By Steve Millar
Sandburg 14, Curie 9
The Eagles (2-0) broke up a Curie pass in the end zone on the final play of the game to hold on for the win.
Andrew Schab’s 72-yard touchdown run in the third quarter proved to be the difference for Sandburg, which plays at Bolingbrook (2-0) in Friday’s SouthWest Suburban opener for both teams.
Chicago Christian 15, Rockford Christian 14
The Knights defense stopped a two-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter to secure a one-point victory in front of the home crowd in Palos Heights.
The Knights (2-0) led 15-8 when Rockford Christian (1-1) scored a touchdown with 1:16 left in the game to pull within one. The Lions went for the win, but the Chicago Christian defense came up huge to preserve a second straight win to open the season.
Desmond Rodgers ran 21 times for 129 yards and a touchdown for the Knights, who host Guerin (2-0) on Friday night. Chicago Christian throttled Guerin, 48-0, in 2017.
Brother Rice 42, Crete-Monee 16
John Bean threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores to lead host Brother Rice (2-0) in the rout.
Dylan Summers caught two of Bean’s TD passes, of 14 and 42 yards, and ran for a score.
The Crusaders host Fenwick (0-2) in week three.
Marist 27, Mishawaka (Ind.) 24
Mike Markett threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score to lead host Marist (1-1) to the win.
The RedHawks play at Notre Dame (2-0) in Friday’s East Suburban Catholic opener.
Richards 14, St. Rita 0
Richards coach Tony Sheehan was delighted thinking of all the possible ways the Bulldogs could get create offensively with the addition of senior quarterback Marquel Porter.
Porter, who transferred this year from District 230 rival Shepard, was not declared eligible by the IHSA in time to play in Richards’ season opener against Lincoln-Way Central. He learned Friday he had been ruled eligible to play in Week 2 against St. Rita.
That allowed the Bulldogs to use Sebastian Castro, an Iowa recruit, to play running back and receiver in addition to some quarterback, as well as his typical defensive role at safety.
“Having Marquel allows us to do so much,” Sheehan said. “We can move (Castro) all over the place. We’re excited about that.”
Porter threw two touchdown passes in his Richards debut Saturday as the visiting Bulldogs topped the Mustangs, 14-0, Sept. 1 at St. Rita.
The game was played last Saturday, after being suspended due to thunderstorms the night before, with 1:55 remaining in the first quarter of a scoreless tie. When play resumed, the defenses continued to dominate until Porter threw a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes – a 39-yarder to Cody Dryier and a 5-yarder to Mark Christian.
Porter finished 9-for-14 passing for 115 yards. Castro ran seven times for 44 yards.
Eldridge Dockery led a dominant defensive effort for Richards with two sacks and a blocked punt.
Mustangs junior running back Tahrhon Haynes rushed for 107 yards, and quarterback Hayden Ekern completed 11 of 28 passes for 106 yards.
The Bulldogs (2-0) play at Evergreen Park (2-0) in their South Suburban Red opener Friday night. St. Rita (0-2) will seek their first victory of the season when they host De La Salle in a Catholic League crossover.
Thornwood 52, Oak Lawn 12
Oak Lawn fell to 1-1 and will play at Argo in a South Suburban Red opener Friday night.
Evergreen Park 1, CICS-Longwood 0
Longwood forfeited Friday night’s game. Evergreen Park (2-0) hosts Richards on Friday in the South Suburban Red opener for both teams.
Illinois State 46, St. Xavier 0
St. Xavier (0-2) fell in its fifth-ever game against a NCAA Division I opponent, Illinois State, which is ranked No. 20 in FCS.
The Cougars, who were held to 30 yards of total offense, got a big defensive effort from Richards graduate Josh Hettiger, who had six tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
St. Xavier’s home opener is set for 6 p.m. Saturday against Missouri Baptist (0-2).