Palatine, Rolling Meadows post big Week 5 wins

  • Palatine's Mitch Larkin, right, tackles Fremd's Cade Cheripka earlier this season.

      Palatine's Mitch Larkin, right, tackles Fremd's Cade Cheripka earlier this season. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

By Dick Quagliano
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 4/17/2021 6:59 PM

Palatine is giving its opponents a blank stare.

For the second week in a row, the Pirates posted a shut out as they cruised past Schaumburg 44-0 Friday in Palatine.


The Palatine defense, led by Rand Paddock, Peter Russchenberger, Mitch Larkin, Tyler Pecson, Brady Foote, Kellon King and Josh Brown, who was credited with a safety, bottled up Schaumburg (0-5, 0-5) all evening.

Palatine (4-1, 4-1) got a solid performance from their dual quarterbacks. Eric Pecscon threw for a pair of touchdowns and rushed 6 yards for another, while Grant Dershna also threw a pair of touchdown passes.

Jake Bostick continued his assent to one of the top wide receivers in the area. Bostick caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Pecson and a sweet 10-yard corner route from Dershna.

Ronald Todd had a 55-yard touchdown catch from Dershna while Favour Okhavhe had a 49-yard tight end screen pass from Pecson. Dominick Ball had a 68-yard burst up the middle for another Pirate touchdown.

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Palatine, which finished second in the Mid-Suburban West, will host Buffalo Grove, the second place finisher in the MSL East, next Friday. Schaumburg will play at Wheeling at 7 p.m. Friday.

Rolling Meadows 49, Wheeling 14:

Michael Radon had a huge night for Meadows (2-3, 2-3). The junior was 12-of-14 for 312 yards and 5 touchdowns to get the Mustangs off and running. He also rushed for 43 yards.

Radon tossed a pair of touchdown passes, including a 67-yarder to Daniel Sobkowicz (5 receptions, 97 yards). He also connected on a 33-yard scoring play to Ethan Kakavetsis, a 65-yarder to Michael Sobkowicz and a 4-yarder to Austin Schmidt.

Charlie Schmidt and John Gianaris both had touchdown runs for Rolling Meadows.

Solomon Hudson rushed for a touchdown and threw for another for Wheeling (0-5,0-5). Hudson, who had 68 yards rushing, broke off a 40-yard touchdown run which had closed the gap to 21-7 in the second quarter.


Later, Hudson, who was 11-of-20 for 102 yards, threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Joe Mitrio (3 receptions, 56 yards).

Rolling Meadows will play at Hoffman Estates Friday while Wheeling hosts Schaumburg.

Mt. Carmel 38, St. Viator 8:

The first road trip for St. Viator was not a pleasant one as the Lions (3-1) dropped their first game of the season.

Perennial state power Mt. Carmel took a 24-0 halftime lead. That included a 57-yard touchdown pass with one second remaining in the first half.

The Lions responded with a touchdown with 7:37 left in the third quarter. Jack Ziebka threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Joe Laterza. Ziebka then followed with a conversion pass to PJ Scales to cut the deficit to 24-8.

Mt. Carmel then added rushing touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter to put the game away.

St. Viator will have an opportunity to win the Catholic League Purple Division when it plays at Carmel in Mundelein at 6 p.m. next Friday.

Vernon Hills 63, Maine East 6:

Maine East dropped its 31st consecutive game as the Demons (0-5-0-5) fell behind early and could never recover. Vernon Hills (4-0, 4-0) remained atop the CSL North.

Ryan Mann had touchdowns runs of 54 and 50 yards, Jake Pieper had scoring runs of 42 and 11 yards while Ben Halley scored on an 8-yard run. Erik Rimas caught a touchdown pass and ran a fumble back for Vernon Hills.

Caesar Graham threw a 25-yard touchdown pass for Maine East, which will play at Niles West next Friday.

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