The big football players showed up big for Providence Catholic (2-1) in the second half Friday night.
Junior quarterback Lucas Proudfoot had a pair of touchdown runs.
Senior captain Brayden Garrigan had three receptions, including one for a touchdown in the first quarter and two more for big yardage when Proudfoot really needed him.
The exploits of that duo, and a bit of good fortune, enabled the Celtics to turn back Fenwick, 21-20, on Matt Sneffner Field.
Three times Providence scored touchdowns and each time Fenwick (2-1) answered within two series.
Then came the luck. Fenwick pulled within a point on Kaden Cobb’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Elin Pugh with 9:26 remaining, but kicker Iain Ramage slipped on the FieldTurf when planting for the extra point, and the ball scuttled into the line.
Providence was able to hold Fenwick at bay on the Friars’ final two series, first with Garrigan’s critical pick of Cobb, then on the final series when the Friars were forced to attempt a 56-yard field goal on fourth down. Iain Ramage planted perfectly this time, but the kick fell harmlessly short and to the left.
- Tim Cronin
Lockport 43, Bradley-Bourbonnais 7: Lockport had another commanding win, taking down Bradley-Bourbonnais.
The Boilermakers’ lone score, which came after the starters were already off the field, is the first the Porters have surrendered after two shutouts to kick off the season. Ty Schultz scored a pair of touchdowns in the rout, while Andrew LoPresti, Ryan Little, Hayden Timosciek and Jojo Zaragoza scored one apiece.
Minooka 49, Romeoville 6: The Indians went vertical to improve to 2-1.
Malik Armstrong had six catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns. Gavin Dooley completed 10 of 14 passes for 230 yards and three scores.
Lemont 37, Shepard 13: At Palos Heights, Lemont (3-0) secured a win over the Astros on the road.
Morris 56, Woodstock North 12: At Woodstock, Morris improved to 3-0 with a one-sided victory over the Thunder.
Homewood-Flossmoor 44, Lincoln-Way Central 2: At Homewood, a safety was all the scoring the Knights could muster in a blowout loss to the Vikings. Central fell to 1-2.
Lincoln-Way East 42, Stagg 0: The Griffins rebounded nicely from their first regular season loss since 2016 by rolling over the Chargers.
The Griffins (2-1) had a 42-0 lead at halftime and cruised to the finish.
Joliet Catholic 48, De La Salle 14: At Joliet, the Hilltoppers extended their season-opening winning streak to three games.
Aidan Voss had two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns for JCA.
West Aurora 28, Plainfield Central 21: The Wildcats (2-1) fell short in a SouthWest Prairie Conference crossover game.
Yorkville 28, Plainfield South 12: Brian Stanton ran for 205 yards, but the Cougars (1-2) couldn’t overcome five turnovers.
Oswego East 42, Plainfield East 18: The Bengals dug an early hole they couldn’t climb out of.
Plainfield East (1-2) got a pair of second half touchdown passes from freshman quarterback Brandon Parades.
Peotone 35, Manteno 21: At Peotone, the Blue Devils improved to 3-0 with an Illinois Central Eight Conference win over the Panthers.
Derek Knauer rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns to pace Peotone’s ground attack.
Reed-Custer 42, Lisle 14: At Braidwood, the Comets had a comfortable win over the Lions.
They are 3-0 for the first time since 1986.
Salt Fork 49, Seneca 28: At Seneca, the Irish (0-3) were unable to hang on to an early lead in the loss.
Seneca’s Collin Wright rushed for 174 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 20 carries.
Minooka blanked Brother Rice, 3-0, in Chicago on Saturday to secure a PepsiCo Showdown victory.
Tyler Colwell, Mateo Reyes and Carson Messina each scored a goal in the win. Cade Ooms and Ethan Kimbarovsky shared another shutout at keeper. Minooka is 5-2-1.
Lincoln-Way Central 3, Juarez 2: At Joliet, the Knights picked up a PepsiCo Showdown victory to improve to 5-1.
Dale Hauser, Brandon Jones and Nico Espinosa scored one goal each in the win, and Ryan Marszalak made seven saves at keeper.
Lincoln-Way West 6, Waubonsie Valley 3: At Plainfield, L-W West beat Waubonsie Valley to kick off pool play at the Plainfield North Classic.
Elgin Tournament: Gardner-South Wilmington went 2-1-1 on the day to secure a second-place finish.
The Panthers started the day with a 25-9, 25-11 win over Harvard, tied Rockford their second match, 25-22, 5-25, and then defeated Willows Academy, 27-25, 25-20, to earn a spot in the championship match.
The title match was a rematch with Rockford, which saw G-SW fall, 25-13, 25-20. The Panthers are 6-5-1.
American Proud Invitational: At The Creek, Reed-Custer took seventh place with a team score of 419. Seneca was the overall victor, shooting a 338.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
First to the Finish Invitational: At Peoria, Lincoln-Way Central finished 18th out of 41 teams at Detweiller Park.
Caden Simone had a fifth place individual finish and in 15:01. Connor LeBeau also cracked the top 100, taking 81st place at 16:23.