Just two plays into Friday night's East Suburban Catholic Conference football game against St. Patrick, St. Viator coach Chris Kirkpatrick was thinking to himself "oh no."
On first-and-10 from its own 16, St. Patrick junior running back Guy DiBalsamo wiggled his way through the Lions' defense for an 84-yard touchdown.
But fortunately for Kirkpatrick, that's just about all St. Patrick (3-2, 1-2) would get, falling 42-21 to St. Viator (4-1, 2-1) at Hanson Stadium on Chicago's Northwest Side.
The Lions' offense controlled most of the game, led by senior quarterback Cameron Korab. Korab threw 2 touchdown passes, both to senior wideout Nick Frett (7 catches, 155 yards,) and ran for 103 yards and 3 touchdowns.
"When you look at him there is not much to talk about," Kirkpatrick said about his quarterback who is generously listed at 6-foot, 160 pounds. "He just gets it done."
"We know we can win," Korab said. "Coach says any game is our game. We just have to play week by week."
Korab and running back Jimmy Menges (112 yards, 1 touchdown) were in rhythm the entire night in the Lions' spread offense.
"Jimmy (Menges) would be standing next to me telling me you got this or I would be telling him you got this," Korab said. "Our offensive line has played two outstanding games in a row. Our offense is really rolling."
The St. Viator defense wasn't too bad, either, forcing the St. Patrick offense into 4 turnovers. Pat O'Malley, Frank Laterza and Jack Kellner all had interceptions for the Lions and two set up touchdowns for the offense.
"We've been wining the turnover battle," Kirkpatrick said. "Our defensive coaches do a great job of teaching that at practice."
The road for the Lions doesn't get any easier next week when they host state powerhouse Joliet Catholic. After the game, Kirkpatrick preached to his team that this week is just as important as last week's game, and he wants his team to prepare just as hard.
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