SouthtownStar Football Notes: T.F. North to raise money and awareness for autism
BY PAT DISABATO email@example.com October 15, 2013 8:28PM
Stagg's Adam Pilota (7) celebrates with Amir Almasri after scoring a touchdown against Hillcrest, Monday, September 2, 2013. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 15, 2013 8:42PM
Mike Anaclerio, an assistant coach at T.F. North for 10 years, wanted to raise money and awareness for autism. It’s a disease that hits home for Anaclerio. His sister, Mary, who passed away from colon cancer in October of 2012, was diagnosed with autism as a child.
“I wanted to help do something,” Anaclerio said. “Raising some money and awareness would be a good thing to do.”
Throughout this week, leading up to Friday’s showdown at T.F. South, faculty and students from both schools will be able to purchase raffle tickets with a chance to win a variety of great prizes. Additionally, special T-shirts will be sold with the caveat of receiving free admission to Friday’s game.
Players will also show their support by wearing autism awareness stickers on their helmets, along with blue socks, shoe strings and wristbands.
All proceeds donated in Mary’s name will benefit Autism Speaks, an organization that supports autism research and advocacy.
Anaclerio’s initial goal was to raise $1,000. He’s going to exceed that goal. Members of the South Suburban Conference, which T.F. North and T.F. South are members, also have committed to helping the cause.
“Originally, I would have been thrilled to raise $1,000,” said Anaclerio, who teaches social studies at T.F. North. “We’re going to blow by that number.”
St. Rita bounces back
St. Rita has responded nicely to its 24-3 loss to Mount Carmel in Week 5, downing Providence (37-14) and Fenwick (51-13).
“I think things are moving along well,” St. Rita coach Todd Kuska said. “We picked ourselves up after the loss to Mt. Carmel. We’re playing some pretty good football.”
That trend will have to continue with games against Brother Rice and Loyola to end the season. If the Mustangs can beat Rice, a share of the Catholic League Blue will be on the line vs. Loyola.
“We can’t look ahead at all,” Kuska said. “We have to concentrate on this week’s opponent, which is Brother Rice.”
Besides the presence of QB Tommy Mister, another key to the Mustangs success has been their ability to hold on to the football. They’ve coughed the ball up just four times, while registering 16 interceptions.
Domer gets a break
Mount Carmel running back Matt Domer sat out last week’s win over St. Laurence, but there’s no cause for alarm, according to coach Frank Lenti.
Saying Domer has “no serious injury,” Lenti added, “We’re going to rest it a little bit and go from there.”
The Caravan (6-1) finishes Catholic League Blue play Friday against Providence at Gately Stadium and ends the regular season on Oct. 25 vs. Leo.
Player of the Week
Adam Pilota, of Stagg, is this week’s SouthtownStar Football Player of the Week.
Pilota, a senior quarterback, completed 7-of-12 passes for 259 yards and four touchdowns and also rushed for 119 yards and two scores to lead the Chargers to a 61-35 win Friday over Joliet West.
Contributing: Mike Clark