Friday, Sept. 23, 2011
Posted: 11:33 p.m.
By Mike Clark
What looked to be heading toward blowout territory took a U-turn, but the destination was still the desired one for Bolingbrook.The No. 16 Raiders blitzed No. 11 Homewood-Flossmoor with a 27-point first quarter on Friday night and coasted home with a 41-28 SouthWest Suburban Blue win in Flossmoor.Bolingbrook (5-0, 3-0), which plays Lincoln-Way East next weekend, scored a special teams touchdown and picked off Homewood-Flossmoor quarterback Tim Williams on consecutive plays en route to opening leads of 27-0 after one quarter and 41-7 at halftime.Homewood-Flossmoor (3-2, 1-2), which lost to Lincoln-Way East last week, rallied in the second half but couldnt climb back up the mountain.Junior quarterback Aaron Bailey paced the Raiders, running for three first-half touchdowns and finishing with 129 yards on 30 carries.Thats what we wanted to do, Bailey said. We wanted the ball to start the game, to go out there and set the tempo.Bailey scored on a three-yard run with 9:29 left in the first quarter to start the Raiders run. DJ Pruitt then ran back an H-F punt 67 yards for a score with 7:35 left and Tevin Teamers first interception set up Baileys seven-yard scoring run at 5:45. Teamer picked off Williams on the first play of the Vikings next possession and Jaden Huffs five-yard touchdown run in the final minute of the first quarter pushed the lead to 27-0.We had a Lincoln-Way East hangover, H-F coach Craig Buzea said. We knew that was going to happen. I knew we would have it, win or lose last week. ... We as a program have to be able to play big games like that.Williams (14 of 30, 212 yards) hit Sean Jones with a 40-yard touchdown pass with 8:32 left in the second quarter to put H-F on the board. But Huff had a one-yard scoring run and Bailey dashed 66 yards for a score to make it 41-7 with 2:53 left till halftime.We capitalized on their mistakes, Bolingbrook coach John Ivlow said. The fact that we jumped on them early made all the difference in the end.H-F did all the scoring after halftime, getting two more touchdown passes from Williams, a 54-yarder to Jones and an 18-yarder to Kris Porche. Anfernee Roberts picked off Bailey and went 45 yards for the games final score with 10:27 left in the fourth quarter.Thats probably a more realistic score, Ivlow said of the final. Are we a 40-point better team than that team? Probably not.The only thing Im worried about, weve got to finish off the game better than that, Bailey said. This is one game we didnt finish off.Omar Stover ran nine times for 118 yards for Bolingbrook and Huff finished with 58 yards on 14 carries.H-F managed just four net rushing yards on 21 carries.
According to Yahoo Sports, Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash over Calabasas Sunday morning.
TMZ Sports first reported the news. Shortly afterwards, the Los Angeles County Sheriffs confirmed the crash:
ABC 7 News and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski both later confirmed the report that Bryant was among those that perished:
Bryant played 20 years in the NBA, all with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA championships, two MVPs and appearing in 15 All-Star games. He is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and four daughters.
The story appears to still be developing, but this is heartbreaking and stunning news for the basketball world at large, and, above all, Bryant's family.
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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins spoke with Chicago Sun-Times reporter Patrick Finley at the 2020 Pro Bowl and offered a glowing review of Bears quarterback coach, John DeFilippo, whose addition to Chicago's coaching staff is expected to bring the best out of Mitch Trubisky, the Bears' incumbent starter who's entering a make-or-break offseason with the team.
“He’ll be outstanding,” Cousins said. “He’s a great coach. He’s been around this league for a long time. I think it says a lot when someone like Matt Nagy, who knows quarterbacks so well, hires him. I think that says a lot about ‘Flip.’
“When you look at what he did with Carson Wentz as a young player, I think there’s a lot to like there. And he’s going to add a lot to that staff. It’s going to be to my detriment, because we’re in his division. But he’s a great coach.”
DeFilippo was the Eagles quarterback coach for two seasons (2016-17) and played an integral part in Wentz's development between his rookie and second seasons. Under his DeFilippo's tutelage, Wentz went from enjoying a solid rookie season to an MVP-worthy campaign in 2017. It's also noteworthy that DeFilippo managed to get the best out of veteran Nick Foles, who replaced Wentz after a season-ending injury. Foles went on to enjoy a miraculous Super Bowl run.
DeFilippo certainly has his work cut out for him with Trubisky. The former second-overall pick has looked like an average starter (at best) through 41 regular-season starts and regressed mightily in 2019. Blame for his regression has been shared among the offensive line and play-calling, but he deserves much of the criticism too. His mechanics were sloppy, his accuracy was lacking and he just didn't play with the kind of downfield killer instinct Nagy wants from his starter.
Nagy's end-of-year comments about Trubisky needing to learn how to identify coverages didn't create much confidence in his near-term trajectory, either.
But that's why DeFilippo is in town. And if Cousins' comments prove to be true, then we may be on the precipice of a breakout season from Trubisky.
Or maybe DeFilippo will be the tie-breaking voice that allows the Bears to move on if Trubisky's struggles continue.