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September 22, 2013
How Illini recruits fared
Orange and Blue News has the low-down how some of the Illinois commits fared this weekend.
Matt Domer, running back, Chicago Mt. Carmel
The No. 1 ranked Mt Carmel Caravan got a scare Friday night, narrowly escaping Brother Rice on Friday Gately Stadium. Illini commit Matt Domer said the Caravan came into the game over-confident.
"First off, we came out really, really slow," Domer said. "We underestimated them a lot. We weren't prepared and focused going into the game. They definitely gave us their best shot. We were able to bounce back and come through in the end."
Domer had his best game of the season, rushing for 110 yards on 14 carries and finding the end zone three times. He gave Mt Carmel a 28-10 lead in the third quarter with his third TD of the game.
"On the offensive side of the ball we had to step up and make plays because it was a close game," Domer said. "I had the opportunity to do that and help the team. We have a balanced offense. It's a we-thing out here not a me-thing, so I never want to my teammates to think I want to do everything by myself."
The Caravan now hit a tough stretch in their schedule in the Chicago Catholic league with games against St. Rita (4-0) and Loyola Academy (4-0).
"People have gotten too caught up in the newspapers and things about us being No. 1," Domer said. "Teams aren't going to lay down for us. Going up against St. Rita and Loyola the next two weeks we really have to focus on coming out with a great effort."
Other Illini commits
Chayce Crouch, quarterback, Newark (Ohio) Catholic
Newark Catholic 40, Lakewood 3
Crouch was 14-22 for 193 yards and 2 touchdowns in three quarters of play. He also ran for another score, as the Green Wave improved to 3-1.
Crouch: "Our team brought a lot of energy last night. We opened up the (conference season) the way we wanted to, with a win, and we executed what our coaches asked of us. We have a huge game next Friday against Watkins Memorial and we are very excited for that."
Malik Turner, wide receiver, Springfield (Ill.) Sacred-Heart Griffin
Sacred-Heart Griffin 66, Taylorville 12
Turner grabbed 2 of QB Gabe Green's 6 touchdown passes, as SHG stormed past the Tornadoes. Turner finished with five catches and 137 yards, including a 68-yard TD reception. Next up - a trip to Jacksonville and Illinois recruiting target Gabe Megginson this Friday night.
Geronimo Allison, wide receiver, Iowa Western C.C.
Iowa Western 33, College of Dupage 0
The IWCC Reivers (5-0) recorded their 3rd consecutive shutout. Allison had 5 catches for 60 yards, including a 25 yard TD reception from quarterback Connor Bravard. Next week is a battle of unbeatens when No. 2 IWCC travels to No. 7 Georgia Military (4-0).
Julian Hylton, athlete, Frankfort (Ill.) Lincoln-Way North
Lincoln-Way North 41, Thornridge 14
Hylton had 17 carries for 106 yards and 3 TD's to propel Lincoln-Way North. The Phoenix improve to 4-0 on the season. Hylton has rushed for 889 yards (placing him 26th in the nation) and 13 touchdowns. He is averaging 224.5 yards rushing per game.
Mike Dudek, wide receiver, Naperville (Ill.) Neuqua Valley
Neuqua Valley 54, ST. Charles (Ill.) East 28
Dudek started the game with an 86 yard kickoff return to the Saint's 3 yard line, and never looked back. He finished the game with 340 all-purpose yards, including another long kickoff return that went 94 yards for a touchdown. Dudek had 5 catches on the night for 153 yards and 4 TD's.
Dudek on scoring 5 TD's: "Coaches are doing a good job of getting me the ball in space. Whenever I get the ball my goal is always to score a touchdown and (Friday) night I almost did so."
Tito Odenigbo, defensive end, Centerville (Ohio)
Centerville 42, Lebanon 14
Odenigbo had 3 tackles, as Centerville improved to 4-0 on the season. The Elks have outscored their opponents 185-81. MaxPreps ranks Centerville No. 140 in the nation.