The Week in Review Prospect vs Elk Grove Varsity 31 – 13 Sophomore 7 – 10 Freshman A 27 – 13 Freshman B vs Notre Dame 16 – 14 Knights Battle to the Finish On Friday night away, the Prospect sophomore football team took on the Elk Grove Grenadiers and lost 7-10. The game was fought hard by the Knights and the players kept battling to the end, especially the defense and special teams. Before the game Friday, the Knights had surrendered an average of 24 points per game; Elk Grove only scored 10. The Prospect defense also brought stamina and conditioning to the field: Elk Grove ran 63 plays on offense while the Knights ran 32. Defensively, from the front line to Vince Lobono as the last line, the Knights swarmed to the ball, fought through blocks, gang-tackled EG ball carriers and gave high effort and intensity. Right from the start, the Prospect defense was challenged. Elk Grove took the ball from their own 30 on a 13 play drive down to the Prospect 10 with first and goal. Alex Palczewski stopped the runner after gaining 5 yards. EG gained 3 yards on second down, stopped by a brigade of Knights. On third and goal from the 2, a gang of defenders led by Sam Lumia forced a loss of 3 to bring up 4th and goal from the 5. The field goal was good and the long opening drive consumed 6 minutes and 16 seconds, but only produced 3 points. Linebackers in this defense have to react quickly. Josh McDermott explains how it happens: "The first thing we're taught to do is read the line and fill opposite of our D-ends and nose tackle. Tonight we all were trying to first see if it was run or pass, fill opposite, get off blocks and make plays." Anthony Liva took the kickoff at the 34 yard line, covered the ball with both hands, and barreled head on up the field for 16 yards, setting the Prospect offense up with the ball at mid-field. Dante Cecala sprinted to his left for 10 yards and a first down. A few plays later on fourth down, Liva's 34-yard punt forced Elk Grove to start at their own 11. Again with the ball on offense, the Grenadiers launched a long, 17-play drive and marched down to the Prospect 7 yard line. During the drive, Sam Stolidakis dropped the EG runner for a 3-yard loss on a 1st down play, McDermott knifed in for a big stop on another 1st down play for no gain and Zach Gleason made a solo tackle on a 1st down for a short gain. On 4th and 3 from the Prospect 7, Gleason broke on the pass in the end zone for a deflection and turned the ball over to the Knights offense. The first half ended with Prospect behind by 0-3. It was only a matter of time before the Knights offense that had scored 79 points in the last two games got cranked up. That time was at the start of the second half. Prospect gained 13 yards in 3 plays to get a first down on their own 40. The Knights stacked up another first down at mid-field . Then, on 2nd and 7 from the Elk Grove 47, Josh Kern kept the ball on a run to his right, sliced through a crease at the line of scrimmage and bolted down field for a 47 yard touchdown. A Jeremy Potratz PAT put the Knights up 7-3 with momentum on their side. The Prospect defense kept the pressure on the next time the Grenadiers got the ball. On first down, Josh McDermott made a solo tackle after a 3 yard gain. On second down, it looked like the entire defense walled off the play for only a 2 yard gain. An incomplete pass on third down brought up 4th and 5 at the EG 38. The punt formation turned into a fake, but Sam Stolidakis alertly stayed home to tackle the punter for no gain. Lets Go Knights!
The Week in Review Prospect vs Buffalo Grove Varsity 24 – 14 Sophomore 32 – 19 Freshman A 7 – 13 Freshman B 13 – 6 Knights Take Down Bison Lets Go Knights! On Friday night at home, Prospect sophomores took on the Buffalo Grove Bison and won 32-19 for the team's second straight victory and the third win in their last four games. Spotting BG six points after the Knights gave up a touchdown on the opening kick-off, this resilient football team didn't flinch. Starting on their own 43 after the BG kickoff, Prospect scored a touchdown in 6 plays behind the running of RB Dante Cecala and QB Josh Kern. Dante tied the score 6-6 with a slashing 7 yard dash to the end zone on second and goal. Drew Compton was an impact player on defense and an emotional leader on the field until injuries forced him to the sideline. In his place for the past two games, Sam Lumia stepped in and brought his own brand of toughness to the 'Mike' linebacker position. Against BG, Sam led the defense in solo tackles. After the game, Lumia talked about the Knights team concept and the attitude it takes for every player to be ready to contribute: "We've been preparing ever since Day 1. We haven't been afraid to put in back-ups to play, myself included. We all want to get on the field and this game was no different. Especially this week, we knew exactly what we needed to do to get the job done and we went out and did it." The second quarter started with the Bison on the Prospect 2 yard line, scoring a touchdown on fourth down to go ahead 6-13. During the 10-play drive, Sam Lumia (twice), Josh McDermott and Evan Sadlon made big tackles for little or no gain. Prospect answered quickly with a 75-yard touchdown return on the ensuing BG kickoff by Dante Cecala. He followed great blocking around the left side to pull the Knights within 1 point, 12-13. The long return for a score inspired the defense. On first and 10 from the BG 33, the defensive line and linebackers converged from all angles on the Bison runner before he reached the line of scrimmage, jarring the ball loose. Alex Palczewski recovered the fumble for Prospect. As this season has progressed, so has Palczewski; he has become a disruptive, physical force in the interior of the defensive line. The Knights needed just 3 plays to cover 33 yards for another touchdown. Dante Cecala scored on an 18 yard run for 6 points and Jeremy Potratz converted the PAT to put Prospect up 19-13. The Knights defense kept the pressure on the opposition, forcing a BG punt after 4 plays and allowing Prospect to start first and 10 at midfield with just over 2 minutes left in the second quarter. After nine plays, the Knights turned the ball over on downs, leaving BG to run the last play of the first half from their own 31, gaining no yards. Stu Isteefanos fielded the second half kickoff at the 20 and returned it 20 yards. Prospect began their possession on the 40 yard line and ran 5 plays before punting the ball to BG. The drive included an 18 yard power run by Dante Cecala who refused to be taken down by just one defender. With the Bison starting their drive on their own 25, Isteefanos wrapped up the BG ball carrier and dropped him for no gain. On second and 10, AJ Salvadore made an outstanding play breaking up an attempted screen pass. Salvadore showed keen awareness by starting to rush the passer but then dropped back to cover the running back, forcing the Bison QB to throw the ball at the ground, incomplete. After no gain on 3rd down, BG punted, giving the ball to the Knights at the Bison 48. (Cont’d on pg 6)
The Week in Review Prospect vs Wheeling Varsity 45 – 42 Sophomore 47 – 42 Freshman A 13 – 6 Freshman B vs Warren 8 – 28 Knights Seize Victory, Defeat Wheeling Lets Go Knights! On Friday night at home, Prospect's sophomore football team faced adversity: behind by 1 point 41-42, trailing for the first time in the game with 47 seconds left in the fourth quarter, and the ball on their own 46 yard line. The Knights needed to score, with not much time to do it. QB Josh Kern stepped into the huddle and first thing he told the offense was not what they were going to do, but instead, he focused his players on how they were going to do it saying, "I told everybody to be calm, just take it play by play, one step at a time, drive down the field to win this game." The first step was a 9 yard pass to Zach Gleason along the right sideline to the Wheeling 45. "It was really loud and I couldn't hear the count," Zach explained, "As soon as the ball was snapped, I saw that the corner was already dropping back and I hitched up really quick. I saw he was coming at me when I caught the ball so I got out of bounds to stop the clock." Now, with 43 seconds left, another pass was called, but this one turned out differently. Kern rolled out to his left but kept the ball, sprinting down the field for a 20 yard gain. "It was a pass but the play broke down and I had to run the ball because everyone was covered." Josh said. That play took 6 seconds, 37 seconds remained. With the ball on the Wheeling 25, Kern handed off to Dante Cecala. Dante describes what happed: "The play called was 'Slam' and I was thinking that I need to take care of my responsibility and do my job. The line did what they were supposed to do, it worked out, and we scored." Cecala's 25 yard touchdown run put Prospect up by 5 points with 30 seconds left in the game. The scoring drive took 17 seconds and covered 54 yards in three plays, one step at a time. After the kickoff, the defense shut Wheeling down allowing one yard on three plays and sealed a thrilling 47-42 victory for the Knights. Setting up the cardiac finish was a game marked by big plays, tough defense, an offensive line that functioned as a powerful unit and outstanding effort on special teams. To start the game on the opening kickoff, Tom Wharton dropped the Wheeling ball carrier for almost no gain at the Wildcats 39. On second and 10, Vince Lobono led a swarming defense for no gain on the play. On third and 10, Alex Palczewski led a pack of Knights defenders again for no gain. Prospect took over after a short Wheeling punt at midfield and Dante Cecala ran twice for 29 yards. Then, Josh Kern gained 9 yards on his first carry and 13 yards for a touchdown on his second carry, with Cecala providing the lead block at the goal line. Kicker Jeremy Potratz, holder Chase Cummings and long snapper Evan Sadlon converted their first of five PATs in the game to put Prospect up 7-0. Wheeling started their second drive on their own 38 and went in for a score with 2:40 left in the first quarter. The 2-point attempt failed when Anthony Liva went up and deflected the pass in the end zone. 7-6 Prospect. After the kickoff, the Knights started at their own 29 and needed just one play. Dante Cecala ripped an amazing run, bolting through the line behind great blocking and sprinting past the Wheeling defensive backfield for a 71 yard touchdown. A Potratz PAT made the score 14-6. Wheeling then kept the ball for more than 5 minutes and tied up the game with a touchdown 14-14. (Cont’d on pg 6)
The Week in Review Prospect vs Rolling Meadows Varsity 13 – 46 Sophomore 8 – 27 Freshman A 8 – 16 Freshman B 20 – 0 Tough Night for the Knights Lets Go Knights! Prospect's sophomore football team took on the Rolling Meadows Mustangs on Friday in an away game and lost 8-27. The Knights went toe-to-toe with the opposition during the first half with the score tied at intermission. The first half started with the Knights kicking off to Rolling Meadows. On the Mustangs first play from scrimmage at their own 28 yard line, Sam Stolidakis set the tone for the defense with a big solo tackle for a loss. For the rest of the Mustangs opening series, the defense swarmed to the ball consistently on first downs. On the four first downs during the drive, the Knights defense yielded a total of 6 yards, including a smothering hit for no gain by Vince Lobono. After the long possession, Rolling Meadows scored a touchdown and successfully went for 2 making the score 0-8. Prospect took over after the kick-off at their own 30. Actually, Dante Cecala and the offensive line took over. After 5 plays, where Cecala carried the ball 3 times for 28 yards, the Knights faced a 4th down and 1 from the Mustangs 41. Staying with the hot hand, QB Josh Kern handed off to Cecala again and he found a crease behind guard Vince Shields on the right side. Dante bolted quickly through the opening and out-ran the Rolling Meadows defense for a fast 41 yard touchdown. To tie the game, Prospect converted a 2 point play after the touchdown, with a score by......Dante Cecala running behind the offensive line: Evan Sadlon, Vince Shields, Ryan Roggeman, AJ Salvadore and Sam Lumia. On the next possession for Meadows, the Prospect defense forced a punt on a three-and-out series. Not much happened for Prospect on the next series either and the Knights punted after 3 plays. Anthony Liva pinned the Mustangs deep in their own territory at the 14. After 6 plays, Prospect forced another punt from mid-field. Starting at the Prospect 15, the Knights again gave the ball to Danta Cecala. He carried the ball on 1st down for 8 yards and on 3rd down for 15 yards. Faced with another 4th and 1, this time from their own 42, Josh Kern kept the ball plowing straight ahead for the first down. With the time running down in the first half, Prospect went to the air: Kern completed a 9 yard pass to Stu Isteefanos and a few plays later completed another 9 yard slant to Josh McDermott. The drive ended on 4th down, giving the ball to Rolling Meadows on their own 35 with 41 seconds left to play in the half. On second down, a long pass completion took the ball to the Prospect 3 yard line. Now, Rolling Meadows has the ball, first and goal. The defense rose to the challenge by shutting down the opponents and holding them without any points. First half score: 8-8. The second half was hard-fought, but Prospect could not overcome turnovers and a few big plays made by the Mustangs. The prominent Prospect student section and the cheerleaders never lost enthusiasm for their team and the team battled to the end. Next, the Knights take on Wheeling this Friday ni ht at home. Many Thanks To this Season’s Sports Writers! Doug Doughty, Varsity Gregg Sadlon, Sophomore
The Week in Review Prospect vs Palatine Varsity 20 – 33 JV 0 - 21 Sophomore 0 – 41 Freshman A 13 – 35 Freshman B 27 – 0 Sophomores Look to Build Momentum Lets Go Knights! After falling at Palatine 41-0, Prospect's sophomore football team is looking for their first win on the field at about the mid-point of this season. More importantly, the team has players making plays with determination. At times, the defense flies to the ball, overwhelming opposing running backs and the offensive line blocks with emotion and desire. There have been highlights from every game this season so far, and the contest with Palatine was no exception. Against the Pirates in the first half: ! Josh McDermott has made impact plays on offense and defense in the first two games and, now on special teams, blocked a PAT after the first Palatine touchdown. ! Anthony Liva saved a touchdown by chasing down a Palatine ball carrier after a 40 yard run. He is also carrying a Division 1 punting average, consistently booming 50 yarders and pinning opponents deep all season, including Friday night. ! Drew Compton and Alex Palczewski recovered Palatine fumbles. ! The defense rang up a few impressive gang tackles and Vince Lobono made two outstanding solo tackles. ! Stu Isteefanos and Dante Cecala carried the ball and ran hard, gaining good yardage and finishing runs to the whistle. ! Jeremy Potratz and Lobono combined for a big stop followed by Ryan Roggeman making a difficult solo tackle for a loss. ! McDermott, now on offense, caught a 10 yard pass from Chase Cummings and turned it into a 33 yard gain. ! A few plays later, Zach Gleason caught another pass from Cummings for 9 yards. ! Throughout the first half, Sam Lumia, AJ Salvadore, Ryan Roggeman, Vince Shields and Evan Sadlon on the offensive line gave the QB time to find the open receiver. In the second half: ! Drew Compton kick-started the Knights defense on the kick-off with a diving solo tackle on the return after a short gain. ! The Prospect defense followed Compton's lead with consecutive big plays. Salvadore stopped the Pirate running back for a loss on first down. On second down, Isteefanos and Lobono combined for a tackle to set up a third and long. ! Later, with Palatine driving deep into Prospect territory, Vince Lobono again dialed up a huge hit on first down for no gain. ! On the next play, Anthony Liva made his second TD saving tackle of the game. ! Dante Cecala ripped two runs, one 32 yards and a few plays later a 15 yarder. Vince Shields and AJ Salvadore gave extra effort blocking on both runs to spring Cecala loose. ! The defense held Palatine to 7 points in the last two quarters. While the game against Palatine may be one that everyone will want to move past, the team learned a lot. This group of dedicated sophomores are capable of coming together, improving what they do and making more plays consistently. The team is looking to rebound against Hersey this Saturday morning of Homecoming weekend.
The Week in Review Prospect vs Hoffman Estates Varsity 0 – 22 JV 12 – 14 Freshman A 6 – 19 Freshman B 24 – 7 Looking Forward - cont’d from front page Visit our website - http://www.prospectfootball.com/photos/ for game photos each week. The photos are posted by game and then team. The photos are easily downloaded and shared with family and friends. There is no fee. Game Photos All Levels Lets Go Knights! The next series was a perfect illustration of the disjointed nature of the game. Hoffman Estates ran 11 plays, seven of which were stopped by Prospect. However, the other four plays, plus penalties on the Knights, accounted for 74 yards with the final 23 coming on a 3 rd -and-19 pass for a touchdown. Of course the extra point was mishandled but the Hawks improvised on a 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead. A late interception didn’t hurt the Knights and at halftime the score remained the same. The second half saw the Knights come out playing with more energy. The defense forced a punt after one Hawk first down and then the offense put together their best drive of the night, moving from their own 36 to the Hoffman Estates 20 in seven plays, all runs, including two by Matt Drew for 12 and 15 yards. But then trouble arose as two penalties negated a first down at the 10 and a tipped pass led to an interception and 45-yard return to the Knights’ 20. Five plays later the Hawks scored after a 4 th -down conversion and a QB scramble to make the lead 15-0. After the subsequent kickoff, Prospect failed to convert as the referees failed to call a pass interference that would have meant a first down. Prospect punted down to the Hawks 10. Hoffman Estates then proceeded to march 90 yards in 14 plays to score against a tiring Knights’ defense and seal the 22-0 win. Prospect suffered the loss of QB Matt Drew to injury. Our hopes are with Matt for a full recovery. The Knights were much more competitive this week, but need to rely on each other to all contribute to the team’s success. The next game is at Palatine Friday night. Let’s put a complete effort together and get a victory. There was no Sophomore game last weekend but they will be back and ready for Palatine this Friday. Check back here for the game recap. Sophomores
he ee in evie Prospect vs Fremd Varsity 3 – 48 Sophomore 6 – 27 Freshman A 0 – 20 Freshman B 6 – 6 Knights Come Close, Stay Fired Up Visit our website - http://www.prospectfootball.com/photos/ for game photos each week. The photos are posted by game and then team. The photos are easily downloaded and shared with family and friends. There is no fee. Game Photos All Levels Lets Go Knights! Prospect's sophomore football team took on the Fremd Vikings at home Monday afternoon and finished on the short end of a 27-6 final score. The key for the future, starting this week, is for the team to work together for an entire game. Those are the thoughts after the Fremd contest of Anthony Liva. He said,"We will work on finishing, playing through the whole game. We've been doing that during the games, but we just need to do it for 4 quarters." For the second week in a row, the Knights jumped out to a lead and got off to great starts on both sides of the ball. During Fremd's first possession on 3rd and 8 from close to midfield, Liva broke perfectly on a Viking pass, intercepting the ball and returning it for a fast 40 yards to the Fremd 27. After a power run by Stu Isteefanos on 1st down to the 11 and a slick QB keeper by Chase Cummings to the 1, the Knights were set up with 1st and goal. Cummings finished the drive with a dive through the pile on a play called 'Tuff' where the O-line of Sam Lumia, AJ Salvadore, Ryan Roggeman, Vince Shields and Evan Sadlon plowed ahead and paved the way for a Prospect touchdown. On Fremd's next possession the Knights stopped the Vikings in four plays, forcing a punt on 4th down. During that series, Drew Compton made big tackles on two consecutive plays for little and no gain. On the next play, Zach Gleason followed Compton's lead and flattened the Fremd ball carrier at the line of scrimmage. Later after a Viking touchdown, Prospect punted from their own 22. There was a fumble during the attempt to field the punt and Marc Cadero dove on the loose ball to recover for the Knights. The first half ended with Prospect down 14-6. Big plays for Prospect highlighted the second half. In the third quarter, Cadero and Liva made inspirational solo tackles to keep the Knights spirits high. Adding to the elevation, Jeremy Potratz intercepted a Viking pass on 2nd and 3 from the Fremd 27. Potratz's pick set the Knights up with the ball in Fremd territory at the 44. Josh McDermott found a seam in the Viking defense and caught a pass for a 17 yard gain. On 2nd down, Insteefanos ran hard for 5 tough yards. Although the drive ended on a 4th and short play, the team showed that the defense can force turnovers and that offense can move the ball. In the fourth quarter, the Knights continued to battle. McDermott, this time on defense, made two consecutive tackles followed by a swarming gang tackle by the D-line and linebackers. And for the second week in a row, Tom Wharton made a touchdown saving tackle. This time by chasing down a Fremd ball carrier after a 41 yard run, making the tackle at the Prospect 1. Regardless of the score, there is no stopping the Knights determination. The team has a foundation to build on and are positioned for greater success.