Football: Three things learned from Week 2
September 10, 2013 10:14PM
Updated: October 12, 2013 6:15AM
1. Marist remains formidable. Yes, the RedHawks were disappointed to drop their season opener 28-26 to St. Rita. But they rebounded with a vengeance in Week 2, drilling archrival Brother Rice 55-14. The Fab Four —QB Jack Donegan, WRs Nic Weishar and Flynn Nagel, and RB Peter Andreotti — dominated. While the offense resembles a truck-load of dynamite, holding Rice to 14 points certainly is a feather in the hat of the Marist defense.
2. Homewood-Flossmoor is the real deal. So what if the Vikings start as many as a half-dozen sophomores? A Week 1 win over Simeon in Flossmoor was impressive, but traveling to Stevenson and coming away with a 28-21 victory serves notice to Class 8A that the Vikings are a force. One of those sophomores, Deante Harley-Hampton, had two TDs, including a 95-yard kickoff return.
3. Richards looks ready for the long haul. Few teams could lose a Division I skill player (Tommy Mister, transfer) and a two-year starting linebacker (DiAndre Smith, alleged expulsion) and still hand Batavia its first regular-season loss in 20 games. Very impressive. WR Tacari Carpenter is so fleet afoot, defenders will need the aid of a Ducati to chase him down. Good luck with that.