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High school football: St. Charles East completes 9-0 season ahead of Class 8A playoffs

ST. CHARLES – There’s a first time for everything, and St. Charles East’s football team picked up a big first in the regular-season finale.

In a 63-14 rout against Streamwood, the Saints captured their first outright Upstate Eight River title and capped the regular season with a 9-0 record.

The Saints (6-0 in UER play) also set new high and low marks for points scored (374) and fewest points allowed (105) in a nine-game season.

East led 49-0 at the half, scoring on all first-half possessions and limiting Streamwood to less than 20 yards of offense.

Max Hatch carried the load in the Saints’ triple option, rushing 20 times for 182 yards and three touchdowns. He scored on a 1-yard run to open the scoring and added 1- and 10-yard touchdown runs.

Dante Macaluso scored on a 3-yard run, and quarterback Zach Mitchell completed all six of his passes for 131 yards and TDs to Justin Galante, Josh Luedtke and Clayton Isbell, the latter moving the score to 49-0.

Mitchell scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter and Joey Sciarrino had a 5-yard scoring run in the fourth.

East earned the No. 6 seed in the Class 8A playoffs and opens the postseason against Lockport (6-3) at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at East.

West Aurora 49, Geneva 7

AURORA – History and West Aurora’s talented team were no match for Geneva (3-6) in the regular-season finale Oct. 21.

The Blackhawks won 49-7 as they secured just the second unbeaten and untied regular season in school history, dating to before the start of the 20th century.

Workhorse running back Lance Arni capped a 59-yard drive with a touchdown for a 7-0 Geneva lead, but after that it was all West Aurora, which knotted the score just 12 seconds after Arni’s TD. The Blackhawks led 42-7 at intermission.

St. Rita 25, Marmion 23

AURORA – Marmion led on four separate occasions in the regular-season finale against visiting St. Rita on Oct. 21.

But the Mustangs, needing a win to make the playoffs, battled back every time for a 25-23 win.

Marmion quarterback Brandon McPherson passed for 307 yards and two touchdowns, but even that wasn’t enough against a determined St. Rita team.

McPherson hit Zach Urwiler on a slant pass that went for an 84-yard touchdown and 14-7 lead with 8:42 to play. St. Rita returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a TD before Marmion (6-3) went ahead again 16-14 with a safety with 3:15 to go.

The Mustangs responded with a touchdown and a 2-point conversion run for a 22-16 edge before McPherson and Jett Haas connected for a 54-yard pass play that set up Nick Sevenich’s 1-yard run for a 23-22 lead.

St. Rita booted the winning field goal inside the final minute.

Urwiler staked Marmion to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter before the Mustangs tied it late in the first half.

The Cadets made the Class 6A playoff field and will travel to DeKalb for a first-round game at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28.

Montini 44, St. Francis 0

LOMBARD – St. Francis was looking to lay the foundation for next season in its regular-season finale Oct. 21, but Montini won the Chicago Catholic League Green game 44-0 on senior night to head into the postseason with a five-game winning streak.

St. Francis (1-8, 0-4 CCL Green) crossed midfield twice in the game but never breached the 40-yard line.

Burlington Central 41, Harvard 0

BURLINGTON – In a season that had its ups and downs, Burlington Central definitely finished on a high note as a 41-0 win against Harvard on Oct. 21 made it two in a row to finish the year.

The win against Harvard came on the heels of a 38-7 trouncing of Marengo in a road game Oct. 14.

The Rockets finished the season 3-6 overall, but they went 3-3 and finished in fourth place in the Kishwaukee River Conference standings.

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