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Week 9 in High School Sports

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MATTESON - As we get to the final weekend of high school football, many teams have already punched their playoff ticket... but their are a few that must win this weekend.

In addition, the city playoffs got started today lead by favorites, Simeon, Hubbard and Morgan Park.


IHSA announced all of the state-wide playoffs pairings... WHEW!!! It's official, it's playoff time!!! Click here to review!


Loyola 24, St. Rita 21
St. Rita (8-1, 4-1) and Mount Carmel (7-2, 4-1) finished in a three-way tie with the Ramblers, who are league champions for the first time since 1993. Top players in the contest were  Loyola Jimmy Bonner, INT, 17-yard completion on fake punt; Malcolm Weaver, 2 TD passes. St. Rita Mitch Saffold, 11 catches, 173 yards, TD.

Mount Carmel 35, Providence 0
With this victory, Mount Carmel's 35-0 win over Providence coupled with Loyola's win at St. Rita meant a three-way tie for the Chicago Catholic League Blue title between the Caravan, Mustangs and Ramblers, who all finished at 4-1.

Sujka scored on a 45-yard run and Michael Banks scored from 20 yards out to give Mount Carmel a 14-0 lead after one quarter. Sujka added to the lead on the first play of the second quarter with a 51-yard touchdown. Just a few minutes later, Banks scored again from 2 yards out to give Mount Carmel the 28-0 halftime lead.

"We talked about it being a win-win for us," said Banks, who finished with 50 yards on seven carries. "We might be able to get a share of the conference with the win or we at least can improve our playoff position."

Sujka finished the game with 8 rushes, 135 yards, 2 TDs (45, 51); 2-for-6, 19 yards. Banks finished with 7 carries, 50 yards, 2 TDs (2, 20).

St. Laurence 16, De La Salle 9 (OT)
Alex Flisk's 10-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Javorka was the game-winner for St. Laurence (5-4, 5-2).

Shepard 56, Eisenhower 19
Shepard's Dontae McCoy passed for 212 yards and had three touchdowns (return, rush, pass).

Andrew 34, Lincoln-Way North 14
Andre Gahan rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The Andrew defense forced six fumbles and an interception by Jake Healy.

Morgan Park 42, Clark 0
Morgan Park's DaeShaun Hurley threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 100 yards. Javon Bright caught six passes for 134 yards and a touchdown in the win.


Joliet Catholic 45, Benet 0
Illinois-bound running back Josh Ferguson rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries for Joliet Catholic (8-1, 6-1). Malin Jones also had 10 carries for 131 yards and a touchdown.

Robeson 56, Bogan 18
Michael Solomon rushed 13 times for 114 yards and four touchdowns to lead Robeson (9-0). Damaun Johnson also ran for three touchdowns in the win.

Simeon 48, Brooks 14
The Wolverines' continue their winning ways knocking off Brooks. In fact, they scored on their first six possessions.

Payton 2, Chicago Academy 1 (OT)
Alex Yeung scored the game-winner for Payton (15-4-2). Jonathan Garcia also had a goal in the win.

Benet d. Neuqua Valley 25-27, 25-17, 25-12
Kaitlyn King notched 33 assist as Benet improved to 28-6 on the season. Jenna Jendryk had a team-high 10 kills in the win.

Lincoln-Way Central d. Homewood-Flossmoor 25-23, 25-21
Amy Bernhard had eight kills and Danielle Dowd added seven kills for Lincoln-Way Central.

Lincoln-Way West d. Thornridge 25-9, 25-2
Lincoln-Way West's Kelly Staack scored on 22 service points in a row.

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