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Grades: Five turnovers, TD for defense


Grades: Five turnovers, TD for defense

The Tennessee Titans were taken out of any game plan or rhythm by the takeaway tsunami that swept over them, usually wearing a Chicago No. 33. The Bears forced six Tennessee fumbles and recovered four, with a Brian Urlacher interception for a touchdown.

Chris Johnson broke an 80-yard run for a score in the fourth quarter for the Titans final points with 10 minutes to play. That accounted for nearly one-fourth of the 333 net yards, however, and the Bears knocked the ball loose from Johnson twice, once setting up a first-quarter touchdown, so that account was all square in a game where the Titans needed more than break-even.


The turnovers and runaway first quarter took RB Chris Johnsons opportunities down and made Titans less-dimensional. Linemen were consistently getting penetration and getting into Johnson frequently before he could get underway and running north-south.

Israel Idonije and Stephen Paea, who each had a quarterback hits, shared a third-down sack of Matt Hasselbeck in the second quarter and Corey Wootton added one of his own. Nate Collins had another strong game with three tackles and a pass broken up. Pressure on Hasselbeck is always difficult because of the quick releaseWest Coast mindset.


Brian Urlacher recovered a Tennessee fumble on the first play, added TD return of an interception as part of the first-quarter blitz of the Titans, and punched the ball out of Chris Johnsons hands for another first-half Titans turnover leading to a touchdown. Urlacher also found time for a pass breakup as well as finishing second on the team with seven tackles.

Nick Roach stuffed Johnson on a third-and-one in the first quarter for some momentum when it looked like it would matter, and he finished with four tackles despite the Bears needing to use nickel packages freqently. Lance Briggs helped contain Johnson with four tackles.


Charles Tillman played his way into the discussion not just of NFL defensive player of the year, but also of league MVP. He helped hand the offense the ball in Tennessees end of the field twice in the first quarter with forced fumbles. He finished with a team-high nine tackles, all solo, and was responsible for four fumbles total.

Tim Jennings broke up a pass in the end zone and had three solo tackles to go with a second pass deflection. Kelvin Hayden keeps playing his way onto the field as the nickel back over D.J. Moore, who had two tackles. Haydens pass-defensed stopped a third-down conversion early and he recovered two of the six Tennessee fumbles.

Chris Conte broke up three passes and Major Wright provded two tackles in solid run support as the Bears continue to get outstanding safety play.

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


NBCSPreps Boys Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

NBCSPreps Boys Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

The 2017-18 IHSA boys basketball season has a lot of talented teams in the Chicagoland area. See who made the preseason top 25, headlined by five Public League powerhouses.

No. 1 Morgan Park

No. 2 Whitney Young

No. 3 Simeon

No. 4 Orr

No. 5 Curie

No. 6 Fenwick

No. 7 Bolingbrook

No. 8 Waukegan

No. 9 Niles North

No. 10 Uplift

No. 11 Romeoville

No. 12 Hinsdale South

No. 13 West Aurora

No. 14 Larkin

No. 15 St. Rita

No. 16 OPRF

No. 17 St. Charles East

No. 18 Kenwood

No. 19 Willowbrook

No. 20 Bloom

No. 21 Evanston

No. 22 Lake Zurich

No. 23 Proviso East

No. 24 Lincoln-Way East

No. 25 Libertyville