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2010 Will-Cook-Kankakee Championship
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- What a weekend.... This weekend had everything except snow in the
Will-Cook-Kankakee championship games... Saturday, Madea Nature showed
out... first, I-57 was backed up like a person eating cheese for two
months... then the wind picked up and it started raining sideways; then out
of no where, the sun came out... only in Chicago (Illinois), gotta love our
First and foremost, we would like to thank the fine folks down in Kankakee
for all of their hospitality, especially
that BIG spread Jess... that was absolutely perfect and dare I say, the bar
has been raised...
Any hoot, on to the games on Saturday...
In the very
first championship game, it was the number 1 Cardinals taken on the number 2
Jets (widgets). To get things started, the Jets controlled the ball the
entire first quarter, but was unable to make it into the endzone. They
turned the ball over to the Cardinals on the 5 yard line. The Cardinals only
needed two plays to score in which Tyian Miller dashed down the field for 95
yards for one of his three scores. Mr. Miller finished the contest
with over 165 yards rushing, 3 touchdowns and a game scoring touchdown right
Final score: 25-0.
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In the second game, the Jets scored
first on 24 yard sprint by Jahreal Williams. Bulldogs answered on a 61 yard
run Zakeece Burtis, but it was called back for holding. The game went to
halftime with the Jets having the lead 7-0. Eastside got on the board and
tied the game in the third quarter on a 22-yard run by Mr. Burtis (7-7).
Then the Jets responded on a 56 yard kickoff return by Greg Boyd Jr. (13-7).
In the fourth quarter, the Eastside got the game winning touchdown on a
score by Deyuan Pendleton with 2:34 left in the game (14-13). The Jets
received the ball and were moving down the field until they threw an
interception which sealed the game for the Bulldogs.
The third game was full of energy and
excitement. In the previous game, during week 6, the Jets controlled the
ball and the score knocking off the Cards 25-14. Chicago was determined to
make this game much different. The game got started with a turnover on the
opening kickoff recovered by Chicago. With this turnover, they were able o
get it in the endzone with a short run by Alfred "AJ" Lewis for the early
lead (6-0). Mr. Lewis wasn't done. He scored all three touchdowns for the
Cards - one from 80 yards and another from 31 yards. the Jets were unable to
capitalize on the mistakes by the Cards including several fumbles.
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In the final game on Saturday, it put
the hometown favorite Bulldogs against the South Holland Jets.
In the previous contest, the Jets handled the Bulldogs
20-6 (week 5). Will the championship game be different? Not by much but both
teams didn't want their season to end. The Jets got on the board first with
a 13 yard run by Anthony Ries in the first quarter (7-0). The Bulldogs
answered in the second quarter with a quarterback keeper (7-7). From here
both teams had issues securing the ball - both turning the ball over with
the Jets tossing two interceptions and the Bulldogs fumbling. This game
would not be decided in regulation - OVERTIME!
The Jets received the ball first at the 10 yard line. The Bulldogs were
called for off-sides, which moved the ball 5 yards. The Jets used the
shorter field to their advantage pounding the ball in for a score was Mr.
Ries again (14-7).
The Bulldogs received the ball on the 10 yard line and was flagged for too
many players on the field - moving the ball back 5 yards and to the 15. But
this field position didn't stop the 'dogs from scoring. They knocked the
ball in on their third play (14-13). Now it was time for the all important
extra point play. The Jets defense stood strong and were able to knock the
ball loose from the 'Dogs and recovered it.
Sunday, what a difference 24 hours made... Madea Nature smiled on
Will-Cook-Kankakee for the National conference championship games. It as
perfect football weather and it proved to be an exciting afternoon out at
Kankakee High School.
In the first game (widget), number 2 Country Club Hills took on number 1
Richton Park. This was a low scoring game, the opposite of week fives
matchup, where the Raiders won 21-0. The Raiders got the only touchdown
score on the afternoon with a short power run by Antonio Jones in the second
quarter (6-0). The Cougars stopped the Raiders several times from scoring in
the game, but the Raiders capitalized by preventing the Cougars from the
In the second game (Raiders vs
Patriots), the first half came and went with no one scoring. Both teams
battled back and forth for position but defense held strong. In the second
half, the Raiders got on the board first with a 47 yard sprint by Joseph
Peters (6-0). the Raiders scored again in the fourth making it 12-0. The
Patriots were going down without a fight, and took advantage of field
position and scored on a screen pass by Justin Hall with 3:02 left in the
fourth. Unfortunately, Markham was not able to score again in the game.
The Cougars came into this game
undefeated and out to proved that they belong. So, they took the opening
kickoff 81 yards to the house. Kevin White dashed through the Riverside
defenders making the score 6-0. The Cougars struck again to start the second
quarter making the score now 12-0. A few plays later they intercepted a pass
and return it for a score (20-0). To compound the situation, Country Club
Hills scored once more right before halftime on a short run. So, at the half
it was 26-0. The score remained this way until the fourth quarter when the
Cougars executed a 36 yard pass for another score (34-0). The Colts were
able to get on the board with a power run for 50 yards with 4:30 left, but
they were not able to score again.
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In the final game of the championship
weekend, it put number 3 Raiders up against the number 1 Colts. In the
previous matchup, it was a low-scoring contest with the Colts squeaking by
12-7 (week 4). Has anything changed since then?
Well, the Colts opened up their playbook with an opening double-reverse in
which Dyrrah Christon took the ball 45 yards fro the first score (6-0). The
Raiders answered less than one minute later with a wonderful run by Davonte
Drakes (6-6). Both teams at this point settled down and held each other
between the twenties on the field.
Colts did pound the ball in right before halftime on a run by Mr. Christon
Then in the second half the Colts turned it on with two additional
scores and zero for Richton Park. The first score came on a big run by Mr.
Christon who setup a 2 yard touchdown run by Joseph Jordan (20-6). The next
score came on an interception which was return for a score (28-6).
The Colts sealed the game with an interception. Final score:
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