FOOTBALL: Kankakee holds off Rich South
The Kays got 187 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Mattias Clark, while Antonio Pittman added 98 yards on the ground and ran for a score as Kankakee beat Rich South 22-12 on Homecoming Friday at Spurs Field.
With the win, Kankakee (3-3, 1-1) took one step closer to playoff eligibility with three games remaining. Coach Omar Grant said the team has to play better.
“I thought we did OK,” Grant said. “They played hard, but we’ve got some things we can work on. We shot ourselves in the foot a lot (Friday) night.
“A lot of penalties, and it was just a sloppy game, probably our sloppiest game of the season. Nonetheless, we stuck together as a team. We were relentless, and we fought through it.”
Kankakee led 14-6 at the half and went ahead 22-6 after three quarters.
Rich South’s 6-foot-7 quarterback Tyler Sudduth threw a 98-yard TD pass to draw the Stars (0-6, 0-3) within 22-12 with 7:13 left in the game. On the ensuing possession, Kankakee picked up three first downs and was able to run out the clock for the much-needed victory.
“That speaks volumes for the team and the direction that this program is going,” Grant said. “We didn’t break down. We didn’t turn on each other, and we found a way to get it done.”
Sophomore quarterback Tyjuane Stewart completed a key pass on a third-down play to pick up a first down in the game’s final series.
Kankakee plays at Bloom next Saturday and then travels to Crete-Monee in Week 8 before finishing up the regular season at home with Rich East.
“We struggle on the road, so we’ve got to find out a way to be road warriors,” Grant said. “And we’ve got to get one or two of them done, preferably two. If we can split, that would be great and then we’ll see where our points lead us.”