No. 3 Hilltoppers defeat No. 9 Fenwick in the AP Class 5A Top 10 battle

Sunday night football in River Grove.

In a match between the Associated Press Class 5A No. 3 Joliet Catholic Hilltoppers and the Class 5A No. 9 Fenwick Friars, approximately 50 Hilltoppers fans made their way to Triton College to cheer on their beloved Hilltoppers. A large contingent of Fenwick Friar fans also made their way to River Grove.

Missing from action were NBC Sunday Night Football hosts Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth.

Michaels and Collinswoth missed another near-perfect performance by the third-placed Hilltoppers.

Joliet Catholic (2-0) scored a total of 452 meters attack in the first half and led to a 42-7 victory in the CCL / ESCC crossover between two of the best high school football teams in Illlinois at half time .

I wish you were here Al and Chris.

After Jabrill Williams, Hilltoppers All-State Safety Officer, returned the opening start for the Hilltoppers 30, junior quarterback Aidan Voss and senior full-back Ja’Arie Mack kicked off the party.

Voss (8-12, 217 yards, 2 TD) hit Mack on a game pass in midfield.

Mack put on a great display of running in the open field, breaking the tackles in the process. John Ehrsam, senior wide receiver, paved the way for his colleague with an excellent downfield blocking while Mack completed the 70-yard touchdown reception.

Joliet Catholic led 7-0 after the first of six PATs from Hilltopper’s senior placekicker, Jake Dixon, with 18 seconds erased on Triton College’s scoreboard.

“We called a passing game because Fenwick was preparing to stop our running attack,” said Mack. “The game worked perfectly. We’re 2-0 and that’s all we can do without a state tournament. (Our) home opener with 2,500 fans for the game with St. Ignatius will be very exciting.”

After Mack started the party, Jordan Anderson jumped into the action.

We’re going to omit the names of the Fenwick defenders who were physically punished when they faced Anderson in the first half.

All Anderson did was accelerate 142 yards with 16 runs, with touchdowns of 10, 27 and 1 yards. Anderson also picked up a 9-yard touchdown pass from Voss for a 35-0 lead from Hilltopper at halftime.

The Hilltoppers hurried 252 meters in the first half.

Junior Vinny Iannantone hurried 39 meters with only two straps before sustaining a leg injury.

Iannantone’s successor, Junior Ryan Louthan, added 25 yards on four runs. He also took a Voss screen pass 51 yards. Mack also picked up 44 yards on the ground.

Voss was 6-9 in the first half with 193 yards in the air and two touchdowns. He met his favorite recipient, Junior Jake Fieldman, twice for 50 yards.

“The Hogs”, Joliet’s Catholic offensive line, deserves a mention as always.

Lucas Sartori (6-4, 330), Will Berry (6-2, 280), Josh Jones (6-2, 290), Jaden Lacy (6-3, 260) and center Niko Paulino (6-2, 290) helped JCA get a total of 452 yards and 35 points.

Anderson scored his fifth touchdown of the game, his fourth rush to a three-yard touchdown, for a 42-0 Hilltoppers lead, which started the 40-point clock at 7:55 in the third quarter.

“The defense was strengthened again and our offensive line played well,” said Anderson. “The pigs were there for me to have another good game. All my dogs have to eat. They all played well and we had another team win.”

The hilltopper defense, led by the hard hitting Robbie Purchase, kept Fenwick at minus rushing yards for most of the game.

Sack Master, senior defensive end Pat Strocchia, had two quarterback sacks and only missed a third. Pat Duffy (Senior Defensive Back) and Anthony Kasper (Junior Defensive Back) developed interceptions.

After Dixon shot six of his kickoffs against St. Laurence in the end zone, he settled on only four non-refundable kickoffs against the brothers.

“We have the best coaches and team-mates in the state,” said Jabrill Williams. “This was a great win and another overall win for the team. I’m very happy about our home opener against St.Ignatius.”

“Great team effort and our defense was electrifying,” said Purcahse. “The defense always hopes to prepare our offensive. I’m really looking forward to playing in front of 2,500 of our fans on Thursday night.”

“Six man line. Play Mack 70 yards of action and it worked on the first game of the game.” Voss said: “My offensive line gave me protection and my receivers had yards after their catches. Super excited to finally have a home game for football in front of 2,500 of our fans. The Hill Zone is amazing.”

“Very impressive first half,” said Joliet’s Catholic coach Jake Jaworski. “The kids played hard and I’m very proud. A game-action pass was demanded with movement and the route was driven perfectly. The great blocking of the downfield by Johnny Ehrsam and Ja’Aire brought them into the end zone. Another excellent one Job from Our Defensive Coordinator Zach Dolph. I’ve never seen a hungrier group of defenders than here. All 11 just rave about the ball and having fun. Pat Duffy, a senior who was waiting for his opportunity this year and had a good game for us. Ryan Louthan came on for Vinny and played well. “

“Fenwick are a good team and have good games ahead of them. Hopefully we’ll have a good crowd and a fun game with St. Ignatius on Thursday evening.”

The Hilltoppers home opener with St Ignatius will take place on the next Thursday evening at 7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Stadium

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