Hilltopper sophomore’s furious fourth quarter rally falls short, fall to Benet 31-21

Drake Skleba for Joliet Catholic Academy
Trailing 24-7 as the game entered the fourth quarter, the never-say-die Hilltoppers (4-3-1) sophomore football team, electrified the JCA fans at Benedictine University in Lisle. After “The Hill” grabbed a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, the host Redwings (3-4), scored 24 consecutive points, for the 24-7 lead after three quarters.
On a fourth down and 13 situation at The Hill’s 30 yard line, Hilltopper quarterback Andres Munoz (9-for-17 137 yards, TD) connected with wide receiver Adrian Washington (3 catches, 69 yards) for 27 yards and a first down.
Munoz led the Hilltoppers down the field and H.J. Grigsby (16 carries, 89 yards, TD; 2 catches, 35 yards, TD) crashed into the end zone from three yards out. After place kicker, Matt Sojka’s extra point, the Hilltoppers trailed 24-14.
The Hilltopper “D” came up with a quick three and out and the Hill would answer.
Munoz connected with a wide-open Grigsby for a 30-yard scoring strike, to pull “The Hill” with three 24-21, with 4:48 left in the game.
Benet would drive down the field and put the game away, with 20-yard touchdown run by Redwing quarterback Ryan Kubacki, Jr., for a 31-21 lead.
“When H.J.(Grigsby) caught the 30-yard scoring strike from Andres (Munoz), to pull us within 24-21, we really felt we were going to pull out the game,” Hilltopper sophomore coach Tyler Gannon said. “H.J is a special player and person, who is our leader on and off the field.
“We have had a good group of players, this season. They have met our expectations and we want to end the season helping the varsity with a victory, at Montini, this Friday.”

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