November 17, 2015

Spartans Eject Saints From Postseason

St. Joseph-Ogden's defense proved once again they are a force not to be overlooked. Holding a very athletic and larger Bloomington Central Catholic football squad, who entered the game with 10 consecutive wins, to just 112 net rushing yards and 162 yards in the air, the Spartans seized the game after Central quarterback Jake Baughman's pass was picked off in the red zone late in the contest by Wesley Kibler.

The 4th quarter interception on the 9-yard line set up the Spartans final score of the IHSA quarterfinal game on a 56-yard gallop by senior running back Ty Brown. After the failed extra point attempt, SJO enjoyed a 26-14 lead.

Getting the ball down the field quickly, the Saints found the end zone with an 8-yard keeper by Baughman with barely five minutes left in the game. Closing the scoring gap after the PAT, BCC trailed 26-21 with plenty of time to rally back to eliminate the #1 ranked Class 3A team from the playoffs.

Retiring head coach Dick Duval put the Spartan offensive in clock control mode after receiving the kick allowing generous portions of time, crucial to any Central Catholic comeback attempt, to tick off the clock.

The Saints once regain control of the ball with 1:55 left in the game and the Spartan defense kicked their play up another notch. Using their superior speed off the snap, the SJO defensive line buoyed by senior Shane Skinner, stuffed one rush and disrupted three pass attempts to seal the 26-21 victory at Bill Hundman Field.

Duval (pictured below) earned his 251st win and 11th victory of St. Joseph-Ogden's undefeated season. Below are 12 of our favorite photos from the game. See more than 200 game photos here.

Casey Reveal

November 14, 2015 - Bloomington, IL - Spartans' Casey Reveal celebrates as he runs to the sidelines after his team breaks up a 4th and long pass play by the Saints trying to extend their last drive of their Class 3A quarterfinal game on Saturday. St. Joseph-Ogden ended Bloomington Central Catholic's season thanks to 26-21 victory.

Brett Segobiano carries the ball

Saints' Brett Segobiano carries the ball in their Class 3A quarterfinal game against the Spartans.

SJO's Wesley Kibler celebrate his interception

Wesley Kibler celebrate his game-changing interception during St. Joseph-Ogden's playoff game against Central Catholic.

SJO's Eli Oltean punts

St. Joseph-Ogden's Eli Oltean punts the ball against Central Catholic. The signal caller completed 15 of 23 passes for one touchdown and 171 yards to help SJO advance to a semifinal showdown verses the Unity Rockets.

St. Joseph-Ogden student fan Emilee Sorensen roots for her team against Central Catholic along with more than 400 fellow spectators.

SJO football fan

St. Joseph-Ogden football fan Katie Kurtz waves to fellow spectators before the start of the Spartans road playoff game against Central Catholic. Check out a dozen and a half more game photos here in our fan gallery.

Fans from St. Joseph-Ogden cheer for their team during SJO's road game against Central Catholic. Fans will have another week to cheer when the team faces long time rival Unity next Saturday.

Jake Pence makes a catch for SJO

Jake Pence makes a catch for St. Joseph-Ogden in the first quarter against Central Catholic. Pence made four catches for 53 yards and scored on an 11-yard play to help power the Spartans to the next round of the IHSA playoffs.

Grant Harper blocking for SJO

Spartan junior Grant Harper blocks Saints lineman Matthew Blaney during their Class 3A quarterfinal game.

Austin Luebchow wraps up Ryan Zitkus

Spartans' Austin Luebchow wraps up Saints' Ryan Zitkus during second half action.

After tallying his 251th win of his career, St. Joseph-Ogden head coach Dick Duval talks to his team after the Spartans' quarterfinal football game against Central Catholic. Duval, who will retire at the end of the season, strategically coached his team to victory improving to 12-0 and punched the Spartans ticket to the semifinal round against long time rival Tolono Unity.

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