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Joliet Catholic running back Nick Pastore runs for some yards as St. Patrick LB Joe Bailey (17) attempts the stop him. | Judy Fidkowski~For Sun-Times Media
Joliet Catholic senior wingback Ty Isaac, who has been in and out of the lineup because of a shoulder injury suffered in Week 1, played a full game and rushed 23 times for 287 yards and four touchdowns on the Hanson Stadium turf.
St. Patrick led 13-7 when Isaac broke free up the middle for a 32-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter. On the third play of the No. 18 Hilltoppers’ next possession, he weaved his way into the end zone to complete a 45-yard jaunt, serving notice that, yes, he is back.
“I’d say I felt 90-95 percent during the game. Who’s to say how I’m going to feel tomorrow?” — Isaac
Joliet Catholic (4-2, 3-1 East Suburban Catholic) badly needed a victory to begin firming up playoff plans and remain in the East Suburban Catholic title hunt. Led by Isaac, the Hilltoppers amassed 541 total yards — 508 on the ground — and 28 first downs. St. Patrick (3-3, 1-2) managed one offensive touchdown after John Dabe returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a score.