There’s little doubt Benet rebounded successfully from its first loss of the season by shutting out Rich Central last week and putting up 41 points in the process.
But the number currently on Benet’s minds is 10 — the number of consecutive losses it has suffered within the East Suburban Catholic Conference.
Perhaps still smarting from its loss at St. Patrick in Week 3, Benet’s attention continues to be trained upon claiming its first win inside the conference since Week 8 of the 2010 season.
“We sure do. That’s kind of been a monkey on our back for a while here,” Benet coach Pat New said of his team’s desire to snap that losing streak within the ESCC.
Friday night at Benedictine University in Lisle, Marian Catholic stands in the way as the Redwings are hoping to snap that ugly streak in the Naperville Sun Season Pass Game of the Week on HighSchoolCube.com.
Their defense should give them ample opportunity to do so after coming off its second shutout of the season after limiting Rich Central’s offense to around 100 total yards and forcing three turnovers.
“We’ve got a tough defense and I’ve got a tremendous amount of confidence in that group,” New said.
Redwings’ junior running back Porter Ontko ran nine times for 84 yards and scored three first-half touchdowns, while another junior, Nick McTarnaghan, tallied 138 yards and a 50-yard TD run as the Redwings’ offense busted out to score 28 points in the second quarter to go into halftime up 35-0.
While Benet has successfully put its 1-8 campaign in 2011 in the rearview mirror by winning three of its first four games behind a defense that has posted two shutouts and an offense averaging 38.5 points a game, Marian Catholic has been living on the opposite end of that spectrum.
Dropping four straight games to begin the season, Marian Catholic (0-4, 0-2 East Suburban Catholic) has only scored a combined 33 points in those four games.
The Spartans have managed to put up 19 points combined in their first two ESCC games, which included its season-high of 10 points in their 34-10 loss at Carmel in Week 3.
“Again, kind of what I said last week (about Rich Central). I think the strength of their team is their defense,” New said. “You know, they’re an ESCC team and all ESCC teams are really physical and come out and hit you, so we gotta make sure we play good, solid mistake-free football offensively. That’s kind of the big deal. Reduce penalties, eliminate turnovers and just control the ball and put the ball in the hands of our playmakers. We should be in good shape.”
Marian Catholic earned a 27-7 victory over Benet in 2011 and has won its last four meetings with Benet. Benet’s last win in the series came on Sept. 23, 2005 by virtue of a 29-20 road victory.