Wisdom laments Neuqua loss
By Tina Akouris email@example.com November 6, 2012 7:10PM
Updated: December 8, 2012 6:29AM
Thanks to Joey Rhattigan’s 346 yards and a whopping five touchdowns, Neuqua Valley advanced to the Class 8A quarterfinals with a 44-33 victory over Bolingbrook.
Rhattigan almost single-handedly killed the Raiders’ chances of repeating as state champions.
“I just wish they came to my side more often,” Bolingbrook linebacker Emile Wisdom said. “He was running to the right side and I had to try to pursue. And sometimes I (overran Rhattigan) and the linemen would be in my face and I can’t get over the top to make the tackle.”
Wisdom said the Raiders’ breakdown wasn’t because of any issues on offense. The return of quarterback Aaron Bailey boosted the team’s morale, but the defense couldn’t do anything to stop Rhattigan.
“I knew I would have to step up more and try to contribute as a leader,” Wisdom said. “I still enjoyed the season. I love these guys. But it all has to end sometime.”
Bolingbrook wide receiver Chandler Piekarski said his future is in football. Piekarski, who is an outfielder on the Raiders baseball team, said he will pursue football in college.
Wisdom said he doesn’t have any offers and will work on sending out film as soon as possible.Ticket sales
Lemont will not offer a presale of tickets for the Indians’ quarterfinal Saturday at Oak Forest. Instead, fans are encouraged to arrive at Oak Forest early. Gates open at 6 p.m.
Coal City, though, is offering a presale starting today from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. in the school’s student service office. The presale will continue Thursday and Friday at those same times in the student service office. Tickets are $6 and also will be available on Saturday, prior to the Coalers’ 2 p.m. quarterfinal against Rock Island Alleman. Gates open at 12:30 p.m.
Joliet Catholic will be selling a limited amount of tickets for its playoff game at Lincoln-Way West. Tickets are $6, and will be sold in the school’s main office today from 7:15 a.m. 3:15 p.m. and Thursday and Friday from 7:15 a.m.-noon. Tickets also will be sold at the gate.