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Lenti ties win record with Mount Carmel victory

Chicago

Friday, Sept. 9, 2011
Posted: 11:59 p.m.

By Mike Duffin
YourSeason.com

When Mount Carmel celebrates, it is usually at the end of November. Friday night however was an exception.With a 40-7 victory against De La Salle at GatelyStadium, Caravan coach Frank Lenti added another record to his 28-yearcareer, tying former Richards coach Gary Korhonen for most wins inIllinois with 306.I havent thought about it, said Lenti, whospoke with Korhonen a couple of times this week. My concern was toget us to 3-0.Lenti can have the record all to himself nextSaturday with a win at St. Joseph. Korhonen, who retired in 2007 aftercoaching Richards for 36 seasons, has 315 total wins, but nine of thosewere at the start of his career when he coached in Iowa.This is my 28th year, Lenti said. I never thought I would be doing it this long.Lenti is tied with former Providence coach MattSenffner for most state championships (nine) and has the record formost state championship appearances (14), with last years team losingto Maine South in the Class 8A championship. Lenti credits the strengthof the program for his continued success getting the most out of hisplayers.Hard work works, he said. They know theyre going to succeed if they work hard.The Caravan run game dominated the Meteors in aCatholic League crossover, with Brandon Greers 203 yards on 10 carriesleading the way.The senior had a 34-yard TD run in the secondquarter that put Mount Carmel up 14-0 and a 62-yard touchdown run onthe second play from scrimmage in the second half to give the Caravan a26-0 lead.Teammate Draco Smith had 74 yards on 11 carries,including a 4-yard score and quarterback Don Butkus Jr. added 75 yardson 14 carries and two touchdown runs.On defense, the key for Mount Carmel (3-0) wasstopping De La Salle running back Mikale Wilbon, who rushed for 247yards last week against Gordon Tech. The Caravan held Wilbon to 91yards on 20 carries. The lone score for De La Salle (2-1) came in thefourth quarter on a 30-yard pass from Cyrus Rose to Brandon Wright.