Hurricanes to face undefeated Sterling Nov. 11 at home

The Marian Central Catholic High School football team advanced to the IHSA Class 5A Quarterfinals Nov. 4 with a 38-24 win over Glenbard South in Glen Ellyn.

The Hurricanes (7-4) scored on their first four offensive drives of the game to set the pace against Glenbard South (6-5). The Raiders matched the ’Canes with a field goal and touchdown on their first two drives, but the Hurricanes then took over the lead.

“We’ve got playmakers at different spots that the defense has to account for,” said head coach Mike Maloney. “So it’s really only a matter of time before we find the one or two that are giving the defense issues. Today we were able to find an edge in certain areas of our scheme, and they just didn’t have an answer for it.”

Marian’s offensive pressure started with a field goal by senior kicker Matt Darbro at 6:56 in the first quarter. The Hurricanes then held the Raiders for the rest of the first quarter. But with 10:39 left in the second quarter, the Raiders were able to secure a field goal from the Hurricanes; 28-yard line to tie the game 3-3.

Marian junior Bryce Radcliffe, left, and senior A.J. Golembiewski celebrate after a touchdown. | Independent Photo by Whitney Rupp

A holding call on the Hurricane’s pushed the offense back to its own 13-yard line. At first and 25, senior quarterback A.J. Golembiewski (8-12-159) completed a 58-yard reception to sophomore Patsy Ricciardi (3-99 receiving; 7-52 rushing). The play set the ’Canes up for junior Charlie Kramer (2-16 rushing) to run in his first of two touchdowns for the evening. Darbro’s kick was good to make the score 10-3 Hurricanes.

The Raiders responded quickly with a touchdown at 6:54. However, on Marian’s third drive, senior Cameron Interrante returned the kickoff to the Raider’s 44-yard line. After a quick toss to Ricciardi and a 5-yard carry by senior Gavin Scott (21-100 rushing), Golembiewski connected with junior Bryce Racliffe (3-46 receiving) for a 21-yard touchdown reception, making it 17-10 Marian.

A few minutes later, Scott ran in a 4-yard touchdown and Darbro kicked the point after touchdown. Despite another Raider touchdown, Marian held a 24-17 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Marian scored twice on rushes from Scott and Kramer, respectively.

“At first I saw that both of our receivers were blocking, and I was like, alright, this will be easy,” said Kramer, whose third-quarter touchdown sealed the victory for Marian. “Then I saw, I think, it was number 3 from their team, and it was one-on-one, so I just made the move. There was good blocking by everyone. Everyone was just doing their job again.”

The Hurricane defense limited the Raiders to just one second-half touchdown.

“We had a strong game plan,” said senior Nick Tegtman, who logged 11 tackles including a quarterback sack. “Coming into this game, we felt like we were the better team, and I think we showed it. We had a couple of errors on the defense, but we worked through it. Next week they won’t be there.”

Maloney and the ’Canes look forward to the quarterfinals which will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at George Harding Field. The Hurricanes will face undefeated No. 2 Sterling (11-0), fresh from a 46-20 victory at Kaneland. Sterling defeated St. Viator (5-4) 48-0 in the first round, an East Suburban Catholic Conference team that defeated Marian early in the season.

“This has been a long grind, and we’re not done yet,” said Maloney.

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