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Thursday, November 20, 2014
Lincoln-Way East ends season with quarterfinal loss to Mount Carmel
Kraft caught a 23-yard touchdown to give the Griffins a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter Saturday. But the defending Class 7A state champions scored the final 20 points to beat the Griffins for the third time in the playoffs since 2006.


Week 13 can't miss games
7A: Providence at Mount Carmel. When: Noon Saturday at Gately Stadium. Records: Providence 11-1, Mount Carmel 8-4.On the offensive: The option is weatherproof, which could be an underappreciated factor in Mount Carmel's tremendous success this time of year. Anthony Ries went over 1,000 yards rushing last week in his ninth start at running back. Providence has the talent to deal with Mother Nature as long as the offensive line gives Justin Hunniford (216-for-318, 2,954 yards, 39 TDs, 3 INTs) time to throw.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014
High School Semifinals
Once you reach the state championship game, you can enjoy the experience. But you have to get there first. Our lineup of semifinal games Saturday: Providence (11-1) vs. Mount Carmel (8-4), noon at Gately Stadium; Coal City (10-2) vs. Chicago Phillips (11-1), 3:45, also at Gately; Lemont (12-0) vs. Peoria Notre Dame (12-0), 3 at Peoria Stadium; and Byron (8-4) at Wilmington (12-0), 5.


CN100 Game of the Week: IHSA Football 7A Semifinal - Providence vs. Mount Carmel
The 2014 IHSA Football Playoffs continue on the CN100 Game of the Week with Class 7A semifinal action featuring the Providence Catholic Celtics and Mount Carmel Caravan. Game time is scheduled for Noon on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Gately Stadium, 810 E. 103rd St., Chicago. CN100 will playback the game at Noon and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23, and at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, on The Comcast Network. You can also watch the game anytime with Xfinity On Demand.


Caravan tops LWE to advance to semifinals
Give a good team opportunities and it will usually take advantage. Mt. Carmel did just that in a Class 7A quarterfinal contest against Lincoln-Way East on a chilly day at Gately Stadium on Nov. 14. The Caravan scored two of its three touchdowns following Griffins penalties on fourth-down plays en route to a 20-7 victory. Mt. Carmel is 3-0 all-time in the playoffs against the Griffins. “Sometimes, you are just living right,” said Mt. Carmel Coach Frank Lenti. “We’ve had stuff like that go against us this year; but now the table seems to have turned, and it’s worked out well for us twice in the state playoffs. It goes back to our kids doing what we ask them do to, playing hard, playing smart and taking advantage of opportunities.”


Sunday, November 16, 2014
Mount Carmel scores final 20 points to beat Lincoln-Way East
Mount Carmel once again ended Lincoln-Way East’s season when it claimed a 20-7 victory in Saturday’s Class 7A quarterfinals at Gately Stadium. The teams also met in 2006 and 2008 with the same outcome, a Caravan victory. Three crucial penalties were the downfall of the Griffins in Saturday’s game. The Caravan (8-4), who host Providence (11-1) in next weekend’s semifinals, answered with a six-play drive, four of which were passes to tie the score at 7.


7A football: Mount Carmel's defense dominates Lincoln-Way East
Mount Carmel found itself in unfamiliar territory a few weeks ago, needing three consecutive victories to qualify for the playoffs.The Caravan looked very much in their postseason element Saturday, dispatching Lincoln-Way East 20-7 in a Class 7A quarterfinal at Gately Stadium to earn a home semifinal date next weekend with Catholic League Blue rival Providence.The victory was born of a ball-control running game, stifling defense and taking advantage of two crucial Lincoln-Way East penalties to keep alive eventual scoring drives.


Mistakes doom Lincoln-Way East in loss to Mount Carmel
he teams met in 2006 and 2008 with the same outcome – a Caravan victory.Three crucial penalties were the downfall of the Griffins Saturday.Lincoln-Way East scored on a 17-play drive that consumed 6:48 of the clock. It scored on a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mike Weller to Alex Kraft, giving the Griffins a 7-0 lead with on 50 seconds left in the the first quarter.The Caravan answered back with a six-play drive, four of which were passes, to tie the game at 7-7.


Chicago Tribune: Week 12 football
Caravan still cruising: Defending Class 7A champion Mount Carmel took some lumps early, losing three of its first four and four of its first six, and has faced elimination every game since Week 7.The Caravan have made significant strides along the way, but are they 20 points better than they were on Sept. 12? That is the key question in advance of Mount Carmel's semifinal matchup with Providence, a 33-14 winner over Mount Carmel in Week 3.


Mount Carmel faces Providence Catholic in Playoff Showdown
Mount Carmel will face Providence Catholic next week in a Class 7A quarterfinal playoff game after handily defeating Lincoln-Way East Saturday afternoon. The Caravan beat the Griffins 20-7 and sacked the Griffins QB eight times. “For us to hold them to one score, that’s really a total team effort,” coach Frank Lenti told the Chicago Tribune.LW East and Mount Carmel have played each other twice before, in 2006 and 2008. The outcome now in all three meetings has been the same — a Caravan victory.


Friday, November 14, 2014
The Herald News: Quarterfinals Review
Kickoff: 1 p.m. Saturday at Gately Stadium in ChicagoRecords: Lincoln-Way East 10-1, Mount Carmel 7-4. MaxPreps Illinois rankings: Lincoln-Way East No. 13, Mount Carmel No. 16. Playoff history: Lincoln-Way East is in for the 14th time, every year of its existence, and is 27-12 with one state title and one runner-up finish. Mount Carmel is in for the 31st time, 29th in succession, and is 107-18 with 12 state titles and five runner-up finishes.


Thursday, November 13, 2014
Five can't miss games
7A: Lincoln-Way East at Mount CarmelWhen: 1 p.m. Saturday, Gately Stadium.Records: Lincoln-Way East 10-1, Mount Carmel 7-4. On the offensive: Liam Morrissey (1,500 yards rushing, 25 TDs) has been Lincoln-Way East's focal point, but Mike Weller (1,985 yards passing, 15 TDs) may have to step against a strong Mount Carmel front seven. Mount Carmel running backs Anthony Ries and A.J. Lewis are both approaching 1,000 yards after combining for 363 in last week's 24-6 victory over Belleville West.Getting defensive: Mount Carmel linebacker Andrew Guerra and defensive linemen Kevin Thurman and Terrell Greer have been stout against the run. Lincoln-Way has allowed fewer than 10 points per game in October and November.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014
CN100 Game of the Week: IHSA Football Playoffs Quarterfinal - Mount Carmel vs. Lincoln-Way East
The 2014 IHSA Football Playoffs continue on the CN100 Game of the Week with quarterfinal round action featuring the Lincoln-Way Griffins and Mount Carmel Caravan. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Gately Stadium, 810 E. 103rd St., in Chicago. CN100 will playback the game at Noon and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16, and at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, on The Comcast Network. You can also watch the game anytime with Xfinity On Demand.


East St. Louis keeps rolling in Class 6A playoffs
Tears ran down the faces of Belleville West players Saturday as they exited their locker room one-by-one after a 24-6 loss to Chicago Mount Carmel.The Maroons (7-4) trailed just 10-6 in the second half, but a 53-yard touchdown run by Anthony Ries with 1:14 to play in the third quarter put the Caravan in control. The touchdown came moments after West was unable to score despite having first-and-goal on the Mount Carmel 7-yard line.Maroons coach Cameron Pettus said brighter days await.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Belleville West loses to Chicago Mount Carmel
IMAGES: The Belleville West Maroons hosted the Mount Carmel Caravan in a football playoff game.

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State Playoff Football: Second round scores
Chicago Mt. Carmel 24, Belleville West 6


The Caravan: Faculty alums maintain tradition
One thing that is often said about Mount Carmel is, “You don’t go through Mount Carmel, Mount Carmel goes through you.” Many don’t realize this until after graduation. It is then that you realize what Mount Carmel did for you. Whether it’s wearing the same ID lanyards since ’04, or still holding the pep rallies in the old gym, there are many traditions that keep the continuity alive at MC. But the real glue in MC tradition is that many faculty and staff remain the same.


Friday, November 07, 2014
Maroons brace for longtime power Chicago Mount Carmel
Twelve-time state champion Chicago Mount Carmel stands in the path of Belleville West in the second round of the Class 7A football playoffs.The Caravan has won two consecutive titles: Class 7A in 2013 and Class 8A in 2012. The other championships came in 1980, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002. All but one have come under legendary coach Frank Lenti, in his 31st season.


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