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High school football 2015


Lincoln-Way West's Connor Lowman (12), Gabe Montalvo (3) and Justin Witt (67) react Nov. 28 after falling to Nazareth Academy in the Class 5A state championship at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. (Lathan Goumas - lgoumas@shawmedia.com)

Lincoln-Way West went to the state championship for the first time in the team's history, but despite a hard-fought game, came up short.

The Warriors lost the Class 5A state title to Nazareth, 42-21, on Nov. 28 at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

Nazareth scored 35 points to West's zero in the first half, and despite the Warriors scoring 21 points after halftime, the team couldn't eclipse the Roadrunners.

Access our championship coverage below, from game stories to photos, as well as our previous playoff, regular season and preseason content.

The Herald-News has updated this page weekly as the season progressed to reflect the most recent football action.

State championship

Lincoln-Way West football falls to Nazareth in 5A championship game

Playing in its first state championship football game, Lincoln-Way West failed to convert on third down in its first two possessions.

Lincoln-Way West football captains proud of special season

Whenever a football team is experiencing a historic season, not only for its program but also for its school, the perfect ending is obviously a state championship.

Photos: Lincoln-Way West vs. Nazareth Academy Class 5A state football championship

Lincoln-Way West fell to Nazareth Academy, 42-21, in the Class 5A state championship.

Playoff semifinals

Lincoln-Way West football beats Champaign Central, headed to state finals

Lincoln-Way West won the coin toss and deferred.

Lincoln-Way West football's defense shines in semifinal win

A week ago, Lincoln-Way West's defense made several big, early stops, which helped them shut down a Peoria team that was averaging 47 points per contest to record their first-ever quarterfinal win.

Football Chatter: Lincoln-Way West's semifinal win

The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss discusses Lincoln-Way West's semifinal defeat of Champaign Central on Nov. 21, which secured the team a spot in the state championship.

Photos: Lincoln-Way West vs. Champaign Central football

Lincoln-Way West defeated Champaign Central, 42-14, in the Class 5A semifinal Saturday in Champaign.

Playoff quarterfinals

Lincoln-Way West football beats Peoria for first semifinal trip

Seeking their school’s biggest victory ever not only in their sport but in any sport, Lincoln-Way West’s football team made it clear from the outset of Saturday’s Class 5A quarterfinal home game with Peoria it wasn’t going to be denied.

Nazareth ousts Joliet Catholic football in Class 5A quarterfinals

There are two ways to summarize Joliet Catholic’s 35-21 loss to East Suburban Catholic Conference rival Nazareth in Saturday’s quarterfinal in the Class 5A state football playoffs.

Football Chatter: Quarterfinal playoff games for Joliet Catholic, Lincoln-Way West

The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss discusses the quarterfinal playoff games for the Joliet Catholic and Lincoln-Way West high school football teams.

Photos: Lincoln-Way West vs. Peoria football

Lincoln-Way West defeated Peoria, 40-13, Saturday in New Lenox.

Photos: JCA vs. Nazareth football

Joliet Catholic Academy fell to Nazareth Academy, 35-21, Saturday in La Grange Park.

Playoff Round 2

Joliet Catholic football lays it on the line vs. Marian Central

Before the high school football season began, Joliet Catholic coach Dan Sharp said the key to the Hilltoppers’ success would be the line play, on both sides of the ball.

Wilmington football's title defense ends in loss to Byron

Heading into Friday night's Class 3A second-round playoff game with Byron, Wilmington coach Jeff Reents expected a brawl.

Montalvo, Lincoln-Way West football road Warriors sink Triad

In Homer's Iliad, ancient Greek warriors used a Trojan horse to enter and destroy the city-state of Troy.

Crete-Monee ends Lemont's hopes

Lemont’s football team headed into Saturday’s Class 6A second-round playoff game with Crete-Monee looking to add to two impressive runs.

Libertyville's Riley Lees knocks out Lincoln-Way East football

Quarterback Riley Lees threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Libertyville defeated Lincoln-Way East, 27-17, Saturday in the second round of the Class 7A playoffs.

Football Chatter: Round 2 playoff games for Joliet area teams

The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss discusses the Round 2 playoff games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Joliet Catholic vs. Marian Central football

The Hilltoppers beat the Hurricanes, 47-15, Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Joliet.

Photos: Wilmington vs. Byron football

Wilmington lost to Byron, 42-35, Saturday at Wilmington.

Photos: Lincoln-Way West vs. Triad football

The Warriors defeated the Knights, 31-7, Saturday at Triad High School in Troy.

Photos: Lemont vs. Crete-Monee football

The Indians fell to the Warriors, 23-7, Saturday at Lemont High School in Lemont.

Playoff Round 1

O’Donnell’s thievery helps JCA roll

Opposing offenses have felt the urge to throw in the direction of Joliet Catholic’s 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior cornerback Riley O’Donnell.

Lincoln-Way East defense shuts down Jacobs

A smothering defense and an efficient offense both were on display for Lincoln-Way East in its Class 7A playoff opener Friday against Jacobs.

Coal City falls short against Marengo

Coal City’s spirits were high as kicker Brad Littleton’s 33-yard field goal sailed through the uprights midway through the third quarter.

Joyce, Redhawks slip past Raiders

After being shut out by the vaunted Bolingbrook defense in the first half, DuPage Valley champion Naperville Central made a pivotal halftime adjustment.

Pohrte delivers as Lincoln-Way West advances

Lincoln-Way West junior super sub Cal Pohrte, the quarterback with Connor Lowman nursing a shoulder injury, began the second half by making a mistake.

Wilmington overpowers Peoria Heights in first-round football win

There are many adjectives to describe Wilmington’s offense Friday in the Wildcats’ 55-13 win over Peoria Heights in the first round of the Class 3A football playoffs.

Back-to-back plays end Plainfield North’s season

Two plays do not decide a game.

Lemont rolls past Glenwood in 6A opener

It’s difficult to say if Lemont is better on offense or on defense after the Indians’ 27-0 romp over Chatham Glenwood in their opening-round Class 6A playoff game on Saturday evening.

Early turnovers come back to haunt Plainfield S.

Three Plainfield South first-quarter turnovers turned into 17 Barrington first-quarter points.

Minooka falls to unbeaten Huntley

Minooka’s football team saw its season come to a close Saturday in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs, falling to Huntley, 49-7.

Football Chatter: Round 1 playoff games for Joliet area teams

The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss discusses the Round 1 playoff games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Joliet Catholic vs. Vernon Hills football

The Hilltoppers beat the Cougars, 48-29, on Friday at Memorial Stadium in Joliet.

Photos: Lincoln-Way East vs. Jacobs football

Lincoln-Way East defeated Jacobs, 40-6, on Friday at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort.

Photos: Marengo vs. Coal City football

Marengo defeated Coal City, 28-10, on Friday at Marengo High School in Marengo.

Photos: Lincoln-Way West vs. Dunlap football

Lincoln-Way West defeated Dunlap, 35-12, on Saturday at Lincoln-Way West High School in New Lenox.

Photos: Wilmington vs. Peoria Heights football

The Wildcats beat the Patriots, 55-13, on Friday at Wilmington.

Photos: Huntley vs. Minooka football

Huntley defeated Minooka, 49-7, on Saturday at Huntley High School in Huntley.

Week 9

Bolingbrook, Minooka make it a perfect 10

Week 9 mattered.

Morris ends season with rout of LaSalle-Peru

Coming into Friday night’s game against LaSalle-Peru, the Morris football team was playing for pride. The Redskins came in with a 3-5 record and the playoffs were not a possibility.

Coal City runs past Seneca for fifth victory

Coal City took care of business Friday night, defeating Seneca, 28-6, in Interstate Eight Conference crossover football to become playoff eligible.

Lockport spoils Joliet West’s playoff hopes

Joliet West traveled to Lockport on Friday in search of its fifth victory and a spot in the playoffs.

Thornton ends Lincoln-Way Central’s season

Thornton flashed plenty of speed during a 54-19 SouthWest Suburban Red win Friday over Lincoln-Way Central.

Healthier JCA claims share of ESCC title

Joliet Catholic Academy celebrated the return of four of its wounded players Friday with a 35-28 East Suburban Catholic victory over Marist at Joliet Memorial Stadium.

Joliet Central falls to Stagg in season finale

Joliet Central’s sixth straight winless season ended with a 49-12 SouthWest Suburban Blue loss to Stagg on Friday night.

Lincoln-Way North tops Lincoln-Way West in overtime

Lincoln-Way North won the SouthWest Suburban Conference Red championship Friday with a 28-21 overtime win over Lincoln-Way West.

Carcerano boots Bolingbrook past H-F, into playoffs

After Bolingbrook committed seven turnovers and lost to Lockport, 33-16, in Week 8, the Raiders were on the brink of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1991.

Minooka edges Plainfield N. for 5th win

One team was trying to keep alive its hopes of reaching the playoffs. The other was looking for a share of a conference title and a first-round home playoff game.

Plainfield East runs over Plainfield Central

Going into the final week while out of the playoff hunt, one of the only things left on the line is pride.

Plainfield South falls to SPC champ Oswego

Plainfield South ended the regular season with a 28-7 Southwest Prairie Conference loss Friday against Oswego.

Hawkins, Weaver lead Wilmington past Manteno

In a battle between two undefeated Interstate Eight champions, Wilmington outlasted Manteno, 42-35, on Friday to claim its 23rd consecutive victory.

Providence ends season with 30-point victory

Heading into the last game of the year Friday, the message was simple from Providence Catholic coach Mark Coglianese to his team: Win for our seniors.

Romeoville falls in finale to Oswego E.

Romeoville dropped a 27-0 decision to Southwest Prairie Conference foe Oswego East on Friday night.

Football Chatter: Week 9 games for Joliet area teams

The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss discusses the Week 9 games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Joliet West vs. Lockport football

The Tigers fell to the Porters, 35-6, Friday in Lockport.

Photos: Joliet Catholic vs. Marist football

The Hilltoppers defeated the Red Hawks, 35-28, Friday in Joliet.

Photos: Lincoln-Way West vs. Lincoln-Way North football

Lincoln-Way North defeated Lincoln-Way West, 28-21, Friday in Frankfort.

Photos: Plainfield North vs. Minooka football

The Tigers fell to the Indians, 14-16, Friday in Minooka.

Photos: Plainfield South vs. Oswego football

The Cougars fell to the Panthers, 28-7, Friday in Oswego.

Week 8

Ekowa, Jarosz key Plainfield North past Oswego

As incredible as his fourth touchdown reception of the night was, Plainfield North receiver Zach Jarosz said it has been practiced.

Joliet West keeps playoff hopes alive with OT win

Joliet West dug itself out of a 21-0 first-quarter hole Friday night, came back to force overtime and scored a huge, 28-27 SouthWest Suburban Blue victory over Stagg.

Coalers suffer tough loss in defensive struggle

Coming into Friday night’s game against Lisle with a 4-3 record, Coal City football coach Lenny Onsen wanted his team to pick up its fifth win, then win next week at Seneca to secure a sixth victory and have no doubt about making the playoffs.

Seneca suffers fifth straight loss

Seneca lost its fifth straight game, 48-23, at Plano Friday night, even if the Fighting Irish did not always look the part of a team playing out the string.

Indians blank Bengals in SSC Blue showdown

Of all the one-on-one showdowns that made the difference in Lemont’s 35-0 South Suburban Blue rout of unbeaten Oak Forest on Friday, the most compelling pitted the Indians’ Jeremy Fejedelem against Nick Czeszewski.

Cougars move into tie for SPC lead with win over Wildcats

In a game Plainfield South had to win to keep its playoff and conference championship hopes alive, the Cougars answered the call Friday night with some quick, impressive work.

Unbeaten Phoenix defeat Knights

Needing one victory in its final two games in order to clinch a playoff berth, Lincoln-Way Central put itself in a position to do just that on Friday by rallying from an 18-3 deficit to tie things at 18 late in the second quarter against unbeaten Lincoln-Way North.

Area Football Roundup: Wilmington edges Peotone; Providence gives Rice a battle

With 8:11 remaining in the first quarter, Jeff Treadmen ran into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown, and from that minute, Wilmington never looked back.

Hilltoppers suffer first loss to Redwings

“We’ll be all right.”

Indians give up 17 unanswered points in loss to Wolves

With time running out on the regular season, Minooka traveled to Oswego East on Friday night for a pivotal Southwest Prairie Conference game with playoff ramifications for the identical 4-3 squads.

Lockport hurts Bolingbrook's playoff hopes

With only four wins and the state’s No. 1 team looming next week, a victory was vital for Bolingbrook on Friday as it faced a Lockport team looking to be the spoiler.

Sycamore dashes Morris' playoff hopes

Morris’ state playoff chances disappeared after losing to Sycamore, 28-7, Friday night.

Lincoln-Way E. rolls past Joliet C.

Lincoln-Way East senior quarterback Brandon Bauer completed nine of his 10 first-half passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s 70-0 SouthWest Suburban Blue victory over Joliet Central.

Montalvo, Lincoln-Way W. top Bradley

With 2:24 remaining in Friday’s SouthWest Suburban Red battle between Lincoln-Way West and Bradley-Bourbonnais, the Boilermakers scored on a 15-yard pass from Austin Piwoni to Will Conway.

Seniors lead Plainfield East past Romeoville

While Southwest Prairie adversaries Plainfield East and Romeoville entered Week 8 out of the playoff picture, the Bengals turned to their seniors for motivation to play hard.

Football Chatter: Week 8 games for Joliet area teams

The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss discusses the Week 8 games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Plainfield North vs. Oswego football

The Tigers beat the Panthers, 37-25, Friday at Plainfield North High School in Plainfield.

Photos: Coal City vs. Lisle football

The Coalers fell to the Lions, 7-3, Friday at Coal City High School in Coal City.

Photos: Plainfield South vs. Plainfield Central football

The Cougars beat the Wildcats, 49-7, Friday at Plainfield South High School in Joliet.

Photos: Lincoln-Way North vs. Lincoln-Way Central football

Lincoln-Way Central lost to Lincoln-Way North, 45-18, Friday at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox.

Photos: Morris vs. Sycamore football

Morris fell to Sycamore, 28-7, Friday at Sycamore High School in Sycamore.

Week 7

Ke'Von Johnson leads JCA past Nazareth

The game was downright weird.

Turnovers key in Morris’ loss to Kaneland

The first time Morris had the ball Friday night, the offense drove 90 yards and ended up in the end zone.

Bolingbrook rolls past Joliet Central

Efficiency was the buzzword during Bolingbrook’s 68-6 SouthWest Suburban Blue win Friday over Joliet Central.

Area Football Roundup: McNamara dashes Providence playoff hopes

Providence Catholic was hoping that its Chicago Catholic Blue clash at Brother Rice in Week 8 would have playoff ramifications.

Plainfield South holds off Minooka

After allowing nearly 500 yards of offense and giving up more points than it had in the last four games, clutch defensive play doesn’t necessarily come to mind.

Joliet West struggles in loss to Sandburg

None of the numbers were in Joliet West’s favor on Friday, starting with the score, with Sandburg winning, 35-14.

Lincoln-Way West beats Thornridge for sixth win

Senior running back Gabe Montalvo scored three touchdowns to help Lincoln-Way West defeat SouthWest Suburban Red foe Thornridge, 54-6, Friday.

Defense, Krohe field goals lift Lincoln-Way Central

A stingy defense and the leg of Brock Krohe keyed Lincoln-Way Central’s 17-7 SouthWest Suburban Red victory Friday night over Andrew.

Lockport pulls away to beat Stagg

In a game where defense wasn’t much of a factor, Lockport’s defense came through.

Miscues costly to Lincoln-Way East vs. H-F

Trailing 7-3 with four minutes left in the first half of Friday’s Southwest Suburban Blue showdown with No. 1 Homewood-Flossmoor, Lincoln-Way East had a first down at the Vikings’ 22-yard line.

Plainfield North has no trouble with Romeoville

Beware of the trap game.

Oswego East too much for Plainfield Central

Coming into its Week 7 matchup against Southwest Prairie foe Plainfield Central, Oswego East knew it was a must-win game in order to stay in the playoff hunt.

Plainfield East puts up fight vs. Oswego

While coaches would like to see a more disciplined team on the field by Week 7, mistakes and costly penalties continued to hinder the Plainfield East football team after a strong start Friday at Oswego.

Manteno offense too much for Coal City

A Manteno offense that averaged nearly 45 points through six weeks wore Coal City down Friday night, scoring 27 unanswered points in a 34-6 victory.

Football Chatter: Week 7 games for Joliet area teams

The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss discusses the Week 7 games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Joliet Catholic vs. Nazareth football

Joliet Catholic hosted Nazareth Academy in football and won, 38-35, on Friday in Joliet.

Photos: Bolingbrook vs. Joliet Central football

Joliet Central fell to Bolingbrook, 68-6, on Friday at Bolingbrook High School in Bolingbrook.

Photos: Minooka vs. Plainfield South football

The Cougars beat the Indians, 34-27, on Friday at Minooka High School in Minooka.

Photos: Plainfield North vs. Romeoville football

Plainfield North beat Romeoville, 56-7, on Friday at Romeoville High School in Romeoville.

Week 6

Plainfield East gets wild win over Minooka

When Minooka’s John Carnagio connected with Jake Adams in the back of the end zone with a 4-yard touchdown pass in the closing seconds of the first half Friday night, that extended the Indians’ lead to 10 points.

Quick start leads DeKalb past Morris

For the final three minutes of the second quarter and all of the second half Friday night, the Morris football team outscored DeKalb, 21-7.

Powerhouse Loyola drops Providence to 2-4

Loyola Academy showed why it has one of the top-ranked teams in the state when it met Providence Catholic in a Chicago Catholic League Blue game on Friday.

After leading early, Joliet Central falls

Things started with a rush of excitement Friday night at Joliet Central.

Montalvo scores 5 TDs to lead Lincoln-Way West

Lincoln-Way West put its fate on the shoulders of its offensive line Friday, and it delivered.

Lincoln-Way Central 3-3 with Thornridge win

Lincoln-Way Central’s football team would have reassembled at 7:30 a.m. Saturday regardless of Friday night’s outcome at Thornridge. This time, being on dawn patrol might have felt like punishment.

Joliet Catholic rolls past Marian Catholic

Joliet Catholic scored 46 points in the first half as it routed Marian Catholic, 53-9, Friday in East Suburban Catholic Conference action.

Plainfield North's Ekowa dominates Plainfield Central

With the fall season settling in and wind gusts of 20 mph Friday at Plainfield North, the wind blew in favor of the Tigers and their quarterback JD Ekowa as they defeated District 202 rival Plainfield Central, 49-7, in Southwest Prairie play.

Streaks alive as Wilmington holds off Herscher

Three numbers describe Wilmington’s heart-stopping, 31-28 Interstate Eight Small showdown victory over Herscher on Friday night.

Defense, running game power Coal City

Five interceptions by its defense and a combined five touchdowns by its two primary running backs keyed Coal City to a 41-12 Interstate Eight Conference Large football defeat of Streator on Friday.

Plano explodes late to beat Peotone

Peotone and Plano were locked in a scoreless battle with less than six minutes left Friday night.

Plainfield South erupts against Romeoville

A good, dominating defense can be just the elixir that Plainfield South coach Ken Bublitz needs if his Cougars are to have an outside chance of making the playoffs this year.

H-F defeats Joliet West

When you play the number one team in the state, everything must go your way, and that usually doesn’t happen.

Lincoln-Way East keeps streak alive against Lockport

The last time Lockport defeated Lincoln-Way East in football was during the 2004 regular season.

Football Chatter: Week 6 games for Joliet area teams

The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss discusses the Week 6 games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Plainfield East vs. Minooka football

Minooka fell to Plainfield East, 21-16, Friday at Minooka High School in Minooka.

Photos: Providence vs. Loyola Academy football

Providence lost to Loyola Academy, 31-7, at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox.

Photos: Plainfield North vs. Plainfield Central football

Plainfield North beat Plainfield Central, 49-7, Friday at Plainfield North High School in Plainfield.

Photos: Plainfield South vs. Romeoville football

The Cougars beat the Spartans, 55-14, Friday at Plainfield South High School in Joliet.

Week 5

Ben-Israel, Joliet West survive Joliet Central

Meekah Ben-Israel has been playing football for 10 years and never had scored a touchdown.

Quick start helps Coal City past Sandwich

Last week, the Coal City football team got off to a slow start and saw Plano take a 28-0 lead at the end of the first quarter en route to handing the Coalers a 56-13 setback.

Morris football stung by shutout loss at Yorkville

The opening of the Northern Illinois Big 12 East portion of the schedule Friday night was not a pleasant experience for Morris football.

Rotnicki’s pick-six fuels JCA runaway win

Joliet Catholic senior wingback Michael Johnson rushed for 216 yards and scored four touchdowns, one on a 33-yard pass reception, Friday night at ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium.

Lincoln-Way East football blanks Bolingbrook

On a night where two defenses turned in great performances, one football squad took advantage of five turnovers while the other got only one.

Fast start propels Providence past St. Rita

Providence coach Mark Coglianese preached the importance of a faster start for the offense, but it was the defense that provided the early spark in the Celtics’ 28-0 win Friday night over Chicago Catholic Blue rival St. Rita.

Lockport football hangs with H-F, for a while

Playing the No. 1-ranked football team in the state on your homecoming night is a tall task.

Oswego football strikes early, cruises past Romeoville

Oswego lit up the scoreboard Friday night, scoring early and often in a 50-14 Southwest Prairie Conference victory over Romeoville.

A Dunne deal – Lemont football rolls over Tinley Park

With the Lemont football team banged up in the backfield, Matt Dunne received his first varsity start Friday on his birthday. The Indians’ senior running back made the most of his opportunity.

Lincoln-Way Central offense rebounds in football win over Thornwood

Homecoming proved to be a coming home, of sorts, for the Lincoln-Way Central offense Friday night during a Southwest Suburban Red matchup against Thornwood.

Lincoln-Way West football rally falls short

Speed and character.

Plainfield South football's fate changes in 2 snaps

The Plainfield South defense shut down Oswego East for nearly four full quarters of action on Friday night, but it took just two bad snaps to change the Cougars' fate in a 6-3 overtime loss on the road.

Plainfield North rallies past Plainfield East

After suffering a tough loss last week, what better way to put it behind you than to spoil your next week opponent’s homecoming?

Minooka uses big third quarter to beat Plainfield Central

Possessing a 14-7 lead over an undermanned but inspired Plainfield Central football team at halftime of Saturday’s Wildcats’ homecoming contest, Minooka realized it had to step things up a few notches after the break.

Seneca's halftime lead turns into blowout loss

A one-point halftime lead turned into a second straight lopsided loss for Seneca football in a 44-14 Interstate Eight Small setback Friday night against Lisle.

Area Football Roundup: Wilmington blitzes Westmont with 40-point quarter

It isn’t often a team builds a 40-0 lead in the first quarter, but Wilmington had the opportunity to enjoy that moment en route to Friday night’s 46-6 Interstate Eight Small victory over Westmont.

Football Chatter: Week 5 games for Joliet area teams

The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss and sports reporter Curt Herron discuss the Week 5 games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Joliet Central vs. Joliet West football

Joliet West defeated Joliet Central, 21-12.

Photos: Coal City vs. Sandwich football

Coal City beat Sandwich, 36-14.

Photos: Morris vs. Yorkville football

Morris fell to Yorkville, 14-0.

Photos: Marian Central vs. Joliet Catholic football

Joliet Catholic defeated Marian Central, 41-3.

Photos: Lincoln-Way East vs. Bolingbrook football

Lincoln-Way East beat Bolingbrook, 28-0.

Photos: Providence vs. St. Rita football

Providence beat St. Rita, 28-0.

Photos: Plainfield South vs. Oswego East football

Plainfield fell to Oswego, 6-3.

Week 4

Bolingbrook rolls past Joliet West

It’s been more than a decade since Bolingbrook has started the season with a 1-2 record.

Homewood-Flossmoor blanks Joliet Central

A 90-minute delay before the game did not slow the No. 1 team in the state.

Guth, defense lead Morris to win vs. Sterling

With the 2005 Class 6A state title team in attendance, this year’s edition of the Morris football team showed strength of its own Saturday night.

Romeoville football tops Plainfield Central for first victory

It was homecoming Saturday afternoon at Romeoville, with both the Spartans and Plainfield Central looking for their first victory of the season.

Plainfield East football maintains focus despite setbacks

The Plainfield East football team had an extended delay in its week four game at Oswego East, but the Bengals made the wait worthwhile, breaking into the win column for the first time this season, 28-21.

Lockport handed late-game loss

It was the case of missed opportunities again for Lockport as it lost to Sandburg, 28-21, in a SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue matchup Saturday.

Lincoln-Way West defense crushes Andrew

Lincoln-Way West used a strong defensive performance to help it crush Andrew, 50-13, in a SouthWest Suburban Conference Red game Saturday.

Markasovic, Celtics get that first ‘W’

While games across the area were pushed back because of weather, Marmion and Providence Catholic soldiered on Friday night.

Johnson, JCA beat weather, St. Viator

Joliet Catholic running back Michael Johnson led his team to a quick start Friday against St. Viator on a night when the weather threatened to be as formidable an opponent as the Lions, whom the Hilltoppers beat, 48-0.

Plainfield South football edges North in defensive struggle

In complete contrast to last year’s 41-34, overtime shootout win by Plainfield South over Plainfield North, the two rivals put on a defensive clinic for 48 minutes.

Minooka football takes one on the chin in Oswego

No Southwest Prairie Conference team has found an answer for the Oswego football program in 30 straight games, and Minooka was the latest statistic in the Panthers’ win streak on Saturday night.

Area Football Roundup: Wilmington remains unbeaten

Five Wilmington rushers gained more than 40 yards Friday night as the unbeaten Wildcats knocked off Interstate Eight Small rival Reed-Custer, 42-6.

Football Chatter: Week 4 games, postponements for Joliet area teams

The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss discusses the week four games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Plainfield Central vs. Romeoville football

Plainfield Central takes on Romeoville in football. Romeoville won, 29-21.

Week 3

Lincoln-Way East starts fast to beat Joliet West

Brandon Bauer and Ben Christensen were quick to give all of the credit to their teammates for the big plays they came up with for Lincoln-Way East in its SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue Division opener at Joliet West on Friday.

‘D’ sets tone in Minooka win over Romeoville

It didn’t take long Friday night for Minooka’s defense to make its presence known.

Montalvo, Lincoln-Way West handle Lincoln-Way Central

Mike Uremovich played high school football at Providence and was the head coach at University of St. Francis for seven years.

Kelley leads Lockport past Joliet Central

Joliet Central coach Brett Boyter will not forget the uniform number of Lockport defensive tackle Ryan Kelley anytime soon.

Earl returns, Davis hurt in JCA victory

Joliet Catholic quarterback Cade Earl and running back Michael Johnson did not look like teammates who were happy they had helped the Hilltoppers beat Carmel 41-21 Friday night in the East Suburban Catholic Conference opener.

Oswego still too much for improving Plainfield Central

To kick off the season, Plainfield Central has shown improvement despite the rough patch the program is going through.

Plainfield South dominates rival East

After a pair of 21-6 losses to open the season, Plainfield South coach Ken Bublitz knew that things had to change on both sides of the ball.

Defense keys Plainfield North past Oswego East

The Plainfield North defense produced four turnovers, including a key interception in the first half, to make a bold statement in the Southwest Prairie opener Friday night against Oswego East.

Providence falls to Mount Carmel

Losing junior running back Richie Warfield to a knee injury on his third play Friday night didn’t help Providence Catholic’s cause.

Hawkins powers Wildcats

Nick Hawkins rushed for 228 yards, including touchdown runs of 56 and 54 yards, and the Wilmington defense limited Lisle to a net of 2 yards rushing as the Wildcats opened defense of their Interstate Eight Small title with a 21-7 victory Friday night.

Morris rides stout defense to victory

For most of Morris’ nonconference football game against Dundee-Crown on Friday night, field position and yardage were not easily obtained.

Coal City holds off Peotone

Competing in the Interstate Eight Large is not good enough for the Peotone football team. The Blue Devils want to start winning consistently.

Seneca's Simon runs wild vs. Reed-Custer

The Seneca Fighting Irish won in and with style Friday night, whipping Reed-Custer, 41-20, in their home opener while wearing black jerseys rather than their traditional home green for the first time.

Richards hands Lemont its first loss at home since 2013

Lemont did not let a sleeping dog lie in its South Suburban crossover Friday against Richards.

Sandburg air show downs Bolingbrook

Sandburg quarterback Alec Fidan, along with wide receivers Zak Razik and Avery Verble, put on an air show Friday night in the SouthWest Suburban Blue opener against Bolingbook.

Football Chatter: Week 3 games for Joliet area teams

The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss and sports reporter Curt Herron discuss the week three games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Lincoln-Way East vs. Joliet West football

Lincoln-Way East defeated Joliet West, 35-12.

Photos: Minooka vs. Romeoville football

Minooka defeated Romeoville, 46-0.

Photos: Lincoln-Way West vs. Lincoln-Way Central football

Lincoln-Way West defeated Lincoln-Way Central, 28-0.

Photos: Lockport vs. Joliet Central football

Lockport defeated Joliet Central, 41-0.

Photos: Plainfield North vs. Oswego East football

Plainfield North defeated Oswego East, 28-9.

Week 2

Joliet West defense stifles Plainfield South

Joliet West is a talented offensive football team.

Wildcats outlast Coalers in thriller

When Coal City and Wilmington get together on the football field, it’s always one to remember. Friday night’s game, though, might live on in the annals of the rivalry longer than most.

Johnson, Roth key JCA past Wheaton N.

Joliet Catholic overcame the loss of senior quarterback Cade Earl to defeat Wheaton North, 34-14, Friday night in a game the late Gordie Gillespie would have loved.

Celtics comes up short against the Panthers

The foundation of Oswego football has always been built on defense. Providence Catholic knows defense wins championships.

Wisneski, Steelmen fall to Johnson, Stars

Things were looking up for Joliet Central’s football team after the Steelmen scored on the initial play of the second quarter Friday night to grab a six-point lead over Rich South.

Lincoln-Way Central starts fast, beats Kaneland

Don’t let Nico Muto’s dimensions fool you.

Morris falters late, loses to Washington in OT

In the first half Friday night, it looked like the Morris football team was going to come away from its first road game with a fairly easy victory over Washington. The Redskins led by 13 points at halftime, and outgained the Panthers, 129-37, in total yards, holding them to one first down.

Lincoln-Way West rallies past Bloom Township

After being outplayed by Bloom Township for the first three quarters, Lincoln-Way West’s football team went off for three fourth-quarter touchdowns and rolled to a 27-13 nonconference victory.

Minooka scores late to stun Lockport

An instant classic is a good way to describe the first meeting between Lockport and Minooka on the football field.

Ekowa, Tigers edged by Fighting Irish in close contest

Plainfield North had five trips into the red zone and came away with zero points, leading to a 17-14 nonconference defeat Friday night at Bishop McNamara.

Hayes, Plainfield Central keep battling but fall

Plainfield Central led 7-6 at halftime, allowed two quick touchdowns to open the second half and battled back to get within 28-27 early in the fourth quarter before falling to nonconference foe Rich Central, 40-27, on Friday night.

Scuffles, ejections taint Bolingbrook blow-out win against Romeoville

In what could have been the most confrontational matchup of Valley View District rivals, Bolingbrook came away with a 55-6 nonconference victory over Romeoville on Friday night.

Mistakes doom Plainfield East against West Aurora

Having suffered a tough loss in Week 1 to Rich Central, Plainfield East carried a little momentum into its game against West Aurora after its offense finally started to hit its stride last week in the fourth quarter.

Area Football Roundup: Lincoln-Way East rolls over Lincoln Park

Lincoln-Way East was in need of a victory after the Griffins dropped a 14-13 decision at Oak Park-River Forest in Week 1.

Football Chatter: Week 2 games for Joliet area teams

The Herald-News sports reporter Curt Herron and sports editor Dick Goss discuss the week two games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Plainfield South vs. Joliet West football

The Tigers beat the Cougars, 21-6.

Photos: Wilmington vs. Coal City football

Wilmington defeated Coal City, 20-16.

Photos: Providence vs. Oswego football

Oswego beat Providence, 14-13.

Photos: Joliet Central vs. Rich South football

Joliet Central lost to Rich South, 46-20.

Photos: Minooka vs. Lockport football

Minooka beat Lockport, 26-22.

Week 1

JCA sacks Providence with big plays

Joliet Catholic coach Dan Sharp cited the series of plays midway through the fourth quarter. That sequence summarized everything that transpired in Friday night’s 35-13 nonconference victory over Providence in the much-anticipated season opener.’’

Morris spreads the wealth in rout of Austin

Heading into the season, Morris football coach Alan Thorson knew his team would have a lot of offensive weapons.

Letizia, defense lead Lemont to victory

Lemont’s Frank Letizia looked in a mirror Friday.

Marmion rallies late to beat Plainfield Central

Marmion overcame a four-point, fourth-quarter deficit, scoring two touchdowns in the final 11 minutes, to claim a 24-14 nonconference victory Friday over visiting Plainfield Central.

Lincoln-Way West holds off Sycamore

The series between Lincoln-Way West and Sycamore has featured a lot of tight contests, and Friday’s season opener between the two was no different.

Loughran’s fifth PAT fuels Minooka win

The bus broke down on the way to Palos Hills, and the Minooka sophomores didn’t kick off until 6 p.m.

Lincoln-Way Central falls in Cordell’s debut

In the second quarter of Lincoln-Way Central’s Friday night season opener against Huntley, the Knights’ defense kept Huntley within striking distance by forcing turnovers in their own territory on each of the Red Raiders’ final three drives of the half.

Defense shines as Joliet West tops Moline

The long bus ride was well worth it.

Lockport suffers tough loss to DG North

It was the tale of two halves Friday as Lockport fell, 28-21, to Downers Grove North in its season opener.

Win slips through Joliet Central’s fingers

Terrence Robinson’s 52-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter sent Joliet Central to its 46th consecutive loss as Thornridge edged the Steelmen, 12-6, on Friday.

Running game leads Coal City past Reed-Custer

One player accounted for 2,671 rushing yards by himself last season for Coal City.

Bolingbrook shows well in loss to Glenbard West

As John Ivlow told his Bolingbrook team after a 28-7 loss Saturday to Glenbard West, the opening game wasn’t nearly as bad as the final score might indicate.

Plainfield North dominates second half, beats DeKalb

Holding onto a two-touchdown lead against DeKalb in the fourth quarter, Plainfield North decided to go for it on a fourth-and-inches on its own 28-yard line.

Romeoville drops opener under Gibson

Oliver Gibson’s return to Romeoville High School did not go as scripted.

Plainfield East edged by Rich Central

After graduating several talented starters, Plainfield East’s football team has many new players filling big roles.

Area Football Roundup: Wilmington rolls; LWE suffers tough loss

Wilmington jumped to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and outscored Sandwich, 27-0, in the third quarter to capture a 48-13 victory in its season opener.

Football Chatter: Season openers for Joliet area teams

The Herald-News sports reporter Curt Herron and sports editor Dick Goss discuss the opening games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Providence Catholic vs. Joliet Catholic football

Joliet Catholic defeated Providence Catholic, 35-13, on Friday in New Lenox.

Photos: Plainfield South vs. Lemont football

Lemont beat Plainfield South, 21-6, on Friday at Lemont.

Photos: Lincoln-Way West vs. Sycamore football

Lincoln-Way West beat Sycamore, 35-31, on Friday in New Lenox.

Photos: Lockport vs. Downers Grove North football

Downers Grove North beat Lockport, 28-21, on Friday in Lockport.

Photos: Plainfield North vs. DeKalb football

Plainfield North topped DeKalb, 35-21, on Friday in Plainfield.

Preseason previews

Hilltoppers in position to play keep away

With four burly starters returning to the offensive line this season, Joliet Catholic could give new meaning to “time of possession.’’

Tigers primed for more of that playoff activity

When Joliet West rebounded from a one-sided loss to Homewood-Flossmoor last year to win at Sandburg a week later, the Tigers had their football moment.

First victory would do wonders for Joliet Central football

When you watch the Joliet Central football team practice, it's like chaos, organized chaos, all over the field.

Defending Class 7A champion Providence still has firepower

The scoreboard at Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Illinois illuminated the final score of the Class 7A state championship game.

Lincoln-Way Central football feel time is right for playoff push

As the summer went on and his first season as head football coach at Lincoln-Way Central drew closer, Jeremy Cordell saw his team starting to develop a sense of urgency.

Lincoln-Way West's attack will feature big offensive line up front

With most football teams, the spotlight doesn’t shine too brightly on the linemen. At Lincoln-Way West, however, it’s pointed directly at the big men up front.

Wildcats looking for first victory in more than two years

All it takes is one. One victory to start and the rest will follow. One victory to show that all the hard work, blood, sweat, tears and time invested into something that you believe in was worth it.

Cougars plan to prevent digging an early hole

As the Plainfield South football program enters its 14th season with a 57-66 overall record, coach Ken Bublitz knows the Cougars must avoid repeating the 0-3 start from a year ago if they hope to make the playoffs.

Gibson returns home to guide fortunes of youthful Spartans

The pride is returning to Romeoville High School. And, the Spartans have found the right man to bring it back.

Porters going to war for school, community

During summer workouts, the Lockport football team votes on a theme for the season.

14 returning starters, including quarterback, fuel Minooka optimism

A group of Minooka linemen broke from their huddle at practice, shouted “1-2-3 playoffs” and cooled off with a little water.

Redskins hope to build off 5A quarterfinal run

After missing the playoffs in 2013 and finishing 3-6, the Morris football team was 2-4 after six weeks last year and in danger of missing the postseason two years in a row.

Business as usual for 2014 champ Wilmington

For the first time in the program’s history, Wilmington enters a season as a defending state champion. But coach Jeff Reents said it has been business as usual in the preseason for the 2014 Class 3A state champion Wildcats.

Borland, Bolingbrook ready for new beginning

New faces abound as the new football season begins at Bolingbrook.

High school football: Plainfield East's success lies with whoever is next to step up

Plainfield East has identified the enemy – it’s the Bengals.

High school football: Plainfield North hoping to develop an explosive offense nonetheless

Plainfield North’s 2014 all-state running back, Quintin Hoosman, is at Northern Illinois University.

Coal City football has the means to fill major voids

When you had a team that year before that reached the football state semifinals and featured one player that had the best season anyone from your school has ever had and another that went on to be on the roster at University of Illinois, it's natural to talk about what your team has to make up for this year.

Lincoln-Way East football ready for more success

When a program has the distinction of being the only one in the state to have reached the playoffs in each season of its existence, during which time it owns a 134-32 record, expectations are understandably always high.