Joliet Catholic (6-1, 4-1) scored 42 seconds into the game on a 17-yard pass from Cade Earl to Jordan Jones. Less than four minutes later, Earl hooked up with Zach Rezin on a 67-yard pass, setting up a three-yard scoring run by Mike Ivlow for a 14-0 lead en route to a 30-14 East Suburban Catholic win.
Carmel (1-6, 1-4) was within a touchdown late in the second quarter, but a safety was followed by an Earl to Jones 21-yard deep fade in the end zone to push the Hilltoppers’ lead to 23-7 at halftime.
Earl was 6-of-9 for 194 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Ivlow had 24 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
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Joliet Catholic’s Zach Rezin had 108 yards receiving and Jones had 86 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively for the Hilltoppers, linebacker Anthony McInerney had three tackles for a loss, including a sack. Carmel’s Joy Hoy carried the ball 14 times for 90 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown.
“All week we were working on throwing the ball to the flat. I don’t think they expected us to pass the ball at the beginning.” — Earl