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2010 Will-Cook-Kankakee Championship

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MATTESON - What a weekend.... This weekend had everything  except snow in the Will-Cook-Kankakee championship games...  Saturday, Madea Nature showed out... first, I-57 was backed up like a person eating cheese for two months... then the wind picked up and it started raining sideways; then out of no where, the sun came out... only in Chicago (Illinois), gotta love our weather.

First and foremost, we would like to thank the fine folks down in Kankakee for all of their hospitality, especially that BIG spread Jess... that was absolutely perfect and dare I say, the bar has been raised...

Any hoot, on to the games on Saturday...

In the very first championship game, it was the number 1 Cardinals taken on the number 2 Jets (widgets). To get things started, the Jets controlled the ball the entire first quarter, but was unable to make it into the endzone. They turned the ball over to the Cardinals on the 5 yard line. The Cardinals only needed two plays to score in which Tyian Miller dashed down the field for 95 yards for one of his three scores.  Mr. Miller finished the contest with over 165 yards rushing, 3 touchdowns and a game scoring touchdown right before halftime. Final score: 25-0.

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In the second game, the Jets scored first on 24 yard sprint by Jahreal Williams. Bulldogs answered on a 61 yard run Zakeece Burtis, but it was called back for holding. The game went to halftime with the Jets having the lead 7-0. Eastside got on the board and tied the game in the third quarter on a 22-yard run by Mr. Burtis (7-7). Then the Jets responded on a 56 yard kickoff return by Greg Boyd Jr. (13-7). In the fourth quarter, the Eastside got the game winning touchdown on a score by Deyuan Pendleton with 2:34 left in the game (14-13). The Jets received the ball and were moving down the field until they threw an interception which sealed the game for the Bulldogs. Final score: 14-13.

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The third game was full of energy and excitement. In the previous game, during week 6, the Jets controlled the ball and the score knocking off the Cards 25-14. Chicago was determined to make this game much different. The game got started with a turnover on the opening kickoff recovered by Chicago. With this turnover, they were able o get it in the endzone with a short run by Alfred "AJ" Lewis for the early lead (6-0). Mr. Lewis wasn't done. He scored all three touchdowns for the Cards - one from 80 yards and another from 31 yards. the Jets were unable to capitalize on the mistakes by the Cards including several fumbles. Final score: 19-0.

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In the final game on Saturday, it put the hometown favorite Bulldogs against the South Holland Jets. In the previous contest, the Jets handled the Bulldogs 20-6 (week 5). Will the championship game be different? Not by much but both teams didn't want their season to end. The Jets got on the board first with a 13 yard run by Anthony Ries in the first quarter (7-0). The Bulldogs answered in the second quarter with a quarterback keeper (7-7). From here both teams had issues securing the ball - both turning the ball over with the Jets tossing two interceptions and the Bulldogs fumbling. This game would not be decided in regulation - OVERTIME!

The Jets received the ball first at the 10 yard line. The Bulldogs were called for off-sides, which moved the ball 5 yards. The Jets used the shorter field to their advantage pounding the ball in for a score was Mr. Ries again (14-7).

The Bulldogs received the ball on the 10 yard line and was flagged for too many players on the field - moving the ball back 5 yards and to the 15. But this field position didn't stop the 'dogs from scoring. They knocked the ball in on their third play (14-13). Now it was time for the all important extra point play. The Jets defense stood strong and were able to knock the ball loose from the 'Dogs and recovered it. Final score: 14-13 Jets.

Sunday, what a difference 24 hours made... Madea Nature smiled on Will-Cook-Kankakee for the National conference championship games. It as perfect football weather and it proved to be an exciting afternoon out at Kankakee High School.

In the first game (widget), number 2 Country Club Hills took on number 1 Richton Park. This was a low scoring game, the opposite of week fives matchup, where the Raiders won 21-0. The Raiders got the only touchdown score on the afternoon with a short power run by Antonio Jones in the second quarter (6-0). The Cougars stopped the Raiders several times from scoring in the game, but the Raiders capitalized by preventing the Cougars from the redzone. Final score: 6-0.

In the second game (Raiders vs Patriots), the first half came and went with no one scoring. Both teams battled back and forth for position but defense held strong. In the second half, the Raiders got on the board first with a 47 yard sprint by Joseph Peters (6-0). the Raiders scored again in the fourth making it 12-0. The Patriots were going down without a fight, and took advantage of field position and scored on a screen pass by Justin Hall with 3:02 left in the fourth. Unfortunately, Markham was not able to score again in the game. Final score: 12-7.

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The Cougars came into this game undefeated and out to proved that they belong. So, they took the opening kickoff 81 yards to the house. Kevin White dashed through the Riverside defenders making the score 6-0. The Cougars struck again to start the second quarter making the score now 12-0. A few plays later they intercepted a pass and return it for a score (20-0). To compound the situation, Country Club Hills scored once more right before halftime on a short run. So, at the half it was 26-0. The score remained this way until the fourth quarter when the Cougars executed a 36 yard pass for another score (34-0). The Colts were able to get on the board with a power run for 50 yards with 4:30 left, but they were not able to score again. Final score: 34-6.

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In the final game of the championship weekend, it put number 3 Raiders up against the number 1 Colts. In the previous matchup, it was a low-scoring contest with the Colts squeaking by 12-7 (week 4). Has anything changed since then?

Well, the Colts opened up their playbook with an opening double-reverse in which Dyrrah Christon took the ball 45 yards fro the first score (6-0). The Raiders answered less than one minute later with a wonderful run by Davonte Drakes (6-6). Both teams at this point settled down and held each other between the twenties on the field.

Colts did pound the ball in right before halftime on a run by Mr. Christon (14-6).

Then in the second half the Colts turned it on with two additional  scores and zero for Richton Park. The first score came on a big run by Mr. Christon who setup a 2 yard touchdown run by Joseph Jordan (20-6). The next score came on an interception which was return for a score (28-6).

The Colts sealed the game with an interception.  Final score: 28-6.


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