Simeon quarterback Christian Plummer ended his high school playing career on a high note in a 35-20 loss to St. Rita in the Prep Bowl on Friday.
Plummer threw for 225 yards and three touchdowns and was named the Wolverines’ most valuable player. While Plummer hopes for a chance to play college football, he will turn over the reins to a group of talented juniors who performed well against the Mustangs.
Junior wide receiver and defensive back Matthew Fleming caught three passes for 139 yards, including an 80-yard scoring pass from Plummer. Fleming also had seven tackles and an interception.
All-Public League linebacker Maurice Burton was another junior who played well, recording a game-high 14 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Junior running back Jordan Jackson scored on a 19-yard reception.
“We really wanted to send our seniors out with a victory and being back-to-back Prep Bowl champions,” Fleming said. “It is great to be able to play in Soldier Field, but this is not the way we wanted the season to end. We know we have the ability to beat anybody. Next year we hope that we can get it done.”
“St. Rita is a very good team, but I feel that we beat ourselves,” Burton said. “I am going to work hard and do whatever I can so I can be an even greater force next year. I will be one of the leaders, and I want to lead by example and be more vocal.”
Simeon coach Dante Culbreath said he is fortunate to have a strong nucleus returning.
“When you have players returning with this much experience and with some of the leaders that we have, you can see why our standards are high,” he said.