Aside from making nine straight IHSA playoffs, the Nazareth Academy football team has won every first-round matchup. The Roadrunners continued that stretch as a 5-4 qualifier by winning 48-22 at Glenbard South on October 28.
Nazareth (6-4), the No. 11 in his Class 5A half, returns home to play No. 3 Rockford-Boylan (9-1) at 1 p.m. on Nov. 5.
The Roadrunners rushed for 434 yards and won their fourth straight game after the No. 6 Raiders (7-3) scored first.
Nazareth scored two touchdowns in the first and second quarters for a 28-6 half-time lead and then had three touchdowns and 20 points in the third quarter to lead 48-6.
Two touchdown runs came from Logan Malachuk (12 and 55 yards), Eddie McClain (18 and 17 yards) and Justin Taylor (41 and 30 yards). Lead rusher Alexander Angulo (15 carries, 111 yards) made Nazareth’s final score on a 19-yard run. Malachuk was 9 for 17 and passed 98 yards.
Lead tacklers were Gabe Kaminski (7 tackles, 5 for losses), Brady Gorman (7 tackles), and Lesroy Tittle (4 tackles, sack, 3 for losses).
Boylan, the 10th Northern Illinois Conference champion, defeated Hillcrest 31-0 after scoring at least 33 points in all regular-season wins, including three over-playoff teams with six or seven wins. The Titans’ only loss was 31-28 to Class 6A Belvidere North (7-3) in Week 3.
Nazareth Girls Volleyball
The Nazareth Academy girls’ volleyball team advanced to the IHSA Class 3A Little Village Sectional Finals by beating No. 4 St. Ignatius 21-25, 25-23, 25-14 in the Sectional Semifinals on October 31.
The top-ranked Roadrunners (19-16) will play No. 2 Fenwick (17-19) for the section title on November 2 at 6:00 p.m.
The Trinity Supersection takes place on November 4 at 7:00 p.m. with a downstate berth on the line. Nazareth won the state title last year after finishing third in 2019.
The Roadrunners captured their fourth straight regional title by defeating No. 8 Noble/Bulls Academy 25-9, 25-8 on October 27 after beating No. 17 Schurz in the regional semifinals on October 25 with 25: 5, 25:13.
Nazareth cross-country skiing
The Nazareth girls’ cross country team qualified for their third consecutive Class 2A IHSA state meeting after placing seventh at the Kaneland Sectional on October 29.
The Roadrunners (177 points) finished last in team qualification, 51 points clear of eighth-ranked Riverside-Brookfield High School.
Senior Colette Kinsella (3rd, 17:50.62) picked up top 10 honors across all sections, followed by juniors Jane McNamara (24th, 19:10.41) and Hannah McCarthy (47th, 20:00, 47), senior Sarah Owen (48th, 20:01.96), sophomore Alana Plahm (62nd, 20:16.94), and juniors Samantha Rozmus (80th, 20:49.36) and Neeve Olson (100., 21:14,85).
Kinsella was 13th in all states and all four years in all sections in her two IHSA state meetings, including a singles title in 2019.
The Nazareth boys finished 18th (523) with their finishers Senior John Mowrer (101st, 17:23.92), newcomer Daniel Lewis (107th, 17:34.40), Junior Hagan Perfect (113th, 17: 46.55), newcomer Drew Hyland (125th, 18:26.80), seniors Patrick Titzer (128th, 18:44.74) and Demario Angarita (135th, 19:23.94) and Liam Smith (138th ., 19:29,39).