Written by: John Nee '93
These are not your father’s St. Rita Mustangs. Through two games, the Mustang offense has put up numbers never before seen on 77th & Western or 63rd & Claremont for that matter.
St. Rita is averaging a whopping 50 points-per-game thus far this season; but the true tests begin this week with the Chicago Catholic League Blue schedule beginning with a visit from Augustinian-rival Providence Catholic.
In the Mustangs’ 2016 home opener on Friday night, St. Rita (1-1) beat Rich Central 56-19. With many “experts” picking the Olympians to upset the Mustangs after a tough week one loss to St. Pat’s, Todd Kuska’s '90 team responded in a big way on both sides of the ball. After allowing 47 points in the opener, the defense stood tall against the high-powered Olympian offense, holding them to only six points in the second half. Illinois-recruit Marc Mondesir led the way for the defense, pressuring the Rich Central quarterback all night long forcing him into two interceptions and a fumble, which was returned by Mondesir for a touchdown. Senior Will White also provided steady pressure all night long from his defensive tackle position for the Mustangs.
On offense junior quarterback Jake Zylman had another stellar game in his first career start. He rushed for over 100 yards for the second consecutive week while scoring three total touchdowns (two rushing, one passing). Senior running back Shaun Rule had a breakout game rushing for 223 yards and three touchdowns in less than three quarters of action. Senior wide receiver Mike McDevitt caught his second touchdown pass on the season (24 yards) and senior tight end Tim Zaleski added three catches for 40 yards for the Stangs.