Fast-strike JCA zooms past RedHawks
Scoring points in bunches has been a key ingredient of Marist’s success during the Pat Dunne coaching era.
Friday night in Joliet, however, the tables got turned. Instead of benefiting from that kind of offensive barrage, the RedHawks were beleaguered by it, courtesy of Joliet Catholic Academy.
After spotting Marist leads of 14-0 and 21-7, the Hilltoppers scaled Comeback Mountain. They were tied with their guests at halftime, and three fast strikes in the third quarter then put the hosts firmly in command.
The RedHawks managed to tally just once over the last 24 minutes and, as a result, got tagged with a 49-27 setback in the East Suburban Catholic Conference encounter at Memorial Stadium.
“I’ve got to give Joliet Catholic credit — they did play well on both sides of the ball,” Dunne said. “Our guys’ effort was great, but we have faced some great teams and great players [this season], and we have to develop some [defensive] consistency. We’ve got to carry it to where we’re consistently putting [opponents] in [difficult] third-down and fourth-down situations.”
Marist’s defense had its moments, particularly early on. And the RedHawks’ offense gave it a lead to protect right away, as Flynn Nagel (29-yard pass from Jack Donegan) and Peter Andreotti (6-yard run) scored on consecutive series.