St. Joseph's Prep wins in Illinois

Posted: September 02, 2014

For the third straight year, the St. Joseph's Prep football team opened its season by going on the road to defeat a national powerhouse.

The Hawks scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter and hung on to beat Mount Carmel of Chicago, 28-27, Sunday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.

The Prep, ranked No. 1 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, went ahead, 28-21, with 6 minutes, 32 seconds remaining by taking advantage of a fortunate bounce. Jack Clements' pass was intended for Terrence Green over the middle, but it deflected into the hands of Jon Reid in the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown. Reid, who is bound for Penn State, caught two touchdown passes.

Clements, a senior entering his first full season as a starter, went 11 for 15 for 206 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Olamide Zaccheaus rushed for 112 yards, including a 37-yard TD in the first quarter.

Mount Carmel, the two-time defending Illinois state champion, drove for a touchdown with 2:23 left, but the extra point missed wide left.

The Caravan had one last chance with the ball, but a Zaccheaus tackle forced them to turn it over on downs with about 30 seconds remaining.

The Prep, the defending PIAA Class AAAA champion, beat Dallas Jesuit in the opener last season and defeated Cocoa (Fla.) the previous year.

Mount Carmel (Ill.) 7 7 0 13 - 27

St. Joseph's Prep 7 6 8 7 - 28

SJP: Olamide Zaccheaus 37 run (Nick Bill kick)

MC: Anthony Thompson 1 run (Zac Mirabelli kick)

MC: Jaquan Buntyn 1 run (Mirabelli kick)

SJP: Zaccheaus 50 pass from Jack Clements (kick failed)

SJP: Jon Reid 59 pass from Clements (Joe Dumond pass from Clements)

MC: Buntyn 1 run (Mirabelli kick)

SJP: Reid 23 pass from Clements (Bill kick)

MC: Buntyn 5 run (kick failed)

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