Daily Southtown: Chris Childers grows up as a receiver as St. Rita slips past Mount Carmel

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By:  Tony Baranek

The way St. Rita senior Chris Childers sees it, he needs to ramp up his running game.

"The O-line does great, I just need to make better reads on my runs," he said. "I need to be a little more patient."

As a receiver, Childers was a gamebreaker for the Mustangs in their 38-21 Catholic League Blue victory Friday over Mount Carmel.

St. Rita was clinging to a seven-point lead late in the third quarter when Childers made a one-handed catch on a pass from Jake Zylman. He took the ball 17 yards to the Caravan 1.

Three plays later, David Gleaves ran it in for a score, sending the Mustangs on their way.

Childers finished with 90 yards rushing and added a 24-yard touchdown reception for St. Rita (4-1, 1-1).

Alek Thomas rushed for 104 yards and Kyle Davis scored on an 84-yard run for Mount Carmel (3-2, 0-2).

Childers had some impressive runs late, appearing to gain confidence from his key catches.

"You've just got to keep your head up," Childers said. "Jake really did a nice job on that (TD pass), and I just did my thing. I couldn't have done it without the O-line and Jake.

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