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Marian Catholic Spartans Pummeled by JCA in ESCC Battle

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The Spartans faced off against the Joliet Catholic Hilltoppers, falling 70-28. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Chicago Heights, IL- Marian Catholic’s Tasheem Lawson and Josh Coates put up some impressive rushing numbers on Friday against ESCC rival Joliet Catholic. Coates busted loose for a 76-yard touchdown run and Lawson scored three times, rushing for 182 yards on just 12 totes. But the Spartans were no match for the Hilltopper rushing game. Joliet Catholic used three 100-yard rushers to churn out 507 yards on the ground, rolling it up to the tune of a 70-28 ESCC demolition of the Spartans.

The offense for Marian (1-6, 0-5) was up to the task early, matching both early scores for JCA (4-3, 3-2). After the Hill jumped to a quick 7-0 command, Marian put together four first downs and capped off a 78-yard drive with a 37-yard touchdown run. Ray Cantelo’s first of four conversion kicks tied matters at 7-7 just 5:11 into the contest.  

Joliet Catholic scored again, but Marian had another response.  

This time it took only two plays, as Lawson reversed directions multiple times, literally running more than 100 yards for a 67-yard touchdown burst.  

However, each of the next three Marian drives stalled and resulted in punts, as the Hillmen scored 28 straight to close out the opening half with a 49-14 cushion. The last two drives were just 21 seconds apart, aided by a Spartan fumble deep in Marian territory.

Joliet Catholic scored on 10 of 12 possessions for the night, one drive ending via the first-half clock and the other when the Hilltopper reserves took over on their last possession of the game.  

Despite the huge halftime disadvantage, Marian displayed life in the second behind an offensive line of Marco Stith, Jose Banuelos, Dylan Williams, Beckett Clasen and Josh Hybert.  

Just one play after the second-half kickoff, Coates started off tackle and eventually dashed 76 yards for a score.  

Marian needed just three plays to tally on its next opportunity, as a third-down call saw Lawson burst through the Hillmen for 64 yards and paydirt.  

However, Joliet Catholic answered each score to maintain a huge bulge.  

The Spartans were finally put out of their misery when JCA starting tailback Keenan Hailey (242 yards, four touchdowns) scored on the final play of the third quarter to invoke a running clock at a 70-28 count.  

Marian averaged 7.6 yards per snap on the night, but just couldn’t keep pace. ESCC rival JCA was even efficient in the passing game, completing all three aerial attempts for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Spartan quarterback Eddie Ell finished seven of 10 for 57 yards.

ESCC Match-up: Oct. 5
 140 140-28
CATEGORYMarian Catholic
Joliet Cathoilc
First downs1026
Rush attempts / yards34-27949-507
Passing yards57108
Pass completions73
Pass attempts103
Had intercepted00
Fumbles / lost3 / 20 / 0
Penalty Yards5-353-20
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JC- Ja’aire Mack 67-yard run (Tony Trabold kick), 9:56 first.
MC- Tasheem Lawson 37-yard run (Ray Cantelo kick), 6:49 first.
JC- Izaiah Murphy 51-yard pass from Jordan Alvarez (Trabold kick), 5:15 first.
MC- Lawson 67-yard run (Cantelo kick), 4:12 first.
JC- Keenan Hailey 4-yard run (Trabold kick), 2:54 first.
JC- Nick Iannantone 33-yard run (Trabold kick), 11:31 second.
JC- Iannantone 3-yard run (Trabold kick), 7:33 second.
JC- Hailey 36-yard run (Trabold kick), 3:01 second.
JC- Murphy 27-yard pass from Alvarez (Trabold kick), 2:40 second.
MC- Josh Coates 76-yard run (Cantelo kick), 11:43 third.
JC- Iannantone 4-yard run (Trabold kick), 9:28 third.
MC- Lawson 64-yard run (Cantelo kick), 8:09 third.
JC- Hailey 14-yard run (Trabold kick), 4:55 third.
JC- Hailey 2-yard run (Trabold kick), 0:05 third.

Rushing: MC- Lawson 12-182 (3 TD), Coates 7-98, Jarrett Benavides 3-11, Ernest Tetter 1-(minus 1), Eddie Ell 11-(minus 11). JC- Hailey 24-242 (4 TD), Mack 6-129 (TD), Iannantone 11-119 (3 TD), Julian Perez 4-12, Alvarez 2-7, Ben Stoner 1-1, #18 1-(minus 3).
Passing: MC- El 7 of 10, 57 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT. JC- Alvarez 3 of 3, 108 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT.
Receiving: MC- Lawson 3-28, Justen Pate 2-17, Coates 1-7, Benavides 1-5. JC- Murphy 2-78 (2 TD), Mack 1-30.
Interceptions: none.