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Caravan survive potential upset with OT victory


Caravan survive potential upset with OT victory

Friday, Nov. 5, 2010
11:23 PM

By Mike Clark

Mount Carmel mixed things up a little offensively late in Friday's game against Neuqua Valley, running a sweep here and throwing a pass there.

But when the Caravan had to have a score to keep another playoff run alive, it went back to its go-to play for more than two decades: the option.

Quarterback Chris Sujka scored with 71 seconds left in regulation to help send the game into overtime, and Michael Banks ran 10 yards for the decisive score in OT as Mount Carmel 21-14 in Class 8A second-round action in Naperville.

The No. 18 Caravan (9-2) earned its 22nd quarterfinal berth in 25 seasons and will host Lyons next weekend. Neuqua Valley, seeking to reach the quarterfinals for the first time, finished 7-4.

Mount Carmel scored on its final two plays from scrimmage after being shut out for more than 39 minutes following Sujka's 70-yard scoring dash down the left sideline with 5:02 left in the first quarter.

"We knew our stuff would work," Sujka said. "We just weren't executing it. We were beating ourselves most of our drives with either penalties or missed assignments."

Neuqua Valley took a 14-7 lead when TJ Rhattigan powered over from less than a yard out on fourth down with 11:55 left in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats had a chance to increase their lead, but kicker Ryan Mulhern missed a 35-yard field goal try with 6:15 left. He also missed from 26 yards in the second quarter and Mount Carmel kicker Nikko Rodriguez missed a 33-yarder in the second period.

After the second missed field goal, Mount Carmel went 80 yards in 12 plays for the tying score, converting two third-down plays and getting a 30-yard run from Brandon Greer to the Neuqua four-yard line.

Neuqua couldn't score on its final possession of regulation and Banks took advantage of a good block by wide receiver Frank Kelly to score on the Caravan's first play in overtime. Two runs and pass left Neuqua with a fourth-and-goal from the 10 and Wildcats quarterback Jeff Samuel's incompletion set off a wild celebration on the Mount Carmel sideline.

"They did a nice job," Caravan coach Frank Lenti said of the Wildcats. "It wasn't so much what they were doing, but what we weren't doing. We weren't executing on offense. We were stopping ourselves with foolish penalties."

Banks ran 20 times for 115 yards for Mount Carmel. Sujka had 12 carries for 96 yards and was 4-of-5 passing for 51 yards.

Trent Snyder scored Neuqua Valley's first touchdown on a one-yard run with 6:07 left in the first quarter. He finished with 31 carries for 109 yards.

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

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This Week's Scores

Class 8A

Loyola Academy 17, Edwardsville 10

Lincoln-Way East 24, Maine South 14

Class 7A

Lake Zurich 14, Mount Carmel 7

Batavia 23, Benet Academy 13

Class 6A

Prairie Ridge 42, Hoffman Estates 21

Nazareth Academy 24, Providence Catholic 7

Class 5A

Phillips 27, Sterling 14

Dunlap 21, Washington 0

Class 4A

Morris 43, Raby 8

Rochester 31, Highland 14

Class 3A

IC Catholic 7, Byron 0

Pleasant Plains 41, Anna-Jonesboro 2

Class 2A

Gibson City 14, Newman Central Catholic 8

Maroa-Forsyth 25, Shelbyville 14

Class 1A

Tuscola 21, Athens 14

Lena-Winslow 12, Forreston 8


It's official: Blackhawks-Bruins to play at Notre Dame Stadium in 2019 Winter Classic


It's official: Blackhawks-Bruins to play at Notre Dame Stadium in 2019 Winter Classic

It’s official: The Blackhawks are headed back outdoors.

The NHL announced that the 2019 Winter Classic will be held at Notre Dame Stadium, featuring the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins on Jan. 1.

"The Blackhawks and Bruins, two of our most historic franchises, will be meeting outdoors for the first time at the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "Notre Dame Stadium, with its capacity approaching 80,000, will provide an ideal setting for this ground-breaking event and will host the largest live audience ever to witness a game by either of these teams."

"The Chicago Blackhawks are honored to be participating in this marquee event at an iconic venue like Notre Dame Stadium," Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough said in a statement. "The University of Notre Dame has strong alumni roots in both Chicago and Boston, and, with an established rivalry between the Blackhawks and Bruins, fans will be treated to an exciting game in a unique atmosphere. We appreciate the invitation to the game and look forward to what will be a great day for both franchises and the National Hockey League."

It's the sixth time the Blackhawks will be playing outdoors, and their league-leading fourth Winter Classic. The Blackhawks are 1-4-0 in outdoor games, and are winless in three Winter Classic games.

Chicago's only outdoor win came against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2014 Stadium Series Classic, a 5-1 victory at Soldier Field.