The Future Looks Bright For St. Rita Football

Article Written By: John Nee '93

With the St. Rita varsity football team off to an uncharacteristically slow start, the St. Rita freshmen and sophomore teams have both positioned themselves for runs at Chicago Catholic League (CCL) Blue titles.  

They are both off to 5-1 starts. The freshmen team's only loss was at the hands of Mt. Carmel in a turnover-ridden game. The sophomore team's lone loss came in heart-breaking fashion at Montini as the Broncos scored in the final seconds and converted a two-point conversion to win 22-21.

The sophomores have been led by quaterback Jake Zylman, who has run the Mustang read option like a seasoned veteran, and has hooked up with speedy wide receiver David Gleaves on several long touchdowns. Running back Chris Childers, who made his varsity debut this past Friday night with a long run on his only carry, has led the Mustang ground game.

The freshmen have been led offensively by quarterback Hayden Ekern, wide receivers Jacob Stefanski and Daylen Wilson, and running backs Mick Doyle and Kempton Shine. Defensively the Mustangs are led by defensive tackle Chris Bruglio, and defensive backs Greyson Grimm and Matt Callahan among others.

After traveling to play St. Joe's at Elmhurst College this coming Friday, the sophomores will return home against Loyola October 16 with an opportunity to clinch the sophomore CCL Blue title with a win.

The freshman will travel to play Providence in a non-conference "B" game this Saturday (they beat "Provi" 7-0 in the "A" game two weeks ago).  They will end their season with road games at Loyola and Brother Rice where they can assure themselves at least a share of the CCL Blue title with a pair of wins.