Article Written By: John Nee '93
It was a rough start to the 2015 season for the Mustangs, losing four of five to begin the year, but things are beginning to turn for this young St. Rita squad. For the second consecutive week the Mustangs scored over 40 points en route to an easy 56-0 win over St. Joes.
The St. Rita offense, which struggled to move the ball early in the season, has found success on the ground rushing for over 300 yards for the second consecutive week on Friday night in Elmhurst. The Mustang offense received a huge lift on Friday with the season debut of junior running back Shaun Rule, who had sat out the first six games with a back injury.
Rule rushed for 172 yards and four touchdowns in only one half of action against the Chargers, bringing new life to the St. Rita offense. Sophomore running back Darius Allen finished the job in the second half rushing for over 100 yards and a touchdown. Backup quarterback Joey Henze added two second half rushing touchdowns as well.
The St. Rita defense had its best effort of the season recording their first shutout of the year
while not allowing the Chargers to penetrate inside their 30-yard line all night. Junior outside linebacker Marc Mondesir blocked a punt just before the half that lead to a St. Rita touchdown, and junior defensive back Seamus Tolley finished the scoring on the night with a late fourth-quarter interception return for a touchdown.
The Mustangs (3-4, 0-2) return to Catholic League Blue action this week as they host undefeated Loyola on Friday. St. Rita (sophomores kick off at 5:00 p.m. and varsity at 7:30 p.m.) who needs to win their final two games to qualify for the state playoffs for the 15th time in the last 16 seasons, will also host Brother Rice at Doyle Stadium in the annual 14th Ward Game on senior night October 24th in the final regular season game.