LANSING, Ill. (October 6, 2023) – TF South football continued to trend upward last week, thanks in large part to two big plays from Christian Streeter right before and right after halftime against Tinley Park.
The Red Wolves posted a season-high in scoring for the third straight week, rolling past the Titans 36-12 last Friday in South Suburban Blue action.
It was the sixth straight road game to start the season for TF South (2-4, 2-2), which now is scheduled to play just one home game this year: October 13 vs. Oak Forest.
The scheduled Week 5 home game against Bremen was hosted by the Braves and the Week 7 game vs. Hillcrest will be played at TF North at 6 p.m. Friday. The games were moved because of ongoing delays in the renovation of TF South’s field.
In the Tinley game, the Titans scored on a 5-yard pass to cut TF South’s lead to 23-12 with 22.5 seconds remaining in the first half.
But Streeter ran the ensuing kickoff back 70 yards for a touchdown, and he then went 62 yards for a TD in the first minute of the third quarter. That pushed the Red Wolves’ lead to 36-12, which wound up being the final score.
On the kickoff return, Streeter “sort of got pinned into the sideline, then he cut back across the field,” South coach Bob Padjen said. “He was just gone, with his speed.”
It was a similar scenario with the third-quarter TD.
“He burst through the middle, got through to the second level and he was gone,” Padjen said.
Streeter ran for 110 yards, completed his only pass attempt for 44 yards to Kyle Smith and finished with three touchdowns. His first score came on an 8-yard run and gave the Red Wolves a 23-6 lead in the second quarter.
South also had 1-yard TD runs by Nick Ford and Seneca Smith, who added a pair of two-point conversion runs.
The Red Wolves also had big plays on defense and special teams. Dennis Hoskin ran a fumble back 32 yards to set up Streeter’s first TD and Tailen Gosa converted a fake punt ahead of Ford’s touchdown.
Malcolm Edwards added two sacks and Zyon Boateng had a team-best 13 tackles.
The win kept the Red Wolves’ IHSA playoff hopes alive after an 0-4 start.
“The kids have got a motto, ‘We’re 2-0 in the second half,'” Padjen said. “We want to go 3-0 (the rest of the way).”
One reason for the Red Wolves’ recent success is improved play up front.
“The O-line … we’ve matured a little bit,” Padjen said. “We’ve got a few young guys who were in there who’ve got a little more confidence.”
South’s Anthony Gianoli shot an 85 and Ryan Marnell shot a 100 on Monday in the Class 3A Pekin Sectional.
The Red Wolves moved to 13-12 overall by defeating TF North 25-22, 25-20 Wednesday in the South Suburban Blue. Earehc’ Hill had six kills and two aces for South.
South fell in three sets to Argo on Tuesday. Hill had four aces, five kills and three digs.
South defeated Rich Township 25-17, 25-13 Monday in nonconference action. Joya Hurey-Scott paced the Red Wolves with five kills, three aces and 10 assists.
Boys cross country
The Red Wolves finished first in a quadrangular at TF North’s on-campus course on Tuesday, scoring 26 points to beat the Meteors (44), Shepard (56), and Argo (116).
Scorers for TF South were Antoine Morgan (second, 16:12 for 2.5 miles), Jesse Terrazas (third, 16:33), Brandon Chavez (fourth, 16:40), Rodrigo Cortez (fifth, 16:46) and Carlos Cervantes (12th, 18:07).
South defeated Hillcrest 4-1 on Tuesday, sweeping the doubles.
The teams of Mariah Smith and Rere Sonoiki at No. 1 and Elizabeth Alvarez and Kaylyn Imala at No. 2 each won third-set tiebreakers. Winning in straight sets were Emily Cabrera and Azuri Akbar at No. 3 doubles, and Deisy Salto at No. 2 singles.
South lost 3-2 to Argo on Monday, getting wins from Alvarez at No. 2 singles and from Salto and Angela Mendez at No. 3 doubles.
TF United (TF South/TF North co-op)
United tied Reavis 2-2 on Tuesday, getting goals from Dimitri Kouemo and Omar Reyes.
Giovann Melgoza had an assist for United (12-3-3, 6-1-3 South Suburban Blue) and Oswaldo Mendoza had six saves.
United lost 2-0 to Shepard on Sept. 28. Mendoza had three saves.
The Meteors suffered their first loss of the season, 26-14 at Bremen last Friday in South Suburban Blue play.
Tristan Jackson ran 28 yards for a first-quarter TD for North (5-1, 2-1) and Terrion Long threw a 31-yard TD pass to Aric Moultrie in the third quarter. Deshawn Jones had his third interception of the season to lead the North defense.
The Meteors are at Oak Forest on Friday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Meteors’ No. 1 doubles team of Precious Agwu and Alex Thomas stayed unbeaten in South Suburban Blue action but North fell 4-1 to Oak Forest on Tuesday.
North lost 5-0 to Reavis in a South Suburban crossover on Monday and 5-0 to Shepard in a South Suburban crossover on Sept. 28.
Illiana coasted past Griffith 8-0 on Wednesday in the Class 2A River Forest Sectional semifinals, getting two goals each from Nolan Flipse, Chase Poortinga, and Divine Oligkagu.
Zander Weemhoff and Nick Neibert also scored for the Vikings (13-4-1), while Weemhoff, Neibert, Daniel Dykstra, Eli DeGraff, Andrew Calix, and Grant Terpstra all had assists. Goalkeepers Eman Calix and Aidan Drost each played a half and had a save.
Illiana plays Boone Grove in the sectional final at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Vikings won their regular-season finale 5-1 over Morgan Township last Friday as Poortinga scored twice. Flipse, Olikagu, and Noah Davids each had one goal, while Flipse, Poortinga, and Josh Carter contributed assists. Eman Calix had one save.
Illiana’s season ended at 8-7-1 with a 3-2 loss to Wheeler on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Vikings’ own Class 1A sectional. Sam Bultema’s goal lifted Illiana past Victory Christian 1-0 on Friday. Sienna Eenigenberg had an assist.
Illiana lost 5-0 to the host Mustangs in the Munster Sectional final on September 28.
Tyler Lofton’s third TD run of the game, an 8-yarder with 1:03 remaining, lifted the Spartans to a 40-36 CCL/ESCC Red win last Friday over visiting DePaul Prep.
Lofton also had 2- and 62-yard scoring runs and finished with 205 yards on 25 carries. Joey Baranski had seven rushes for 94 yards, including a 46-yard TD, and Moe Davis added six carries for 66 yards, including a 57-yard score. Davis also caught an 11-yard TD pass from Baranski, who threw for 109 yards.
Marian (3-3, 2-0) is at St. Ignatius for a CCL/ESCC crossover at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Marian’s Jack Markos shot an 82 at Monday’s Class 2A Lemont Sectional. Also for the Spartans, Peyton Stoffregen had a 99 and Jorden Conner shot a 107.
The Spartans went 3-0 in their own quadrangular on Saturday, sweeping Tinley Park, Hillcrest and Chicago Christian all by 5-0 scores without dropping a set.
Going 3-0 in singles was Athena Jaculbe at No. 1. Ashanti Bunton had two wins and Adriana Ramirez had one win at No. 2.
Dave Letourneau, who had been a varsity assistant at St. Rita for the past five years, was hired as head coach by the Spartans.
Letourneau also served as head freshman and sophomore baseball coach, head cross country coach and assistant basketball coach at St. Rita. He replaces Tony DeCarlo, who resigned after nine seasons.
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