Breaking It Down: It was going to be difficult for this game to match the twist and turns that last year’s 34-31 Brother Rice overtime win at Marist, but the RedHawks enjoyed domination for the first three quarters, grabbing a 42-7 lead with 1:37 left in the third and held on to win 49-35 on Friday night.
The RedHawks’ first three touchdowns came on special teams (Jimmy Smith’s blocked punt recovery in the end zone), offense (Peter Andreotti’s 5-yard run) and defense (linebacker Mike Layer’s fumble recovery). It was Marist’s first win over brother Rice since 2001 (the two teams did not play from 2003-05 and 2008-10).
There were 94 passes thrown, including 52 in the first half.
Patch’s MVP: Peter Andreotti, Marist. Although the passing game is Marist’s strength, the junior running back ran for 199 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. His 71-yard bolt in the third quarter nearly gave him a third TD, but he was stopped at the Brother Rice 4. He added two catches for 23 yards.
Marist Stat Pack: Quarterback Ian Woodworth threw for 194 yards and two TDS. Peter Andreotti’s 199-yard effort included 126 yards in the third quarter. Heralded receiver Nic Weishar had six catches for 90 yards.
Brother Rice Stat Pack: Quarterback Matt Page was 29-of-60 for 416 yards and four TDs but most of his damage came after his team trailed 42-7. He threw for 187 yards in the fourth quarter. Receiver Chris Rozell caught nine passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns and Luke Mueller added nine catches for 111 yards.
Quotable I: “I’ll make the most of what I get. I love the passing game and I get to go out for passes. But my success today starts with everybody—the receivers blocking, the offensive line, the QB. The team is awesome. This was a great win and if feels good to be 2-0.” —Marist running back Peter Andreiotti.
Quotable II: “This is something we practiced all week on special teams. It’s great to see it work in a game.” – Marist’s Jimmy Smith, whose fumble recovery off a blocked punt helped tie the score at 7-7.
Team Records: Marist is 2-0, while Brother Rice fell to 1-1.
What’s Next: Marist enters East Suburban Catholic Conference action at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 when it visits Nazareth Academy. Brother Rice visits Bishop McNamara at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in a non-conference game.
Scores of Interest: Joliet Catholic Academy 34 Robeson 26; Lincoln-Way East 20, Montini 14. For more scores, go to IHSA ScoreZone.