Updated: November 11, 2012 6:15AM
The temptation for a Rich East team sitting 3-0 in the Southland Conference is to look ahead to a potential Week 9 showdown against No. 4 Crete-Monee that could be for all the marbles.
Rockets coach Barry Reade, however, is adamant his team focuses on Saturday’s opponent, resurgent Bloom.
“To guarantee ourselves to make the playoffs, we’ve got to get to six wins,” said Reade, whose Rockets are 5-2 overall. “Then the next goal is conference champs. Bloom is playing a heck of a lot better. There’s no way we can afford to look to Week 9. For next week to mean anything, we have to take care of business this week. We’ve got our work cut out for us Saturday.”
That’s unlikely if Rich East duplicates the ground show it put on Saturday, when it amassed 472 yards on just 52 attempts in a 48-20 win over Rich South to earn Sauk Trail Super Bowl bragging rights.
Nick Horne, starting his first game at fullback, piled up 213 of those yards. Horne was forced into action after starting fullback Carleto Jackson broke his thumb during Week 6.
Jawaun Ward, Kenneth Naylor, Berwin Causey, Malcolm Miller and Aliko Stevens all contributed yards to the dominant ground attack.
“Nick will continue to get carries,” Reade said of Horne, who also plays defense. “He did a nice job. There’s plenty of carries to go around.”
Caravan grad Lynch honored
Mount Carmel graduate Jordan Lynch, now quarterback at Northern Illinois University, was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week. It’s the third time this season Lynch, a senior, has earned the honor.
Lynch rushed for a career-best 207 yards, including touchdowns of 12, 29 and 71 yards, to lead the Huskies to a 35-23 win Saturday over Ball State. He also completed 16-of-23 passes for 195 yards, including a 54-yarder.
In addition to the MAC honor, Lynch was named one of eight “Stars of the Week” by the Manning Award and is one of six quarterbacks named an honorable mention choice for the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week.