PREP FOOTBALL NOTES

Verde, Marian off to 2-0 start as is young Homewood-Flossmoor

2013-09-10T17:00:00Z 2014-05-10T16:32:20Z Verde, Marian off to 2-0 start as is young Homewood-FlossmoorMike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com
September 10, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

Marian Catholic and new football coach Jerry Verde are off to a 2-0 start and Verde said that is a confidence builder.

The Spartans have outscored opponents 91-6. They beat Hyde Park 42-3 and Shepard 49-3. While neither team is a power, "2-0 is 2-0."

"We are excited to be 2-0 regardless of who we have played," Verde said. "We do however understand we have a lot of work to put in order to get to where we want to be."

He said the skill positions have played well in the first two games. That includes  Ki-Jana Crawford, Dillon Burns, Emilio Garza, Jared Rogers and Pat Schmidt.

Marian hosts an 0-2 Carmel Catholic team Friday in its East Suburban Catholic Conference opener.

But Verde, who has won 23 straight regular-season games and 16 in a row dating back to the 2011 and 2012 seasons when he was at Crete-Monee, knows the Corsairs will be a tough opponent.

"We play a very tough and talented Carmel of Mundelein team this week,"  Verde said. "They may be 0-2 but they've played both the runners-ups in 7A and 8A.

"It will be a great test to see where we are as a team.

Young Vikings: Homewood-Flossmoor is also off to a 2-0 start and came away with a big 28-21 come-from-behind win over highly rated Stevenson last Friday.

After Stevenson tied the game at 21-21, Vikings sophomore Deanta Harley-Hampton returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for what proved to be the game-winning score.

"We played a lot of sophomores," Vikings coach Craig Buzea said afterward. "Our guys didn't get down on themselves and came up with some big plays."

H-F hosts Joliet West Friday in a SouthWest Suburban Blue opener.

Franklin Mint?: Crete-Monee quarterback Franklin Douglas has completed 68 percent of his passes in two games.

He is 34-for-50 for 312 yards and four touchdowns.

The Class 6A Warriors have outscored their first two opponents 85-21. They host Simeon Friday in the second of three straight home games.

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