CN100 Sports Football Preview: Week 4 - Argo vs. Reavis

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CN100 Game of the Week: Argo vs. Reavis

IHSA Football Week 4 – Argo Argonauts vs. Reavis Rams

– One of the biggest rivalries in the South Suburban Red takes center stage Saturday as Argo and Reavis renew acquaintances in a game featured on CN100.

The latest chapter in the Argo-Reavis story can be seen on CN100, The Comcast Network, at Noon and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. You can also watch it anytime in HD with Xfinity On Demand by clicking Get Local and CN100. X1 users, look for Get Local under the Xfinity Services tab.

Reavis have been resurgent under Coach Tim Zasada in recent years. The Rams went 9-2 last year, making their second straight playoff appearance. This year, the Rams (2-1, 0-0) topped CICS/Longwood (51-6) and Corliss (48-22) before dropping a 28-25 heartbreaker to perennial power Lemont. They now return home for homecoming.

The loss wasn’t the only bad news for the Rams. Star receivers Bran Trell Seymore and Devontta Wilson both left the game with injuries. Seymore is off to a fast start this season with 17 catches for 307 yards and five touchdowns and another touchdown rushing. Wilson is right behind him with seven catches for 120 yards and three scores. He’s also a key member of the defense, racking up 11 tackles, nine solo, three tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries.

"They will try to go but are not 100 percent, and these two players make our team go," Zasada said.

Reavis employs two quarterbacks of two different sizes. Senior Bailey Boyd (6-foot-1, 166 pounds) is 12-for-24 for 263 yards and six touchdowns. He’s also picked off three passes on defense. On the other end of the spectrum is 6-foot-4, 280-pound Mark McClinton, who has thrown 21-for-38 for 378 yards and three touchdowns while also contributing two rushing touchdowns.

The Rams aren’t a big rushing team, but when they do go to the ground, senior Jose Stahr is the main contributor with 88 yards and a touchdown in 16 rushes.

All of those players also contribute on defense, as does junior linebacker Neil Secor, who has 12 tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack.

"This Saturday is homecoming and Argo is a big-time rival," Zasada said. "We expect nothing but their best. With the injuries and distractions of homecoming week, our football program has a huge task at hand."

Argo (1-2, 1-0) got a much-needed win last week. The Argonauts were 0-9 last year and started this year with losses to Hillcrest and Curie before opening conference play with an 18-14 win over Oak Lawn.

"We’re coming off a big win over Oak Lawn and we’re looking to build off of that momentum," Argo coach Todd Evans said. "Our two nonconference games didn’t have a positive outcome in terms of the score but were challenging matchups that allowed our student-athletes top-level competition to prepare for SSC Red play."

Senior Danny Krzeckowski is 13-for-34 for 166 yards and a touchdown and has rushed for 80 yards and another score. Defensively, he’s picked off three passes and registered 2 ½ tackles for loss.

Senior Kavonte Caldwell has rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown in 40 carries, adding seven catches for 55 yards. Senior Carlos Garcia highlighted his season so far with a 69-yard touchdown catch.

Defensively, senior linebacker Kalon Robinson (eight tackles) and junior defensive lineman Erris Smith (7 ½ tackles) lead the Argonauts. Junior linebacker Devontae Jackson posted two sacks and junior defensive back Prentise Powell returned an interception for 37 yards.


- Paul Johnson, CN100 Sports Correspondent


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