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Keith Carter, Proviso East Too Much For Batavia

Proviso East guard Keith Carter drives to the hoop. Photo from the Chicago Sun-Times.

Proviso East 90 Batavia 44

Proviso East showed why they’re worthy of their No. 2 ranking with a wire-to-wire domination of Batavia Saturday night in Maywood.

The Pirates’ relentless, full-court pressure was too much for the Bulldogs. Batavia (4-9) turned the ball over 33 times as Proviso East (13-0) cruised to a 90-44 victory.

“We always hang our hats here at Proviso East on defense,” said Proviso East coach Donnie Boyce. “I think Keith Carter really sets the tone for us. Keith is a four-year varsity player, and I thought he did a good job tonight of really balancing our scoring and playing great defense.”

Carter led the Pirates with 24 points. Guards Paris Lee and Paris Burns both had 10 points, while guard Michael Nicholas added 15 off the bench.

“I thought in the first half we really set the tone with our guard play. Keith Carter, Paris Burns and Paris Lee, they really are the ones that get us going,” said Boyce. “We created our offense off our defense.”

Batavia had a 2-0 lead before the game even tipped off. Proviso’s Sterling Brown was called for a technical foul after he dunked during warm-ups, and Batavia’s Cole Gardner was awarded and made two free throws.

Gardner also made the game’s first basket, and the Bulldogs grabbed an early 4-0 lead. However, Proviso East responded quickly with a 28-1 run to take control of the game.

Proviso East expanded their lead with a 23-0 run to end the second quarter and headed into halftime with a 60-15 lead.

The Bulldogs had more turnovers in the first half (18) than points scored.

Cole Gardner led Batavia with 15 points.

Proviso East had ten players register points. Center Trashaun Carrol had 10 points off the bench, and Brown had 9 points.

I wrote this story for the Chicago Sun-Times and yourseason.com

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Addison Trail Pitches Another Shut Out In 35-0 Win Over Proviso East

Addison Trail 35 Proviso East 0

Addison Trail forced five turnovers and shut out their opponent for the fourth time this season in a 35-0 victory over Proviso East Saturday afternoon in Maywood.

The stingy Blazers defense has only allowed 13 points through six games this season.

“It starts from the coaching. Coach Tate has always got us in sync, working together,” said defensive back Vince Beltrano, who had two interceptions on Saturday. “He’s always got a great game plan every week, a huge scouting report, and we just follow what he tells us to do.”

Addison Trail (6-0, 4-0) head coach Paul Parpet gave the credit to his talented players.

“We’ve got some athletes out there that play hard, and we can get to the football in a hurry,” Parpet said. “And we’ve got a lot of experience out there. That helps.  We’ve got to have the players.”

The Addison Trail offense took advantage of the strong performance of the defense by scoring 28 points off the five turnovers.

Lineman Dylan Domek’s forced fumble on Proviso East’s (1-5, 1-2) first possession led to a two-yard touchdown run by the Blazers’ Anthony Catanese.

Proviso East’s defense kept the Pirates in the game by holding the Blazers offense in check the rest of the first half. Addison Trail only led 7-0 at halftime.

Beltrano and linebacker Kevin Kent intercepted passes on the first two Proviso East drives of the second half, and both times the interceptions led to Addison Trail touchdowns.

Catanese and Anthony Messina cashed in with touchdowns of two and one yards as the Blazers built a 21-0 lead by the end of the third quarter.

Catanese ran 43 yards for his third touchdown of the game to put the Blazers up 28-0 with six minutes left in the fourth quarter. Catanese finished the game with 12 carries for 77 yards and three touchdowns.

Beltrano’s second interception of the game led to an 18-yard touchdown run by Messina that put the Blazers up 35-0 late in the fourth quarter. Messina ran the ball 11 times for 96 yards and two touchdowns.

While the Blazers defense has been shutting down opponents all year, they had been doing it without forcing many turnovers until Saturday afternoon.

“Turnovers haven’t come easy for our defense. We’ve been shutting down the run, shutting down the pass, but we haven’t gotten turnovers,” said Beltrano. “This week we actually emphasized on getting the ball for our offense, and today we executed.”

Addison Trail, off to the best start in school history, will face a tough test next Friday when they play fellow undefeated Glenbard West at home.



[8:31] Anthony Catanese 2 yard run (PAT good) – 7-0 AT


[4:08] Anthony Messina 3 yard run (PAT good) – 14-0 AT

[0:12] Anthony Catanese 1 yard run (PAT good) – 21-0 AT


[6:06] Anthony Catanese 43 yard run (PAT good) – 28-0 AT

[3:48] Anthony Messina 18 yard run (PAT good) – 35-0 AT

I wrote this story for the Chicago Sun-Times. It also appears on yourseason.com

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Week Six Preview #2: Addison Trail at Proviso East

Addison Trail (5-0, 3-0) at Proviso East (1-4, 1-1) 1:30 on Saturday in Maywood, IL

Addison Trail Wide Receiver Anthony Catanese


Addison Trail –

Week One: 42-0 win vs West Chicago

Week Two: 25-6 win at Proviso West

Week Three: 14-7 win vs Leyden

Week Four: 21-0 win at Hinsdale South

Week Five: 35-0 win vs Morton

Proviso East –

Week One: 54-13 loss vs St. Patrick

Week Two: 36-20 loss at OPRF

Week Three: 28-26 loss vs Hinsdale South

Week Four: 41-7 loss vs Proviso West

Week Five: 48-6 win vs Willowbrook

The Addison Trail defense has been incredibly stingy this season, giving up a total of 13 points through five games. Yes, that’s right, the Blazers have given up 13 points through five games, for an average of 2.6 points per game. The defense is led by two stud inside linebackers, Kevin Kent and Mike Imperiale.

The Blazers collected six sacks in their 35-0 win over Morton last week, including two each from Kent and lineman Dylan Domek. AT surrendered 110 total yards to Morton, with 10 yards coming on the ground. AT gave up 89 total yards against Hinsdale South in week four, and 69 total yards against Leyden in week three.

On offense, the Blazers rely on two play-makers, RB Anthony Messina (138 yards, 2 TDs last week) and WR Anthony Catanese (156 yards, 2 TDs receiving, 35 yards, 1 TD rushing last week).

At 5-0, AT is off to their best start in school history. With a Kent, Imperiale and the rest of their stonewall defense, the Blazers could be on their way to a special season.

Proviso East is coming off their first week of the season, and it was a decisive victory. The Pirates defeated Willowbrook 48-6 in Villa Park last week.

QB Malcolm Hilliard is talented and he has some good pieces around him in RB Ryan Jones and WRs Langdon Johnson and Taeveon Johnson. Obviously, Hilliard and the Pirates offense is about to go up against an incredibly tough defense. A repeat of their offensive performance from last week is highly unlikely.

Going against the steel curtain that is the Addison Trail defense, Proviso can not afford to dig themselves a hole on defense. The Pirates defense must come to play if Proviso has any chance of hanging with the Blazers on Saturday.

PREDICTION: Addison Trail 28 Proviso East 0

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OPRF outlasts heat and Proviso East, wins 36-20 over Pirates

Oak Park-River Forest 36 Proviso East 20

Oak Park-River Forest relied on a strong running game as the Huskies outlasted Proviso East and the heat Friday night, defeating the Pirates 36-20 in Oak Park.

Running back Jakari Cammon ran the ball eight times for 49 yards on the Huskies’ (1-1) opening drive, setting the tone for the game. Cammon ended the drive with a six-yard run into the endzone, putting OPRF up 7-0.

Cammon’s 13-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter sealed victory for the Huskies, putting them ahead 36-20 with just 2:23 left in the game.

Cammon finished the game with 26 carries for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Despite his success Friday night, Cammon still sees room for improvement in his game.

“I think I played well, but I had a few cuts I missed, I should have took advantage of. It’s just all about watching film and understanding the other team’s defense,” said Cammon.

Quarterback John Phelan threw touchdown passes to wide receivers Simmie Cobbs and Ryan Nelson and ran for another score. Phelan finished 7 of 12 for 102 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also had 16 carries for 73 yards and one touchdown.

OPRF Head Coach John Hoerster thought his quarterback’s play improved from the Huskies’ opening game.

“I think John’s reads were better in terms of giving the ball to Jakari when he needed to give the ball to Jakari, pull it when he needed to pull it,” said Hoerster. “He threw a couple nice passes which gave the receivers the opportunity to make plays. We’ve been telling him that we have some really talented guys outside that if we can just let them make plays, we’re going to be in good shape.”

Things started off well for the Proviso East (0-2) offense. Running Back Ryan Jones ran for a 49-yard touchdown on the Pirates first snap of the game.

Pirates Quarterback Malcolm Hilliard connected with wide receiver Langdon Johnson for a 34-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, and added a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth.

Cammon believes the Huskies need to fine-tune their play before they begin West Suburban Silver Conference play next Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Downers Grove North,

“We’ve got to learn from our mistakes. To be a great team, we need to stop the penalties, and just finish drives,” said Cammon. “There were plenty of drives where we got to the 15, 10, got a penalty that called us back, and made the defense come out. We’ve got to finish those drive to become a great team.”

Proviso East opens up West Suburban Gold conference play in Maywood next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against Hinsdale South.

I wrote this story for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Pioneer Press. It appears online here.

Scoring Plays:


[6:05] OPRF Jakari Cammon 6 yard run (PAT good) —  7-0 OPRF

[5:50] PE Ryan Jones 49 yard run (PAT good) — 7-7

[3:05] OPRF Simmie Cobbs 13 yard pass from John Phelan (PAT good) — 14-7 OPRF


[10:31] OPRF Ryan Nelson 21 yard pass from John Phelan (PAT good) — 21-7 OPRF

[7:00] PE Langdon Johnson 34 yard pass from Malcolm Hilliard (PAT good) — 21-14 OPRF

[2:37] OPRF Proviso East kneels in the end zone for a Safety — 23-14 OPRF


[5:13] OPRF John Phelan 3 yard run (PAT no good) — 29-14 OPRF

[4:24] PE Malcolm Hilliard 1 yard run (PAT blocked) — 29-20 OPRF


[2:23] OPRF Jakari Cammon 13 yard run (PAT good) — 36-20 OPRF

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