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Tori Clinton of St. Laurence broke his own school record with a 416-yard rushing performance against Quincy on Friday in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.
Marist receiver/tight end T.J. Ivy picked out his second college last week.
St. Laurence running back Tori Clinton is still trying to attract a few more colleges.
Both were key figures in their teams’ Illinois High School Association first-round playoff wins. Clinton re-broke his own school record with 416 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a 48-28 Class 6A win over Quincy in Burbank on Friday night while Ivy had three catches for 66 yards including a 51-yard TD pass in a 44-0 Class 8A victory over Oak Park River Forest in Chicago.
Ivy was planning on going to West Virginia but de-committed two weeks ago and last week gave a verbal commitment to Indiana, a school that RedHawks defensive lineman Gavin McCabe is headed to.
Quarterback Mike Markett threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more while Delonte Harrell ran for a pair of scores for Marist. McCabe led the defense to its second shutout of the season with four tackles for loss and a sack. Sophomore Jadon Thompson, who is also hearing from Big Ten schools, had an interception for the 10-0 RedHawks. Oak Park finished 5-5 and had not been shut out or had given up more than 31 points in a regular-season game in 2017.
The 5-foot-9 Clinton, who is starting to draw college interest especially after setting the school record the first time with 375 yards against Bishop McNamara on Sept. 8, also broke the school’s season rushing mark and has 2,138 going into the second week of the playoffs. Fayezon Smart owned the previous record with 2,046.
Clinton had 27 carries and scoring runs of 80, 4, 37, 97 and 73 to help the Vikings improve to 7-3. Alex Saunders added 107 rushing yards on eight carries. Quarterback Devon Rembis threw for 51 yards.
On defense, Eddie Pierson had seven solo tackles and Adam Andrews added six. Quincy was knocked out with a 6-4 record.