Monday, 24 October 2011 22:37
New Trier visits GBS Friday; Other CSL teams play Saturday
October 24, 2011 03:30 PM
Jack Nykaza and New Trier will play Glenbrook South at 7 p.m. Friday in
a Class 8A first-round playoff game in Glenview. (Photo by Nic Summers
Playoff times and dates for the five Central Suburban League football team’s first-round playoff games have been announced.
No. 12 seed New Trier (6-3) visits No. 5 seed Glenbrook South (7-2)
at 7 p.m. Friday in a Class 8A battle. The Titans won their
regular-season CSL South meeting 21-10 Sept. 30 in Glenview. The winner
will play No. 4 Bartlett (7-2) or No. 13 Lyons Township (5-4).
Three-time defending Class 8A state champion and No. 2 Maine South (9-0)
plays No. 15 Curie (5-4) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Lane Stadium in a
Class 8A game. Despite being a higher seed, Maine South will not play at
home in the first two rounds as a result of IHSA sanctions against the
program following incidents during last year’s state playoffs. With a
victory, the Hawks would meet No. 7 Stevenson (7-2) or No. 10 York
No. 16 Evanston (5-4) visits No. 1 Loyola (9-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday in a
Class 8A game in Wilmette. The Wildkits lost to the Ramblers 40-0 in the
season opener Aug. 26. The winner plays No. 8 Taft (7-2) or No. 9
No. 14 Deerfield (6-3) plays at No. 3 Nazareth Academy (8-1) at 1
p.m. Saturday in a Class 6A game in LaGrange Park. The winner plays No. 6
Cary-Grove (7-2) or No. 11 Crystal Lake Central (6-3).
Saturday, 22 October 2011 12:45
Olaniyan, Thomas each run for 2 TDs in Trevians' 34-10 win
By Dennis Mahoney
October 21, 2011 11:23 PM
Trier's Matt Quinlan tries to break up a pass during the Trevians'
34-10 win Friday in Northfield. (Photo by Nic Summers
Daniel Olaniyan and Michael Thomas combined for what must be some kind of unofficial school record Friday night in Northfield.
The New Trier junior running backs each scored a pair of rushing
touchdowns – untouched by the Waukegan defense on all four trips to the
end zone – on plays between the tackles as the Trevians ran past
visiting Waukegan 34-10 in the Central Suburban League South game and
clinched a berth in the Class 8A state playoffs.
New Trier (6-3, 3-2 in CSL South) will learn its first-round playoff
matchup when the pairings are released on Saturday night. It's the
second trip in as many years since coach Dan Starkey took over the
Olaniyan scored on runs of 6 and 10 yards and then it was Thomas'
turn to hit paydirt on runs of 10 and 16 yards. The only reason their
uniforms got dirty at all was because of the blocking they did for each
other, although Thomas also turned in a full night's work at linebacker
with Jack O'Malley sidelined by an injury.
Those clean uniforms could be traced to the work of the offensive
line led by center Casey Karnes and flanked by Eric Goldner, Ethan
Smith, Campbell Lipe and Tom Maentz. Olaniyan finished with 11 carries
for 78 yards, Thomas carried nine times for 83 yards, and fullback
Andrew Hrabe also scored on a 2-yard plunge.
"We played a pretty solid football game tonight," Starkey said. "Our
offensive coaches did a great job with the game plan and our offensive
line got a head on a hat tonight. They really worked hard to sustain
their blocks, and it showed on those touchdowns. You've gotta have a
running game at this time of the year. Karnes has had an outstanding
year for us at center and so has Lipe.
"We're a step ahead of where we were last year (as a playoff
qualifier with a 5-4 record in 2010) and I'm excited about the position
we're in. I think we have a chance to do some great things in the
playoffs. We can be explosive on offense at times, and we can stop the
running game, too. When you can do those two things, you have a great
shot in the playoffs."
New Trier's Michael Thomas tries to break free on a run during Friday's game. (Photo by Nic Summers www.SportsStarPhotos.com)
(3-6, 1-4) couldn't do much against a New Trier defense that was
missing linebacker O'Malley (mild concussion) and defensive back Josh
Perlmutter (neck). The Bulldogs stumbled to their fifth straight defeat
to close out the season despite the fact that quarterback Reggie Richter
completed 13 of 28 passes for 182 yards and also scored on a 7-yard run
in the fourth quarter.
Bulldogs' senior wide receiver Kyle Williams caught seven passes for
129 yards, but the visitors only mustered 98 yards on the ground.
New Trier scored on its first two possessions, driving 58 yards for
Olaniyan's first TD – a run up the middle after Karnes cleared out any
lurking Waukegan defender. The next time the Trevians got the ball,
quarterback Jack Nykaza passed to Devin Boehm for a 35-yard gain that
set up Olaniyan's 10-yard scamper up the middle again.
Olaniyan, however, fumbled the ball to Waukegan's Javier Thompson to
end New Trier's next scoring threat. Richter's deep sideline toss to
Williams covered 37 yards and eventually led to a 36-yard field goal by
Richard Hernandez that got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard.
The first of three Waukegan turnovers – an interception by Will
Caffery – led to another Trevians’ score with 4 minutes, 21 seconds left
before halftime as Thomas raced off tackle from the 10.
Sam Scherer's pick set up a 16-yard scoring run by Thomas early in
the second half. Four personal foul penalties against the Bulldogs
helped New Trier's reserves mount one more scoring drive in the fourth
quarter, with Hrabe reaching the end zone.
Saturday, 15 October 2011 09:29
Trevians force 4 turnovers in 24-7 road victory
By Dennis Mahoney
October 14, 2011 11:59 PM
Jack O'Malley credited a week of solid practice preparation for
putting New Trier's defenders in the right place at the right time
Friday night at Lazier Field in Evanston.
Trier quarterback Jack Nykaza finds some running room against Evanston
Friday night. Nykaza had 81 yards rushing on 21 carries with a 2-yard
touchdown run during the Trevians' 24-7 win. (Photo by Nic Summers
"We knew where Evanston was going with the ball," said the Trevians' senior linebacker. "All we had to do was rip it out."
New Trier forced four turnovers – including a pair of controversial
fumble recoveries – and that made the difference in a 24-7 triumph that
stamped New Trier as eligible for the Class 8A state playoffs.
Trevians' coach Dan Starkey wasn't ready to celebrate – not yet.
"We're not there yet," Starkey said after New Trier improved to 5-3
overall and 2-2 in the Central Suburban League South. "We're not
thinking about the playoffs, not until we get that sixth win, if we can
get past Waukegan next week."
The loss left Evanston, now 4-4, in playoff limbo. Teams need at
least five victories to be considered for postseason play, but some of
those teams in the past have been left on the sidelines under the
Illinois High School Association’s playoff point system. Evanston
concludes the regular season next Friday against Niles West.
"I don't get caught up in that playoff scenario, because you can't
control that," Evanston coach Mike Burzawa said. "Some years 5-4 teams
get in, and some years 5-4 doesn't get you in. You never want it to come
down to the good, old computer and the points. Hopefully we have a lot
of football left."
In the 102nd game of a rivalry that dates back to 1913, New Trier
bounced back from last year's loss to the Wildkits with takeaways every
time the visitors needed them.
New Trier's defense hasn't necessarily excelled in that category
since recording five takeaways in the season opener against Warren. But
with much more than bragging rights in the rivalry at stake Friday
night, the defense was full of good hands people.
O'Malley forced a fumble into the hands of teammate Nick Hedge right
before halftime to thwart a potential scoring drive, and with nine
minutes remaining the game turned when Trevians' safety Max Kraus came
up with a loose football even though most fans on the Evanston side of
the field thought that quarterback Max Block had fallen on his own
fumble and the play was over.
Xavier Levy (left) avoids the grasp of New Trier's Douglas Gill during
Friday's game. (Photo by Nic Summers www.SportsStarPhotos.com)
The hosts had driven from their own 25 to near midfield when Block mishandled the ball on a broken play.
Here's how Kraus saw it.
"The quarterback hit his own back with the ball, and he happened to
fall on it," Kraus recalled. "But while he was on the ground, I just
yanked it out of his hands. The coaches are always telling us that it's
all about playing to the end, playing to the whistle.
"I thought the referee would give it back to them, but he didn't.
That's definitely the biggest play I've ever made. I just sat there with
it until the whistle blew."
New Trier, nursing only a 10-7 lead at that point, then marched 45
yards in 10 plays with quarterback Jack Nykaza (81 yards rushing, 21
carries) scoring on a 2-yard plunge. That score came with 5 minutes, 19
seconds remaining in the game and the Trevians tacked on another score
after a Chris Hall interception and two unsportsmanlike penalties
against Evanston on that turnover. Devin Boehm raced around end for a
13-yard touchdown run to apply the finishing touch.
"With nine minutes left, we're driving the ball and I thought we were
going to score," Burzawa said. "It came down to those turnovers. That's
obviously the difference in a game when two teams are so evenly
"It was one of those nights where everything went against us. I'm
extremely proud of our kids and the way they battled tonight. It's
definitely tough to lose to New Trier like this on Senior Night. It
definitely hurts. It leaves a sour taste in our mouths.
"Before the half we thought we were gonna score, too. We moved the
ball real well and I'm not sure what happened over on the other side of
the field. The call was so late that we were getting our next play ready
when the official pointed the other way."
running back Ray Bahr (left) gives a stiff arm to New Trier's Sam
Coffey Friday in Evanston. (Photo by Nic Summers
Evanston backup quarterback Marcus
Hampton coughed up the ball on the 32 on one of several plays designed
for quarterback keepers as Evanston opened up its offensive playbook.
Hedge was credited with the recovery for New Trier, which only led 10-0
at the time on a Grant Amick 30-yard field goal and a 17-yard touchdown
pass from Nykaza (9-of-14, 100 yards) to Will Fitzgerald.
"We filled the gaps pretty hard tonight," linebacker O'Malley said.
"We knew where they'd be with the ball, so we could lay some good hits
"On that play right before the half, the ball was on about the 30 and
their guy (Hampton) came around end. I know he didn't see me coming. I
went flying at him, knocked the ball out and the ball came right to Nick
(Hedge). Nick really played a great game for us again tonight. All
Evanston tried to do all night was run on us. I've been playing against
Evanston and beating them since I was in eighth grade, and I couldn't
come out of here with a loss tonight."
The home team regrouped with a scoring drive to open the second half,
as Xavier Levy returned the opening kick 37 yards to put the Wildkits
in prime field position at their own 44. Evanston threw only one pass in
the 13-play march, and Hampton made up for the fumble with three
carries for 24 yards before Ray Bahr scored on a 1-yard run.
Bahr racked up 95 yards on 24 attempts, while Block carried a career-high 13 times for 37 yards in the loss.
"We did run our quarterbacks more tonight," Burzawa said. "We think
that can be one of our strengths as a team, and we wanted to take
advantage of that. Max is a pretty strong kid back there and we thought
it would work tonight. I thought our offensive line gave us a pretty
good push, too. But we still need to improve on our blocking, and we
need to be a little more disciplined, too."
Saturday, 17 September 2011 09:50
Trevians win third straight heading into matchup with Maine South
By Albert Corvera
September 16, 2011 10:43 PM
After losing its season opener to Schaumburg, the New Trier football team is clicking on all cylinders.
The Trevians have reeled off three consecutive commanding victories,
their latest being a 62-0 rout of Maine West in a Central Suburban
League crossover battle Friday night in Northfield.
Trier quarterback Jack Nykaza throws a touchdown pass Friday during the
Trevians' 62-0 win over Maine West. (Photo by Nic Summers
The stunning dominance of the
Trevians (3-1) over the last three weeks comes at a perfect time as they
play host to perennial state and CSL South powerhouse Maine South
"We’re jacked right now," said New Trier running back Michael Thomas,
who finished with two touchdowns and 50 yards on 10 carries against the
"We’re running on all cylinders. Our offensive line is looking sharp.
They’re getting a jump on the ball and once again the defense is getting
turnovers. Hopefully, we could do it next week."
On their recent streak, the Trevians have averaged 28.6 points per game
while surrendering 6.6 points, matching up well with a high-powered
Maine South team.
"We certainly have a tough test, starting with Maine South," New Trier
coach Dan Starkey said. "They are the measuring stick of the conference
and they’ve got a great football team and they’re well coached so it’s
going to be a great challenge for us."
New Trier nearly went unchallenged as they got out of the gates in a
hurry against the Warriors and eventually scored on all nine possessions
on the night.
After a big 70-yard return by New Trier receiver Christian Carr on the
opening kickoff, quarterback Jack Nykaza (8-of-8 passing, 74 yards)
engineered a four-play, 25-yard drive that ended in a 10-yard touchdown
pass to Carr to lead 7-0.
That was just the beginning for New Trier.
A dominating defensive series by the Trevians forced Maine West to punt
after a three-and-out. Six plays later, Nykaza took the play into his
own hands and ran in a quarterback sneak from 2 yards out to make it
Thomas then gave New Trier a 21-0 lead, punching in the ball from 1-yard
out with 1 minute, 22 seconds left in the first quarter.
"Our kids have worked hard," Starkey said. "They did what we wanted them
to do in all three phases of the game and we executed well. We got off
to a fast start offensively and we really did some great things."
Nykaza continued to do some great things, rushing for a touchdown four minutes into the second quarter to make it 28-0.
On Maine West’s ensuing possession, the Trevians forced and recovered a fumble deep in the Warriors’ territory.
Daniel Olaniyan (5 carries, 100 yards) extended the lead, scoring from
30 yards out to make it 34-0 after the missed extra point.
The Trevians’ dominance on both sides of the ball continued midway through the second quarter.
Maine West once again stalled on offense, turning the ball over at midfield on a fumble.
Thomas nearly single-handedly manufactured the Trevians’ final drive of
the first half with six carries on 38 yards, ending in a 3-yard scamper
with 14.7 seconds left in the half to open a 41-0 lead.
New Trier outgained Maine West 253 to 30 yards in the first half.
"It was a great win," Thomas said. "We were looking at it all week and focusing on Maine West."
The Trevians’ backups took over in the second half and didn’t skip a
beat, getting scores from Grant Forsyth, Will Hirsch and George
"We came out and really executed," Starkey said. "That’s what I wanted
to see our kids do. Regardless of whom we’re playing, we wanted to
execute well. I was proud that we were able to rotate kids in and out of
the game. We just have good numbers this year and the kids are working
hard and they’re doing everything to be successful."
Meanwhile, it isn’t getting any easier for the Warriors, who lost a few more players to injuries.
Starting quarterback Jake Korbecki missed the second half with a left
knee injury. Raul Anaya and lineman Matthew Finnander also missed the
second half. Lineman John Wojcik left the game on crutches.
"We’re hurting right now," said Maine West coach Chris Hare, who already
lost running back BJ Lambert earlier this season with a knee injury.
"We’re thin as it is. In situations like that, you ask for guys to step
up. We talked about opportunities. When you get opportunities, you have
to make the most of it. Hopefully guys will step up and make something
The Warriors will need turn things around in a hurry, as they will face Highland Park next week to kick off CSL North play.
"Briefly, we showed sometimes that we wanted to compete (tonight)," Hare
said. "And at other times, we didn’t compete as much as we should.
"It’s still tough to get over this. You can never get over a loss
easily. But we’re going to turn the page tomorrow and we’re going to
look at Highland Park and try and get a conference win and compete
Maine West running back Jake Gice finished with 14 yards on six carries.
Ryan Nordin had three carries for 14 yards and one catch for 11 yards.