Football: Mount Carmel shuts out Providence 14-0
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media October 18, 2013 10:44PM
Providence Catholic's Austin Garwood (left) misses a pass as he is brought down by Mt. Carmel's Christian Searles during the first quarter at Gately Stadium in Chicago, Ill., Friday, October 18, 2013. | Guy Rhodes/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 21, 2013 6:53AM
Even without featured running back Matt Domer, Mount Carmel still was able to do what it does best. Run the ball, run the clock, and thus control the game.
The Caravan hung on for a methodical 14-0 win over Providence on Friday night.
Mount Carmel (7-1, 3-1 in the Catholic League Blue) will end the season next weekend against Leo. Providence (4-4, 1-2) needs a win against Brother Rice to avoid missing the playoffs for the second time in four years.
Mount Carmel running backs Jimmy Mickens (31 carries, 118 yards) and Jaquan Buntyn (18 carries, 81 yards) were the main offensive threats in Domer’s absence, combining for 199 yards.
Mickens scored the only touchdown of the first half on a 5-yard run for a 7-0 lead.
“Jimmy’s been a good runner all year long, and Buntyn had a great week of practice,” said Mount Carmel coach Frank Lenti, who added Domer could have played but was rested with the playoffs approaching.
Mickens converted on a fourth-and-4 from the Providence 33 to keep a scoring drive alive late in the third quarter. Quarterback Marko Boricich capped the 15-play, 50-yard drive with a 1-yard TD run for a 14-0 lead.
Providence threatened on the ensuing possession, driving all the way to the Caravan 5. On a fourth-and-1, Sam Connolly stopped Colt Wennlund in the backfield for a two-yard loss with 7:42 remaining in the game.
The Caravan offense was able to run out the rest of the clock to secure the win.
“Coach Frank always talks to us about overcoming adversity — not just here but life,” Boricich said. “For Sam to do what he did on that fourth-down play, he is one of our best leaders.”
“Our D-line did a great job of taking on the blocking for me and it was a great call (blitz),” Connolly said. “It was gut-check time.”
The Caravan defense, led by two sacks by Troy Weissenhofer, recorded its fourth shutout of the season.
“Against a great offensive team, we had a great defensive plan and I don’t know if any other team has done a job like that against them all season,” Lenti said.
Providence’s lowest offensive output of the season was 14 points against St. Rita in Week 6.