By Dan McGrath

Effort acknowledged

Rich Township hit its number in qualifying for the IHSA playoffs with a 32-0 thumping of Leo in the Lions’ Senior Day regular-season finale at St. Rita on Oct. 22.

The Raptors had averaged 32 points in compiling a 4-4 overall record. A fifth win qualified them for the IHSA playoffs, while the Lions finished 2-7 overall and 0-6 in Catholic League/East Suburban Catholic Conference competition in Coach Mike Holmes’ farewell season.

Quarterback Myrion Hogue was a one-man gang for Raptors, piling up 128 yards on 18 carries, with touchdown runs of 2, 2, 4, and 30 yards. 

Leo, meanwhile, couldn’t get anything going on offense as sophomore quarterback Darion Lee sat out the game, idled by the bumps and bruises he sustained over the previous eight weeks. Senior Matthew Harvey took over and completed five of 18 passes for 41 yards with two interceptions, one of which Raptors cornerback Demond Munson brought back 56 yards for a touchdown. 

Rich linebacker Jeremiah Williams spent as much time in the Leo backfield as Harvey and helped hold the Lions to 34 rushing yards on 21 carries. 

Despite the disappointing record, Leo was well represented on the Catholic League All-Red Division team. Senior linebacker Thomas Sims was voted defensive player of the year, junior defensive end Joshua Burke was named outstanding lineman, and senior wide receiver Kevin Jackson shared the offensive player of the year award.

Lee joined the threesome on the All-Red Division first team, along with senior cornerbacks Tim Durr and Jamari Winters and senior linebacker Isiah Knox. Defensive end Nick Armour, wide receiver Coby Triplett, guard Keshawn Colbert and center Garry Brown were named to the second team.