Lenti ties win record with Mount Carmel victory


Lenti ties win record with Mount Carmel victory

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

By Mike Duffin

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.

Cubs Talk Podcast: It's time for a culture change for the Cubs


Cubs Talk Podcast: It's time for a culture change for the Cubs

After the Cubs Convention, fans left still uncertain about the team headed into the 2020 season. Host David Kaplan and NBC Sports Chicago Cubs writer Tim Stebbins discuss what they took from Cubs Con, the culture change that is coming to the organization and a realistic possibility that the Cubs are looking into disgruntled star Nolan Arenado.

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Bears Season in Review: Offensive line

Bears Season in Review: Offensive line

The Chicago Bears' offensive line was viewed as one of the team's biggest strengths at the start of the 2019 season. By the time the year came to an end, it was considered one of the club's biggest weaknesses. 

The most concerning issue with the offensive line's regression was that it wasn't isolated to a single player. All five starters played a part in the disappointing performance.

The biggest letdown came at right guard. Kyle Long, even when healthy, was a far cry from the player who at one time was considered one of the most talented offensive linemen in the league. His body failed him again, leading to another injury-shortened year that continued a streak of four straight seasons of nine games or less. Long decided to retire this offseason, leaving the Bears with a big void that GM Ryan Pace has to fill this offseason.

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Long was replaced by Rashaad Coward, and while Coward's play wasn't terrible, he isn't the long-term answer the Bears need in the starting lineup. 

Chicago didn't fare much better at offensive tackle, where Bobby Massie and Charles Leno, Jr. each had a season to forget. Massie earned the lowest Pro Football Focus grade of his career (63.2), while Leno, Jr. earned his second-worst (58.6). The offense didn't stand a chance as a result. It's unlikely either player will be replaced in 2020, but more depth (at the very least) is needed.

And let's not forget the drama at center and right guard, where Cody Whitehair and James Daniels were forced to switch positions midseason because of Daniels' struggles at the pivot. Both players fared well once the swap was made. Whitehair finished the year with the Bears' eighth-highest grade on offense from PFF, while Daniels' 70.3 was third-best.

NFL offenses simply don't stand a chance without a functional and consistent offensive line. The 2019 Bears are proof of that. But don't expect sweeping changes (sans right guard) to be made this offseason. Leno, Jr., Massie, Whitehair and Daniels will begin 2020 as starters, and there's a good chance Coward will too. There might be a chance to add a starting-quality player in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft, and the Bears should take advantage of that opportunity if it presents itself. But with salary-cap issues and limited draft capital, Chicago may have little choice but to give this unit another season to prove they are, in fact, one of the better starting-fives in the NFC.