Rockford Boylan capitalizes on turnovers to win 6A


Rockford Boylan capitalizes on turnovers to win 6A

Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010
7:26 PM
By Steve Tucker

CHAMPAIGN -- Marmion senior running backdefensive back Nick Scoliere addressed his teammates on the field after the Class 6A title game about what I am going to remember in 20 years.

The Cadets started fast and were within eight at halftime, but four fumbles and two interceptions were critical as Marmion fell to Rockford Boylan 48-19 in the Class 6A championship Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

"Since last December, I wanted to be down here eating turkey on Thanksgiving, and we did," Scoliere said. "We knew this year could be special. We got close. We just didn't win it."

"I knew when these kids came from 21 points down to tie Class 5A winner Montini that they had heart," Marmion coach Dan Thorpe said. In the locker room at halftime, all the kids believed that good things can happen when you have athleticism and a little heart."

The Cadets (12-2) got the first break when Mike Shares recovered a fumble at his 20. They followed with a nine-play, 80 yard drive capped by a 13-yard scoring run by Stuart Quinn. The kick made it 7-0. Boylan (14-0) marched 77 yards and tied the game with 1:21 to play in the first quarter on a 21-yard run by Frank Cimino.

Marmion answered with a 74-yard drive capped by T.J. Lally's 16-yard scoring run.

But the Titans used turnovers to score three touchdowns in 2:58 on a 54-yard pass from Lamont Toney to Jaxon Meister, a 24-yard run by Tyreis Thomas and a one-yard run by Cimino to go up 27-13 with 4:10 to play in the half.

Marmion wasn't through though, the Cadets drove down and after lining up for a field goal, Boylan called a time out and Bobby Peters threw a seven-yard scoring pass to Scoliere on a fourth down and six.

Boylan wasn't through and drove inside the 10, but a bad snap on a field goal try ended the half with the Titans up 27-19.

T.J Lally finished with Class 6A title-game records of 13 solo and 18 total tackles. And despite losing three fumbles, he carries 18 times for 125 yards.

"We were pretty calm in the locker room," Lally said. "The offensive line was still getting holes for us and we usually had just one guy to beat, but their safety Chris Miller played well. I feel pretty honored that we were the first ones from Marmion to get here. I wish we would have won.

"I'm happy about the title game record for tackles. But it's tough to get to the state championship and probably have our worst game of the year on both sides. I just hope all of us remember just how amazing this has been. We worked hard and we almost lived the dream."

"I saw the heart that T.J. Lally plays with and want people to remember Marmion and for the players to stand proud," Thorpe said. "Nobody thought we'd be here. I felt good at the half. One of our mottos all year was, don't flinch.

In the second half, Boylan scored on a 38-yard run by Thomas (14 carries, 138 yards), a one-yard run by Miller and a 30-yard interception return by Tony Pinello.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Are Cubs truly the best NL team at the All-Star break?


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On the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Hub Arkush, Jordan Bernfield and Fred Mitchell join Luke Stuckmeyer on the panel. 

The Cubs have the best record in the National League at the All-Star Break but it doesn’t feel like it. Can they still win the N.L. pennant? And will the Home Run Derby mess up Kyle Schwarber or Javy Baez’s swings?

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Trubisky using flashcards to learn Bears offense

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Trubisky using flashcards to learn Bears offense

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky is preparing for his second season in the NFL, one in which he'll be running an entirely new offense, with a tried-and-true method of learning: flashcards.

“Quarterback play is how fast you can process,” Trubisky told the Chicago Sun-Times. “A lot of that is recollection. That’s exactly what flash cards are.

"You’re trying to learn and memorize, and to try to forget what you did in the past.”

Coach Matt Nagy is attempting to install an offense that took five years to master in Kansas City in his first offseason in Chicago. Its success or failure will circle directly back to how well Trubisky operates within its structure.

Despite its complexity, Trubisky feels more comfortable in Nagy's system than the one Dowell Loggains ran last season.

“It’s more complex, but it’s easier [to execute], as opposed to simpler but more difficult.

"That’s how I would describe it last year. Last year, there were probably less words, but they didn’t necessarily fit together. Or it was just more difficult to process. This year, it’s more complex but it’s easier to execute and memorize and remember because everything builds on something. You start with a base concept, and it gets more and more complicated.”

Trubisky's comments illustrate what makes Nagy a potentially special offensive coach. He's making a normally difficult process seem easy, and that's the kind of environment that will facilitate learning and execution.

“It’s just crazy to see. I feel like that’s how it should be done, because it’s a more advanced offense, but we were able to pick it up so quickly over the summer because of how they taught it. And how everything fits together."