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2005 Team of the Week

Comeback heroics?
Underdog victories?
Stone-cold defenses?

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For the first time ever, we're nominating a losing team for team of the week. The Flyers of East St. Louis played against nationally ranked & 2 time defending Indiana State Champs, Warren Central. The Flyers, who are ranked #18 in Illinois, were big underdogs, but a speedy offense managed to put up 50 points against the Warriors in a barn burner of a game, that they lost 70-50.
The Caravan ranked 9th at the time came out and dominated then ranked 20thNew Lenox (Providence)in the first half, jumping out to a 27-3 lead before winning 46-27. The Caravan defense held Providence & it's star running back Jordan Farrell to 291 yards of total offense, while Mt. Carmel's running back Dominic Sulo racked up 298 yards rushing by himself.
The Braves beat SICA (Green) favorite & 5A rankedCountry Club Hills (Hillcrest)with their highly regarded running back Darius Gates 27-26, to put themselves in contention to win the conference. Speedy wide receiver Anthony Seay had 2 kick returns for TDs as well as a TD reception. Bremen's head coach John Casson said it was "probably the biggest win ever" for the school's football team.
The Golden Warriors did something they hadn't done in a long time, at least not in the last 10 years, they beat conference power house Geneseo 28-7. Geneseo was ranked ranked 11th at the time in our Big 30.
The Patriots shut down last years North Suburban (Lake) & 7A State champs Libertyville, 31-0.
The #27 Rebels beat #11 Oak Lawn (Richards) 17-7, to win the SICA (Orange) conference. South came in underrated & undersized and pulled off an upset, beating Richards for the 2 time in 6 years.
The Ramblers had 2 big problems for their football program coming into week 9. First they needed to win to have a chance of making the playoffs & second they needed to beat #15Chicago (Brother Rice). A Thomas Harvey field goal followed by a Connor Detjen 67 yard TD run helped the Ramblers put up 9 points in the 4th quarter to break a 14-14 tie, winning 23-14.
The 5A Playoff bracket had quite a few upsets in round one, but none as surprising as the Hubs clamping down on defense & beating undefeatedSterling (H.S.) (9-1) by a score of 9-6. The Hubs finished 3rd in their conference that they've dominated for a decade and lost 38-0 to Geneseo in week 9, a team Sterling knocked off 28-7. The Hubs were the most improbable long shot of all the upset in round 1 and are our team of the week.
The Highlanders are on a quest for their 5th straight state title and they've shut out 6 teams so far this season. Hampshire 8-2, was their latest victims in the 2nd Round of the 4A Playoffs. The Highlanders had 5 sacks & 3 interceptions as they kept Whip-purs out of the endzone for the entire game in a 27-0 win
The Redskins played in front of 8,600 people at their home field and beat playoff & area rivalJoliet (Catholic)for the first time in the modern era. The Hilltoppers where the state's #1 ranked team by many media outlets including IHSFW & were placed as high as 4th in the USA Today national rankings. Morris was helped mainly by the Player of the Week, John Dergo, who had a career day rushing as well as 2 key interceptions.

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