By: John Nee '93
This past week was homecoming on 77th and Western, and the students showed their pride in St. Rita by wearing Mustang and themed clothing all week along culminating in the annual Mustang Olympics, which took place on Friday morning.
Hundreds of St. Rita alums came "home" again to watch the varsity football team battle an undefeated Providence team on Friday night. The Mustangs defense held strong early forcing three-and-outs on the first few Celtic possessions as the offense consistently moved the ball deep into Providence territory only to stop themselves time and time again with costly penalties.
The Celtics finally broke the scoreless tie as they drove late in the half to take a 6-0 lead into the locker room. The St. Rita offense would again drive into Providence territory several times in the second half, but they were unable to find the end zone until it was too late as St. Rita fell to (1-3) on the season with a 12-7 defeat in the Catholic Blue opener.
Sophomore Brian Johnson came off the bench in the fourth quarter to lead St. Rita on their only scoring drive as he hit junior running back Tahrhon Haynes out of the backfield for a touchdown pass with only seconds remaining to avoid being shut out for the second time in the early season.
The sophomores (4-0, 1-0) remained undefeated as they beat Providence 28-6 in the CCL Blue opener as running back Kyle James ran wild behind a Mustang offensive line consisting of three freshmen.
The freshmen (3-1, 1-0) won their conference opener by travelling to New Lenox Saturday morning and coming home with a thrilling 9-6 win as kicker Jorge Verduzco nailed a 26-yard field goal in the final seconds to break a 6-6 tie after quarterback Tommy Ulatowski had orchestrated an impressive drive in the final minutes to put the Mustangs in position for the win.
The varsity soccer team broke their 4-game losing streak by defeating a solid Guerin Prep squad 1-0 on Saturday after dropping a tough 4-0 decision to St. Ignatius last Monday. The sophomores lost 6-1 to St. Ignatius last Monday.
The varsity golf team competed in the St. Rita Southside Shootout last Saturday and took home a 5th place finish.
Check back every Monday for another edition of Mustang Sports Weekly as we look back at the week in St. Rita sports action.