Barrington keeps playoff hopes alive

Barrington is still alive.

The Broncos' hopes for a miracle ending took a strong turn Friday as Barrington upended Conant 14-6.

Barrington (3-5, 2-2) headed into its game Friday looking to align the stars in order to qualify for the state playoffs. The Broncos needed to win their final two games against Conant and Fremd. They then need the state playoff field to add at-large qualifiers with four wins to the 256-team field.

Step one was completed Friday when the Broncos' Ayden Salley recovered a Conant fumble with 49 seconds left to clinch the victory.

Dillon Fitzpatrick put the Broncos up 7-0 on a one-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.

Barrington took a 14-0 lead early in the third quarter. Payton Soske had a four-yard touchdown run. It was set up by a 50-yard kickoff return by Travis Soto to start the second half.

Conant (4-4, 0-4) tried a furious comeback as Dominic Mininni scored on a two-yard run with 7:17 to play. The Cougars then drove to the Barrington 28-yard line, but Barrington's Jon Fier stripped the ball and Salley fell on the loose ball.

Conant, which now has lost its last four games, can still qualify for the playoffs with a win over Schaumburg next Friday.

Deerfield 43, Maine East 6:

Maine East (1-7, 0-4) fell behind 43-0 at the half to Deerfield (5-3, 4-0).

Hoffman Estates 42, Fremd 25:

Hoffman Estates (6-2, 4-0) won its sixth straight as the Hawks set up their showdown with Palatine next week for the MSL West title. Aiden Cyr was 12-of-21 for 225 yards and three touchdowns while Nate Frank was 4-of-6 for 84 yards and touchdown. Anu Ajibula had 5 receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns, Stephon Sellers 5 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown while Oliver Wawrzyniak had two receptions, both of which went for touchdowns. Dimarte Neusstader had a rushing touchdown.

Fremd (1-7, 1-3) was led by Caiden Suchy who was 13-for 24 for 229 yards and two touchdowns. Brennan Saxe had 10 catches for 196 yards and two touchdowns. The teams combined for 20 penalties for 196 yards.

Marist 44, Carmel 30:

Carmel (5-3) made the long journey from Mundelein to the Southside of Chicago and came up short against the Redhawks (5-3) in a nonconference CCL/ESCC game. Johnny Weber threw a pair of touchdown passes to Jarren Black for 12 yards and Torey French for 23 yards. Weber also had an 11-yard touchdown run. Donovan Dey added a two-yard touchdown run for the Corsairs.

Maine South 28, Evanston 7:

Maine South (6-2, 4-0) pulled away from a 7-0 halftime lead to stay perfect in the Central Suburban South. The Hawks found the ground to their liking, scoring four rushing touchdowns.

Maine West 42, Niles North 0:

Maine West (4-4) had an easy time as the Warriors picked up their third shutout of the season. It also set up a winner-take-all game next Friday against Highland Park with the victor qualifying for the state playoffs. Isaac Pittman ran for a touchdown and also threw a two-yard shovel pass to Ben Cooper. Onell Miller-Smith had touchdown runs of two and eight yards. Szymon Grum returned a fumble 11 yards for a touchdown and Jonathan Douris had a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Mt. Carmel 60, St. Viator 0:

The Caravan (8-0), the top-rated team in Class 7A, rolled over St. Viator (4-4). The Lions were held to 74 yards of total offense. They will need a win next week against St. Patrick to qualify for the playoffs.

Stevenson 28, Waukegan 0:

Stevenson (5-3, 4-2) became playoff eligible by posting its third consecutive shutout. Stevenson got off to an incredible start thanks to the running of Michael Maloney. The senior scored on the Pats' first play from scrimmage on a 65-yard run. Maloney then came back on Stevenson's second play from scrimmage and had a 50-yard touchdown run. Daniel Castro added touchdown runs of 43 and 19 yards as Stevenson qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2018.

Vernon Hills 50, Highland Park 34:

Vernon Hills (2-6, 2-2) picked up its second consecutive victory. Nolan Lazor caught, threw and ran for a touchdown. Lazor caught a 14-yard pass from Erik Boehmer, Lazon ran 19 yards for a touchdown and then threw a 15-yard scoring pass to Boehmer. Ben Choi had touchdown runs of one and 21 yards, Anthony Martorano scored on a three-yard run while Shep Ratnow had an 11-yard touchdown run.

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