Banged-up Joliet Catholic faces must-win at St. Viator
By Dick Goss firstname.lastname@example.org September 6, 2012 7:16PM
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With injuries a major culprit, in a couple of short weeks the Joliet Catholic buzz has gone from contender in the East Suburban Catholic Conference and a potential 14th state championship to possible concern over the Hilltoppers making the playoffs.
In the Season Pass Spotlight Game for the Herald-News, No. 4 Joliet Catholic (1-1) visits St. Viator (2-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Forest View Stadium in Arlington Heights. It has become a must-win for the Hilltoppers with Nazareth, Marist, St. Patrick and Carmel their next four ESCC opponents.
St. Viator has beaten Foreman 48-0 and Deerfield 21-3. Running back/receiver Ben Dickey and quarterback Bobby Calmeyn will provide firepower against a Hilltoppers defense that yielded 40 points in a loss to Providence and 26 in last week’s win over Robeson.
Joliet Catholic’s offense has been productive, however, even in the absence of Southern California-bound wingback Ty Isaac, who injured his right shoulder late in the first quarter of the opener against Providence.
“Ty returning this week is very doubtful; it would take a miracle,” coach Dan Sharp said. “I just hope we can weather the storm until he’s back.”
Wingback Tyler Reitz rushed for 213 yards against Robeson, fullback Mike Ivlow had a good game and quarterback Nick Morrison provided a lift with his legs when he entered for his preplanned series.
But injuries are a bugaboo. Cornerback Grant Harrison remains out with a broken hand and linebacker/tight end Zach Rezin is not expected to play against St. Viator because of a shoulder injury that Sharp said is similar to Isaac’s.
“The injuries and our inexperience on defense have hurt us,” Sharp said. “Matt Mammosser passing away (in May) was a big loss, too. He started at defensive tackle and was a captain. I don’t think people realize how big a loss that was.”