Football: Three things learned from Round 2 of playoffs
November 12, 2013 8:48PM
Updated: December 14, 2013 6:29AM
1. Mount Carmel’s defense is top notch. St. Rita quarterback Tommy Mister ran up, down and around every opponent during the season — with the exception of Mount Carmel. He rushed for 15 yards on 15 attempts during Friday’s 20-15 win by the Caravan. He didn’t do much in a Week 5 loss to the Caravan, either. The defense, led by Deandre Greer, Enoch Smith, Steve Richardson and Christian Searles, is big, quick and disciplined. It’s also very skilled. There aren’t many teams boasting two Big Ten-bound linemen in Smith (Michigan State) and Richardson (Minnesota).
2. The Richards defense is no slouch. The Bulldogs have produced five shutouts in the past six games, including Saturday’s 31-0 blanking of Argo. Romel Hill and Savon Robinson have produced superb seasons. However, the biggest challenge of season arrives Saturday in the form of Lincoln-Way North running back Julian Hylton, a 2,100-yard rusher.
3. Great players need to be on the field. Marist’s Nic Weishar is heading to Notre Dame because of his receiving skills. But where would Marist be without Weishar’s contributions on defense? Likely not in the Class 8A quarterfinals. The 6-foot-6 Weishar registered a TD-saving tackle and returned a fumble 32 yards for a score during the RedHawks’ 21-7 win Friday over No. 1-seeded Bolingbrook. He also had a TD catch for good measure.