IC Catholic Prep handles St. Edward

  • St. Edward's Anthony Kirkwood (22) is wrapped up by IC Catholic's William Cooke (33) and Quinn Colbert (7) IC Catholic at St. Edward football Saturday April 3, 2021 in Elgin.

      St. Edward's Anthony Kirkwood (22) is wrapped up by IC Catholic's William Cooke (33) and Quinn Colbert (7) IC Catholic at St. Edward football Saturday April 3, 2021 in Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • St. Edward's Joseph Sacco (23) looks for running room stains IC Catholic's Quinn Colbert (7) Jesse Smith (52) and William Cooke (33) IC Catholic at St. Edward football Saturday April 3, 2021 in Elgin.

      St. Edward's Joseph Sacco (23) looks for running room stains IC Catholic's Quinn Colbert (7) Jesse Smith (52) and William Cooke (33) IC Catholic at St. Edward football Saturday April 3, 2021 in Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • St. Edward's Blake Busto (27) tries to wrap up IC Catholic's Denzel Gibson (22) during Saturday April 3, 2021 in Elgin.

      St. Edward's Blake Busto (27) tries to wrap up IC Catholic's Denzel Gibson (22) during Saturday April 3, 2021 in Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • St. Edward's Joseph Sacco (23) moves the ball up field Saturday April 3, 2021 in Elgin.

      St. Edward's Joseph Sacco (23) moves the ball up field Saturday April 3, 2021 in Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • St. Edward's Joseph Sacco (23) moves out past IC Catholic's Connor McCoy (48) during football Saturday April 3, 2021 in Elgin.

      St. Edward's Joseph Sacco (23) moves out past IC Catholic's Connor McCoy (48) during football Saturday April 3, 2021 in Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • IC Catholic's Denzel Gibson (22) dives in for a touchdown as St. Edward's Liam Pomeroy (10) and Erik Hill (3) trie to stop him Saturday April 3, 2021 in Elgin.

      IC Catholic's Denzel Gibson (22) dives in for a touchdown as St. Edward's Liam Pomeroy (10) and Erik Hill (3) trie to stop him Saturday April 3, 2021 in Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • St. Edward's Liam Pomeroy (10) knocks a ball intended for him from a waiting IC Catholic's Brendan Bigane (24) Saturday April 3, 2021 in Elgin.

      St. Edward's Liam Pomeroy (10) knocks a ball intended for him from a waiting IC Catholic's Brendan Bigane (24) Saturday April 3, 2021 in Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • IC Catholic's Deontae Oatman (3) goes in for a touchdown IC Catholic at St. Edward football Saturday April 3, 2021 in Elgin.

      IC Catholic's Deontae Oatman (3) goes in for a touchdown IC Catholic at St. Edward football Saturday April 3, 2021 in Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • St. Edward's Joseph Sacco (23) plows the ball ahead IC Catholic at St. Edward football Saturday April 3, 2021 in Elgin.

      St. Edward's Joseph Sacco (23) plows the ball ahead IC Catholic at St. Edward football Saturday April 3, 2021 in Elgin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
By Dave Hess
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 4/3/2021 6:10 PM

IC Catholic Prep senior running back Kyle Franklin did all his damage in one half of play Saturday afternoon in Metro Suburban Conference action at St. Edward.

In 24 minutes of action, the lightning-quick back toted the pigskin 11 times for 141 yards and scored four times on runs of 38, 24, 3 and 4 yards.

 

Franklin's outstanding effort propelled the visiting Knights to an easy 55-6 win in Elgin. IC Catholic Prep improved to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in conference; St. Edward is also 2-1, 1-1.

"I have to give all the credit to my offensive line," said Franklin. "They opened some huge holes. We were ready to play mentally and physically. We are happy to have a season. It didn't look good for awhile."

Knights coach Bill Krefft had high praise for his talented back.

"Kyle is special," Krefft said. "He plays with so much heart."

Scoring on its first 5 possessions, the Knights also got a great effort in the first half from freshman quarterback Dennis Mandala.

Mandala, who ran for a 5-yard touchdown, completed 8-of-12 passes for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns to Denzell Gibson. Gibson snared scoring strikes of 11 and 16 yards from Mandala.

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IC's only second half score came on a 51-yard run by Malik Gray.

Gibson caught 3 passes for 42 yards and 2 scores while Kareem Parker caught 4 passes for 54 yards. IC accumulated 318 yards of total offense and garnered 17 first downs.

The Knights' defense stymied the Wave offense in the first half. St. Edward only managed 2 first downs and 6 yards of offense.

The opportunistic defense recovered 2 Wave fumbles by AJ Howard and Gibson.

The Wave's lone touchdown of the game came on a 15-yard scoring strike from Luciano Rolando to Clemon McCullough with 8:42 remaining in the contest. Anthony Kirkwood was the top rusher for the Wave with 32 yards on 5 carries.

"It was nice to score," said St. Edward coach Mike Rolando. "The kids didn't quit and I am very proud of the effort. It was a great day to play. IC is a very good team but we started the game intimidated. I am happy for the seniors they get to have a season. I want them to have fun."

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