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Bartlett's Aaron Everson (27) pushes off Elgin's Jordan Smith (23) to score a touchdown. | Andrew A. Nelles~For Sun-Times Media |
If there were Chicago-area high school fantasy football leagues, a bunch of players would have been worth high draft picks based on last week's performances.
Glenbard North's Justin Jackson, Brother Rice's Matt Page, Lincoln-Way North's Julian Hylton and Bartlett's Aaron Everson all put up some numbers that jump off the page.
Three of them helped their teams win, but even a monster game from Hylton wasn't enough to carry the Phoenix past Thornton in a SouthWest Suburban Red thriller.
Hylton, one of the state's premier sprinters last track season, scored six touchdowns for Lincoln-Way North in a 49-42 loss. He ran for four scores, caught a 40-yard TD pass and ran a kickoff back 90 yards for a touchdown. Hylton wasn't the only one putting up big numbers in that game, as Thornton quarterback JoWahn Brown threw for 279 yards and five touchdowns.
Also involved in a close game was Page, who turned the Catholic League Blue's image as a run-first league on its head by throwing for 414 yards and two scores in a 23-21 victory over host St. Rita.
Bartlett had a little more breathing room in a 47-27 Upstate Eight Valley win over Metea Valley, thanks to yet another huge game from Everson. The Hawks had a rough start to the year, falling 49-0 to Wheaton North and losing starting quarterback Steve Hrbacek to a season-ending injury in Week 1.
But they've won three straight since, with Everson scoring 17 touchdowns. He had 269 rushing yards and five TDs vs. Elgin and 11 carries for 227 yards and six scores against East Aurora. Then last week against Metea Valley, Everson rushed 36 times for 246 yards and five touchdowns, ran a kickoff back 89 yards for a TD – and kicked five extra points.
Jackson didn't play as many snaps as the other three because his team was an easy winner, 53-14 over Glenbard East. But the two-way standout made the most of his touches, running 12 times for 351 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran a kickoff back 82 yards for a score.
Game of the week
Page's big night helped first-year coach Brian Badke gain some more vindication for his extreme makeover of the Brother Rice offense as the Crusaders beat their South Side rival for the first time after five straight losses.
By the numbers
1 — Public League section played as scheduled last week. The Inter-City 3 wasn't affected by the CPS strike because all of its
members are charter schools who remained in session.
4 — Teams in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East off to a 4-0 start (Kaneland, Morris, Rochelle and Sycamore). Two of them could be 8-0 heading into Week 9, when Kaneland hosts Morris.
2001 — The last time Hinsdale South was 4-0.
Week 5 lookahead
Most Public League schools return to action Saturday and Sunday after a one-week layoff during the Chicago Public Schools teachers strike. Joliet Catholic travels to Marist for a game that will go a long way toward determining the East Suburban Catholic Conference champ. And Mount Carmel opens Catholic League Blue play on the road against Brother Rice, which is coming off a statement win at St. Rita.