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Niles Notre Dame QB picks apart Bartlett
Seth Hancock

The defensive plan for the Bartlett football team against visiting Niles Notre Dame was to stop Dons' senior running back Chris James.

For the most part, the Hawks did that, holding James to 82 rushing yards on 19 carries.

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Unfortunately for Bartlett, Dons' quarterback Ryan Greene had a career game going 17-of-20 for 314 yards and 5 touchdowns leading Notre Dame (2-0) to a 47-6 nonconference win on Saturday night at Millennium Field.

"I thought we held pretty good against (James)," Hawks' coach Tom Meaney said. "He's a heck of a back, and that was a darn good team."

With the Hawks (0-2) focusing on James early, Greene was able to find an open man throughout the first half. Greene hit Pat Cravens for a 29-yard touchdown pass and Tom Simon for a 67-yard TD in the first quarter, and James added a 16-yard TD run for a 21-0 lead.

"Obviously we were keying on (James), but they beat us deep tonight," Meaney said.

Simon was the Dons' leading receiver with 6 receptions for 152 yards, and he added a 38-yard touchdown catch from Greene in the second quarter. Matt Curley also had a 44-yard TD grab from Greene for a 35-0 Notre Dame lead with 1:29 left in the half.

"The action behind me kept bringing their line forward which helped open some receivers up," Greene said. "If a receiver was open, I'd throw him the ball."

Bartlett's lone score came in its final possession of the first half as the Hawks marched 72 yards in just over a minute which QB Jordan Flint (17-of-34, 129 yards) capped with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Bryce Petty (5 receptions, 69 yards).

Hawks' running back Hurshel Ross III had the game's longest rush during the scoring drive with a 38-yard run, and he beat James in total yards with 83 on 10 carries.

The Dons finished the scoring with James adding a 9-yard TD run in the third quarter, and Greene hitting Dan Dietz for an 11-yard score in the fourth.

"Ryan's come a long way in a short time, and our offense is still evolving," said Notre Dame coach Michael Hennessey. "Last week we relied on Chris a lot, but we're pretty pleased with our options which we saw tonight."

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