Let Conference Play Begin: Marmion at Montini Preview

Marmion (1-1) at Montini (1-1), Friday Sept. 9 7:30 pm, Lombard, IL

Photo from Donnell Collins~For Sun-Times Media

MARMION:

Game 1: 36-7 loss at Batavia

The Cadets season got off to a rough start with a 36-7 beating at Batavia on Aug. 26. Marmion had an awful first half, turning the ball over six times on their way to a 30-0 halftime deficit. The Cadets had an incredibly difficult time throwing the ball. They had four different players attempt a pass, and combined their pass-throwers completed as many passes to fellow Cadets as they did to the defense (four). Marmion’s lone score came on a 77-yard run by running back Garret Becker after the game had already been decided.

Game 2: 6-0 win versus Fenwick

The Cadets recovered from their week one beating with a 6-0 win in a defensive grinder with Fenwick. Once again, the Marmion offense struggled, scoring only one touchdown. However, the 6-yard run by running back Kyle Kozak was all the Cadets needed. The Cadet defense came out strong to start the game, allowing Fenwick to gain only two total yards and no first downs in the first half. Marmion held the ball for 19 of the game’s first 24 minutes. The Cadets held on in the second half, stopping a couple of long Fenwick drives before the Friars could reach the end zone. Marmion ran 47 plays to Fenwick’s 31, and out-gained the Friars 165 yards to 59 yards.

Photo from Tracy Allen~for Sun-Times Media

MONTINI:

Game 1: 26-21 win versus Palatine

Montini, the two time defending Class 5A champions, did more than hold their own against Class 8A, defeating the Pirates 26-21 in Lombard on Aug. 26. Running back Dimitri Jones ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, stealing some of the spotlight from usual Bronco star wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp. The Nebraska-bound Westerkamp did have a solid game, catching 5 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Mark Gorogianis, filling in for the injured John Rhode (fractured right thumb, expected to miss three more weeks) was 13-for-24 for 134 yards, one touchdown and 3 interceptions.

Game 2: 41-24 loss at Loyola

Westerkamp had an outstanding performance, but it wasn’t enough to beat Malcolm Weaver and Loyola, as the Broncos lost 41-24 to the Ramblers. The 6-1, 200 lb. Westerkamp was double covered on nearly every play but still collected 7 catches for 135 yards and three touchdowns. However, the Broncos could not stop Ramblers quarterback Weaver, who was 21-for-29 for 246 yards and 5 touchdowns. Weaver also had 100 yards rushing and one touchdown on 15 carries.  Gorogianis improved his play, completing 16 of his 29 passes for 275 yards, three touchdowns, and perhaps most importantly, no interceptions.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR ON FRIDAY

Marmion has to do two things if they have any chance of knocking off Montini Friday night, and neither will be easy. First, the Cadets must improve their offense which has only produced six total points through two games. They were able to control the time of possession last week against Fenwick, which was a step in the right direction, but they only found the end zone once. Secondly, Marmion has to contain Jordan Westerkamp, which is much easier said than done. With their meager offense, the Cadets can’t afford Westerkamp to go off like he did last week against Loyola (7 recs, 135 yds, 3 TDs). The Cadets don’t have a playmaker like Loyola’s Malcolm Weaver to offset Westerkamp’s production. It will also be interesting to see the progression of Broncos quarterback Mark Gorogianis, now in his third week filling in for injured QB John Rhode. Gorogianis improved greatly from week one to week two, will his improvement continue in week three as the Broncos enter conference play?

PREDICTION

Montini 42 Marmion 7

 

 

 

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