Redhawks top Hilltoppers

It was billed as a marquee matchup of Illinois' top talent, Ty Isaac and Nic Weishar, and it didn't disappoint. No. 4 Marist topped the No. 11 Joliet Catholic Hilltoppers by a score of 27-24 in a thrilling back-and-forth contest. FOX Sports NEXT offers a recap and scouting report.

With Marist trailing 14-0 in the first half, its student section let out a loud cheer.

"I believe that we will win," they chanted.

Following two Ty Isaac touchdown catches -- one going for 84 yards -- it seemed unlikely that Marist would win.

However, the Redhawks jumped ahead with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, taking a 17-14 lead.

Joliet Catholic responded with a touchdown drive, finding the endzone on a 4th-and-2 inside the red zone.

Marist wasn't done. The Redhawks drove 80 yards and capped the drive when running back Peter Andriotti found the endzone with 27 seconds left.

The Hilltoppers pushed down the field but quarterback Craig Slowak was sacked in Redhawk territory to end the game.

The scoreboard read 27-24; Marist's student section was rewarded on its bold prediction.

Notes, on Isaac - It was evident that Ty Isaac (shoulder) is far from 100 percent. The running back played primarily at receiver in order to avoid heavy contact. Even with the injury, USC has stayed it's 100 percent behind his scholarship offer.

Notes, on Weishar - Weishar is set to visit Notre Dame for its contest with Michigan. He is still mulling other potential visits going forward. For now, his recruitment remains wide open.

Scouting Ty Isaac - The USC verbal commitment is one of Illinois' most physically gifted athletes. Isaac has the size of a wide receiver but the athleticism and vision of a running back.

Isaac's other role in Joliet Catholic's wishbone offense is that of a decoy, drawing in multiple defenders, even when he doesn't have the football. Isaac is hard to contain behind the line of scrimmage because of his tremendous first step.

There's a reason Isaac has been touted by FOX Sports NEXT as one of the nation's top prospects. He showed off why on Friday night, as he so often does.

Scouting Nic Weishar - There is no debate that Marist's 6-foot-5 target is talented; the question, rather, is whether he projects as a receiver or tight end in college. Weishar has shown he can handle either role.

Weishar commands traffic from defense each time he gets in the open field, but his frame provides a difficult matchup for high school defensive backs.

Weishar is a possession receiver who excels in traffic. In addition to his pass-catching skills, he is a great run blocker, offering a challenge to cornerbacks in one-on-one matchups.

Weishar is adjusting to his added girth, but is tough to contain. Just a junior, his stock will continue to rise, just as his list of offers will grow.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs. He currently resides on Chicago's north side.
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