One year ago this week the Mustangs were sitting at (9-1) with a Catholic Blue Championship on their resume with their only loss coming to fellow Catholic Blue Champion Mt. Carmel. They also were staring the Caravan in the face for a 2nd round rematch in the Class 7A South bracket. Fast forward to this week, and oh how things seem familiar. The Mustangs (7-3) once again have advanced to the 2nd round of the Class 7A South bracket and once again face a familiar Catholic League Blue foe that beat them earlier in the season. Only this time that familiar foe is Catholic League Blue and fellow Augustinian rival Providence Catholic (9-1).
The Mustangs advanced to Friday night’s rematch versus Providence via their 35-21 1st round win at Plainfield East last Friday night. The Mustangs were lead by senior running back Tyre Lee (21 carries, 177 yards, 2 TDs) and senior quarterback Scott Proctor (2 rushing TDs).
Defensively the Mustangs were lead by senior linebacker Matt Mitchell who was all over the field recording double digit totals in tackles while adding his 2nd interception of the season.
The Celtics made quick work of downstate Quincy by a score of 45-8 on Saturday afternoon in New Lenox setting up the 2nd round rematch with the Mustangs.
The St. Rita/Providence rivalry dates back to 1993 when the Mustangs pulled out a last-second win over the Celtics at Doyle Stadium on a 4th down middle screen pass to future Chicago Bear Ahmad Merritt. Providence would go on to dominate the Mustangs over the next decade beating them nine times in a row until St. Rita broke the streak with a win in 2003. Since then, the Mustangs have gotten the better of the Celtics beating them nine out of the last 13. Overall, Providence leads the all-time series (13-10), but come Friday night 7:00 p.m. on Pat Cronin Field at Doyle Stadium, none of that will matter as only one of the Catholic Blue foes will advance to the Class 7A Quarterfinals.
Article written by: John Nee '93
Photo credit: Mike Patton