Football Focus 2014

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  • Bulls’ early forecast looks sunny and bright Oct 26, 2014 8:00 AM
    Bulls preseason ended with a thud on Friday. But looking beyond the blown 13-point lead against Minnesota, preseason offered plenty of positive signs and correctable mistakes. The regular season begins Wednesday at New York.

  • Football: Class 1A playoff pairings Oct 25, 2014 8:21 PM
    Here are the pairings for the first round of the Class 1A football playoffs. Game days and times will be released by the IHSA Monday afternoon.

  • Football: Class 2A playoff pairings Oct 25, 2014 8:22 PM
    Here are the pairings for the first round of the Class 2A football playoffs. Game days and times will be released by the IHSA Monday afternoon.

  • Heaton heads Benet past Geneva Oct 25, 2014 8:27 PM
    Andrew Heaton is excited to be playing in the attacking portion of the soccer field after spending the majority of the season in the left back. His Benet Academy teammates are equally as happy. Heaton, a senior midfielder, notched the game-winning goal on a header off a set-piece feed from Connor Mote with 9:53 remaining to lift the third-seeded Redwings (15-4-2) to a 2-1 Class 3A regional championship victory over 11th-seeded Geneva Saturday afternoon at Burgess Field.

  • Football: Class 4A playoff pairings Oct 25, 2014 8:42 PM
    Here are the pairings for the first round of the Class 4A football playoffs. Game days and times will be released by the IHSA Monday afternoon.

  • Huntley savors regional soccer championship Oct 25, 2014 8:42 PM
    A multitude of injuries. Tough losses and a rigorous schedule. The 2014 regular season was certainly one to forget for the Huntley boys soccer team. But with the beginning of the IHSA playoffs, all teams start the postseason 0-0. It is the new beginning Huntley certainly needed. The top-seeded Red Raiders, getting hot at the right time, knocked off third-seeded Rockford Jefferson 2-1 to claim the championship of the Class 3A Huntley regional Saturday afternoon.

  • Reilly’s early goal lifts Libertyville past Mundelein Oct 25, 2014 8:49 PM
    One goal captured Libertyville a regional championship. Kevin Reilly scored on a breakaway early in the match, as second-seeded Libertyville held off No. 7 Mundelein 1-0 in the teams’ Class 3A regional final at Libertyville on Saturday. “I really don’t think we played well at all,” Libertyville coach Andy Bitta said. “I don’t think we moved the ball well enough. We were just kicking it. We were very lucky. I thought our defense played very well, and they play well every game. But we have to score more.” The Wildcats (14-3) will next take on No. 3 Fremd in the Palatine sectional semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Mundelein finished 11-7-3.

  • Football: Class 3A playoff pairings Oct 25, 2014 8:30 PM
    Here are the pairings for the first round of the Class 3A football playoffs. Game days and times will be released by the IHSA Monday afternoon.

  • Streamwood gets its revenge, regional title Oct 25, 2014 7:59 PM
    Not long after the Streamwood boys soccer team was upset in last year’s regional semifinal as the top seed at Millennium Field, the mantra all along was nothing more than redemption. Seeing Larkin take home the regional hardware the Sabres believed was theirs was enough, but even when the critics stacked the deck against Streamwood this season, the team proved its doubters wrong by earning a top seed for the second straight year. And after Saturday’s 2-0 Class 3A Streamwood regional championship win over No. 3 Larkin, a two-time defending regional champ who had won 4 of its last 5 games, redemption is sweet.

  • Giants surge past Royals 11-4 to tie Series 2-all Oct 26, 2014 12:06 AM
    Down three runs and in danger of getting pushed to the World Series brink, Pablo Sandoval and the San Francisco Giants raised up some Panda-monium. Sandoval’s single set up the tying run in the fifth inning and the 2012 Series MVP followed with a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth that sent the Giants surging past the Kansas City Royals 11-4 Saturday night at pulsating AT&T Park.

  • Miles: To be fair, Cubs owe Renteria a quick answer Oct 25, 2014 8:06 PM
    While the Cubs presumably pursue Joe Maddon to be their manager, current field boss Rick Renteria has been left to twist in the wind. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles says, for the sake of Renteria, the Cubs should reach a swift conclusion to their managerial situation.

  • Abdullah leads No. 16 Nebraska over Rutgers 42-24 Oct 25, 2014 5:18 PM
    Ameer Abdullah says someday he’ll look back and revel in the kind of game he played against Rutgers. Not now, though, because he believes he has a lot more to accomplish this season. Abdullah nudged his way back into the Heisman Trophy conversation Saturday by running for 225 yards and three touchdowns and setting a school record with 341 all-purpose yards in the No. 16 Cornhuskers’ 42-24 victory. “Every time I step on the field, whether practice or games, I’m always creating memories here,” Abdullah said. “These are always things I’m going to remember, coming here and playing football for this great university.” Abdullah surpassed 200 yards rushing for a nation-leading fourth time this season and fifth time in his career. He broke Roy Helu Jr.’s record of 321 all-purpose yards with his 23-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Cornhuskers (7-1, 3-1) reached the halfway point of conference play tied with Minnesota for first in the West Division, but coach Bo Pelini was in no mood to celebrate. There were too many defensive breakdowns for his liking, particularly early and late, and too many penalties on offense. “We got the win and I’m happy about that. That’s all I’m happy about,” Pelini said. “I didn’t like the way we played. I thought we were sloppy, inconsistent and we didn’t play up to the standard we need to.” The Scarlet Knights (5-3, 1-3) lost quarterback Gary Nova on the second-to-last play of the first half. Nova held his right knee after Maliek Collins brought him down as he got rid of the ball. Chris Laviano played the rest of the game. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said it would take a couple of days to determine the extent of Nova’s injury. Rutgers lost 56-17 at Ohio State a week ago and has been outscored 98-41 in its past two games. “We’re disappointed that we’re 0-2 if you look at it from a two-game perspective,” Flood said. “I think we’ve come out of it a better football team. I think just from the experience of it, going on the road and playing some of the best teams in the country, we’re going to be a better football team.” Abdullah ran for 149 yards and two long touchdowns in the first half. He hit the right corner hard, put a move on safety Lorenzo Waters and continued on for a 53-yard TD. On the next series, Abdullah went left for 48 yards to put the Huskers in front 21-7. Abdullah broke a 49-yard run on the first play of the second half to start a series that ended with Tommy Armstrong Jr.’s short TD pass to Sam Cotton. After Kyle Federico’s 41-yard field goal for Rutgers, Abdullah ran back the kickoff 76 yards to set up a short scoring drive. “Once he gets through the first level he does a good job of bursting,” Rutgers defensive lineman David Milewski said. “If you’re able to slow him down before he gets to that, then you can do a good job of holding him up. If he finds a gap, he puts his foot in the ground and gets upfield faster than a lot of backs.” Abdullah moved from fourth to second on the Big Ten’s career all-purpose yards list. His 6,604 yards are 825 behind the 7,429 by Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne. Abdullah, who came in as the nation’s third-leading rusher at 146.2 yards a game, averaged 11.8 yards on his 19 carries. He took a snap out of the wildcat formation and caught a couple passes for 26 yards. Kenny Bell made six catches for 63 yards and became Nebraska’s career leader in receptions with 167. The Knights generated 160 yards in the first quarter, with 71 coming on Leone Carroo’s catch-and-run for a touchdown. Desmon Peoples and Robert Martin had short touchdown runs for the Knights after the Huskers had broken the game open. Rutgers, which lost its eighth straight game against a Top 25 opponent, played the first half without wide receivers Janarion Grant and Andre Patton, who were suspended for violating team rules.

  • Blackhawks disagree with ‘interpretation’ of loss Oct 25, 2014 11:46 PM
    The Saturday Showdown in St. Louis will most likely be remembered for the Slo-Mo goal ... that finally was.

  • Blues snap losing streak, Blackhawks now have one Oct 25, 2014 10:59 PM
    ST. LOUIS — Jaden Schwartz, Ryan Reaves and Dmitrij Jaskin all scored, and the St. Louis Blues snapped a two-game losing streak with a 3-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. The Blues (3-3-1) had scored just once in losing back-to-back games to Anaheim and Vancouver. The Blackhawks (4-2-1) have dropped two straight in regulation, falling again after being beaten in Nashville on Thursday. The Blues committed two penalties within the first minute, and the Blackhawks took advantage with Patrick Sharp’s 5-on-3 power-play goal, assisted by Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa, just 1:02 into the game. The Blues tied it when Schwartz scored his team-high fifth goal of the season. Schwartz beat goalie Antti Raanta between the pads with 7:45 left in the first period. St. Louis scored twice in the final two minutes of the second period. Reaves netted his first of the season with 1:51 left in the period following a video review that showed he knocked in a rebound of Maxim Lapierre’s shot. Jaskin, recalled from Chicago of the AHL on Friday, then put in a rebound of a shot by Alex Pietrangelo with 6 seconds remaining for his second career goal. Kris Versteeg took a nice crossing pass from Sharp and beat Brian Elliott with a high wrister over the goalie’s stick-side shoulder to make it 3-2 at 2:37 of the third period. NOTES: Chicago G Corey Crawford missed his third consecutive game due to an upper-body injury. ... St. Louis forward Paul Stastny, placed on the injured list on Friday, missed his third straight game. ... Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock are the active leaders in victories. Quenneville has 710, and Hitchcock has 660. ... Both of Jaskin’s goals have come against the Blackhawks. ... The attendance of 19,434, was the second sellout for the Blues in four home games this season.

  • Illini defense delivers win over Gophers, 28-24 Oct 25, 2014 4:54 PM
    When Illini linebacker T.J. Neal ripped the ball out Minnesota running back David Cobb’s hands in the fourth quarter Saturday, cornerback V’Angelo Bentley knew his roommate had delivered something pretty rare for the Illini this season. A chance for the much-criticized defense to win a game. Bentley scooped up the ball and carried it into the end zone with 6:33 to play, giving Illinois a 28-24 lead they’d hold. “I pretty much knew right away — it pretty much bounced right to me,” Bentley said.

  • Wisconsin defense throttles Maryland in 52-7 rout Oct 25, 2014 5:10 PM
    Six-foot-3 nose guard Warren Herring stood tall at the line of scrimmage. Linebacker Marcus Trotter could not stop smiling after the game. Whole again with their two senior starters back from injuries, Wisconsin’s defense put together a dominating performance on homecoming weekend at Camp Randall Stadium. Melvin Gordon rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries, and the Badgers’ restocked defense stifled mistake-prone Maryland for a 52-7 win on Saturday. “We haven’t been completely healthy the whole year, but I feel like everybody is coming back,” said outside linebacker Joe Schobert, who had five tackles, a sack and forced fumble. “We showed today what we could do today on defense at Wisconsin. We were being explosive and playing assignment-sound football.” With their running game rolling, the Badgers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) overpowered Maryland (5-3, 2-2) in every facet of the game. Gordon had his three scores in the first half, when Wisconsin raced out to a 24-0 halftime lead on a picture-perfect fall afternoon. Joel Stave threw for two scores in the second half. Wisconsin also checked off another item on its to-do list after limiting Maryland’s special teams returners Stefon Diggs and William Likely. The Big Ten rookie Terrapins accomplished little in their first visit to Camp Randall Stadium. “We got outcoached. We got outplayed today, and didn’t do a real good job — and that’s on me as a head coach,” Maryland’s Randy Edsall said. His team only avoided a shutout on Diggs’ 21-yard touchdown catch from dual-threat quarterback C.J. Brown with 57 seconds left in the game. Otherwise, Wisconsin brought Maryland’s five-game road winning streak to an emphatic end. The Terps were held to 175 yards of total offense, 227 below their season average. Most of the yardage came late in the blowout loss. “That defense was swarming to the ball, they tackled well,” Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said. Fresh off a bye, the Badgers even dusted off a couple trick plays, including punter Drew Meyer’s floating pass to open tight end Troy Fumagalli over the middle for a 17-yard gain on fourth-and-9 from the Maryland 36. It set up a 36-yard field goal by Rafael Gaglianone to give Wisconsin a 10-0 lead at 3:46 of the first quarter. “Everyone — defense, offense, special teams — did their roles,” a proud Trotter said. Maryland fumbled the ball away on the next drive after a handoff bounced off running back Brandon Ross’ chest. Linebacker Vince Biegel pounced on the ball, and Gordon barreled in from a yard out six plays later for a 17-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter. The next drive exemplified the Terps’ trying day. Brown hit Deon Long on first down for a 22-yard gain to the Wisconsin 49 before two straight penalties pushed the Terps back 10 yards. Trotter tackled Ross from behind for a 3-yard loss. Fellow inside linebacker Derek Landisch easily snuffed out a short pass to Ross for a 4-yard loss. Under yet more pressure on third-and-27, Brown tossed a long incompletion. The sure-tackling Badgers consistently contained Maryland’s skill players and diagnosed read-option plays. Maryland had just 3 yards in total rushing at the half and finished with 46 on the day. Trotter said the defense benefited from having extra time to prepare for the run. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda also limited the play calls. “It was really simple this week, just so we could fly around and make plays,” Trotter said. He finished with six tackles and a sack. Keep this up and the Badgers will be a force down the stretch in the Big Ten West Division with Gordon spearheading the offense. A sputtering passing game also found success with its two-quarterback system. Stave finished 9 of 15 for 155 yards in his second straight start. Tanner McEvoy provided a change of pace with his ability to scramble. He led Wisconsin on two touchdown drives, including an entertaining 60-yard run for a touchdown with 13:42 left in the fourth quarter for a 45-0 lead. For Maryland, Brown finished 13 of 29 for 129 yards passing, with 14 yards rushing on 13 carries. Ross had 6 yards on seven carries, and Maryland was just 3 of 15 on third-down plays. “From the offensive side of the ball and the penalties that we had, you can’t start first and second down being backed up,” Brown said. “We kept shooting ourselves in the foot, especially in the beginning.”

  • Capturing the drama of Friday night football Oct 25, 2014 2:43 PM
    Daily Herald staff photographer Laura Stoecker captured the color of Friday night football so dramatically with this photo that editors wanted to share it with all of you.

  • No. 13 Ohio State beats Penn State 31-24 in 2OT Oct 26, 2014 12:13 AM
    Quarterback J.T. Barrett scored twice in overtime to help No. 13 Ohio State escape with a 31-24 double-overtime victory over Penn State on Saturday night.

  • Live video: St. Francis vs. Fenwick Oct 25, 2014 9:37 AM
    St. Francis vs. Fenwick football

  • Live video: St. Viator vs. Nazareth Oct 25, 2014 9:37 AM
    St. Viator vs. Nazareth football

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