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Glenbard North ends No. 1 Maine South's season

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Glenbard North ends No. 1 Maine South's season

By Brendan Bond
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Justin Jackson finally found an opening. The Glenbard North junior running back, who gained a tough 74 yards in the first half, broke a run outside left on the first snap of the second half and took it 88 yards for a score.

The cornerback dived in and I was surprised, Jackson said. That was a big play.

Jackson had 210 yards and four touchdowns on 36 carries as the No. 8-ranked Panthers went on to knock off No. 3 Maine South in a 29-23 Class 8A quarterfinal victory. Glenbard North will visit Loyola next weekend in a semifinal matchup.

For the second straight season, a Maine South team that was favored to make it to Champaign fell short.

Hats off to them, Maine South coach David Inserravsaid. We gave them too many chances. The seniors have had an incredible career here at Maine South.

One of those seniors, Northwestern-bound quarterback Matt Alviti opened up the scoring early with a four-yard run with six minutes left in the first quarter. He later scored on a 31-yard run with 7:36 left in the third that cut the lead to 21-16.

But as he had done three times earlier, Jackson found the endzone, this time on a two-yarder with 25 seconds left in the third to make it 29-16.

Along with Jackson, senior quarterback Brian Murphy (8-for-12, 121 yards) also came up big for the Panthers (11-1).

Murphys 11-yard run on third-and-10 with 1:30 left in the game sealed the win for Glenbard North.

Hes been making huge plays for us, Jackson said about Murphy. Great decision-making by Murphy, Glenbard North head coach Ryan Wilkens said. He was very accurate.

The Panthers had three receivers with two catches each, including senior fullback Shawn Lenahan (2-21) who cleared many of the holes for Jackson.

Alviti finished 13-of-21 for 117 yards for Maine South (11-1) and ran 20 times for 76 yards. Junior running back Clay Burdelik added a touchdown and 24 yards on six carries.

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91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Joliet Catholic Academy

Head coach: Jake Jaworski

Assistant coaches: Dave Douglas, Cory McLaughlin, Chris Kinsella, Mark Mettille, Jake Ziesmer, Zach Dolph, Josh Greenback and Craig Slowik

How they fared in 2017: 3-6 (2-5 East Suburban Catholic Conference). JCA failed to make the 2017 IHSA state playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs. St. Rita

Aug. 31 @ IC Catholic Prep

Sept. 7 @ St. Viator

Sept. 14 vs. Carmel

Sept. 21 @ Marist

Sept. 28 vs. Benet Academy

Oct. 5 vs. Marian Catholic

Oct. 12 @ Nazareth Academy

Oct. 19 @ Notre Dame

Biggest storyline: Can Joliet Catholic snap a two-year hiatus from the state football playoffs?

Names to watch this season: OT Dave Monnot and RB Kenyetta Williams

Biggest holes to fill: The Hilltoppers will need to reload at the quarterback and wide receiver positions. 

EDGY's Early Take: It's been a rough few seasons at one of the state's best football programs. That said, 2018 has the potential to be the turnaround year the Hilltoppers have been looking for. Second-year head coach Jake Jaworski will feature four big and experienced offensive linemen, led by senior OT Dave Monnot (6-foot-6, 287 pounds). They also have a name to watch in junior-to-be RB Kenyetta Williams. If Joliet Catholic can survive another challenging early season non-conference schedule, they will compete in the always-tough ESCC.