Marian Catholic was overwhelmed by East suburban Catholic Conference foe Benet Academy on Friday night, falling 40-7 in its homecoming.
Benet kicker John Duvic made four field goals, just one week after booting five in a win over Crete-Monee. He made kicks from 40, 53, 54 and 32 yards.
"We stuck together and never quit," Spartan linebacker Gage Bonczek said. "No matter what happens, we just refused to let each other down. We competed.
"They just have an excellent kicker, and they were a great opponent."
Just as impressive as the long field goals were touch backs that left Marian 80 yards away from the end zone eight times.
Until the final two possessions of the game, the best starting field position of the game for Marian (2-3, 0-3) was its own 30-yard line on a fair catch.
Marian was not able to respond to its plight well, as the Spartans only penetrated Benet territory once before the reserve Redwing punter booted a 0-yard punt to give Marian possession at the Benet 49-yard line with 30 seconds remaining.
Marian made the most of its one 80-yard drive, as the Spartans looked like they might make a game of it in the early going.
Trailing 7-0 after Benet's first possession, Marian marched in 11 plays for the tying score.
Marian moved the chains four times on the drive, as Ki-Jana Crawford rushed for a first down on a direct snap and Patrick Schmidt connected with Emilio Garza and Crawford for first downs to move the Spartans to the Benet 37.
Three plays later, Dillon Burns pulled in a screen pass and dashed and darted into the open for a 37-yard touchdown. Chris Taborn's conversion boot pulled Marian even at 7-7 with 2:47 to play in the first.
That was the last time Marian would see the red zone, leaving the home team longing to get back to nonconference play after an 0-3 start in the ESCC.
Marian's only offensive success came in the passing game, as Schmidt was 8-of-19 passing for 92 yards. Crawford pulled in five passes for 43 yards, and Garza had two grabs for 13. Burns proved to be Marian's biggest offensive threat with the 37-yard aerial score and 35 yards rushing.
Bradley-Bourbonnais 49, Thornwood 35: The Thunderbirds (1-4, 0-3) fell to the Boliermakers (4-1, 3-1) in a SouthWest Suburban Red contest.
Lincoln-Way Central 48, Thornridge 0: The Falcons (0-5, 0-3) lost their 24th straight game dating back to 2010, falling in the SouthWest Suburban Red contest.