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2-Minute Drill: Friday of bounce backs

September 18, 2018

Allow me to take some time to get a couple of things off my chest.

This new rule in the NFL about how a defensive player can’t drive a quarterback into the ground or land on him with his body weight has got to be the most ridiculous thing I ever have heard of in my 26 years on this Earth.

What does the NFL expect a defensive player to do? Put down a mattress before a tackle for a softer landing?

This is football. It’s a violent sport. Injuries happen. Can we please not overreact to every single little thing that happens to a football player?

And one last thing on a much lighter football note, what a day to be a kicker ... or not.

Part of me feels bad because Cleveland and Minnesota probably will cut their kickers before anyone reads this today. However, if I’m getting paid millions to kick, best believe I’m making the most of my chances.

Also, the NFL needs to change the overtime rules.

OK, now that I got that off my chest, let’s dive into the actual reason behind this column. Here’s this week’s Two-Minute Drill:

Quick Hits

Here are the scores from the Week 4 slate in the area.

• IC Catholic 21, Bishop McNamara 20

• Kankakee 33, Crystal Lake Central 28

• Andrew 12, Bradley-Bourbonnais 3

• Herscher 47, Reed-Custer 42

• Lisle 34, Peotone 33

• Central 46, Dwight 23

• Momence 27, Iroquois West 7

• Watseka 30, Oblong 0

• Plano 33, Manteno 19

• Coal City 15, Streator 0

• Wilmington 41, Sandwich 19

Familiar sites

After suffering back-to-back losses for the first time in more than 15 years, it seemed as though Wilmington got itself together.

Facing what nearly felt like a must-win situation, the Wildcats racked up 437 yards on the ground and six touchdowns as they toasted Sandwich for its first loss on the season.

It’s a good thing Wilmington is back on track because a very hungry, yet ticked off, Peotone team awaits them.

Remember, Peotone led 21-6 against Wilmington last year in the second half and lost by one point.

Both teams sit at 2-2 and need this win more than anything now. Prepare to watch a war Friday.

Speaking of back on track, Momence’s Kobey Mazur enjoyed a much-needed performance.

After struggling with some turnover issues in the first three games, the senior gunslinger feasted on Iroquois West’s defense to the tune of 392 yards and three touchdowns.

Maybe even more impressive is he completed 17-of-24 passes, or 70.8 percent. Now, that’s the Mazur we’re used to seeing.

Real deal

Class 3A has a major problem on its hands: Bishop McNamara.

Going into Friday’s game as a heavy underdog, the Irish threw everything and the kitchen sink at IC Catholic. And they had it, but the football Gods decided differently.

Although the loss is crushing, the sliver lining is the Irish are for real. Which is bad news for their final five opponents and whoever they face in the playoffs.

As long as they can stay healthy and running back Tyshon King has two legs, a deep postseason run just might happen.

Can’t miss games

• Peotone at Wilmington

• Watseka at Dwight

• Herscher at Lisle

• Bolingbrook at Bradley-Bourbonnais.

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